“The complete beginners guide to affiliate marketing” is going to be a success map that would direct and help you to take every single right step towards attaining success and financial freedom.
I believe what brought you here must have been to find answers to the unknown.
To clarify and be assured of that which is stopping you from tapping into this affiliate marketing opportunity you recently discovered and skeptical about.
YES! You are in the right place.
But, before I move unto providing answers to the questions you might have and eliminate your skepticism, I want you to first understand what affiliate marketing truly is.
Affiliate Marketing Explained… It Is What You Have Been Doing!
Let me ask you these questions…
Have you ever told your friend/s, siblings, or simply a co-worker about a product you love so much? Or,
Have they ever asked you to give your opinion on something they are interested in before they go for it?
What you did by recommending them something you like or by simply giving your opinion about what they want, which prompted them to make better decisions and actions, is what affiliate marketing is all about.
Basically, you have been helping others to sell their product and services, and you are not getting rewarded for your good deeds.
Can you see that you have been doing affiliate marketing all this while without realizing? It has always been around you!
By the way, the good thing about affiliate marketing in the online world is, you get paid for doing what was once a free service to your friends.
You help others to sell their product, but it won’t be free this time around, you get rewarded through “Affiliate Commissions” for what you have done.
With this, you don’t have to be a salesperson in the shop or even distribute those products physically.
Affiliate commission is simply a percentage of the sales. For example, if the price of the product you recommend is $50, you may earn 15% (more or less) of that price.
I am pretty sure you are amazed as to how that could make you money! You are not alone, I was too.
Since you’ve been able to picture and understand what affiliate marketing is, I know your next question probably is;
Why Affiliate Marketing Is Important For You? Its Benefits Are…
1. It Helps You To Become Financially Independent
Are you are a college student like myself? or someone with a full time 9 – 5 Job without much to gain?
I am pretty sure you would understand the desperate need for financial freedom.
Therefore, since financial independence is what you are seeking, you should look no further anymore as that is one of the main benefits you would get from affiliate marketing.
From my own perspective, I would say affiliate marketing is indeed one of the best solutions to financial freedom!
I believe by the time you are almost building up your business and have started to earn money, you would look back to this day with a smile in your eyes as you think about your Skepticism and uncertainties.
With a full sense of fulfillment, you would say “Oh, starting my online business and being an affiliate marketer was the best decision I ever made, my only regret is, I wished I had made that decision earlier.”
That is the joy of it!
2. No Experience Is Needed
Another good point here!
With affiliate marketing, you need not have any prior experience in any field whatsoever. This is something you can learn, implement, and become very successful in.
This makes it an awesome choice for first-time job seekers or those who have tried applying to many job postings out there but was without success.
Now, I am now starting to reminisce about how I was turned down from different jobs because of my lack of work experience.
Well, I guess I should thank them for that as they changed my mindset and life completely!
You also do not need to worry anymore nor should you feel saddened because of your lack of job.
Your road to success as opened up right from the moment you found yourself reading this success guide.
3. You Can Work From Anywhere
Affiliate marketing allows you to work from anywhere in the world.
It allows you to live the laptop lifestyle you have always dream of. If you have not yet, then it’s high time you dream about it for real.
Whether it be from the comfort of your home while in your PJ, from 36000 ft above the ground (if you could find internet connection there), or
At your favorite cafes–both internet cafe or coffee cafe–anywhere is fine as far as you are making your money.
I have even found myself working on my business as I was trying to fix something to eat. *Take caution, you may get hurt!
Anyways, the gist of this is, you are not restricted by location!
4. You Are Your Own Boss
Have you ever had to work all night and wake up very early in the morning to prepare for work, only for your proposal to be rejected by your boss with a flimsy excuse?
Frustrating right? Ugh*
You would not have to deal with a difficult boss, and would not have to overly stress yourself. You have all the time to yourself to complete the task.
Just make sure you do not abuse this opportunity by neglecting your business, okay!
You are not working for anybody, you are working for yourself.
5. You Build Your Own Business – You Reap All The Success
Since you have become your own boss, it means you are starting to establish your own business.
With that, you start to have greater ambitions than you ever had to work for someone. You start to dream bigger and better as you fulfill each of your goals and ambitions.
As your business reach its peak, you reap all the success without having to share it with anyone. You can with your loved ones of course!
And, with your success, you can build many more successes as you now know exactly how it works without repeating the same mistakes.
6. You Get Paid Multiple Times For A Single Work
I think this is one of my favorite of all. Call me greedy, but who does not love multiple rewards? If you don’t my hats off to you!
Affiliate marketing allows you to get paid over and over again for just one completed work. This is what is referred to as “Passive Income”. It is one of the main advantages of affiliate marketing!
You get multiple streams of income from different places because you are not tied to only one company as you do with your 9 – 5 jobs. And…
What you did once and in the past would continue to make you money, especially when you are not working on your business like on a trip, vacation with your family, or while sleeping. The oddest time you least expected!
Now you tell me, would you say no to such? Surely Not!
Alright, I know you are getting excited already.
Since I have broken down and told you the benefits of affiliate marketing, you must really want to know how you can make money in affiliate marketing.
Are you sure you really want to know what to do to make money as an affiliate marketer? *Just teasing 😍, that is going to be next!
Do You Want To Get Paid Multiple Times From Multiple Streams Of Income?
How To Make Money As An Affiliate Marketer!
There are many ways you can earn money as an affiliate marketer some of which are EBook, Social Media Marketing, Podcast, Email Marketing, and Content Marketing.
But, I am going to focus on the last one, “Content Marketing.” In my opinion and from my experience, I believe it is the easiest to do, and it can generate a lot of continuous lucrative income also known as “Passive Income.”
As a content creator, you are going to be writing a lot of articles non-stop and it is with these articles of yours that you would be making money.
Also, these articles or blog posts of yours are what you are going to be using to recommend product and services to people.
Are you confused?
Okay, this is it, after you have found the product to promote (I would explain how to go about that soon) in your articles, you would be given your own affiliate links by the owner of those products.
Those links are like your personal ID. So when someone clicks on them in your post and purchase something, the links would make them know the sale/s is from you.
Clear now? ????
In case you are wondering things like, I am not good at writing, how do I know what to write about? Besides, where do I write my contents?
Relax, relax, relax, it is where we are going next! I am going to guide you through each and every step you need to take.
The Complete Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing – “The Step-By-Step Guide To Follow”
Step 1: Find Your Passion
Remember I mentioned something about how you recommend something you like to your friends, etc.
That is what is going to be your first step and task. Take a seat, think about your hobbies, things you are passionate about and which you can tell someone non-stop about.
For example, I love anything beauty, skincare, and online business. I can write a lot or tell someone about them. Yours could be scuba-diving, traveling, swimming, online business, sewing, fashion, health, etc.
If you don’t have any hobbies or anything you are passionate about, that is okay, not everyone can be the same.
You can think about something you would like to know more about. Or, something you think it would be fun to learn.
For me, cooking is not my passion but it is something I can learn or would like to learn about.
Also, I do love traveling, but haven’t really gotten my way around it yet.
Because of that, I don’t really know much about it, but I think it would be fun learning about traveling and places I could visit in different parts of the world.
Those passions and interest of yours are what we call NICHE!
Now that you are done with finding your passion, something that interests you, or something you could learn, let’s move on to the next step.
Step 2: Create A Website
No, no, no, do not panic! We are no longer in the 90s or early 2000s where you need to have a degree in computer programming before you can build a website.
You don’t even need to have a college degree nor learn anything about coding before you can build a website of yours.
With such advanced website creation tool like the siterubix.com platform, the only thing you need to know is how to follow instructions.
It would include filling in; the name of the website you would like to create, your name, your email address, password, username, and that’s all!
You tell me, do you not think even an elementary school kid would be able to create a website within a few minutes?
Let’s See It In ACTION;
What’s the name of the website you would like to create? Type in the box below!
Since you have created a website, let’s get started with building it up with your contents.
Your website is where you are going to be publishing or posting your contents (articles, etc.). It is the very foundation of your business and success!
Step 3: Create Contents
After you are done with your website creation. You need a plan, more like a schedule for your contents.
How many days a week do you think you would be able to write for your website?
A day is okay if you are planning to do this part-time, but, if you can dedicate 2 to 3 days, that is a lot better.
How many hours do you think you would be able to dedicate to those days?
Good! You have crafted your content plan. You just have to write away and have fun with it!
This is where the passion I told you to think about comes into play.
If you have many things you are passionate about, just pick one of them for now, and start writing blog posts on topics related to your area of interest.
After achieving success with this one, you can now create more websites for each of the other passions of yours.
Told you right, affiliate marketing opportunities are enormous!
Step 4: Join Affiliate Networks
On these affiliate networks, you can join many affiliate programs whose product you can promote on your website. Here’s the difference between affiliate programs and affiliate networks;
Affiliate Programs are the product manufacturer and business owners whose product and services you would promote in return for commissions.
You can join as many as you want as far as there product and services are trusted.
Affiliate Networks are the ones that manage your affiliate programs and payment for you.
Let say you join Reebok, Nike, and Adidas affiliate programs (if you are interested in shoes) on CJ for example.
Instead of each of those brands paying you. They are going to pay CJ, and you will get all your payments from CJ.
That makes it easier, right!
One thing I want you to know is affiliate programs and networks are FREE to JOIN. If you come across anyone that is requesting for payment to join, stay far away from it, it is possibly a scam!
Step 5: Attract People To Your Contents
There are different ways you could attract people or visitors to your contents such as paid ads, email marketing, social media, etc.
But as a beginner, who is just starting out, you probably cannot afford paid ads, nor do you have any strong followings through email or social media.
Therefore the easiest and most efficient for you to do is get Organic Traffic (or visitors).
These are people that naturally see your contents on places like Google or Bing and click through it.
Here is an example; whenever you find yourself on Google looking for something and clicks on any of the articles suggested to you, you are now the organic visitor of that website.
Do you get it?
You may want a good mentorship for this step and the rest.
Step 6: Earn Your Money… The Cool Part!
Here is the cool part, and the sweetest of all!
All the previous taken steps are very essential and mandatory to reach this step. This is the ultimate reward of them all!
As you continue to build your website with contents, and more people are seeing it, they began to see what you have to offer. And…
From the product you are promoting or recommending, you make your money.
This is how it works;
The same way you found yourself on Google earlier, if you had purchased any product from any website, the owner of that website who likely is an affiliate marketer is definitely earning commissions from that.
Don’t be too alert, friend.
Because you or someone else buys something through an affiliate link does not have any effect on the price of the product whatsoever.
Sometimes you even get discounted prices through an affiliate link than, going directly to the manufacturer.
What do you think about earning money from recommending things to others? Cool isn’t it!
Affiliate Marketing Profit Cycle
I would like you to keep in mind that as an affiliate marketer and content creator, …
You are a helper! That should be the main intention of your contents.
It is only when you can help others would you earn money in return. Try as much as possible to offer values to your visitors!
You help people find solutions to their problems by providing them with something you believe might be the best solution or something that would work for them.
That could either be from your own experience or the experience of others.
You are a reviewer! Also, connected to help.
You review product and services to see their effectiveness by experiencing them yourself or from researching those who have experienced them.
Thereafter, you inform people whether those products and services are what they claim to be.
With your reviews, people make an informed decision.
It becomes a win-win situation for everyone! How?
They are happy, you are happy, the businesses are happy as they make sales or improve their services which in turn generates sales with time.
Everyone is profiting, and it becomes a never-ending profit cycle!
Who Is Affiliate Marketing For?
Affiliate marketing is for everyone! I believe by now you can attest to that.
There is no age limit with affiliate marketing. I personally have come across successful affiliate marketers as young as 21 years old and those who are in there 70s in my community.
I have also met those who decided to fire their boss and quit their 9 – 5 job to focus on their online business.
Note that I am not asking you to fire your boss now. Even if you are going to do that eventually, make sure you have started seeing substantial income with your business.
Are you feeling overwhelmed to get started?
Do not worry! you are welcome to my community It is designed to help affiliate marketers of all level.
Plus, I would guide you through each and every step to get started and going. So, we got you!
How Long Would It Take Me To Start Making Money?
I am not going to sugar coat this for you!
I’m going to be very sincere with you even though you might not like it.
This is because I feel it is better for you to know the true facts and reality now, so you can prepare yourself pretty well for your success.
Asking about how long it would take you to start making money as a new affiliate marketer with a new website, is the same thing as;
Asking when a newly opened construction company that is still getting used to its environment would start generating profit.
This company hasn’t yet many products to sell or maybe few and has not gotten the trust of its potential customers yet or those who could refer people to it.
The same thing applies to affiliate marketing, you need some time, hard work, determination, persistence and patience for you to start seeing success.
Do you get it now?
But this is a fact, success online happens faster than success offline. For example, …
It might take about 3 to 5 years before you start seeing profit in the physical world. And, it takes a lot of capital to start (talking about thousands of dollars or more).
Whereas, that is not the case with a legitimate online business like affiliate marketing.
On a rough estimate, after 3 to 4 months you could start seeing a few tens to hundreds of dollars, if not more. And, you can start with as little as $50. This could be longer!
As you continue to build out your contents, like after 6 months to a year, Google and other search engines would start to trust your website and would continue to send even more visitors your way.
That is by allowing them to see your contents more often on their engines than when your site was still new.
At this point, you might be making more hundreds and even a lot of thousands of dollars.
This differs for individuals depending on your level of commitment, and how well you are implementing everything you are been taught.
So, if what you are looking for is a get-rich-quick scheme that gives fake promises of thousands of dollars in a week or month without having to do your part, then affiliate marketing is NOT for you. Trust me!
Therefore you make the decision yourself, do you want to attain success or not?
Is what you are looking for something that would provide you with a complete long term success which would continue to make you money passively?
And, are you willing to put in the required effort (affiliate marketing got no time for lazy people) and determination?
I want to believe reading up to this point means you have answered YES to the above questions, and you ought to give yourself a pat on the back for that.
You definitely do know what you want, and you deserve and are destined for Success!
Is Success Guaranteed With Affiliate Marketing?
Remember I mentioned earlier that affiliate marketing is for EVERYONE right. There’s actually an exception to that.
Who are those exempted?
Lazy people who still believe money can actually just come to you while sitting without having to do anything.
Of course, it would happen with time, but, you must have done your own part for it to finally reward you that way.
Also, the impatient ones who have been working steadily all along to cultivate their farms, but as soon as it is almost harvest time, they give it all up. Wasting such a fruitful garden!
Therefore dear friend, the fact that you wanted to know all the ins and outs of affiliate marketing shows that you do not belong to those exempted. With this, I can also say, …
SUCCESS IS INDEED GUARANTEED for PEOPLE LIKE YOU who TRULY want SUCCESS, and are ready to PUT in their EFFORTS!
At this point, let me apologize for the reality check and the OVERLY sincere words. That was not my intention. Okay, I know what to do!
To bring back your excitement and energized self, and to motivate you, Let’s see some success stories in our community below.
Most of them are all people who started like you, without any prior experience, but you would see how their hard work paid off!
Each of the images, you can click on them to read more of their successes.
Now that you are fully energized, and your excitement is back to live, let me share some of my strategies to achieve success with you.
Strategies To Achieve Success As An Affiliate Marketer – You Can’t Go Wrong With Them!
#1. “Treat It Like A Farm”
This is my #1 strategy. To achieve success in affiliate marketing you have to treat it like a farm.
It takes a lot of time, seasons, cultivation, etc. to grow a tree into that beautiful fruitful giant one you see.
If the farmers did not do all the necessary things like watering it, getting rid of weeds and pests, applying manures and fertilizers to keep it thriving doing the early stages, you and them would not be able to see it germinate at all.
Also, if they decided to give up half-way, they would not be able to enjoy the fruit of their labor.
I can’t relate to farmers! it’s fine.
Treat as a real business, do not treat it as something you are just trying out.
Try to think of how hard you would have worked if you wanted a promotion at your company, or how hard you are studying so you could get good results and better jobs.
You direct the same amount of work and determination, or even better, towards it.
Believe me, stick to that and you will see success sooner or later. You will for sure!
#2. “Always Seek Help Whenever You Need It”
This is the mistakes most newbies make, myself inclusive, at times we feel we know it all or even feel a bit intimidated to ask for help when we need it.
Remember you are still new to this, you are like a naive little child that is just going into the world. It is only with the right guidance would you be able to succeed.
It is only those who ask questions that would get the correct and best answers. If you don’t ask, how would you ever find the right answer? Of course, you would not!
Furthermore, Asking those who have gone through the same thing as you, would prevent you from making the same mistakes as them. This is what brings me to the next strategy.
#3. “Have A Mentor”
Having a mentor is very essential. It makes you a better person because you always look up to them which would most often motivate you to do better as well.
Also, I mentioned seeking help earlier, when you ask for help from someone who is a mentor of yours and learns from his/her mistakes, your rate of success is higher. Why?
Because it sticks straight and right into your brain as they are someone whose success you can now attest to yourself.
Of course, you would not want to repeat that mistake of theirs.
You would always want to and continue to do what is right for your business, or rather, continue to do what is going to make your business successful like theirs.
#4. “Control Your Mindset”
A very powerful one! Our mindset can make or break us.
When you believe and tell yourself you can do something, you can.
And the moment you start to doubt yourself, it becomes something else entirely.
Therefore, you should always think positively and remain optimistic!
Although there is nothing wrong with being afraid of failure nor is there anything wrong with being ready for the unforeseen, you should not allow your fears or whatever to consume you.
You have to take charge of it.
Also, there will be many whispers and discouragement from those around you who can’t see what you are seeing, nor do they understand the opportunity you have come across.
Do not let anyone or anything limit you from reaching and exceeding your potentials. You are better than what you ever think.
You are not just a dreamer, but also an achiever of your dreams. So keep dreaming, and continue to achieve those dreams one at a time. Two is okay though 😉!
The sky is your starting point, dear friend!
#6. “Be Consistent & Patient”
The last but not the least, stay consistent.
Repeat and continue to do everything over and over again from your content creation to following the strategies, all of them until your business finally reaches the height you want.
Do not give up!
Do not give failure a chance to stop you from your success. Instead, let it be a learning process to help you achieve success.
There are many who give up before they could achieve success simply because they could not be patient enough, or were not able to stay consistent.
Consistency is the key to many closed doors, and you must have the keys to be able to open those doors!
Affiliate marketing works. You can be financially free through it. You can achieve beyond your dreams. You are able to spend more quality time with your family. And…
The best of all, it helps you to appreciate the beauty of your existence and your values!
I hope I have been able to make a positive impact on you with this article of mine.
What other questions do you have about affiliate marketing? Write them in the comment section below, and I would answer them on time for you.
Would you want to start your own affiliate marketing business? Have you already created your website?
And, do you agree that it is indeed a solution to be able to finally pay the bills and be financially free?
Also, write them down, It would really be fulfilling to connect with you all!
Cheers to your awaiting success…