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What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started?

You might have already heard the term ‘Affiliate Marketing‘. Affiliate marketing is a great source of passive income, you can make money online even when you’re sleeping. 

99% of people get started with affiliate marketing to establish a source of passive income. Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable ways to make money online

In one of the videos, Ankur Aggarwal has mentioned that he is making over $30000 per month with affiliate marketing. Here is an image from his blog that will give you a glimpse of his earnings from only a few sources. 

Income report of affiliate marketing from Ankur Aggarwal blog
Source: https://www.ankuraggarwal.in

Let’s take one another example of the owner of a popular blog – shoutmelound.com, Harsh Aggarwal in one of his blog posts said, he got to know about Affiliate Marketing back in 2008 and within a few months, he started making a decent amount of income from it. Here is the screenshot from his blog post:

Income report of affiliate marketing from shoutmeloud blog
Source: https://www.shoutmeloud.com

Although a lot has
been changed since 2008. Still, there is a huge scope of affiliate marketing
(especially in some countries like India, where there is less competition). All
you need is a fully-fledged strategy.

Like Ankur Aggarwal and Harsh Aggarwal, millions of people are doing well and earning a living with affiliate marketing. You can too make money with affiliate marketing.

The idea behind Affiliate marketing is, you promote a product belongs to some other people and for every product sold, you earn a specific commission.

It depends on revenue sharing. Like, if you have a product and you want to sell more, then you can give promoters a specific financial incentive using the affiliate program.

If you don’t have any product and still you want to make money online then you can promote other people’s products to earn incentive as an affiliate marketer. 

In this blog post, I’ll cover each and everything you need to know to get started with Affiliate marketing, including:

  • What is Affiliate Marketing
  • Basics of Affiliate Marketing
  • How does Affiliate Marketing Work
  • How to get started with Affiliate Marketing
  • Affiliate Marketing terminologies 

Bookmark this page to master the art of Affiliate Marketing. I’m about to share what you need to make $$$$$. 

Now, when you already
have a very basic understanding of Affiliate marketing, let’s get started with
the definition of Affiliate Marketing.

What is Affiliate
Marketing?

Here is a simple definition from 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.

The definition is
quite easy. So, there is no need to break it down any further. 

Moving to the next
question,

How does Affiliate
Marketing Work?

Affiliate marketing is
a simple 4 step process:

  1. You find and join an affiliate program (Here is a list with which you can start)
  2. You choose a product/service to promote (You will obtain a unique affiliate link)
  3. You share the link using Social Media, Blog, YouTube, Facebook Ads or via any other mean
  4. You earn a specific affiliate commission for every purchase made using your unique affiliate link.

The infographic below
will explain to you, the cycle of affiliate marketing, like which parties are
involved in an affiliate marketing system. 

Various stages of affiliate marketing
Source: https://www.marketing-society.org.uk/

If you have understood
the infographics well, skip this section else continue reading…

According to Wikipedia, there are 4 parties involved in affiliate marketing: the merchant, the network, the publisher, and the customer.

However, other sites
said, there are 3 parties involved instead of 4.

Let’s have a glimpse
of all the 4 parties involved in a successful affiliate marketing system. 

The Merchant: You may also call the merchant as the creator, the brand, the seller, the retailer, or the vendor. Merchant is the one who creates the product. It can be a big company or a brand like Dyson, which manufactures vacuum cleaners. 

Or, it can be a person like Mariah Coz, who sells online courses to female entrepreneurs.

Mariahcoz homepage screenshot

A merchant can be
anyone who is having a product to sell.

The Affiliate: Also called the publisher sometimes. Affiliates can be an individual or an entire company. One may earn from a few hundred dollars to tens of millions of dollars every month from an affiliate marketing business. 

This is where
marketing takes place. One or more products are promoted by an affiliate to
convince potential buyers for buying the promoted product. 

You might have a question, how can you achieve it?

Here’s my suggestion, you can convince potential buyers to make a purchase decision of your affiliate product by running a review blog of the merchant’s products. For example: 

Dyson's blog for reviewing products

You can also make a site entirely dedicated to finding some cool products belong to a specific niche and promoting those affiliate products. 

This is why I’m broke is one of the most popular examples of affiliate network sites. 

The Consumer: Also called the customer, it is responsible for this affiliate marketing system cycle. If there will be no sale, all the work done will go in vain, neither the revenue will generate nor will be shared.

It is mostly up to the
affiliate that (s)he will let the consumer know that they are part of the
affiliate marketing system. 

Usually, the consumer
doesn’t pay a higher price to the affiliate marketer because the cost of the
affiliate network is already included in the retail price.

The Network: This is a less considered part of an affiliate marketing system. I feel like considering this as a part of the affiliate marketing equation. In many cases, the network acts as a mediator between the affiliate and the merchant.

There are two ways you can do affiliate marketing, either you can promote a product to get a direct revenue or you can make use of any network like ClickBank or Amazon to promote their certain products and let the network handle your payments and product delivery. 

ClickBank Featured Products screenshot - affiliate marketing

ClickBank for E-products and Amazon Affiliate for physical products are the best platforms out there to get started.

Amazon associate homepage screenshot - affiliate marketing

Anyone can easily Sign
Up and then generate a unique affiliate link for the product(s) you’re
promoting. If anyone buys through your link, you will earn a small commission.

Affiliate Marketing
Terminologies

Here are some terms
that will come up before you most often in the space of affiliate marketing.
So, better to know what these terms are:

  • Affiliates: Publishers like me and you using an affiliate program link to promote a product and make sales.
  • Affiliate marketplace: Marketplaces are the platforms that let you choose the products to promote in various niches. For example, ShareASale, Clickbank, and CJ are some great marketplaces. 
  • Affiliate software: Softwares used to develop an affiliate program for companies. Example – FirstPromoter, etc.
  • Affiliate link: This is the special and unique link provided by your affiliate program to track the progress of your affiliate promotion. 
  • Affiliate ID: It is quite similar to the affiliate link, several affiliate program give a unique ID which can be added to the product site. 
  • Payment mode: This is how you’ll get paid, be it via Checque, PayPal, Wire Transfer, etc.
  • Affiliate Manager/ OPM: Some companies have affiliate managers who dedicatedly help promoters to make money online by providing them with great tips.
  • Commission amount (percentage): This the amount or percentage you’ll get as a commission for every sale you make. 
  • 2-tier affiliate marketing: This is quite similar to Multi-level marketing and a great way of making money online as an affiliate. If someone joins the affiliate program with your referral and make a sale, you’ll get a commission. This is also know known as a sub-affiliate commission.
  • Landing pages: This is a webpage used for increasing sales. Commonly, this page contains unique products. There may be more than one landing page that converts. To get the maximum results, you can run A/B testing and check what’s working best for you.
  • Custom affiliate income/account: In this type of affiliate income, there is nothing like a fixed commission for a particular product. Some companies give a custom affiliate commission to make the most sales.
  • Link clocking: You might have already seen that most of the links are so ugly. Now, you can make your links readable using a link clocking technique like URL shorteners, Thirsty Affiliates, etc. 
  • Custom coupons: Several affiliate programs allow promoters to create custom coupons to track sales. This is also useful in growing sales.

Please note: Every company has its cookie policy to track sales.

Now you might have a
better understanding of Affiliate Marketing and basic terms, let’s get to know,
how, as a beginner, you can start affiliate marketing.

How to Start Affiliate
Marketing?

As mentioned, there
are two sides of the affiliate marketing equation to choose from, considering
that you’re not going to develop an affiliate system like Commission
Junction. 

You can be the merchant and let other people promote your product, in return you can offer them a financial incentive for every sale that they make. 

Or, you can be the affiliate marketer (recommended for beginners), where you promote one or multiple products of your choice and make money selling to consumers. 

Most people start as
an affiliate marketer because it does have less hustle and quite easy to start.
But, at the same time, driving traffic to make a decent amount just from
affiliate sales isn’t that quick and easy.

This is why I’m going to walk you through both sides of the affiliate marketing system. You can choose one and start today as per your convenient or, where you feel you can earn a great profit.

How to become the
merchant [4 steps guide]

To be honest, becoming a merchant is not easy and simple. But, yes! If you are willing to take a risk, you may set up a six-figure business with affiliate sales of your products. 

There are some certain
things to consider if you’re thinking to be a merchant.

First, you need to have an idea for your product creation. Generating a product idea is a considerable task in itself, but, don’t worry, I’ll get you covered about generating a good idea in the next section. 

The second thing is to validate your idea. Why validating your idea is necessary? It is because this way you’ll get to know about your product idea. What if people don’t even want it? A product idea is good only if people want it.

Third, You will have to create the product. And creating a product needs time, energy and investment which is somewhere a huge risk. So, if possible start with the products that do not require much investment or create digital products. Digital products require just your time and energy with little or no money. 

Once you’re done with all these steps, you need to find affiliates that will promote your product and you’d be able to generate revenue.

Now, you know what
these 4 steps are to become a merchant, let’s dive into these steps in detail.
Keep reading…

Step 1: Coming up with
a product idea

I have heard from many
people that coming up with an idea is hard. No! It’s not. The execution of an
idea seems to be hard. Coming up with an idea that is super original and born
out of the pure genius of your brain is hard.

To successfully make money online with affiliate marketing, it is required not to attach with your idea. 

Instead, just go and research what type of products are already doing well. Think, how can you improve the products that already exist. Think, how can you solve the problems of the people, how can your product help in the betterment of people’s lives?

It’s better to choose a topic in which you’re interested or involved.

Suppose that (for a second), you’re a housewife or a Dad stay-at-home.

Maybe you want to create a product which can help people to make their household works easier to do. To name one, you can think of a vacuum robot, to get an idea.

Here is the first Google result on the ‘review site for robot vacuums‘.

Vacuum cleaner reviews google search screenshot

Now by simply looking at the reviews of these products, you can easily get to know about ‘what’s not good with these products’ and how can you improve on them. 

Reviews about vacuum robots

As you can see, there is a common problem with the robot mentioned in 6 reviews out of 10. The problem is “it doesn’t know where to go and where not to go, there are no boundaries, markers or virtual walls to keep it out of unwanted areas“.

Reviews about vacuum robots

Another common problem is “Lack of remote control or virtual wall“.

Reviews about vacuum robots - cons

From the screenshots,
you can see, the virtual wall is coming up over and over again. 

Therefore, a great idea may be to develop a virtual wall that can work with all vacuum bots. 

Now, I believe, this
product could be sold to anyone who owns a vacuum robot, so their robot only
cleans a specific and predefined area. 

Isn’t it a valid idea?

This same approach can
work for anything, I’ll explain to you.

Alternatively, you can
use a tool called BuzzSumo which will help you to know what’s popular, based on
social shares.

Let’s say you build sandcastles, using Buzzsumo, you can easily check what has been and is recently popular. 

Screenshot from Buzzsumo in action

People like cool
sandcastles like below:

Sandcastle image
Source: https://www.archdaily.com

Try searching the term
‘build a sandcastle’ on YouTube, you’ll find thousands of results.

YouTube results for 'Building a sandcastle'

What does it mean?
People want to know, how to build stunning sandcastles. So, what could you do?

You can record a group
of videos showing how to build sandcastles step-by-step.

Or, you can write a
post explaining how to build sandcastles along with the list of tools
required. 

Here you can create a
product something like stencils or forms that people can use to build
sandcastles with much ease.

Alternatively, you can
sell your video series which may be considered as your digital product on
building sandcastles. 

Now the only question is, will people pay you for it?

Step 2: Validating
your idea

Suppose that you came
up with a great idea and you worked hard to develop a product. But, what if no
one wants to buy it? All your investment will go in vain. Therefore, it is
required to validate your idea. 

The question is, how to validate an idea?

It’s simple, just go and ask people to pay you for your product. 

You might have another question, where should I go and where will I find these people? 

That’s easy too. Just copy the URL from one of the sandcastle posts on Buzzsumo and paste it into a tool called Topsy.

Screenshot from a Tool called Topsy

Topsy will then show you the list of all the users who have tweeted that link.

Topsy Result page

With the user’s list,
you can directly ask or tell them about your idea. Make sure you ask them if
they are willing to buy your product or idea, not just if they like it or not.

Tweet from a user

A few people will say you, yes, just to be nice to you. Remember, a yes doesn’t mean they are going to spend on you.

But, if someone says yes, ask them to buy now. For payment gateway, you can use PayPal or some similar platform. Inform the buyer that you’re going to build this product if I get a certain amount of orders. 

Reply to a tweet

Once you get the
minimum orders required, you can work on creating the product. 

Step 3: Creating the
product

There is no specific
guide I have for you to mention here and create a product that sells. But, I’ll
be providing you some good starters.

The resources that I’m about to give you are focusing on digital products because I want you to focus on digital products and you know the reason why I am recommending?

Online Courses:

E-Books:

Podcast/Audio:

These are some good
resources and I’m pretty sure that they are going to help you in creating a
digital product easily. 

Once you’re done with
creating the product and have already delivered it to initial buyers, it’s time
to open the affiliate network.

Step 4: Finding
affiliate program partners

This part of the
affiliate marketing equation is quite easy. 

Tools like Gumroad and Digital Product Delivery proved to helpful tools in setting up an affiliate program partner system and allow promoters to collect commissions for every sale they made. 

Screenshot from Gumroad Tool

The hard thing is to
find the partners who have an audience interested in your product.

Let’s consider back
the example of a sandcastle guide.

What do you think, is
there anyone else too who sells something similar or related stuff?

Whatever your answer
is, but the reality is, Yes! there is.

If you want to check
out, you can search a term like ‘learn to build sandcastles’ on Google. Many
sites will appear who are selling the education stuff on it.

To name one, you can have a look at Sand Sculpt USA, which offers lessons for sandcastle building…

Sand Sculpt - Sand Castle Building Lessons

Another example is SandCastle Lessons, which offers a complete class on the sandcastle building.

Sandcastle Lessons

You can contact them and ask them to help you to grow your sales together. More specific towards a niche your product is, easier it’ll be to pitch to fellow merchants. 

What you have to do
is, send them an email telling them about you and your product and then ask
them if they would like to partner with you on a sale, where you’re ready to
share revenue. 

Pro tip: Since, it’s a digital product and doesn’t cost anything to replicate, pay higher commissions to promoters. Don’t be greedy and create a win-win situation.

I just performed a Google Search “Toy Review Blog” which gives plenty of results. This result contains the sites that talk about toy reviews. 

Toy Review site screenshot

Apart from this, several YouTube channels review a specific type of toys and also they are having a huge base of subscribers. Such type of users can also help you to grow sales.

YouTube search result on term 'Toy Review'

You can start with one
partner, the incentives can be addressed later, the important thing is to get
started.

This is how you can become a successful merchant. If you feel it hard and not worthy enough for you, you can try the other side of the equation where you can promote other people’s product(s) and become an affiliate yourself.

How to become the
affiliate marketer [4 steps guide]

Like becoming a
merchant, there are a 4 steps guide on becoming an online affiliate
marketer. 

First, you need to start giving reviews about products in your space. For that, you can use YouTube, Blog, or Social Media.

Second, you have to build an email list, so that you can connect to your audience anytime you want, you’ll not need to wait for them to see what you have to say. 

Third, you can follow up on joint venture webinars. This is a great way to grow sales in a short duration. Along with this, continue building your email list and create new content.

At last, once you start making money, you can grow your sales even higher using pay per click advertising. 

Step 1: Review
products in your space

Starting as an online
affiliate marketer is comparatively easier than becoming a merchant. Here, you
do not need to come up with an idea and then create that idea. 

Here you have to start
with the step number of 4 of becoming a merchant which is to find
partners. 

You already know about
products. Now, you have to talk about these products publicly. You can choose
any product.

For example, you can have a look at this guy, who use to talk about Hot Wheels and Cars and Tracks:

Screenshot from a YouTube channel named as RaceGrooves.jpg

They have more than 650K subscribers just for Hot Wheels. I’m pretty sure whatever niche you have, it will be less specific. 

If you love reading books as I do, you can review books:

Screenshot from a website review books

Do you know? A review
which is one of its kind and performs well is a comparison with the direct
competitor. 

Google search result for the keyword 'nicer dicer vs salad chef'

If you try to find
people doing affiliate marketing in a very specific niche, you’ll find plenty
of people. Just Google the term ‘”best hair straightener” and look at
the results:

First result on Google for the keyphrase 'Best hair straightener'

This blog talks about
flat iron hair straighteners for women. Look, how specific this blog is?

She needs to straighten her hairs as well so he can relate to the products. For that, she will do the required research which is a plus point for her to make her blog post even thorough and useful. Such posts rank higher on Google and also this is good for other women to find the best product for their job.

Whatever you’re
reviewing, make sure you do well research and consider every point to help
people in choosing the best product for them.

Think this way, if you don’t know about a product, how can you promote it?

In Pat Flynn’s affiliate marketing guide, he points out,

“Involved affiliate marketing is the most profitable because in that case, it’s easy for you to relate to the product, instead of promoting something that you think can make you a lot of money.”

Please note, you can
promote a product even if you’re not involved in that niche only if you trust
the person and you know that the work of this person is great.

While writing reviews
on your blog, make sure to use an affiliate link to the promoted product. 

Referral link can be recognized from the URL, the URL will contain “/ref…” tail, at the end of the parent domain.

Amazon affiliate link example

To start, you can join Amazon Associates and then select the product(s) to promote and get your unique affiliate link to that product. 

There are several options available to get a unique link, be it banner, or shorten link, or regular link. This link will give you a commission if someone will purchase using the link.

Amazon Associate affiliate Link options

The problem here is,
if you are hoping, people will come to your website, walk through your blog
post and purchase from your referral link to make some decent amount, you need
to have tons of traffic. 

So, it’s better to go
out and market your affiliate products. This way you’d be able to promote a
product directly to your built audience without waiting for them to come to
you.

This is what we’ll
discuss in step number 2.

Step 2: Build an email
list

Email is one of the
most popular marketing channels, how can you miss this out?

Here I’m going to show
you three simple and easy ways to collect emails from your website
visitors. 

#1 Hello Bar

Hello Bar lets you embed a call to action bar on the top of your website. Whenever someone visits your site, they’ll see the bar at the top or on the chosen location. 

Offer your visitors
something worthy so they feel like exploring what you’re offering in return for
their email. It may be a series of 5 best products along with their review or
it may be a special video.

Hello bar tool in action - to collect emails

When a visitor clicks
on the bar, you can redirect him/her to a page where (s)he can enter email in
exchange for content. 

#2 Exit Gate

This is another
feature you can use with Hello bar, named as exit gate. It is a popup that
appears when a visitor is about to leave your website. 

It appears when the pointer is triggered on the top area of the browser.

Exit gate screenshot from a random website

You can use this
feature to generate leads and to collect emails by redirecting visitors to a
page where you use to collect emails.

Pro tip: A few of the popular bloggers use this feature to get more likes/followers on their social media channels. 

#3 Sidebar Widget 

I have seen many
blogs, they clutter the sidebar.

Siderbar from a random website.png

There are many things
on the sidebar.

Don’t put this much on the sidebar. If you’ll offer 15 things to your visitors, they will end up choosing nothing. 

Just put one or two
call-to-action in your sidebar. You should return something useful to the
visitors in exchange for their email address. 

For example, you can take the example of Quick Sprout, they are giving ‘Double your traffic’ course and they did so well.

Because you have to
choose a very specific topic like juice maker, mini-oven, straightening iron,
etc., you do not need tons of emails, just 500 emails can give you enough sales. 

You have to make sure
that you keep on engaging with your audience by sending emails regularly, at
least once a week. 

Don’t send emails
promoting a product only, just send them emails informing that you’ll review a
product soon or on a particular date. 

I receive emails from Brain Dean informing me that he would release a blog post soon or the next day or just some content.

Email screenshot from Brain Dean.jpg

Every now and then,
keep on sending your audience call to action to buy a product in one or another
way. 

Update your audience
regularly, it might also possible that they can purchase a new version of their
old product. A lot more can be done when you’re having an email list.

Step 3: Educate your
audience using webinars

Webinars are really
worth it. 

Suppose that you want
o buy a TV, which will make you buy a TV more:

  1. Reading a review on the Internet
  2. Looking at the live presentation of the TV in which
    someone showing its features in action

Of course live
representation, right? 

Using a tool like LeadPages, you can simply create a landing page where people can sign up for a webinar.

Start promoting your
webinar on social media for at least a week in advance and let people sign up.

After that, you can host a Google hangout which lets you stream your webinar live to your audience for free.

In the webinar, you
can engage with your audience effectively. Show them the product in action that
you’re promoting and answer the questions users might have.

What you can do? You
can:

  • present the features of the product
  • show the different uses of the product
  • talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the product
  • tell your personal experience with the product
  • help the audience on how can you make the most out of the product

and a lot more…

Tip: It will take you less than 10 minutes to learn how to host a webinar using Google hangout. Here is a video that will explain to you, how?

At the end of the
webinar, you can push slightly your affiliate link for that product, this way,
it’ll look so natural, after all, you’ve spent hours talking about a particular
product.

Promoting a product
like this won’t make your consumers feel forced to make a purchase decision.
Let them take their time to make up their mind on purchasing the product. 

Pro tip: If possible ask your merchant to give a special offer on the product to your audience. I’m hoping that if you’ll present a product in front of 100s of potential customers, the merchant would be happy to give you a discount to further business with you.

Step 4: Use PPC
advertising to grow your business

This is something to be considered later only when your affiliate business is making some serious money. Then you can go with paid advertising. 

Just because you need to dedicatedly learn about paid Ads, I’m not going to mention how to run Facebook Ads or Google Ads here. Again, run ads only if they are going to give you back.

The only thing matters
are conversions, if there is no conversion, all your money will go in vain.

You can use paid
advertising to:

  • build and grow your email list
  • to get people to sign up for your webinar
  • grow your sales

For example, if you’ll search the term ‘Learn Leadpages’ on Google, you will find that LeadPages are running their ads for their own keyword, promoting their weekly live webinar.

Google search result screenshot for the term 'Learn LeadPages'

On the initial level, target keywords that talks about leaning your products or topic. You have to focus on building an email list because sales with PPC won’t make you a big difference in affiliate marketing. 

Here is how a Facebook
Ad webinar looks like:

Webinar on Facebook looks like

Three ways that will
help you to win:

  1. If potential customers will be in your email list, you can connect to them over and over, anytime you want.
  2. They are more likely to attend your webinar and buy from you
  3. You can put them on an autoresponder email sequence that encourages them to buy

For example, John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire runs webinars more often and embed them on the Homepage. 

Homepage screenshot of the site Entrepreneur on Fire

As soon as a visitor
will sign up for the webinar, (s)he will start to get automated emails.

In these emails, he will be offering you other courses and free tools in hoping that you’ll buy a premium course as well.

Series of module from EOF

He will even show you something that will make you curious to know more about him.

EOF content screenshot.png

Great! Now when he has
sold many courses, you can easily calculate what you’ve earned and how much you
should invest in ads to build an email list for webinar courses.

With this strategy, your consumers have several choices to buy a product, be it sooner or later. They can buy just after the webinar, or they can buy after automated emails, or maybe later from weekly emails.

When your business
starts to get sales from many sources then you can use paid advertising to make
it grow even more. With paid advertising, you have to focus on what is already
doing well.

Final words to
conclude

It’s time to recap
everything that we have discussed so far in this blog post. Don’t forget to
walk through the frequently asked questions about affiliate marketing that I’ll
be covering in the subsequent post. 

There are two ways to
get started with affiliate marketing. You can either become a merchant or an
affiliate.

There are fours steps
to become a merchant:

  1. Coming up with a product idea
  2. Validate your product idea
  3. Create the product
  4. Find affiliates to promote your product

Another way is to
become an affiliate which is an easy way to start affiliate marketing. Here are
4 steps for becoming an affiliate:

  1. Start reviewing the products in a very specific niche
  2. Build an email list
  3. Use live webinars to grow sales and educate your audience
  4. Grow your business with paid advertising

For those, who want to
make money online or thinking of passive income, affiliate marketing is the
best way to get started.

The only place where
you have to make a decision is, which side of the affiliate equation will you
prefer?

Whatever it is, let me
know in the comment section.

A lot more to come!
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Affiliate marketing
FAQ

You might already know
much about affiliate marketing, like what is it and how to get started. 

Let me highlight some
of the frequently asked questions about affiliate marketing. And here we go…

What is Affiliate
Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is
the process of promoting other people’s products to generate income online. You
get a unique link (affiliate link) to promote a product. If someone buys from
your affiliate link, you get a commission.

How much money can be
made with Affiliate Marketing?

Short Answer – Limitless!

There is nothing
certain with Affiliate marketing. If I talk on an annual basis, an individual
can earn from $10,000 per annum to $400,000 per annum. A super affiliate can
make over $1,500,000 per annum. 

What are the most
popular affiliate networks?

Here are some popular channels – ClickBank, JVzoo, Shareasale, Hotsmart, Ads 4 Dough, Clickbooth, Commission Junction, eBay Partners Program, and Amazon Affiliate Program.

Is affiliate marketing
a pyramid scheme?

No, it’s not. It’s
just a commission-based sales job. You’ll get paid only if someone will
purchase from your affiliate link. 

Is it important to
have a blog for affiliate marketing?

No. Many people are
doing affiliate marketing without even having a blog. They are using YouTube or
Social media channels for affiliate marketing. 

But, having a blog can make a huge difference from any other way. You can even create a free blog on blogger to make money online and affiliate marketing. 

How much does it cost
to join an affiliate program?

It will not cost you
anything to join an affiliate program. All you have to pay for the promotion of
the product. For example, if you’re promoting the products using a blog, then
there would be some expenses to set up the blog and then marketing.

Alternatively, you can
make videos on YouTube which is free of cost and do affiliate marketing using
YouTube.

What qualifications do
I need to have to start affiliate marketing?

There are no such
restrictions to start as an affiliate marketer. You do not need to have any
qualifications but knowledge and skills are a must. Like you must know how to
write, you must have a basic understanding of setting up a blog and maintaining
it, etc. 

How can I start
affiliate marketing as a beginner?

You can start doing
affiliate marketing use one or a combination out of many ways:

Here are a few ways,
you can pick one from:

  • Create a blog and promote the product(s) using it
  • Paid advertising on Facebook to drive traffic to the landing page(s)
  • Create a YouTube channel and promote products
  • Build an email list using a website
  • Podcasting

If you have chosen to
start a blog, the following steps could be taken for affiliate marketing.

  1. Start a blog
  2.  Select a profitable industry and then pick a niche for your blog
  3. Choose the affiliate products to promote
  4. Create content around the selected products
  5. Drive traffic to your website/affiliate post
  6. Use email marketing services to collect emails from website visitors
  7. Use autoresponder emails to create a funnel
  8. Focus on driving more and more relevant traffic and repeat the process

I’ll suggest you start
with a blog or YouTube; the reason is, it is one of the most effective methods
to get started with affiliate marketing. You do not need to learn a lot and you
do not even need to invest a huge amount. All you have to put effort, time, and
energy to grow your business.

How do I find an
affiliate link for a product?

There are two ways you
can search for an affiliate product. Either you can search for a website that
offers an affiliate program.

Or, you can Google search: “(product name) + affiliate program“. Here, you have to replace the ‘product name’ with the name of the product you want to promote.

Alternatively, you can make use of a chrome extension named Affilitizer which can give you extra hands.