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How To Start With Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

How To Start With Affiliate Marketing For Beginners

In this article, you are going to learn how to start with affiliate marketing for beginners and how to create yourself a business that will provide passive income for your efforts.

By following these simple steps we should have you on your way to making legitimate money online.

What is affiliate marketing?How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners.

Quite simply affiliate marketing is when the affiliate marketer (you),promotes another person’s product and then receives a commission on any sales from your promotion campaign.

Here Is My 8 Steps Guide on How To Start With Affiliate Marketing

1. Ask yourself if you have what it takes to succeedHow to start with affiliate marketing for beginners.

Get in the Right Mindset. You are not going to become an overnight success with affiliate marketing. There is some work required before you should even think about the monetary rewards that will come.

You are going to be writing content and seeing some of that content unable to rank in search engines. This is inevitable, you will, however, have much success is you follow the guidelines and put the effort in.

The goal is to get as many eyes on your content. Eyes that are willing to invest in the products you are promoting. To enable this they must trust you and believe your words.

You are going to be writing content and seeing some of that content unable to rank in search engines. This is inevitable, you will, however, have much success is you follow the guidelines and put the effort in.

The goal is to get as many eyes on your content. Eyes that are willing to invest in the products you are promoting. To enable this they must trust you and believe your words.

The goal is to get as many eyes on your content. Eyes that are willing to invest in the products you are promoting. To enable this they must trust you and believe your words.

By having the mindset of creating the best possible resource you will actually create the best possible resource.

So ask yourself now. Do you have the patience and the willingness to work towards a goal that will eventually if done correctly provide you with a passive income?

Knowledge + Hard work + a Willingness to learn from failure = SUCCESS.

2. Think of a Niche That You Are Passionate Enough About How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners.

A niche market  is the subset of the market on which a specific product is focused. The market niche defines the product features aimed at satisfying specific market needs

Ref – Wikipedia

Basically, any subject that has an audience is a niche.

A Targeted narrowed niche is a small market that does not have a lot of competition. It would be like “carp fishing” within the niche of angling.

Choosing the Right Niche

Choosing the right niche is of paramount importance. It could mean the difference between earning lots of income to making nothing. The Ideal Niche would be one that you actually know a lot about and have a passion for.

This will make it much easier when you are creating content for your readers. Apart from that try to take into account the following when choosing your niche

This will make it much easier when you are creating content for your readers. Apart from that try to take into account the following when choosing your niche

a. A niche that is not too broad.

b. A niche that people are actively searching for online.

 c. A niche with little competition in the search engines.

d. A niche that has something you can promote or sell.

3. Set up a website.How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners.

Your website is going to be the hub of your affiliate marketing business. Here is where you will have the content to attract your readers and where you will establish a relationship with them.

They need to trust that you are indeed an authority within your chosen Niche. By establishing trust you are more likely to encourage the readers to follow the affiliate links within your content.

Should they buy from that link, Bingo! Commission for you !!

They need to trust that you are indeed an authority within your chosen Niche. By establishing trust you are more likely to encourage the readers to follow the affiliate links within your content. Should they buy from that link, Bingo! Commission for you !!

Should they buy from that link, Bingo! Commission for you !!

Setting up a website is very easy and there are many places that you can get set up for free. I started out with a free hosted niche website from Wealthy Affiliate before moving on to my own domain. You can get a domain name from many companies Wealthy Affiliate, Godaddy etc.

I chose Wealthy Affiliate simply because I am a member of the WA community, as well as the reasonable costs.

You can get a domain name from many companies Wealthy Affiliate, Godaddy etc. I chose Wealthy Affiliate simply because I am a member of the WA community, as well as the reasonable costs.

Below is a video I prepared to show you how easy it is to set up a WordPress website.

4. Get an understanding of Search Engine Optimization.

So you have your niche now and a website. Before you write your first content I want you to know about Search Engine Optimization SEO.

You are writing content to be seen by your readers, and the readers will be actively “Searching for Content” to help them.

They will be typing into Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo etc the words they are looking for.

These are Keywords and they are vital to your success at attracting readers to your website.

The aim of SEO for you is to get your content on page 1 of Google or Bing etc. Preferably in the top 5 of page 1 as these will attract 67% of the clicks by your readers.

So what do you need to do to get to these page ranks?How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners

Know what the Search Engines are looking for to award high ranking positions. The search engines are all about giving the user/reader the best experience.

They want to show the best content they can. Don’t forget the Search Engines are a business and with that in mind think of them as a client enlisting your services to entertain and inform their customers.

They want to show the best content they can. Don’t forget the Search Engines are a business and with that in mind think of them as a client enlisting your services to entertain and inform their customers.

Below are examples of the criteria needed to satisfy the Search Engines that your content deserves Page 1 ranking.

a. Is your content relevant ? 

Does the content provide the reader with the answers to the search terms they seek?

b. Is your content good quality?

In the past, Webmasters would stuff their content with keywords and tags, in an attempt to trick the Search engines that their content was relevant. This just led to crappy content and that’s not good for business.

Now though there are algorithms the search engines use to determine whether the content is quality. These are complicated and I doubt anybody apart from them truly know how they work. The important thing though is that your content is quality. Write as if you are talking to the reader, write in terms they will understand, give them

The important thing though is that your content is quality. Write as if you are talking to the reader, write in terms they will understand, give them as much valuable information you can to satisfy the reason they came to your site in the first place.

Yes, Keywords are important but not as important as the content itself.

c. Is your site optimized for you readers experience?

Here you need to think about the layout of your site. Are internal links from page to page relevant? Is your site easy to navigate? Do your pages and videos load quickly? Is your site not stuffed with ads that distract? Is your site compatible  with mobile devices?

d. Meta description

Having a meta description won’t necessarily improve your ranking on the SERP, but if used correctly it could be the difference to a user clicking on your article rather than another. Below is an example from this post.

How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners

You can see that the Meta description tells the reader what to expect by clicking on the post.

I use a plugin for WordPress called Yoast which helps with Seo.

e. Comments

Enable your comments on your post. Good comments are excellent for adding value to your post, after all, its, even more content for the readers and also a great way for your to engage. Now then it is vital that the search engines see that you are engaging so answer all comments promptly.

So there you have a few ideas of what Search engine optimization is about. There are many more than listed but that would be an entire article.

Now though we will move on to the next step.

5. Keyword research for your content.How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners

Keyword research is a practice that you will learn to use to find and research actual search terms that people enter into search engines.

I use a Keyword tool called Jaaxy but there are many free versions too such as Googles KeywordPlanner. 

The idea is to think of terms that your reader would type to find information and then to match your article to these terms.Of course, the keyword must match the content.

When using the keyword tool you should look for how many people are searching that term and how much competition there is for the keyword.

Below is an image showing the keywords for this article. “How to start with affiliate marketing”

 

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As you can see there is a fair bit of competition for this keyword,however,there are lots of searches and with good SEO and a few good comments I should be abe to eventually ranks for this keyword.

The Keyword phrase should make sense. If you see above I could have chosen How To Start With Affiliate Marketing for Beginners and had virtually no competition but also had no traffic.   It’s a balancing act and you should take your time to choose the best you can.

6. Create your initial content to give your site an identity.How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners

Ok so you now have your website, a niche, an understanding of SEO and Keyword search, now you need content.

I recommend that your start with cornerstone content that you can expand on later for promoting products.

For instance, if your Niche was Internet Marketing, start with basic “How To Start With Affiliate Marketing for Beginners” etc. Use these first pieces of content to establish a general theme for your site.

Don’t forget the Seo principles and create the best content you can. Don’t worry if it doesn’t rank straight away. In time you will become more confident and start producing much better quality content.

7. Join Affiliate Programs to find products to promote.

Now you have your website all ready to start promoting products. You need the products though and here we will discuss where to look.

Depending on your Niche, find retail sites that sell products in your niche. If you scroll down to the site footer you can sometimes find affiliate programs you can join. Amazon is a great place to find products as is Ebay, and both have affiliate programs you can join for free. There are other programs such as Clickbank and JvZoo that mainly cater for digital products but can offer very good commissions.

Amazon is a great place to find products as is Ebay, and both have affiliate programs you can join for free. There are other programs such as Clickbank and JvZoo that mainly cater for digital products but can offer very good commissions.

You will need to open a Paypal account too so that you can receive your hard earned commissions. Not all affiliate programs pay to PayPal but their payment terms will be laid out on sign up.

8. Write your first review articles and include your affiliate links to promote your products.How to start with affiliate marketing for beginners

This is where all of the above comes together. Now you have your products you want to promote you need to research them as much as you can.

Give your reader as much information as you can. Make it honest, do not say something is the Bees Knees if it isn’t. Remember, the reader is trusting you as an authority and will not be coming back for your advice if you have given a rubbish product a great review.

That said if it is rubbish , say why it is and offer an alternative product. bad reviews are sometimes as lucrative as good reviews.

Summary

So there you have my eight steps on how to start with affiliate marketing.

Tips to remember.

Create the best content you can, give your reader the best experience you can, and blog regularly to build your sites authority.

I have one final tip.

Join Wealthy Affiliate for free.

Here you will learn much more in depth lessons on affiliate marketing. You will have access to 2 free websites, ten free lessons on getting up and running, access to an amazing community of affiliate marketers who are always on hand to answer your questions and give quality advice. Plus you lucky people, you might even see me in the chat rooms.

You can have a look for free by following this link. Tims Wealthy Affiliate Home Page.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article and I invite you to please leave your comments and questions below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

Thanks Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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