Affiliate Marketing Basics For Beginners
Affiliate marketing is a great way for the average person to make money online. But it can seem very confusing in the beginning. My goal is to break it down a bit so it makes sense.
The great thing about affiliate marketing is that people are shopping more online than ever in history. This has created a lot of opportunities for the average person to generate extra income by selling products to customers who want them.
The thing I love most about affiliate marketing is that it cost very little if anything to get started. All you need to do is find a product that you want to promote and then recommend those products to customers who want to buy.
Okay there is a little bit more to it then that.
Finding Your Niche Market
First you need to figure out what is your niche market. A niche is basically a very targeted product that a specific type of customer wants to buy. I like to look at it as solving a problem for a small group of people.
Here is a real life example of how I discovered a niche that earned me several hundred of dollars 2 years ago and I still sell several each and every month. This is called residual income. I get paid again and again even though I did the work years ago…..
I was working at a retail job. I worked all day on my feet on a hard concrete floor. My feet hurt all day long and by the end of the day I literally wanted to cry. My feet hurt really bad. So I went home, put some ice on my feet and pulled my laptop on my lap.
I went to Amazon.com and did a search for “Best Shoes for Standing All Day” I was looking to buy a better pair of shoes
…and then it hit me.
I mean I’m an Affiliate Marketer, Right? Why not market to this niche?
This is an awesome niche. There have got to be lots of people who stand on their feet all day and need a good pair of shoes. So I checked this keyword (best shoes for standing all day) and discovered that there was very little competition at the time for this keyword phrase. So I quickly built a Squidoo Page and the rest is history. Here is that page. (as a side note, Squidoo no longer exists. And my article is currently at Hubpages.)
My point is to find your niche, you need to figure out what a small group of people want to buy. And it helps to be passionate about it as well. This way it will be easier to write about your niche.
Find Affiliate Products to Market
Once you figure out your niche you need to find products to market so you can make money. There are different kind of products. There are physical products like those sold at Amazon.com and there are digital products which are usually products that people can read online like an eBook or a course.
Once you have a product, then you want to figure out what people type in the search bar when they are looking for a product. This process is called Keyword Research. What you are looking for is a search term that people are looking for yet at the same time it has little competition. Think about the example above. When someones feet hurt they aren’t going to type in “shoes”. They are going to type in something like “my feet hurt” or “help for sore feet” etc.
There are many different ways to learn about keyword research. If you haven’t heard of Wealthy Affiliate then you should check them out. As a Free Member you can learn more about this topic as well as many other affiliate marketing basics for beginners.
Create A Website
Once you figure out your niche and have done some keyword research then you will want to create a website.
Now this for me was the scariest part. So I started small. I started with a niche blog. Then I made another and another. And I still have several blogs that earn me money each month. But I didn’t really start earning real money until I started creating niche websites.
I thought creating a niche website would be hard until I was able to learn how to do it at Wealthy Affiliate.
I liked that at Wealthy Affiliate taught me how to set up a website in very easy to follow steps.
Once you get your site up and running then you need to help people find it or get traffic. One thing you can do is post articles that link to your site. Or you can use social media to help people find your site.
So as you can see there is a lot to learn about internet marketing. But when you break it down it really isn’t that hard. It is just a matter of learning about each step in the process.
Where to get help with Affiliate Marketing
I mentioned Wealthy Affiliate a few times because this website has been instrumental in helping me make money online. And it will help you with affiliate marketing basics as well as advanced training. There is nothing to lose since it is free to start but everything to gain.
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And while your are there, stop by my page and say hello!