This is the beginners guide to affiliate marketing and it's written for newbies who've never tried making money online through the affiliate marketing method. I've kept it as basic as possible so that even my Mother, who's a technophobe, can understand it. And if my Mom can understand it then I know I've done a good job of explaining the process. Are you ready, Mom? Let's roll, shall we?
In this affiliate marketing for beginners guide, you're going to see how simple the process of making money is with a basic website and you're going to also understand how easy it is when you've got the basics imprinted on your memory. I've broken the whole process down into a few basic components.
You can actually get a free website from Wealthy Affiliate which includes a lot of how to start affiliate marketing for dummies training. You can't go wrong and you can't get scammed if it's free, can you? Click the link below to read all about it.
Absolutely, you can. Anyone who wants to make money online can try affiliate marketing and it's not such a scary thing to do, even when you've never made a penny online before. The start-up costs are minimal, which is a big benefit.
You don't need your own products and you don't need a place to store products. You've possibly heard of people making 6 figures and 7 figures online and it's absolutely true.
But let's not get carried away, those kinds of numbers take a lot of work, especially when you're a beginner. Learning affiliate marketing can be overwhelming if you don't have the proper steps and you're always bombarded with what are known as “shiny objects” which will confuse you and slow you down.
You need a plan, and you need a plan that has been tried and tested by those who've walked the walk before. Too many online gurus will take your money for products and services that claim to help you to make money online with affiliate marketing.
Stop right now, if you're continually suckered into these push-button schemes that claim you're going to be rich overnight. It's not going to happen, ever. So, you might as well learn the right way.
I want you to picture a scenario where you're talking to one of your friends, or a family member and you're telling them about this cool new gadget you've just bought. I want you to imagine that you love this gadget and you want to recommend to your friend that he or she gets one, too.
Your friend is interested and takes a look at the awesome gadget you've got, let's say for the purposes of this explanation that it's a new mobile phone. So, you're telling your friend how amazing the phone is, what it can do, how much it cost you and where you bought it.
Congratulations, that is the basics of affiliate marketing in a nutshell. The only difference is you're not going to receive a commission for telling your friend about the new phone you've got and you're not telling your friend online, rather, you're telling him or her in person. And so, your friend decides that he or she really must have this same phone and decides to run off to the place you told them to buy it.
If you were to go through this process on the internet you could make a commission if you'd written all about that fantastic new phone on your website. Additionally, don't fall for online scams such as The Zero Loss Formula, which is something I wrote a scathing review about here. There are thousands of online scams.
Affiliate marketing for newbies is easy with the right training and mindset. But hold on a minute, because there is a little more to it than that. Let me explain in more detail how it happens online, rather than offline. A random website cannot just be built to get commissions for selling random products on it. You have to become very specific.
You have to choose a niche!
A niche is a topic that's been narrowed down. It's a target audience. Remember that mobile phone? Well, it just so happens that “not everyone” in the world is interested in mobile telephones. You need to create a website (which is easy, by the way) that is in the mobile devices niche.
Let's say for the sake of simplicity that you choose a website name of “coolmobilephonereviews dotcom.” The picture in your mind is now forming. One of the first steps to getting up and running with affiliate marketing is to choose a niche.
But wait…there's more… 😉
Next, you need to write reviews on mobile phones. In these reviews, you can recommend specific phones and list the benefits and drawbacks of them. You give details on the specifications of the phone, what it can do, how much it costs, and where you can buy it. Amazon is a good example for this. Amazon has what is known as an affiliate program.
An affiliate program is designed so that people can join it (for free) and choose products to promote on their websites. When someone goes to that website and clicks on an affiliate link, they are taken to Amazon (in this example) to look at the phone and decide whether they want to buy it or not.
Amazon knows it is you because the affiliate link tells them you've sent them there. You will receive a commission for sending people to Amazon to buy something. Remember, Amazon has gazillions of products. Imagine how many different types of “niche sites” there are on the internet that are promoting Amazon's products.
The number is staggering. And that is just Amazon. There are thousands of other affiliate programs on the internet, such as Clickbank and JVZoo. Some products are physical products, things you can touch and pick up. But there are also what are known as digital products.
A digital product, for example, is an e-book. You've heard of Kindle books, right? Well, they're digital and you can download those on the internet almost instantly when you've paid for one. Of course, you can buy these ebooks for your Kindle device (an e-book reader) which, incidentally, is also a product (physical) that you can buy at Amazon.
Now you've chosen your niche and you've chosen your product(s) to promote. What's next, then? Well, you need to now write content on your website about that particular product. It could be a review of the apple iPhone 7, or 8 or it could be a review of Samsung's newest Galaxy model.
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Next, people will visit your website (like you're visiting my site now) and they will read all about that awesome phone they're interested in buying. You tell them all about it and whether it's a good thing to buy or not.
Anyone who is convinced enough that it's a good phone (from what you've written) will likely click on your “affiliate link” and be taken over to Amazon to buy the phone you've recommended.
When your website visitor buys the product you've recommended, Amazon knows it is you who sent them there to buy. Amazon is happy to give you a commission for sending the person to their “store” and they wouldn't have had that new customer if it wasn't for you recommending the phone in the first place.
You learn the ins and outs of affiliate marketing at Wealthy Affiliate which will teach how it's all done from scratch. It's for beginners to advanced. I learned all I know about building websites and blogging for commissions there. And if I can learn it then I believe that even my Mom can learn it, too…
But she's still a technophobe, I'm afraid. Right, Mom? (Mom just nodded “yes”) To get a free account and learn the basics of affiliate marketing click on the big red button you can see strewn all over this blog post which links to my Wealthy Affiliate review on another page.
Get going today with your own little business venture. It's easier than you think it is, even my Mom could do it, right Mom? She just said “nope” lol. But I know she could if she wanted to.
Affiliate marketing, while being a simple process, isn't for everyone. There's a lot of initial groundwork involved with setting up your site, finding affiliate programs and writing blog posts before you start getting your first commissions. My Mom isn't into it at all, although she has the capabilities. Just because she could do affiliate marketing it doesn't necessarily mean she would want to do it. Once you get your head around all that is required, there is nothing in the world that can stop you from becoming a successful affiliate marketer.
Likewise, there's nothing to stop you from quitting before you make a breakthrough and all the pieces finally fit together. Too many affiliate marketers quit because of impatience and not having the right training. Too many quit because of shiny object syndrome and its propensity to throw people off course.
Simply click on the big red button and go read my review about Wealthy Affiliate and see if it's for you. It's free to join, by the way, and you don't need anything other than your email address to get in.
Remember, making money online legitimately is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time to see good results. This is the reason most people who quit trying internet marketing fail miserably. They're just not patient and determined enough. The right mindset is vital.
I'm Jimbo, Thanks for reading the beginners guide to affiliate marketing. I hope to see you again and it would be really great to connect with you inside Wealthy Affiliate after you sign in.
Thanks for reading the beginners guide to affiliate marketing. I hope to see you again and it would be really great to connect with you inside Wealthy Affiliate after you create a free starter account. If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or the Wealthy Affiliate, leave them in the comments below and I promise to reply to all of them. Do you know of any better way to make money online than the affiliate marketing model?
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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away... Jimbo got a chronic case of sciatica and lost his job. However, Jimbo used this opportunity to learn how to build websites with Wordpress and then to make money online. Jimbo wants to help you do the same, while helping you to avoid the plethora of scams.
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