Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2018 (and beyond)
I could still vividly remember the excitement when I made my first affiliate commission while I was asleep.
I jumped out of my bed when I saw my first ever commission from Amazon in that morning after working tirelessly for months.
But guess what?! It's just a $3 Amazon Bounty commission...
If you've made your first dollar online, you'll know feeling I'm talking about. The feeling of excitement is beyond description. You'll start to tell yourself that "This thing works!!"
And not only that, you'll gain a whole lot of confidence and motivation moving forward.
Don't worry if you haven't made any money online, regardless you have yet to get started with affiliate marketing or you're struggling at some point.
Because in this post, I'm going to give you a step-by-step guide to succeed in affiliate marketing for beginners. This piece of information is applicable to YOU in 2018 and beyond.
My promise to you is that you'll be walking away with your own fully-functional website which is ready to make money after reading this post in full. However, that is guaranteed ONLY IF you follow closely and TAKE ACTION of what I said in this guide.
So, for the sake of people who've not heard of Affiliate Marketing before, let me get started by explaining to you the basics of Affiliate Marketing...
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What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing in Layman's Term?
All of us have participated in affiliate marketing one way or another and you may not even realize it.
For example, when you refer your friends to take Uber or become a Uber driver, Uber will give you some commission or discount code, right? This is affiliate marketing taking place!
Let's take a look at another scenario...
Let say you want to purchase a DSLR camera but you couldn't decide which brand and which model to buy. You're struggling between Nikon and Canon.
What's the first thing you'll do?
You'll go to Google and type in something like "Best Nikon DSLR camera" or "Nikon vs Canon DSLR camera".
If you eventually purchased your camera online, some affiliate marketer will be making money because of you buying that camera.
So, How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?
Basically, affiliate marketing is the process of promoting other people's products and earn commissions.
In the case of DSLR camera, when you did the online research, the things you are reading could be written by an affiliate marketer.
When you click on any of the links to purchase your camera online, that affiliate is being credited by the seller and they'll pay him or her a commission. Which means, a certain percentage of the money you paid for the camera will actually go to the affiliate.
For example, the affiliate wrote a post titled "Best DSLR Cameras of 2018"...
This post can be making money for this particular affiliate marketer 24/7 because there will be people reading this post and purchasing cameras online in any time of the day, from all over the world.
That's how affiliate marketing works and that's how powerful it is!
So, the question is...
Do you want to do something once and get paid again and again?
Why Affiliate Marketing?
1. Potential Full-Time Passive Income
Like I've explained to you just now, affiliate marketing has the potential for you to do something once and get paid again and again. Because your website/business can be working for you 24/7 even while you sleep and travel. And this process is called passive income!
This is a totally different concept than the traditional 9-5 jobs where you get paid by the amount of time you work and your work performance. You'll never enjoy financial freedom in that traditional system and mindset.
So, give yourself a pat on your back because the fact that you're reading this right now shows that you're taking actions to change your life and pursue your dreams.
2. Fully Flexible Working Schedule
You may still need to supplement your income by working on a full-time or part-time job in the beginning. But once your business is on the right track, you can fire your BOSS and plan your own working schedule.
The good thing about having your own online business is that you don't have a BOSS to listen to and you can work anytime anywhere you want.
So, you now have a thing called "Location Freedom"! You can work at the comfort of your own room or you can work at a Starbucks (You know... Not literally work at Starbucks but work on your business at Starbucks. LOL!)
Just a side note, you've probably seen something like this before:
They call this the laptop lifestyle which you can work anywhere you want. But I just want to tell you that this is impossible. No one works on a beach because there's NO WIFI, HAHA 🙂
3. NO Face-to-Face Selling
I'm sure many of you have heard of a business model called Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) or Network Marketing. Probably some of you have tried that or are doing that right now. It doesn't matter.
We all know that we need to do face-to-face selling and this kind of selling is not for everyone. A lot of people have the fear to sell somebody their product. And the problem comes when you try to sell it to your friends and family members. That's what happened in most MLM, right?
Guess what?! None of that is going to happen in affiliate marketing. You don't have to face any person if you wish to. Your website will do all the selling for you 24/7.
Basically, the "person" you need to face is your laptop!
I'm personally an introvert so I don't feel comfortable meeting and working with people. But you don't have that problem in affiliate marketing 🙂
4. NO Prior Experience Needed
Last but not least, literally anyone can build a profitable affiliate marketing business. You don't need to know any coding, programming or sales techniques.
Don't believe me? Click on the link below and try it out yourself!
So, Are You Ready to Fire Your BOSS?
Who is Affiliate Marketing for?
Affiliate Marketing is for everyone as long as you're willing to put in the hard work to build your own passive income streams.
One major difference between affiliate marketing and traditional jobs is whether you are thinking for the long term or the short term.
In traditional jobs, you work for your next paycheck. If you stop working, your income stops. However, in affiliate marketing, you're working for your passive income streams. When you have a passive income stream, you work only if you choose to, not because you have to!
Back to the point, like I've said earlier on, you don't need any prior experience to get started in affiliate marketing. Because we have an awesome community to help you.
As long as you have the will and determination to succeed online, we welcome you 🙂
How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing for Beginners in 2018 (and beyond)?
Believe it or not, there are tons of ways to make money with affiliate marketing. For example, you can sell your affiliate products via Email, solo Ads, Pay Per Click (PPC), social media, sales funnels, etc...
If these sound like some alien language to you, don't worry. Follow my steps and you'll be in good hands 🙂
So, the first step is to sign up with an affiliate program. The common ones are:
These are called affiliate networks where there are thousands and millions of products for you to promote as an affiliate.
(In fact, Amazon has one of the biggest affiliate network in the world. Check out my Amazon Associates guide to learn how to get started with Amazon)
Sign up to become an affiliate is FREE. So, if you ever come across any affiliate program that requires you to pay a fee, stay away from them.
You will be given an unique affiliate link when you're accepted into any affiliate program. That link allows them to track who are the affiliates that refer the sales. To make money from affiliate marketing, all you need to do is to get people to purchase products through your affiliate link.
But unfortunately, the process of making people to purchase through your affiliate link is not that simple. I'll cover that part in the next section.
Step-by-Step Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners
(This is just a brief walk-through to give you an overview. So, don't worry if you don't understand certain parts. Check out this community for further guidance!)
Step 1: Choose Your Niche
A niche is a specific market you want to go into. A niche is also a group of people who will be interested in the things you promote.
This niche will determine the topic of your website and the affiliate products you're going to sell.
A good way to choose your niche is to think about your passion or hobby. You should already have some knowledge and experience in that area. Also, you have the passion to work on that area.
Don't worry if you don't think you're an "expert" in your niche. Believe it or not, you can make money anyway.
The funny thing is that some experts don't even know how to leverage their knowledge and make a fortune.
In affiliate marketing, your main focus is to learn the "marketing" aspect. As long as you know how to market your product to your target audience effectively, you can make money even if you're not an expert in that area.
Step 2: Craft out a Plan
Just like doing anything else, you need to have a plan.
For affiliate marketing, the 2 major things you need to plan are your TIME and STRATEGY.
Most of us all started doing affiliate marketing part-time so you need to have a good time management between your "active income work" and your new business.
It's best that you can spend at least 2 to 4 hours per day.
As for your strategy, my recommendation is content marketing, which means you'll need to create content consistently. So, you need to plan how many posts you're going to write per week, things like that. Once you get started, you'll have a better understanding of what to prepare and what to plan.
Step 3: Build a Website or Landing Page
Next, this is a really exciting step because you're going to have your own website set up which will be your ATM in time to come.
Building a website or a landing page is extremely easy today, thanks to the technology we have. That's why you do not need to understand a single line of code to build a website.
In fact, there are many marketers online who don't know anything about coding or programming (myself included).
Today, with the help of tools like SiteRubix, anyone can build a website within minutes, literally.
Step 4: Affiliate Products Research
This is the step where you want to find affiliate products that are not just profitable but relevant to your niche.
You can't promote any product you like because that's not going to work. Relevancy is the key to conversion!
The more relevant your offer is to your niche, the higher the chance people will buy from you.
This is the time when you would like to look at pages like Amazon Best Seller list. (This is NOT for shopping! It's for research! LOL)
Step 5: Drive Targeted Traffic (Visitors)
After you've got your affiliate product in place, you need to drive traffic to your landing page or your product review page where you have your affiliate links.
There are a lot of way to generate traffic. I wouldn't go deep here. But the two major ways are free traffic and paid traffic.
Basically, free traffic is the visitors who come to your website from Google search while paid traffic is visitors come to your website through your paid advertisements.
Step 6: Make Sales 🙂
The last step in the process is definitely to make money!
As long as you have an irresistible offer and a highly target traffic, they will convert and you'll make money.
All in all, the process behind affiliate marketing can be broken down into 4 main stages:
How Much Money Can I Make with Affiliate Marketing?
This is a really common question from a lot of beginners. My answer is always the same: As much as you can imagine!
"Imagination is the TOOL you use to create your FUTURE"
"SKY is the LIMIT in Affiliate Marketing"
For example, Pat Flynn, a successful affiliate marketer, is earning more than 2 million in 2017. You can check out his income report here.
If you think that's too far away from you, just take a look at the results from some of the guys in our community:
Now, I know this leads to another common question: How long will it take for me to earn that money?
Let me give you a realistic expectation. From past experience, you can start making your first few sales within 3 to 4 months and you can be earning a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars of PASSIVE INCOME in 1 to 2 years time.
Look! Are you willing to spend 1 to 2 years to build your passive income so that you don't have to work for the rest of your life?
I'm sure this is a no-brainer. Anyone with a brain will say yes.
But the problem is you need to put in the time, effort and the necessary sacrifices in that 1 to 2 years.
I'm not giving you a guarantee or a promise. It's just a rough gauge for you because everyone has a different situation.
You may ask, if anyone can build their passive income in a few years time and never have to work again, why are there so many people still struggling financially?
I'm glad you ask. That's what the next section is for...
Top 4 Tips to Double or Triple Your Success Rate in Affiliate Marketing!
1. Treat it like a Business
You're only going to get the results you deserve if you treat your affiliate marketing business as a REAL business. Treating it like a real business means that you need to dedicate a certain amount of time everyday and put your FOCUS there.
You can't expect to make a full-time income via affiliate marketing if you're willing to put in a "part-time effort". Make sense?
Unfortunately, a lot of people are still dabbling around just "trying things out". They don't treat any opportunity seriously.
Their thinking is that they'll only put in effort it if they see some results. However, the reality is the other way round. Only when you're willing to put in the effort, then you can see the results!
2. Consistency is Key
This is the same for everything you do in life. You're not going to go to the gym for just one week and expect to lose 20 kg. That's impossible.
In affiliate marketing, you need to have a well-planned schedule so that you can follow and put in the consistent work.
By the way, you must consistently work on your site and also invest in your own education. I'm referring to the everything you learn which can help you hone your skills in online marketing.
A lot of people couldn't find a balance between these two. Some spend too much time working on their website but they seldom improve their skills. So they may be doing the wrong thing again and again.
On the other hand, some people put too much focus on learning new things but never put into real actions so their business is not growing.
Remember, consistency is key for whatever commitment you have.
3. Be Patient
Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme so you need to be patient.
In fact, you've probably seen a lot of advertisements or promotions that promise you things like "earn $5,000 in two weeks time by following this simple system". I can tell you almost all of them are scams, if not, there are some catch to it. So be careful!
In affiliate marketing, you will not be seeing any significant results in the first few months. However, if you're willing to persist and be patient along the process, you're going to get the results you wouldn't have imagined.
"Only if you're willing to do things others don't want to do, you'll get the rewards others could only dream of"
4. Find a Mentor
Like Tony Robbins has said,
"If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to MODEL those who have already succeeded"
In order for you to succeed in affiliate marketing, you need to find a mentor whom you can model. (By the way, modelling doesn't equal to copy!)
But where to find a mentor? Isn't it expensive to hire a mentor?
Aha! Don't worry! I got your back. Like I've mentioned several times in this guide, there's a community where I like to hang out. There are a lot of successful affiliate marketers in different markets ready to help you out.
I treat this community as a great resource and I have a few different mentors whom I'm following. Friends in this community can hold me accountable for my journey to success as well!
All you need to do is to create a FREE account here and you'll be able to mastermind with like-minded affiliate marketers very soon 🙂
Affiliate Marketing is my favorite way to make money online. Don't worry, affiliate marketing is not going to disappear and it will not be saturate as well. Because e-commerce is growing at a pace that no one can predict.
It is estimated that the retail e-commerce sales will skyrocket to more than 4 trillion in 2020. With the growth of e-commerce, affiliate marketing is only going to grow as well.
So, Are You Ready to Change Your LIFE?
- Do something once and get paid again and again
- Make money while you sleep and travel
- Work anytime anywhere you want
- Have as much time you want to be with your family
- And many more...
If you think this is too good to be true, just give it a try. It's FREE to get started so there's nothing to lose 🙂
Affiliate Marketing FAQ
I've tried to cover as much as I can within this post. If you have any questions, I encourage you to leave them in the comments below and I'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible.
Or, you can visit my Affiliate Marketing FAQ page to learn more about affiliate marketing.
I sincerely wish you to enjoy the lifestyle by your own design as soon as possible 🙂
Your #1 Fan,