Welcome to this guide entitled “Affiliate Marketing for Beginners.”
This post will cover the following topics
- What is affiliate marketing?
- How does affiliate marketing work?
- How to join our step-by-step affiliate marketing training
So let’s tackle the first question: What is Affiliate Marketing?
In simple terms, affiliate marketing is recommending another company’s products or services and getting paid when someone purchases through your recommendation.
1000s of companies maintain affiliate programs including Amazon, Target and Best Buy. These companies will allow you to become an affiliate and promote their products / services.
I don’t know if you can grasp the significance of that. You can literally promote 1000s of the world’s highest quality products, goods and services in virtually any market:
- That you did not create
- That you don’t have to maintain
- That do not require customer support
- That you do not have to hard sell
Affiliate marketing is one of the best online businesses for all of these reasons and more.
How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?
There is a four step process for making money with affiliate marketing:
Step 1 – Customers Search for Information
Millions of users search the web every day for information on products or services. They want to know about product features, pricing, reviews, user experiences and so forth.
This information can be in the form of a video, online article even a podcast.
An example is someone who is looking for an espresso machine who types the following into Google or Bing: best espresso machine. This customer is in the research phase.
This search term will generate a list of sites that are relevant to that search term.
The customer may then type: where to buy x esspresso machine or review of breville barista express machine. This is when you know the customer is close to purchasing.
Step 2 – Your Website – You Create Niche Content
On your website, you have already created a series of relevant articles that speak to exactly what the customer wants.
The reason you have written these articles is because you have done your research. You know your market, what they want, and what they buy and you provide valuable information that helps people make good decisions.
You also know how to put together keyword focused content pages that rank well in Google.
Step 3 – Customer Purchases Product Through Your Link
Within your site, you have several strategically placed affiliate links to Amazon or other stores where visitors can purchase this type of espresso machine.
When the customer clicks on that link, he / she will not pay any more money for the product or service. Your customer will be linked directly to Amazon to begin the purchase process.
Step 4 – You Make Money
For every purchase that is made through your affiliate link, Amazon will pay you anywhere from 5-8% of the purchase price. On a $350 espresso machine, that’s $21.
This is not going to break the bank, but these add up over time. Also, this would not be the only product you promote on a coffee website for example.
BONUS! What’s great about this kind of affiliate link is that Amazon will pay you a commission on everything the customer purchases in that checkout period. If they add books, clothes, or whatever, you’ll get a commission on those items as well.
Step-by-Step Guide for Success with Affiliate Marketing
If you really want to get a fast start on your affiliate marketing career, then I would recommend that you join the Honest Digital Revolution. We will walk you through Phase 1 of creating an amazing website.
This is your first step. Check out the revolution here.
Here’s to your success.