Affiliate marketing is something that requires work and a full blown understanding or you simply won't make it.
Rather than giving you the long version of how affiliate marketing works, I figured this short guide would help those of you who aren't looking to spend all day trying to understand something so simple.
If you are looking to make money online with affiliate marketing, follow along and let me give you the shortest version of how to cash in on one of the best business models out there.
So What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is nothing more than selling other people's products through a simple website, which in turn will give you a commission in the process.
By creating a website in a given niche, you will then get “affiliated” with sites like Amazon, Ebay, and many others who are willing to pay you to sell their products.
Such a simple business model but there are guidelines that must be followed and having a website is usually one of the requirements.
It is just like a regular retail business minus a lot of things that usually cost a lot of money.
- No buying of products
- No need to rent some space to run a store
- No dealing with returns
- No dealing with customers
- No crazy overhead
The one thing you need to understand about affiliate marketing is that you will not do any actual talking to your customers or any of that “normal” stuff.
That little website you are creating will do all the work for you and I want to explain how.
Like I mentioned earlier, you will NEED a website if you want to even get started with affiliate marketing.
Some gurus will tell you to do this and do that or even try to tell you that affiliate marketing doesn't work just to promote the nonsense that they want to sell you.
This in turn will let you join their scheme, having you make $0, and eventually quitting thinking that everything online is a scam.
If you want to make money online, you need to get with the right program and work on monetizing your affiliate marketing business.
I always recommend Wealthy Affiliate as they are the most affordable, come with a community of help, and they offer a completely free trial.
Maybe if this was 2001, you might have to build a website with some code and I'm sure none of us have time to do that type of stuff.
Thanks to this thing called technology, building a website is beyond simple and can even be built in a matter of seconds.
With nothing but a couple of clicks, you can have your very own piece of online real estate ready to start making you money.
Instead of going through Godaddy or another domain provider to get your domain and then try to find some hosting somewhere else, you are able to do all of with Wealthy Affiliate.
Mind you, this is also the same site that teaches you everything you need to know.
Try going at it alone and you will be more confused than you think.
Populating Your Site
Once you have that very own site of yours, you are going to need to start adding some content to it.
So unlike a normal store that you would have to explain products to your customers, you will do nothing more than provide information on your site that will help anyone in need of that info.
I'm sure you've “Googled” something in your life, right?
Well that is exactly what you will create for the world to see and in turn can make some money by proving simple information.
Have you ever searched for “_____ review” for a product you simply wanted to know more about?
For some of you, you might have even clicked on a link that led you to Amazon or some other site, which ended with you making a purchase.
The person who owned that site made a commission in the process and they did nothing more than craft an article that explained what you were looking for.
Nothing more, nothing less.
This is always the fun part but the one that should be focused on last although making money is our main goal.
The way you acquire your affiliate links is nothing more than signing up to an affiliate program, which will then supply you with your personal link.
Once you get that link to whatever product it is that you plan on promoting, you can then add it to your site along with the content you created.
If you take a look at the screenshot above, you will see how I was able to obtain my affiliate link to a GoPro Hero camera, which can then be added to my site.
Someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase, I get paid.
By making a sale for that camera, I would make over $20.
Imagine if just 20 people bought one of those cameras using my link.
That's over $500 just for one product listed on my site.
Now imagine if I had other articles that made money + the sales from that camera.
The income with affiliate marketing is absolutely amazing.
Affiliate marketing absolutely works!
It is definitely amazing but does require the right training, tools, and even some coaching and mentoring if possible.
I have tried using all the free stuff offered online and ended up finding myself getting lost and giving into the gurus that tried to tell me affiliate marketing didn't work.
If you want the proper training, all the tools, and even some private coaching, you can join me here and I will gladly point you in the right direction.
You want to know what's so cool about all of this?
I get paid for showing you how to do all of this!
Now let's get you started in the right direction or you can continue trying to find that one opportunity that will show you how to make money online but just know that nothing can compare to affiliate marketing.
If you're ready to get started, I'm ready to help you as long as you come in with an open mind and are willing to put in the work NEEDED to succeed online.
You can do this so don't ever let anyone tell you that money can not be made online.
Good luck and thanks for reading!