Hey you all, online money-makers! Welcome to my Beginners Guide On Affiliate Marketing.
Admit it - my title rocks! You don't agree?
Let me tell you something - there is nothing like that moment when you find out that you have made your first affiliate sale!
The heart skips a beat, shivers going down the spine, the whole world shifts a few times before coming back to focus...
Everything seems right in the universe, but there is one huge difference:
You are not the same person.
You've made it. It's not just a dream anymore.
It feels awesome, doesn't it?
In case you are not there yet:
What are you waiting for? Do you really want to miss on such an experience?
Or maybe you have no clue what affiliate marketing is and everything I'm saying right now doesn't make any sense?
Whatever the case may be, I got you covered!
I worked my butt off on this guide. There is so much to be said on the topic, so let's get to it!
This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure here.
As a matter of fact - you already know.
You may think that you don't, but I'll give you a simple example of why you do:
Let's say your best friend is a proud owner of new shoes. Oh, and by the way - they are exactly like the ones you bought a couple of days ago.
I'll give it a shot and try to guess why she made that purchase:
She saw you wearing those shoes and fell in love with them. You couldn't shut up about how comfortable they are. You mentioned ( a dozen times at least) that this exact pair is 30% off until the end of the week.
And before you know it, your friend was dragging you to the store with her credit card in hand.
To all the ladies reading - is that a smile spreading across your face?
In other words - you are the main reason why your friend has that shoes today.
You may not be aware of it at the time, but you were acting as an affiliate of the shop.
Did the owner reward you for your help? I doubt that!
Now - imagine that he did.
What if he was paying you for every single customer who is making a purchase based on your recommendation?
How cool would that be?
And now I want you to think about a different scenario of the same case:
What if you were doing the same thing online?
What if you were recommending a product to potential buyers from all over the world?
Let me tell you:
You will be doing an affiliate marketing for a living.
That's the dream and you are about to learn how to make that dream a reality.
How many times do you need to be reminded? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I think you will agree with me on that:
If you want to crash it as an affiliate marketer, first you will need to understand how the whole thing works.
In its core, affiliate marketing is the process of promoting other people's products.
When somebody makes a purchase thanks to your recommendation, you get paid a commission for your marketing efforts.
That's the definition of what your work is going to be. It doesn't sound like the hardest thing to do, does it?
Actually, it's much more complicated than you may think right now.
You can't just go on Facebook, post a product with your affiliate link and give it a title "Buy This Now!".
I mean - you can try! I've seen stuff like that in my smart feed more times than I can count.
But guess what - it's not working!
If you are lucky, maybe you can make a sale or two.
But you won't build a massive passive income for years to come that way.
Let me make something perfectly clear:
This beginners guide on affiliate marketing is not for those of you who are interested to make a fast sale or two.
If what you are looking for is a get-rich-quick scheme, you should skip the rest of the article.
My goal today is to show you how you can make a living as an affiliate marketer.
And that is not going to happen overnight.
It will take time, commitment and tons of efforts on your part.
But if you are willing to put in the work, then is a matter of time to cash out that first affiliate check.
Come on, people - we are wasting time!
Let's get your affiliate journey started.
Before I go any further, there is something you need to know:
This article will cover the whole deal, not just a piece of it.
Why am I telling you this?
The answer is simple - because there is more than one way to do an affiliate marketing:
As much as I love landing pages, they are just a small part of the process.
And I want you to look at the bigger picture here:
If you have a website, you can be an affiliate for as many products as you see fit.
And you can still have as many landing pages as you wish!
If you just focus on the smallest details, you never get the big picture right. - Leroy Hood
You are in the game for the long haul, right?
And here is how that game is played:
You need to create a website. Not just a blog as a place to share your thoughts with the world, but your ultimate, money-making, powerful weapon.
Do I even need to go through all the reasons why you should be blogging?
Or maybe I should go straight to why affiliate marketing is the best choice of an online career?
That's easy! Just visit My Homepage, it's all there!
Let's get some work done first.
The first couple of steps are actually a lot of fun. So you can relax (for now) and enjoy the ride!
#Step 1 - Decide On A Niche
A niche is a smaller segment of a market you want to get into.
Choosing your niche is a very important decision. It will narrow down the affiliate products you will be selling.
In my opinion ( which happens to be the general one as well), your website has to be niche-focused if you wish to be successful online.
It's not a good idea to promote dog's food and male clothing at the same place for example.
“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for
failure, which is: Try to please everybody.”
Herbert B. Swope, American
You need to have a chosen field if you want to become an expert in it.
Have a look at Arch. He is the creator of iptvwitharch.com and also happens to be a good friend of mine.
His website is in the TV niche. Anything TV-related - you name it, Arch is writing about it.
So don't be surprised if you can't find a single post on make-up in there!
#2 - Build A Website
I promised you some fun and that's exactly what you are going to get with creating your first website.
Scared of the thought? You don't think you can do this?
Come on - the year is 2018 for crying out loud!
Those days, six years old can handle it.
And if a first grader is able to do it, then you can too!
The time when coding skills were required is long gone.
Still freaking out? You don't need to and here is why:
There are tools specifically designed to help you.
SiteRubix is pretty good. You can try it out - it won't disappoint you!
With this tool, you will have your brand new website up and running in a matter of minutes!
#3 - Create a Valuable Content
You own a website. Congratulations!
The relax time is over. Time to work. Hard.
What comes next is filling your blog's pages with content.
Like I already said, you can't just post a photo of the product you are promoting and your affiliate link.
It's the first sign of an amateur.
What you will need to do is writing blog posts wrapped around your chosen product.
There are two basic rules that apply when creating content:
Stick to that and you are already on the right path.
Told you - it ain't as easy as it seems!
But it's about to get better.
#4 - Drive Traffic To Your Website
Now - get ready to fight with everything you have!
I'm not gonna lie - this step of the process is the hardest part.
With all the competition out there, it will take some time before your website starts to attract visitors.
That being said - it may be hard, but it's not an impossible thing to do.
With the help of SEO, Social Media, and your constant efforts - you will get there.
#5 - Make Money
The winning moment has arrived!
Do you know what was the first thing I did when I made my first affiliate sale?
I went out with my friends and celebrated it.
You should too.
You've earned it.
Take a moment and enjoy that first win of many!
Are you having a hard time believing that it will happen to you too?
That state of mind is your worst enemy. You need to get rid of it.
I did it - so can you!
Do you think that's it? No - it's not!
I walked you through the process of becoming an affiliate marketer.
If you need some more information about it, you can grab My Free Guide.
You will get to read why and how I made those steps myself.
Hopefully, it will save you from repeating my mistakes!
When you think about it, everything I wrote about the steps you need to take is looking exactly like this:
How cool is to fit all that words in a single photo?
This screenshot is a part of the teaching program of Wealthy Affiliate.
Where do you think my knowledge came from?
This platform was designed with only one goal in mind:
To transform you into a powerful affiliate marketer.
It will provide you with all the tools and education you will need to make it happen.
And so much more!
There is not a topic about working online that Wealthy Affiliate doesn't cover.
SEO, keywords research, proper use of affiliate links, Social Media, ranking on Google, writing a proper content...
I can go all day about this. And that's not even the best part!
You can join it FOR FREE!
Did I also mention that the FREE stuff ain't over once you join?
Wealthy Affiliate will also give you the chance to build not one, but two websites without any cost for you!
At that point, I can't see a single thing that should be holding you back.
Personally, there is one more reason why I love this platform as much as I do:
There are thousands of people inside Wealthy Affiliate who are just like you.
Some are just starting, plenty are already experts.
Why is that so important?
Working online can be a lonely experience.
You need to connect with like-minded people.
People who will be there for you every step of the way.
That can help you when there are things you simply don't get.
Who will keep you right on track every time you feel like giving up.
And that is priceless. Almost impossible to find in the world we live in today.
Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you. Misty Copeland
Honestly - I can't answer that question.
It all depends on what kind of website you've created.
Thankfully, there are affiliate programs that will work nicely no matter which niche your website belongs to.
Take your pick, those ones are all well-respected and popular online:
Now - don't go affiliate crazy in here!
Start with one affiliate program at the beginning.
As you gain more experience, you can expand to the rest as well.
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I truly hope that my Beginners Guide On Affiliate Marketing was helpful to you.
There is so much more to be said on the subject.
I can promise you that - more posts like this one will be coming your way!
There is only one thought I would like to leave you with:
If somebody is trying to convince that affiliate marketing is not an awesome way to make a living online, you should ignore her/him.
That person obviously doesn't want the competition.
And the only thing left for you to do is to put that individual in the right place:
Breathing on the dust you are leaving behind you!
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