I guess you’ve heard Affiliate Marketing many times, so you came to my blog and want to know more. In this post, I wrote everything about Affiliate Marketing for beginners.
I would help you understand the process step by step, and I hope this will lead you to your own online success once you are well-prepared and doing things correctly with a hard-working attitude.
Let’s get started!
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What’s Inside This Post?
What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing?
Did you ever have this experience that you are reading a post for something you wanna buy? When you click the link on the post and you do purchase it eventually, you are one part of Affiliate marketing.
For example, I fall in love with “iPhone 11 Pro” at the very first sight and I decide to replace my iPhone 6s with it.
So, I google it on the Internet and find out an article with a link for the best pricing on Amazon. I would buy it through the link on the article, and the owner of the article with the link could get a commission from Amazon.
Easy to understand, right? You create the content of any product & service for someone who also has the same interest. And, if they do finally buy it through your link, you could earn commissions.
How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?
Let’s go through again for the whole process of Affiliate Marketing by the below image.
First of all, a customer is looking for a certain type of product & service they need.
Then, you have a review to comment on the same product & service with your own helpful and invaluable insight on it.
The 3rd, customer likes your detailed post and do the purchase.
The last, you make money!
So, no matter the reasons you come here. What we are looking for is a way to make money by doing it just once but getting paid again and again even when we sleep, right?
Affiliate Marketing is the easiest one to achieve this.
Why Affiliate Marketing?
I started affiliate marketing when an idea came to my mind long time ago. It’s that “Being your own BOSS is much BETTER to get paid by others in the long run!”
Let’s go check the most common advantages come with Affiliate Marketing.
A Flexible Working Schedule
Yeah, working 9-5(or later) is something we don’t like much about our daytime job since it constrains us to be FREE. Raise your hands if you think the same as me!
Working as an affiliate marketer, there is a guarantee that you could work anytime and anywhere once it has the connection to WiFi.
For example, you might be able to work in Public Libraries and a decent cafe. I think there is no one would say “NO” for flexible working time. Right?
A Potential Income Resource
The works you are doing for your website or blog could lead to a potential full-time income resource.
Like I explain in the previous paragraph, if I buy iPhone 11 through someone’s link, he or she might get paid by my purchase.
The best part of it is you only write an article once, but this specific article could bring you hundreds or thousands of potential income in the future.
It would be online 24/7, so you still could make money even when you sleep or take a vacation.
I cannot come out with a better choice than this if I have to provide the other alternative.
NO Face-to-Face Selling
The traditional way to make money is to sell products or services with strangers on the street or making cold calls. Probably, some of you were doing this but quit after many indifference from the pedestrians.
I am introvert and afraid of doing small talks with total strangers, so it is a very good benefit for me.
If you have the related experience, you would know face-to-face selling require you to find your target down lines first and convince them to buy your products to make money.
What if we use all the time that we used to spend doing face to face selling to develop a blog/website that could lead to an ultimate full-time income resource? Think about this.
NO Prior Experience Needed
What would you do when you see a job that requires previous experiences? I think the majority would just skip this one and chase for the next one.
But, in Affiliate Marketing, you don’t need to have prior experience. You could start with nothing on hands but end up with treasures in your mind and bank account.
Is it Good For Me to Try Affiliate Marketing?
Yes, Affiliate Marketing is for “EVERYONE“! We all have things we love with our personal comments on it.
Even when we are writing for the same product & service, it’s extremely hard to have the same feedback.
Unless you are a copycat. Copy and Paste would be recognized by Google’s algorithm, so I suggest you to write your own piece of work with your original thoughts.
Another important key point is the way we look at Affiliate Marketing. If you take it as a long term goal and do not quit for any moment, it would be highly possible that a passive income stream comes to your pocket.
It’s quite different from traditional jobs. You only get paid for what you did last month for traditional jobs, but in affiliate marketing, you will get money online when you only do things once without any prior experience needed. Isn’t it wonderful?
All you need for Affiliate Marketing is hardworking, consistency, and patience!
What Are The Most Common Affiliate Networks?
There are thousands of Affiliate Programs on the Internet, and it’s quite easy to find it. You simply type in the product you want to promote + affiliate program, then the search engines would show you enough results.
For example, I want to buy an iPhone 11 through someone’s link and it takes me to the Amazon page. If I do purchase, the owner of the link would get commissions from Amazon. Sounds nice!
They are called Affiliate networks where house thousands of products & services for you to promote & add the links in your posts.
Joining to be an affiliate marketer for the above networks should be FREE. So if you happen to see some others ask you to pay, please shut down the page and embrace the next one!
So, if you want to start to get money from any Affiliate Networks, you might need a real blog/website for all your creative ideas to put your links.
Top Secrets To Succeed!
Let’s talk about the correct mindset we need to prepare every moment while we do Affiliate Market. Most people quit in the first 6 months because they don’t see the positive results and being impatient.
Treat it like a Business
If you are the boss of a company, would you dismiss the whole company when you don’t see any positive results for the products you are making? I assume the answer is “NO”.
You probably turn to the best consultants to help you go through this tough time and keep GOING until you make it work. For your own affiliate marketing career, it’s the same! It’s a REAL business you are doing!
When you don’t see the result for the first 6 months, don’t quit(maybe just take a short break and kickback). Once you return to manage your website, I think it’s important to have honest feedback to improve it.
Wealthy Affiliate is famous for its world-class friendly & helpful community, and there are also experts in each marketing category who will help you with your problems. This is the reason why I LOVE Wealthy Affiliate so much!
Consistency is Key
This is for everything in your life. If you want to master something, would it happen if you only do it once a week or once a month?
Would you lose 10kgs soon if you only go to gym once a week or once a month?
When you treat Affiliate Marketing as your online business or even your career, would you maintain it once a week or once a month?
My answer is “NO!” You need to pay more attention to your business by a well-planned working schedule! A website with updates will be recognized as a living website by search engines, and you would get ranked higher.
On the other hand, you also need to put in consistent work to sharpen your skills no matter in writing, email marketing, Facebook/Instagram marketing, etc.
All the above definitely leads you to success ahead of others!
Like I mention in the previous paragraph, people quit in the first 6 months since they don’t see the positive result they want. If you treat it like your own online business, you would understand that this takes time.
Affiliate Marketing isn’t a program that brings you lots of money quickly. Instead, it’s a program that needs you lots of effort, time, and hard-working.
Next time, if you see an Affiliate Program that promises you to make USD$5,000 in the first month, you would know that might be a scam! Please be careful!
Find a Mentor
It happens quite often that people get down easily by seeing no result in the first 6 months. I am like this.
My own way to conquer this is to find a mentor who is likely-minded and succeeded in the Affiliate Marketing industry. Like I found Wealthy Affiliate, there are thousands of members share positive feedback for each other.
Did I mention you could send direct messages to the founders of Wealthy Affiliate – Kyle & Carson? I cannot think of any other platforms empower me to do so.
Reading other members’ successful stories also motivates me to go further, and I think the community of Wealthy Affiliate is a treasure that I found along the way. I am so happy I found them!
Thanks for reading Affiliate Marketing for Beginners till the end, you are showing me your consistency today. A great job you are doing.
Affiliate Marketing is my favorite way to get money online since it doesn’t require any prior working experience. You could work with a laptop at any time & anywhere.
Don’t be panic if you don’t see the results in the first 6 months, it’s quite normal to newbies. This is the time you could go further to improve all the skills needed and put consistent work for your website. You are one step close to success!
I hope you enjoy reading this post and you are more than welcome to share ideas or leave your comments below. Don’t forget to smile today. Everything is possible when you smile!