The goal of this blog post is to in power you with an alternate way to make money besides working a 9-5 job. Affiliate marketing for beginners is not a get rich quick scheme, you won’t make money overnight. If you have the endurance to stick it out and learn from your mistakes, you could eventually build a substantial passive income. Truth be told, there are people making 6 and 7 figures doing affiliate marketing the right way. You have to master the basics before you can put up those type of numbers. So let’s get started!
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
When a company pays people to promote their products on their website or email list, this is a form of affiliate marketing. The affiliates are also called publishers, as a publisher, you get a commission every time you make a sale or generate a lead for the company you are promoting.
Amazon Dot Com runs probably the largest affiliate program on the internet. Bloggers that review products on their site, simply link to the product on the Amazon site and get paid for the referral traffic, if a purchase is made. This is a great program to start out with if you are a beginner, Amazon has one of the highest converting programs on the market because people trust Amazon. It sounds simple, but you need to know the basics and how to promotes these offers to the best of your ability.
How To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing For Beginners?
As a beginner, you should start out with a blog. Blogging is easy to get into and it doesn’t cost a lot of money to get started. In another blog post, I will go into detail about how to get a blog up and running. You might be thinking, what kind of blog should I start? I’m into internet marketing and everything digital, so naturally, I started this blog which teaches people how to make money from home using the internet. This is something that I’m passionate about and it’s easy for me to write about certain topics. So when choosing a blog topic, make sure its something you enjoy talking and writing about. It might take you a while to come up with your initial idea, take your time and choose a topic that you can stick with for the long run.
How To Pick A Niche For Affiliate Marketing?
OK, so you already know that you need to start a blog and promote affiliate offers on your blog. What should you blog about? Let’s go into more detail about this topic so you can have a better understanding of how important it is to choose the right niche if you want to make money with affiliate marketing.
You could start a blog on just about any topic and get a substantial amount of traffic. For example, you choose to blog about unicorns. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would read about the unicorns you write about. How many of them would actually make a purchase from you? Don’t answer, I will. The unicorn niche could probably get you some sales of small products, ie unicorn T-shirts, sweaters, etc. If your goal is to make 6 figures with affiliate marketing, don’t write about unicorns. You want to be a problem solver, people pay if you can solve their problems. There are a thousand niches that will work with affiliate marketing. Example, you have a blog about the newest types of drones. So potential drone buyers search google and stumble upon your site. They start to read a review of one of your articles and eventually click your link and make a purchase. You just helped this person with a buying decision. Just think if you helped 100 people per day with their drone purchasing decisions. That money could really add up if you were getting 25-50 percent commission on the products.
How To Sign Up For Affiliate Programs For Beginners
So you know what affiliate marketing is, you know you need a blog , and you know how to pick out a niche. Wondering what kind of affiliate programs you can promote?
There are thousands of affiliate programs for you to choose from. Remember that niche you chose? Let’s try and keep the programs you promote consistent with the theme of your blog. You don’t want to advertise men’s leather shoes if your blog audience is targeted towards women. It just wouldn’t make sense. Most beginning affiliate marketers start out by promoting some type of product, via a review site/blog. If this is the route you choose, I recommend starting out with the Amazon Affiliate Program.
The Amazon Associates Program is excellent for beginners. It caters to pretty much any niche you can think of. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling toys, video games, clothes, or even pet accessories. Amazon provides you with extensive stock to promote. It’s free to sign up, and it pays out as high as 10 percent commission on the purchases your referrals make. You will earn a commission on any product that is purchased. So even if you’re promoting women’s clothing and one of your visitors buys a TV. You get a commission for the TV.
Click Bank is a market place for digital and physical goods, they’ve been around for more than 15 years and are considered a great place to start for beginning affiliate marketers. They are free to join and feature payouts as high as 75 percent. If your blog has something to do with the “How To” niche, click bank might be a great place to start.
How To Drive Traffic To Your Affiliate Marketing Blog.
So now your blog is up, you’ve written a few blog review post, you’ve signed up for offers, and you’re ready to start sending traffic to your blog. This is the most important part of Affiliate Marketing For Beginners. Without traffic, none of your blog posts will be seen and no traffic will be sent to your offers.
Let’s go over some of the most popular ways to generate website traffic for your blog.
Social Media Marketing
The great thing about using social media to promote your affiliate offers, it’s a free source of traffic. Instagram, Pint-rest, twitter, and Facebook are some of your options. This is not a post about social media, so I will just focus on using Facebook for now.
How To Create A Facebook Page For Beginner Affiliate Marketing
The first thing you want to do is to create a brand new Facebook page for your new affiliate blog. This page will be used to promote the blog post that you create and it will help drive targeted traffic to your offers
Navigate to this url facebook.com/pages/create
You have to be logged into Facebook to complete this step. Go to settings and choose to create a page. Choose whatever option best represents your blog.
Go ahead and follow all of the steps until you’re given an option to upload pictures. You’re going to need to choose a profile picture to represent your brand/website. If you decide to make a logo, use it. Next, you need to upload a cover image for your page. Try and make this stand out to your followers. Include a call to action, telling them to check your website.
Create Some Content
Now it’s time to post some content that users can engage with. Don’t post promotional material in every post, add value and your users will come back to read more and eventually click to your website. Don’t be afraid to link out to content that is not yours, if it has value, your followers will appreciate it.
How To Use Facebook Groups To Promote Your Affiliate Offers
What is a Facebook Group?
A Facebook group is a place where like-minded people can engage in conversations as a group. These people share common problems, so its a great place to show that you are an expert on the topic. Don’t worry, eventually, you will be well versed in the niche you chose to promote.
Why you should use facebook groups with affiliate marketing
As a beginner in affiliate marketing, creating a Facebook group will give you a competitive advantage and allow you to build an audience that you can promote your offers to on a regular basis. Just think about it, What if you had 10k members in your group? Every time you decided to make a new post, your content will be instantly viewed by individuals that can relate to what you’re promoting. A certain percentage of them will always be willing to make a purchase from you. Your group won’t grow to ten thousand members overnight, but with hard work and patience, you could eventually have an unlimited source of leads.
Facebook groups are great for promoting brand names and it gives you the ability to deliver value to your members. There will be questions for you to answer to show your knowledge of the group topic. You will get plenty of chances to network and forge great connections. The whole goal is to be able to sell to your audience multiple times, you want to have customers that keep buying from you. If you’re not delivering some type of value, your audience won’t buy from you. There will be another more detailed post about setting up your Facebook group soon.
How To Use Your Facebook Group To Promote Affiliate Marketing Offers
OK, let’s see how you can go about promoting offers to your Facebook group members. We want to make sure that the type of promotions we are using is subtle and non-aggressive. None of your users should feel like they are required to click on any of your links. You need to be a ninja when you market your services or products. Once your group users are engaging with your content regularly, you can start to run posts that have some special discount or promotions. Below is an example of a facebook group promotional post done right.
Why Your Email List Will Be Your Most Profitable Source Of Income
OK, this will be the last form of promotion for this post. So pay attention and I apologize if I start to ramble.
“The Money Is In The List” Most successful Affiliate/Internet Marketers will agree with that statement. Building an email list from the start of your blog or internet marketing ventures will always be your number one goal. I follow a lot of people on Facebook and youtube that have lots of followers. I’m talking millions of followers. I’m not knocking them at all, I would love to have that many followers to promote my offers to. What happens if Facebook or Google decides to ban your account? You lose your shit and a lot of money. This is why you need to start building an email list right away, you own it, it’s an asset.
How To Build An Email List For Affiliate Marketing
Once you have your blog up and running, you can start to collect email addresses. People are smart now and they can sense a scam a mile away. It’s not easy to get someone to give you their email address. You have to separate yourself from your competition by providing a freebie for the potential subscriber to download in exchange for giving you their email address.
The best way to accomplish this is to create a free product or service that solves a specific problem. If you are targeting the right people then they should all share some of the same pain points. Let’s say you’re promoting women’s sundresses, you could offer a free download titled ” Top 10 sundresses to be seen in this year”. Again, if you looking at the right group of people, this title will be appealing and most will give you their email address in exchange for your download. What you do after you collect the email address will make or break your profit earning potential.
So now you have an email address, people check their emails multiple times a day. You don’t want to come off like most of the spam emails you get everyday. It all comes back to value and knowing your target audience. If you have a blog, every time you make a new post about dresses, you could send it out to your email list. In that email you will link to the product with your affiliate link.(amazon) and if they buy you will earn a percentage of the sale. Once a buyer always a buyer.
You will have the ability to keep track of which of your subscribers made a purchase after getting your email. I’m jumping ahead just to give you an idea of how targeted email marketing can be If done right. Next, we would segment our list based off of who made a purchase. This will be our buyer’s list, our most valuable asset. These people are buyers, so if you are providing enough value they will be lifetime customers.
How Much Money Can I Make With an Email List and Affiliate Marketing?
Some of the top internet marketers say that for each person on your email list, you should earn one dollar per month. I think in a perfect scenario, this is definitively true. Starting out don’t expect to earn that much per subscriber. You have to learn how to write emails and make a connection. This will be taught in a later content piece. What if you build a list of ten thousand subscribers and you were marketing a 500 dollar product to your list. Let’s say only 50- percent of your list opens that email, so 5000 people read it. 30 percent actually click on the link to the product you’re promoting, so 1500. 10 percent decide to purchase the product. As an affiliate you are getting 50 percent of the sale, so 250 dollars. 10 percent of 1500 is 15 and that times 250 is 3750 dollars. Doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but you only sent out one email and were able to make 3750 dollars. There are people who have an email list with sizes in the millions. You do the math.
In conclusion, You now know the basics for affiliate marketing for beginners. Look forward to more detailed post that will help you obtain your income goals.