Welcome to this post about affiliate marketing for beginners and I’d like to start with an observation. I have never really understood the bad reputation that affiliate marketing and marketers have. Sure, there are a few scumbags out there selling shitty ‘get rich quick’ schemes. However, these guys (and gals) are not really affiliate marketers, they’re scammers.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketers are people like me, promoting products that really work and can make you successful. Or they’re people selling things from Amazon or Walmart. Or they’re selling slimming products, CBD, health products, and so on.
These affiliate marketers are not scammers and they not knowingly selling products that are scams. If a product creator claims you can make a million flipping domains (you can’t) and he shows proof of earnings, the affiliate cannot be blamed if the product creator is a scammer.
And if another person has written a diet book claiming you can lose weight in 3 weeks, the affiliate isn’t at fault if it doesn’t work. What if the affiliate has a fitness blog because he or she is into keeping fit and doesn’t need to lose weight? Again, they have to believe the author because why shouldn’t they?
If you want to be an affiliate marketer and want to avoid being scammed yourself, I wrote a rather good article about the most common scams. Head over here if you want to read the post.
Affiliate Marketing Is a Good Job
The fact is that affiliate marketing is a great job and a pretty good way to make money online. Just don’t be one of the scammers and you’ll do well and be able to sleep at night. That’s a win-win for everyone.
In this Affiliate Marketing for Beginners post, I’m going to give you an idea of how the whole thing works, show you that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get started, and I’ll include a short example for you to look at. Plus, I’ll tell you how to get started so that you only have to do baby steps.
So, let’s start with the most important first step:
Choosing a Niche
The first thing you need to do is choose a niche, or topic in more normal language. Basically, you need to choose something you like, other people like, and that has some products.
You don’t have to have a ‘passion’ about your niche, but you should be reasonably interested in it or you’ll get bored. I’ll add a post on choosing a niche at some point which you will find here. If there’s no link and you don’t know what to choose, click this link and you’ll find some ideas.
Find a Product
You may well need to do this at the same time as Step 1, but I put this second anyway. You can find products, services, and things to sell on sites such as ClickBank, ShareASale, and JV Zoo. If you have got a niche you like and you have a few products to promote, believe it or not, you have got yourself a business to start. It’s as simple as that.
Buy a Domain
Now, don’t panic! If the thought of buying a domain is making you sweat, don’t worry. It’s so easy, even my mum could do it. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. My technophobic older brother then.
Head off to Namecheap and get your .com for just $8.88. You’ll find all the instructions there. If you find a link here, click it to read my post about buying a domain name. If there’s no link, just make a short domain name that reflects your niche.
Create a website
Again, don’t panic!. Setting up a website is so easy even… oops, I’ve done that one already. Okay, take my word for it, setting up a website is simple, especially if it’s a WordPress site. You’ll need hosting as well. I would get your hosting from Namecheap as well; it’s what I use for my blogs. If you want 50% off your first year’s shared hosting, click that link.
Write Good Content
Now, this is important. You’ll need to fill up your site with relevant content that is worth reading, hopefully like this post. I have written a lot about blogging on this very site, but if you want to understand how valuable content is to your success, check out this post. To summarise, if you don’t get visitors, you won’t sell anything, and the only way to get visitors is to create great content.
Market Your Site
This is absolutely vital as well. I can’t remember where I read this but a good rule of thumb is that if you spend one hour creating content, you should spend five hours marketing it. It’s probably not necessary to do that much in the beginning; I do about two hours and you should do the same. I use Quora and Pinterest to market my site. If you don’t know how to use Pinterest, you should do a course. This one’s good.
So, let’s look at how to go through the steps for affiliate marketing for beginners with a relevant example:
1: Weight Loss
2: The 3-Week Diet
3: loseweightnow.com (available)
4: Create a website
5: Write weight loss articles
6: Get marketing
Yes, it really is that easy, although you’re not going to be making money overnight. It takes time, so have patience. Now, don’t start making things complicated. Just do those six steps and then repeat Steps 5 and 6 on a regular basis. Every day if you can, but at least two or three times a week minimum.
Wrapping It All Up
And there you have it. Hopefully, you’ll find a link for the next part in this ‘Affiliate Marketing for Beginners’ series here. If there isn’t a link, head over to Affilorama and check out this free eBook Pathway to Passive. It’s great!
If you enjoyed this free training, leave a comment. And if you think I’ve left anything out, please feel free to add that below too. Thanks and speak again soon.