If you have landed from my earlier guide on What is affiliate marketing, this guide will help you to get started as an affiliate marketer. If you get basics right, you can also earn from affiliate marketing like me. You can check my 5 years affiliate earning here for inspiration. Whenever I have published my income reports, many readers have asked for a guide to getting started with it, and in this guide, I will share tips and ideas which will help you to start with zero knowledge.
So far, I assume you are already aware of basics of Affiliate marketing, and if not do check out FAQ about affiliate marketing over here. There are many ways internet marketers are doing affiliate marketing, and I have my way. Below I will share how I started with it, and so far I can say confidently that it’s working, and it will work for you too.
What you Need to Get Started with Affiliate marketing:
I have shared all important links below to become a master of affiliate marketing, but first lets take those baby steps which will help you to get the basics right.
I would have talked first about the product, but realize it’s more important to talk about promotion channel first. You can promote any product on various platforms like Google, Facebook etc.., etc. What I prefer is and suggest to other; Use blog for affiliate marketing. Promoting a product on your own blog will help you to keep earning in the longer run, and more over you can earn more money from your blog using various other methods. It’s a good idea to learn about other techniques as I mentioned above, but the blog should be a part of your promotion channel. I have shared a link at the end for you to understand how you can use for promoting an affiliate product.
Picking the right product and marketplace:
Above: Screenshot of ShareASale Affiliate Market Place
If you are one who like to give value; I suggest you pick a product that you personally use or want to use. If not, you can always be a good critic and try the product to share your review and opinion. Most of the product in the online market have an affiliate program that anyone can join for free.
Make sure you select the best product based on your niche. Else you might get 1000+ clicks but your conversion rates will be 0%. Here is a useful guide to learn how to pick good affiliate products for your blog.
For selling any product, you need to create a sales pitch. The sales pitch can be in the form of a blog post or can be a static web page. Many companies provide you with a product landing page. Creating a sales pitch in simple words, you need to make your readers aware of what are they getting with their investment. The things which you need to keep in mind before selecting your product is, who is going to be your target audience, do you have any current target audience related to same product, or you have to start from scratch. In both the cases your strategy will be different.
One of the major concern with Affiliate marketing is search engine ranking. Most of the affiliate marketers miss out on optimising their blog to ensure their blog is SEO friendly. I highly recommend you to read this post to understand how Google treats affiliate links and do check the WordPress plugin name ShoutCodes & make them look user-friendly. In below video I have explained benefits of link cloaking:
Here are few more guides to make your WordPress blog SEO friendly:
- WordPress is not SEO friendly and how to fix it
- Complete WordPress SEO Tutorial (From Beginner to Advanced)
Now before you get started with Affiliate marketing, here are few guides as promised to further refine your skills:
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