In this article we will look at affiliate marketing and how to get started.
Affiliate marketing is a very lucrative way to make money online, but it does take some time and effort to learn the skills needed to be successful.
Just about anyone who is prepared to put in the time and effort can be successful at affiliate marketing.
Disclosure : Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing involves referring internet traffic to products and services in exchange for a commission or bounty.
Christopher runs a blog that focuses on the topic of video games.
He finds an affiliate program that pays 5% on all referred purchases.
In other words, anyone that clicks on his links will be directed to a website that actually sells video games and consoles.
If the person who is referred purchases anything while on the other site, Christopher will earn 5% of the total they spend.
A video game website sells consoles and games.
Aiming to generate as many sales as possible they set up an affiliate program that pays 5% to affiliates on sales they refer.
Christopher has been running a blog that discusses video games.
He has several thousand site visitors a week and also has several thousand followers on social media.
Christopher finds out about the video game website and their affiliate program.
He joins and is given a unique affiliate i.d.
Every time Christopher picks a product to promote he is given a code that contains his affiliate i.d.
He writes some articles reviewing new video games and cut and pastes the code into the content as a link to the game on the video game site.
Christopher then posts the articles on his blog and also promotes them on his social media accounts.
Over the course of the next month, his articles are read by 7000 people.
1000 of those people end up clicking on those links in his articles that refer them to the video game website.
At the end of the month, the total sales generated from those 1000 people who were referred is $60,000
Christopher earns 5% of his total referred sales.
5% of $60,000 = $3000
The video game company pays $3000 into Christopher’s bank account for the referred sales.
Here are some articles that go into greater detail on these concepts.
Start Affiliate Marketing
Here we will take a look at how to get started in affiliate marketing.
To get started in affiliate marketing you will need to learn a skill set and also set up your online promotion infrastructure.
In order to do affiliate marketing you will need to set up a blog.
A blog is the most common kind of website.
It is made up of articles known as blog posts.
What you are reading now is a blog post.
A post is simply a piece of content that the blogger writes that they can then publish to their blog and make it visible online for people to read.
A post can be an informational article, a product review, or whatever the blogger wishes to create and publish to their blog.
A blog post can consist of only writing or can be made up of writing, pictures, infographics, videos, etc.
Anytime you visit a website these days you are looking at a blog post or a page.
A page is different to a blog post, although they appear similar, because a page is usually fixed and not dated.
If you look at the top of most blog posts they will have a date of publication or last update.
Pages typically do not have this feature.
As an affiliate marketer, you should set up a blog because search engines like fresh content, and so do readers.
If you are searching for a review on something you are more likely to click on a blog post that is dated more recently than one that is from two years ago.
Product reviews are a great example of this.
People want to know how the product is now, not years ago.
There are a lot of blog building platforms available.
This site is built using WordPress and it is said that it is used on 33% of all the sites on the internet.
I find it the best option, and I have tried many.
It does have a learning curve, but it also has the most flexibility to create a site that does exactly what you want it to.
Some platforms make the basics easy, but as you grow your site you can feel constrained by their software being so basic.
*The affiliate platform I use has WordPress built in and also tutorials on how to build your first blog and optimize it correctly for affiliate marketing.
** I will talk about that affiliate platform further on in this article.
Other Suggested Blog Platforms.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
In order to be successful at affiliate marketing you will have to learn SEO.
Search engine optimization is a set of techniques that you implement in order to make your site rank highly in search engines.
People typically click on the top result and perhaps the following two or three results.
Rarely do people go past the first page of results and hardly ever past page 2.
So, as an affiliate marketer you want to be on page one, and as high up on that page as possible.
Obviously the top space is the best place to be.
In order to achieve this, you have to make your content, such as blog posts, as optimized for search engines as possible.
There are many ways to do this and it is far too detailed a topic to cover here in anything except very basic detail.
Here is a video from the web and design company YouTube channel
How Can I Learn Affiliate Marketing?
I have written several articles on how to learn affiliate marketing and also a free basic training course.
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