I am often asked by people how to start affiliate marketing for beginners and today I wanted to explain the process to you in five easy to follow steps so you can get started. If, after reading this, you have questions or need help then please leave a note for me below this post and I will get back to you.
First A Word About The Cost
Most of us don’t have a lot of money to throw around in the beginning so it is important to first talk about the costs. The good news is you can become an affiliate marketer for no cost whatsoever and I will explain how a little later on but for now all you need to know is you will be getting started for FREE.
Step One: Choose A Niche
You are probably wondering what a niche is so below is how Wikipedia explains it.
Step Two: Keyword Research
Once you have your niche you need to think about who will want to buy the product you are promoting. This is your target audience. In my case it was simple, sleep-deprived parents and there are thousands of them. You will be offering your target audience a solution to their problem but how will they know about you and your product?
For this you need to do some keyword research. Keywords are what your target audience types into the search engines to find a solution to the problem you are going to solve for them. In my case it was terms like ‘how can I get my baby to sleep all night’ or ‘my baby won’t sleep’.
There are a lot of keyword tools you can use but most of them cost money. Your free Wealthy Affiliate membership comes with a free keyword tool.
FREE KEYWORD TOOL
Step 3-Build A Website
Now you have decided on your niche, have a pretty good idea of who your target audience is and what search terms they will use you are ready to build your website. A lot of people panic about here and believe me, I was no exception. I wasn’t a computer geek or a nerdy type and things like this did not come easily to me.
Because of fear, I chickened out and I started by building a blog and ended up building several, each one selling different products. I made a little money but nothing to brag about or keep me in tea bags. I guess you could say I cut my teeth blogging but I realized what I really needed to do was create a website. Without a website you are just nibbling around the edges of your potential income.
When I finally built my first website it was through Wealthy Affiliate and it was simply dead easy. Wealthy Affiliate walked me through it step by step and then their training filled in the (huge) gaps in my education. They taught me everything I now know about online affiliate marketing. It was only after I had set up my website that I started to see some real financial results from my marketing.
Step 4: Getting Traffic To Your Website
You are probably wondering how the heck do people get to see the stuff you are selling. This is probably where you need the most help. Going it alone can work in the end but it takes a long long time. By starting on day one learning how to get people to visit your website to see and buy your product is the best way to go and it gives you an advantage over the go it alone crowd.
To get traffic and promote your niche product you need to write articles for your website. People will find the articles you write on google because you have used the keywords they search for when they want what you are selling and this will take them to your website. You can also use social media to get people to visit your website. Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and all the other social media sites are great places to promote your website to your friends and followers and get more traffic to your website.
There is quite a bit to learn to become a successful internet marketer but if you have the commitment and determination to learn then the rewards can be excellent. Once you break it all down into small steps it really isn’t that difficult. All you need to do is take the time to learn each step before moving on to the next step.
Getting The Help You Need
Of course, you need help along the way and I got all the help I needed at Wealthy Affiliate. Without them I would still be banging away at my blogs for peanuts. Support is everywhere in Wealthy Affiliate from the guys who built and own it to the members who have done the training, found success and are still there helping everyone they can. Some have been there since the programs beginning in 2005.
The majority who have been there for years are there because the cost of hosting their website is much less than they can get it anywhere else. They are also making a very satisfactory income of course.
It is easy to get started and best of all it is FREE to get started so why not check it out for your self.
Finally, if you have any questions or comments be sure to leave a note for me below and I will definitely get back to you.