How To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing And Make Your First Commission
The term affiliate marketing has become very popular in this day and age and many people are making a nice income doing it.
Now in order to make income with affiliate marketing you have to put in work. I know you may have heard the term passive income, but there is no such thing as passive income with it comes to affiliate marketing.
To be effective in affiliate marketing there are some things that you need to do before you start seeing income as an affiliate marketer.
Now I know affiliate marketing has gotten a bad rap through out the years because of all the claims that people make about affiliate marketing.
You have heard them right:
- Just buy this 12 step affiliate marketing program and you will be rich overnight
- Just send me $49.99 and I will show you how to get this huge house and nice car
- Are you tired of working a 9 to 5? Well let me show you how to stop working and make a ton of money
And the list goes on.
In this blog, I will show you how to go about getting started in the affiliate marketing arena. If you are looking for a get rich quick plan, then this is not for you, but if you are willing to put in the work and be consistent then keep reading.
7 Steps : How to get started in affiliate marketing and make your first commission
I will show you 7 simple steps that you can take today to get started in affiliate marketing and start making your first commission.
1. Choose Your Niche
Before you get started you want to decide what niche you will be targeting. If you are not sure what niche you are targeting then you will not know what type of website to build.
Now don't feel like you have to choose the right niche the first time around. As you get into affiliate marketing your niche may change and that is ok.
You don't want to spend to much time on deciding what your niche is going to be, but here are a few things that can help you out when deciding on a niche.
- Ask yourself what are you passionate about?
- What topic do you have knowledge about?
- Are you able to help people solve problems on this topic?
- Can you write about this topic and enjoy it?
One thing that you need to know is you are going to be writing content about this niche so you want to have a little knowledge about it and enjoy the topic. This will make writing content on your niche so much easier.
Also remember the main goal of an affiliate marketer is to help those in your niche solve problems. If you can help people solve problems in the arena of you niche then you are well on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.
If you are still not clear on what you want your niche to be here are some additional resources that will help you to decide.
Additional Resources On Choosing A Niche
2. Find a good affiliate program
Once you find your Niche, you now need to find out what type of programs are out there that you can promote in your niche.
Choosing the right affiliate program is a little bit harder then choosing a niche, but if when you do find the right program it can be very lucrative.
You want take your time and do some research when it comes to finding a program, product or software to promote.
You want to make sure that what you promote is something that lines up with your values and gives the people who are buying the product what they are looking for. What you don't want to do is promote something just because it is popular and you end up promoting something that is ripping people off.
I would even say if you get a change you may want to purchase that product first, so you have a first hand experience of the product.
This will help you when you write about the product and even give you some leverage if you choose to write a review about the product your are promoting.
Take your time because this is where you income is going to come from and choosing the right program will take some time.
What you should keep in mind when choosing an affiliate program:
- What are the commission rates?
How much are you going to get for every sale that you make. You want to make sure that the work you put in is worth the commission that you are going to get.
- Are other people promoting the product?
You want to make sure that other people are promoting the product, as this will help you gauge if this product is worth your time.
- Does the product promote your values and are you OK with your brand being associated with this product?
If you have a certain set of values, then you don't want the product that you are promoting to come against your values and what you stand for.
- What type of support does the program offer?
What I like to do is send the customer service an email first. Then I like to see if they respond and if so how long did they take to respond.
Additional Resources For Affiliate Programs
Here are some additional resources that can help you find the right affiliate program. I am a little biased when it comes to Wealthy Affiliate because I am an a part of their affiliate program and they rock!!!
3. Build a Website
The next step when it comes to getting started in affiliate marketing is to build a website. Now I know you might get a little intimidated if you don't have any experience building a website, but you don't have to.
With the advancement of technology now a days building a website is as almost as easy as setting up a Facebook account. No really it is.
There is a new web design platform that is taking the internet by storm and it is called WordPress.
If you don't have any experience what so ever in designing a website, then WordPress is perfect for you. When I first started designing websites WordPress wasn't around, but now that I am using WordPress it makes the web design process so much easier.
The WordPress platform is very simple to use and makes creating a website almost as easy as setting up a Facebook account. You don't to have any experience at creating a website and there is no need for coding.
Here are a few simple steps that you want to follow when setting up your website:
- Buy a domain name
If you are not familiar with the term domain name it is the web address for your website. Example: BestSEOClass.com - Facebook.com - WealthyAffiliate.com - Google.com
(These are all domain names that take you to their website)
Tips when choosing a domain name:
- Keep it short
- Don't numbers
- Make it memrable
- Try to have it relate to your niche
There are several places that you can buy domain names on the web I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. Not only can you get domain names here, but you also have the option to claim a free domain name and web hosting.
- Purchase and set up your web hosting
After you purchase your domain name you then need to get web hosting. I like to look at it like this. The domain name is the address of your house, but the hosting is the property on which your house is built.
So now that you have an address, you need to find a place where you can build your house or, in your case, your website.
The good thing is web hosting is very affordable now a days and there are many places that offer great deals.
You want to choose a place that is reputable and has fast servers. Don't cut corners on your web hosting because your affiliate marketing business is depending on your hosting. You want to make sure once again that they have good customer service and they reply fast. This is important in case your site goes down, you want them to be able to fix it right away.
- Install WordPress
Now that you have set up your hosting, you need to install the content management system for your website. WordPress is one of the most used content management systems on the internet and that it what I would recommend. Especially if you are new to web design and you want to get your website up and running as soon as possible.
Most hosting providers accommodate for WordPress and they even have a one click button that will allow you to install WordPress fast and easy.
Check out this video on how fast you can build a website using WordPress.
- Choose your Theme:
The next step is to choose theme that you would like to use for your website. This is where you choose how your website is going to look to those who visit your website. There are a plethora of themes that you can choose from, some paid and some free.
My advice in choosing a theme is to go with something that is simple and stylish. Try not to get to complicated when choosing a theme, because this can take unnecessary amount of your time.
You can get unlimited themes at Envato.
- Create Content
The last step, once your site is up and running, is now you want to create compelling content for your website. Keep in mind the content you create should be related to the niche that you chose in the earlier step. You want to write content that attracts the reader, keeps their attention and makes then want to read your content above everyone else.
If you can keep your audience coming back to your website by the content you write, then you are well on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.
You also want to make sure that your content is optimized for search engines. This process is called Search Engine Optimization. I have written an entire blog on this topic called " 7 Tips To Boost Your SEO Ranking In Google ."
After all what good is writing excellent content but you don't any traffic to your website for people to see it. That is why SEO is so important. Now don't get distracted when it comes to SEO, it is not as complicated as people make it seem.
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Additional Resources To Build A Website
4. Produce Amazing Content
Now that you have chosen your niche, decided on a domain name, set up your hosting, installed your WordPress platform, decided on your affiliate program, and learned how to get traffic to your site. You know need to write some amazing content.
This is the part that takes the most time out of them all, but it is the part that makes the difference between an average affiliate website and a lucrative affiliate website.
If you haven't heard of this phrase yet, let me introduce you to " Content Is King "
As an affiliate marketer you want your website to rank high in the google search engines and the way you do this is by your website gaining authority.
They way you gain authority is by writing content that is unique, high quality, solves a readers problem and keeps the reader on your page. The longer the reader stays on your blog or website stays the better.
Here are some ideas on how you can create content:
- Write Product Reviews
One of the ways you can get traffic to your affiliate website is by writing reviews about different products or services. This is very popular and has proven to be very lucrative if done correctly.
Remember when writing a review, I recommend you buying that product first and using it. This will help you to be able to write a more in depth review and will help you gain the trust of your reader.
If you would like to take a look at a sample review and how to write one, you can take a look at the Review I did on Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate is a great platform to join for those that are barely getting starting in affiliate marketing, but it is not limited to affiliate marketing. You can learn valuable tools on how to start an online business, how to do affiliate marketing, how to increase the online presence on your website or blog and so much more.
If you are interested in finding out more about this amazing platform I would encourage you to stop by and read my Wealthy Affiliate Review.
- Writing blog posts that help people solve problems or answers questions
Another way you can build an authority site is to write blog posts that will help the reader solve a problem or answer a question that the reader may have.
If you get anything from this post about learning how to get started in affiliate marketing then make sure you get this.
If you want to be a successful affiliate marketer for the long haul, your goal should be to solve problems and answer questions for those who are searching the internet for solutions. That is what affiliate marketing is all about.
If you need ideas on what to write about you can find a plethora of topics by doing what is called keyword research.
Keyword research is the process of finding out what words your target audience is searching for in google or online and begin to write content around those keywords.
I have written a blog on how to do keyword research if you would like to get more familiar with this process.
- You can also write blog posts about daily products
This is where you write a blog post about products that people may need on a daily basis, such as shoes, make up, clothing and the list goes on.
If you choose to go this route then the best place that I can think of for you to sign up for an affiliate program would be Amazon. Amazon has a pretty good affiliate marketing program and can prove to be very lucrative when done right.
There are so many products that you can write about at Amazon that if you choose to go this rough it will keep you bush for a while.
I have listed some topics from amazon below and as you can see there are a lot. Imagine how long you can stay busy on writing blogs from just one of these topics.