Work from home is an opportunity we all want to take advantage of. 4-Hour/ Day Work Schedule sounds very enticing to all of us. Specifically, working on our own convenience!
In the past few years, Affiliate Marketing has been a trend worldwide to achieve the same goal : EARN A PASSIVE INCOME even when you’re asleep. But there is a LOT to learn and do in order to achieve this goal.
Let me discuss with you the steps on how to become an affiliate marketer online. This article aims to help beginners to fully understand the steps needed to become an affiliate marketer online and to define deeper how strenuous the process before you see revenue kicking in your bank accounts.
Yes, I hate to break this to you, but this is a JOB to be taken very seriously which requires a lot of TIME to invest in. The magic doesn’t happen overnight but once it does, it is very rewarding.
Affiliate Marketing in a Nutshell
According to Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income: “Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
This is by far the best simplified definition that I found for affiliate marketing.
In the image above, the publisher is the Affiliate Marketer. As an affiliate marketer online, your responsibilities start with choosing your interest, building a website, getting visitors on your site and having them click your affiliate links, and earning revenue once those consumers buy from the merchants site through your affiliate links.
- Choose Interest
- Build a Website
- Get Visitors
- Earn Commissions
Passion: the Key into a Passive Income
This is the initial step of the process. You choose your niche. Niche is basically your audience. Who are your target audience? Who do you want to sell products to? What are your interests in life? Do you love to cook? Do you love shoes? Do you love fitness? What about purses? What about photography or football? This is where your journey begins.
My tip on choosing your niche is simple: choose something that you know almost everything about, something that you can talk about all the time, something that you will never get tired of discussing, something that you will never run out of ideas when you discuss it with a friend.
This audience and topic that you will choose should not be too broad. For example, instead of sports, just target football. Focus on just one niche so you won’t feel overwhelmed. I am telling you it can get overwhelming at first but with practice and hard work you can easily get use to the process. It is very easy to add on niches once you are familiar with how the whole process works. It will just be a piece of cake!
Niche choosing shouldn’t be too stressful and should be fun. Think of things you love, that makes you happy, something that you can see yourself still talking about in long term. Opportunities on niches are endless. There are Billions of internet users in this world. Every niche is a possibility of earning revenue. Take your time to think it through, it shouldn’t be difficult if it is something you love!
This targeted people and/or topic is what you will create articles for. Yes, you will write contents, share stories, experiences, reviews on products, and your knowledge on the said niche. Articles with contents related to the niche you choose will lure your audience to your website. Next step in this process.
Website Creation – Your Store, Your Brand
Scary? I find it challenging! A few years back, it would be pretty difficult but not today! With technology growing quickly, web hosting companies made it very easy for any individual, tech savvy or not, to build their own website. Price ranges from free, free trial, up to $15/year.
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Your website is your store. As an Affiliate Marketer, this is where you will create and post your contents. The goal is to create a trustworthy website, which you can achieve as you create trustworthy contents. I recommend you make a self goal of content creation each month. Again, it shouldn’t be difficult and must be exciting! Talk about your expertise on your niche, anything related to your niche like how to articles and trusted product reviews.
Once you have contents and you master content creation in your site, you will have to apply for affiliate membership programs. Affiliate Programs are free to join, no credit card needed, nor any sign-up fee. Avoid scams by avoiding affiliate programs asking for a membership fee. Think of it this way, they need your help to sell their products, so they should never charge you. They should be the one paying you to promote their services and products.
I suggest that you have a minimum of 10 articles published online on your website before you apply to these affiliate programs, this is due to them wanting their affiliates getting a good amount of traffic on their site before they approve the application. That means a lot of keywords content building and publishing. It takes time for your site to gain stable traffic. I will definitely write a separate content about “how to generate traffic in your site” to discuss this further.
Here are the main affiliate programs available to any affiliate marketers:
- Amazon Associates
- Rakuten Linkshare
Tips for beginners: You can find their affiliate programs normally on the bottom of their website where the contact us portion is at. Below is an example from AMAZON.COM you can locate the become an affiliate at the very bottom of the page:
You can also do a google search based on your niche. For example, your niche is football apparel, your keyword search should be: affiliate program + football apparel. And it will show you results of the affiliate programs you can join who PAYS for you promote their products. You will have to enroll in their program and wait to hear from them before you can use their links/ads/banners on your website and earn commissions.
Attract Visitors and Consumers
This is the most thrilling part of the process in my opinion. With proper keywords on your contents in your website, you will never know how many people could go visit your site in a day. There is a Search Engine Optimization or SEO techniques most Affiliate Marketers use when they create content, this is what I prefer using to gain what we call Organic Traffic. I loved this method and still the method I use and will be using because it is absolutely FREE. I highly recommend JAAXY.
Jaaxy is the industry’s only keyword and research platform that was developed for affiliate marketers to make content keyword and competition research very easy for new affiliate marketers. With proper use, Jaaxy can help you find out the number of people who search particular keywords and how much traffic that keyword makes in a month. This is a very helpful tool every affiliate marketers must use to gain organic traffic on their site. Jaaxy has membership fees, don’t get me wrong. Find out how I get it for FREE by checking my Wealthy Affiliate review.
You can also get traffic by using social media. Creating social media links to your website and sharing your contents in Facebook, Pinterest, google+, Instagram, and Twitter can greatly help because your followers will get to see and click your link to your website.
People also do pay advertisement like PPC. Until now, I have not used this product because I want to get my traffic naturally without having to spend money.
One more thing I would recommend is exploring forums and group discussions online related to your niche. Join those discussions and leave a link to your article related to what the forum topic is about.
I also get some traffic with the help of the wonderful community of affiliate marketers in my Wealthy Affiliate family. They provide feedback to my articles which helps me improve my content writing skills too.
The CashFlow Magic
Once you follow these steps I mentioned above, you can just focus on more content creation, target more keywords for more traffic in your new contents, link affiliate products into your website, and see the magic happen… I won’t tell you it will right away, results vary, some people get extra cash each month right away, some got results after 3 months, I know some people that earn a passive 4 digit income after,6 months of hard work.
Affiliate marketing opportunities are endless, I always say “the sky is the limit”. You just have to be determined, set achievable and realistic goals, follow the above steps, and results will come.
Can you picture yourself working while relaxing on this wonderful scenery???
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If you need help with this career path and journey, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.