Learning how to start with affiliate marketing can be a challenge because it’s not easy to find that genuine information that will lead you in the right direction to becoming successful. When I started online it took a lot of time before I stopped going around in circles and found the information that would lead me to becoming successful online.
It is my intention to help you find the correct path in as short a time as possible without the stress of having to sift through all the misinformation that’s out there. I hope the following content will help to get you on the correct path.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Lets start with what afifliate marketing is all about. Affiliate marketing is a process where you earn revenue through commissions. To give a simple explaination let’s use amazon as an example.. amazon has a good affiliate programme called amazon associates with thousands of products to offer.
You will begin by setting up a website that provides information on a particular product or series of products with a link leading to amazon, this link will be provided by amazon and when somebody clicks on this link and purchases the product then you earn a commission from amazon.
- Choose an Interest
- Build a website
- Get visitors
- Earn revenue
Choose an Interest
To start with affiliate marketing you need to have something to promote, this is called a niche. For some that start with affiliate marketing they already know what they want to promote. This makes it easier to get started, it’s one less thing to figure out because a lot of folks find it difficult to decide on a niche as you can promote just about anything on the planet.
If you have no idea what niche to get involved in then have a think about this!
What are you passionate about? what are your interests, hobbies etc.. if you can find something that you are interested in then it will be much easier to work within this niche because you most likely will have a lot of knowledge about it or if not then you will find it much easier to gain knowledge in an industry that you are passionate about.
When you have a niche in mind let’s take a look at it’s potential. Is it something that runs deep? meaning can you create lots of content about it. You need to be able to create enough content that will captivate and educate your audience, this in most cases will involve writhing article after article to keep your readers engaged and give them the necessary information that they desire.
It is vitally important that the content you provide is genuine and has relevance to your audience, you must build trust and believe in the product that you promote in order to build an authority website.
Another aspect of your niche to look at is it’s potential to earn revenue, after all earning revenue is what affiliate marketing is all about.
There are millions of products being promoted every day.. where too find find an affiliate programme that suits you?
Amazon we mentioned earlier is a good place to start, they offer up to 10% commission on products. This is where some research needs to be done on your part to see if they offer products related to your niche or maybe you have another affiliate programme in mind there are lots of them out there. just be sure you believe and stand behind what you promote. we’ll talk more about affiliate Programmes later.
Build a Website
Building a website will be all part of the process and while it consists of a lot of work it actually can be fun when you see it all come together. It’s actually not that difficult to set up your own website these days. Your website will be the engine of your business. WordPress is an excellent platform to set up your website, it’s the one that I use and recommend.. ==>
There are a few things that you will need in order to build you website:
- Domain Name
Hosting is something that you will need in order to get your website up and running, but not to worry there are lots of places to host your site and I will be recommending my number 1 choice a little later.
A domain name or otherwise known as the URL of your website is something that you will have to choose. This should be somehting related to your niche, for e.g. if your niche is in weight loss then weightloss.com would be a good one but probably not available. .com is best when choosing a domain but depending on the niche you might have to be creative to come up with a suitable name that’s not already taken.. but sure it would be no fun without a challenge!
Choosing a theme should’nt be something complicated, there are free themes and paid themes. A few things to look out for when choosing a theme. A theme should have good support so if something goes wrong you can call upon the provider for advice to put it right. You should be able to customize it in order to change the layout to give you a professional looking site.
Getting visitors otherwise known as traffic is crucial for your web business. Without traffic to your website you do not have a business. The best way to achieve this is to generate organic traffic, this method is achieved by getting ranked in the search engines the natural way. This is achieved by a method known as SEO (search engine optimization).
Other methods to get traffic would be paid adverts through google. facebook etc.. but we’ll discuss this in more detail at a later stage!
This part of affiliate marketing will eventually happen, earning revenue is when all your hard work pays off. When you start to make money from your onlne business it’s a wonderful feeling, it’s realizing for the first time that you can actually do this.. and make a living from your own home or where ever you feel like, all you need is your laptop and an Internet connection.
Once you have the know how then it is possible to have many streams of income, you can try different niche’s or stay within one niche, or even make a full time living from just one segment of one niche.
Content is key
You can have the best looking website on the planet but without genuine content it won’t be of any benefit to your audience, if it’s no benefit to your audience then it’s no benefit to you because your website won’t get ranked in the search engines.
Writing content will be the main creation of your website, therefore it is important that you have good knowledge of your niche so that you can write article after article and be able to provide genuine information and also answer any queries that your readers may put your way.
Learn my method here!
When I started with affiliate marketing I found it difficult to get honest information so that I could go in the right direction. it took me a long time to sift through misleading information to get to where I could learn the skills required to make a living online. This should and does not have to be the case.
I joined a community called WA (wealthy affiliate). It is within this community that I learned the skills to make a full time living online. WA was started by two canadian guys (Kyle & Carson) back in 2005, they have built a wonderful community of online marketers that help one another in the world of online marketing. I have to say from my own experience that wealthy affiliate offers the best level of training and support in the industry.
There is a Free membership to get started with two free websites to get you up and running, then you can continue with that membership for free or join the premium membership which is $49 per month. The premium membership offers a lot for your money.. you will get hosting, training, access to a keyword tool, live chat, live video classes, support and much more on an on going basis.
Taking action and moving in the right direction will mean getting your online business up and running. I’m here to help.. any questions please drop them below.. and remember ==>Taking Action = Results.