Affiliate Marketing For Beginners: How To Start
Have you ever had the dream of waking up to a notification that says, “$1500 has just been deposited into your account”?
Do you have a knack for creating epic content and are looking to make money from it?
Then, affiliate marketing may be the answer for you!
Fortunately, all it takes is some simple guidance and research. Once you understand the basics of affiliate marketing for beginners and how it works, you can use it to your advantage and increase the income you earn through your website.
In this post, we’ll begin by discussing what affiliate marketing is and its benefits. Then we’ll explain how it works, and provide you with some tips for getting started. Let’s jump in!
What Does Affiliate Marketing Consist Of?
Affiliate marketing involves promoting products from external vendors on your own website. While definitions sometimes vary, there are generally three or four parties involved in an affiliate setup. Since these terms can be confusing, let’s look at a typical real-life example of how an affiliate sale might work:
- An affiliate publishes a blog post on their site. The post is a review of a pair of sneakers, which are sold by the merchant.
- At the bottom of the post, the affiliate includes a link that leads to the sneakers’ product page.
- A consumer reads the blog post and, intrigued by the review, clicks on the affiliate link.
- Once on the merchant’s website, the consumer decides to purchase the sneakers.
- The merchant earns a profit off of the sale and shares a portion of that money with the affiliate.
You might be curious about how the merchant knows which affiliate is responsible for the purchase. That’s actually the easy part since every affiliate is given a unique link that tracks each product they promote. This lets the merchant track all referrals using cookies to ensure that they know exactly how much money they’ve earned thanks to each affiliate (and what to pay them in return).
How do you get credit for visitors that you send?
Affiliate marketing works via special tracking links. The affiliate links are tracked by a unique ID given to the publisher (you).
In order to get credit for the visitors that you send, you need to always use these special tracking links.
Here are a few steps to give you a better idea:
Step 1 – You apply for registration to an affiliate marketing platform (usually free).
Step 2 – The platform reviews your application and approves if it meets the requirements (which can vary from your website topic, how high quality it is, whether you have traffic and appear credible or not).
Step 3 – You’re given access to the marketplace from where you can choose affiliate offers and products to promote on your website.
Step 4 – When you choose a product, you’re given a unique tracking link by the affiliate network that you need to use so that all the sales you refer are credited to your account.
Step 5 – You promote the products on your website, email list, or any other platform where you have an audience.
Step 6 – Someone from your audience clicks your link and buys the product.
Step 7 – The sale is credited to your account by the affiliate network and your commission is added to your digital wallet immediately or after a certain period (in some programs)
Step 8 – You get paid when the payment date arrives or when you choose to withdraw it (varies with platforms – it can range from 30 to 90 days typically)
Get Eyes On Your Affiliate Post
Marketing is key when it comes to driving high-quality traffic to your blog and if you want to make your first affiliate sale that’s what you’re going to need.
A great tool to utilize is Pinterest because it helps drive a lot of traffic to any website or blog. But, like everything else on the internet Pinterest marketing isn’t as easy as pinning all of your blog posts like a madman.
Don’t forget to use your other social media platforms to promote your blog posts. Join relative Facebook groups and share your content there!
Many blogs and businesses use content marketing to drive traffic to their websites which ultimately gives a boost to their affiliate sales. Basically, you provide informative, entertaining and educational content to your audience with the aim of getting clickable action from them.
Affiliate Marketing Takes Time – BE PATIENT
This is the most important thing I often advise new bloggers. Whether you would like to increase blog traffic or blog income, the key is to be consistent. Don’t be impatient as you may get easily unmotivated. Some bloggers make $30 in their first month of affiliate marketing while few bloggers claim to make $1000.
Things work differently for everyone.
Just follow your own track, and stick to your goals.
Can I start affiliate marketing without a website?
If you do not want to start a website for some reason, any platform that allows you to publish content and doesn’t restrict affiliate links will work.
The best alternative to a website, in my opinion, is Youtube.
Facebook Pages, Groups, and Communities also work, although not nearly as well as Youtube channels and websites if used on their own.
Which affiliate program to join?
There are quite a few factors to take into account when joining an affiliate program, such as where your audience is located (there is no point using a UK brand for a US audience), the commission percentage and how well the brand is known.
To make money with affiliate programs, the ideal situation is that the program:
- Is for a well-recognized brand (so your readers have already heard of it)
- It services the geographic location of the majority of your audience
- It has a big commission percentage
- It has a long cookie duration
The good news is that most affiliate programs will take on beginners and it doesn’t matter if your traffic is low. It is still worth applying.
A good starting point is to look at what products and services you already promote on your blog and look for affiliate programs you could use for them.
Conclusion: Affiliate marketing is simple with the right tactics
There are a lot of different ways to make money with affiliate marketing. Once you know what affiliate marketing is, all you need to do is find out your niche products and target audience.
Then, you can start promoting those offers to make money.