We’ve all seen the ads and articles claiming, “Make money online!!! Be your own boss! Work from home!” I don’t know about you, but when I first started seeing them I thought, “scam” or “sure, sounds great, you going to let me know how?”
Despite all the skepticism about affiliate marketing, I’ve since discovered that you really can do it, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t have to rip people off along the way.
In this lesson, we’ll give you an overview of the affiliate marketing process to get an idea of how it all works, and then we’ll give you an example to use as a reference.
It’s important when learning about the whole process not to feel overwhelmed, so we’re going to finish off with an outline of what you can get started with straight away. So let’s dive in and discover what’s involved.
The Process of Affiliate Marketing
1. Pick a topic
Firstly, pick a topic that you’re interested in that also has a lot of market potential. Think of something that you like, and consider whether there would be many products associated with it, or much of an audience. You can find a topic (or “niche,” as affiliates call it) with a little research. You’ll find lessons to help you with this process in the market research section of Affilorama’s free lessons.
2. Find products to promote
Once you’ve got a niche all picked out, find some products that you can promote. There are websites full of these (called affiliate networks) to browse, and you can find advice here on how to choose the best ones for you. Once you’ve got a couple that are right for you, you’ll be able to get an affiliate link for them.
3. Build a website
Next up, you need to build a website! I thought this would be extremely confusing and difficult, but it really wasn’t. WordPress and similar sites makes it super simple for anyone to build a quality website.
4. Fill your website with relevant content
Fill your website with content that will be useful to the people who are interested in your niche, and place your affiliate links throughout in the most relevant places. That way when someone interested in your content clicks your link, they go to a sales page for a product that they might also be interested in, and if they buy it you get a commission!
5. Promote your website
When you’ve set this up, all that’s left to do is promote your website so you can get more people to your content, and more potential for commissions from referred sales. There are a lot of different marketing strategies out there, from advertising to social media, but you won’t have to worry about this part of it straight away.
The most important thing is just to get started. Let me give you an example of how this process could go.
Example for Reference
Topic: Weight Loss
Say, for example, I have an interest in weight loss. I’d do some research using the free Affilorama lessons available to me, and in this case discover that there is a strong market interested in losing weight.