For anyone who understands what affiliate marketing is, the next big questions is:
How do I get started with Affiliate marketing business?
In this beginners guide, I will help you understand how to start affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is a growing vertical, and you can start making money from it via a website, blog, YouTube channel & also PPC marketing.
There are many ways internet marketers are doing affiliate marketing, and you need to pick the one that suits your style of working. 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.
How to Start An Affiliate marketing business:
I have shared all important links below to become a master of affiliate marketing, but first let’s take those baby steps which will help you to get the basics right.
Become an affiliate: Join Affiliate programs and marketplaces
The very first step you need to do is to become an affiliate of the products. This could be done via Affiliate networks or you can also join direct affiliate programs. It’s a good idea to understand the difference between these two, and this post on direct affiliate program vs. affiliate marketplace will help.
You need to pick products that resonate with your skills set or the topic you talk about the most. If you are an existing blogger, YouTuber, or an influencer, it will be easy for you. We will discuss more about this as we move ahead.
Once you have become an affiliate, the next thing is to find a way to promote the products. This could be:
- A blog
- An Affiliate website (Ex: Comparison website, deals, and discounts)
- YouTube channel
- Social media platforms such as Facebook Page or group, Twitter and so on.
The one that works the best for the long term is a combination of blog and YouTube channel. Since you will be using content marketing to drive free traffic to your platforms, your profit will be higher and over the time you will see organic growth.
The easy one to get started is via blog or YouTube channel. If you don’t have a blog, you can read my guide on “How to start a blog.” This will help you to get started in the next 10 minutes.
For selling any product, you need to create a sales pitch. The sales pitch can be in the form of a blog post, video, a podcast, 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 problem the product solves or it could be an offer they should not miss. For newcomers, it is easy to pick and product and then build an audience around it. For existing content creators, the product should align with your existing user base.
Link cloaking technique helps you to convert ugly looking affiliate link into pretty links. Let’s understand this by an example:
- Affiliate link: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=44&U=377725&M=47&urllink=&afftrack=SML
- Cloaked link: https://www.shoutmeloud.com/recommended/Shareasale/
Both the links point to the same web-page, and the cloaked one looks much friendly than the usual affiliate link. Another benefit is, you will be able to track how many people are clicking on the link. It also makes affiliate link management easier. We have a detailed guide about the same in the upcoming section of this series.
Now before you get started with Affiliate marketing, here are few guides as promised to refine your skills further:
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