What is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is a relationship that you create with a company in which they pay you a commission for a product that you advertise for them. For example, I will make a product review on a pair of soccer shoes. People will shop for soccer shoes online, stumble on my review and make a choice to purchase them. Then you earn a commission!
What does that Affiliate Marketing look like?
Let’s say there is a soccer player named Oscar, and he is in the market for a new pair of soccer shoes. He goes into Google and types in ‘adidas soccer shoes’. He finds the website Adidas.com because he saw the title ‘Adidas Men’s Soccer Cleats and Soccer Clothing’. Stay with me. I know the making money part doesn’t come yet because this is the first step in the consumers buying cycle.
On Adidas.com Oscar finds some really nice soccer cleats which are the Ace 16.1 Primeknit Firm Ground Cleats that sell for $250. Naturally before someone invests a large sum of money into something they will want to read reviews on that item. So again he goes into Google and searches ‘Ace 16.1 Primeknit Firm Ground Cleats Reviews’ and finds a website that says in the title ‘Adidas Soccer Cleat Reviews – Soccer Reviews For You’.
Oscar checks out this link that takes him to soccerreviewsforyou.com. It just so happens that Joshua, the owner of this website, has made a review on the Ace 16.1 Primeknit Cleats in the form of a video to help his readers visually see what they look like in/out the box and on the feet. Joshua did a great job with his review and just so happens to have a link to purchase the Cleats for $25 off on his website. So Oscar presses the link and decides to purchase the soccer shoes.
Joshua now earns a commission on Oscar’s purchase. The website that Oscar checks out at will take care of completing the transaction and shipping him his shoes. Joshua helped Oscar purchase the shoes. As a matter of fact this is a real website and Joshua make reviews on several soccer shoes as they are released. Looks like he has a very successful online business.
That’s it! That is the whole process. Do you think you could do this? I think you can too! It’s all a matter of getting the right training and applying it. I will tell you all about this, but first let’s answer a a couple questions about how you would accomplish this. How do you join an affiliate program, and what do you do after you’ve joined one?
How do you join an Affiliate Program?
It is fairly easy to join an affiliate program. You can find an affiliate program just by searching for them in Google. For example, you search ‘soccer shoes + affiliate program’, and you’ll find many companies offering you an affiliate relationship. A company will offer you anywhere from 1%-75% commission on sales. Over 80% of companies on the internet offer an affiliate program.
After you’ve joined the affiliate program you will begin to advertise their products on your website. Naturally you want to have a website dedicated to that type of audience; that’s called a niche. Just like Joshua’s website, soccerreviewsforyou.com. He does reviews on all different types of soccer gear. He helps people review products that they are interested in and offers links, often times with discounts, to purchase them.
Your website should help people. You will need to do sufficient research on the product to provide quality information for your readers. Then through links you will give readers an opportunity to purchase the product. You do this over and over again and you will have a lucrative affiliate marketing business.
So what’s the first step?
You have to build a website. We can teach you how to do this at Wealthy Affiliate. You will undergo some intensive online training. Your first course is free. This will allow you to get your first website launched and join some affiliate programs. We will teach you how to pick a niche. You get 2 free websites with the Starter Membership, but I recommend you only start one and focus on it all the way through until it is fully operational and successfully bringing in passive income.
Passive income is where you build something and just let the money start flowing in passively. It may take a lot of hard work and long hours before you begin to see income. It’s almost like what the indian said in Wayne’s World, “If you build it they will come.” I have peers who say they left their online business alone for a month because of being busy with their other job to come back with it earning $1000 that month. That’s passive income!
How do you get sales?
You will need traffic to get sales. How do you get traffic? You will need to optimize your website. How do you do this? You do this by constantly creating quality content. This may be through quality product reviews. While creating content you’ll insert quality keywords into your content. Keywords are the phrases that people use in the search engine to find what they’re looking for. By doing this you’ll help people find you which will lead to more traffic to your website.
Search engines do their best to provide their users with quality content. One other variable that they use to find quality content is seeing how social you are with your website. Does it have comments? Do you leave others comments? Are you and others sharing your website on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Linkedin, etc. Making and sharing videos on your website with YouTube is something else you can do to add quality to your website.
You will learn how to do all of this at Wealthy Affiliate. There is even a SiteComments platform to get quality comments on your website in the beginning to give you the boost you need. Once you manage to get first page rankings, fasten your seatbelts because the money will start rolling in! By tracking conversions and sales you will find what works and what doesn’t.
Rinse and Repeat!
That’s it, if you get this one basic system on track you will be on
your way towards financial freedom. We all want to work from home, and have the freedom to do what we want with our time. We want to spend more time with family. We want to be our own boss. Working online will realize that dream with enough dedication and hard work.
This will take commitment. Who ever told you it was going to be easy told you wrong. Making money online is not a push button system. You won’t be able to sit back and do nothing. You have to put in the work to reap the benefits. If you put in the hard work, there’s no doubt in the world, that you will become successful at online marketing. There are people online making $170k/month such as Patt Flynn. You can do it too! Why not?
Last But Not Least
Steer away from scams and other distractions. I’m recommending you to start your training at Wealthy Affiliate. If you decide to do this, spend 100% of your time learning and applying what you learn with that program, and that program only. If you decide to go with another online training program, do the same with it. The reason I say this is because top Internet Marketers in the field have said this. Many of them say that in all their years of internet marketing, if they could go back and change one thing it would be not to bounce from one program to the next and focus on one. Let’s learn from their mistakes!
Scams are all over the internet. The most common ways to avoid scams are these:
- If they show pictures of flashy cars, boats, and houses.
- If they show pictures of money.
- If they claim you can make a large amount of money in a short amount of time.
- Try to stick with programs that are free to join so that you can test drive it.
I hope this has helped you out tremendously with giving you the right idea of how to make money online for free. If you have any questions or need any help, please ask in the comment section below. Or if you would like to share any of your experiences, we would like to hear them.
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