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Affiliate Marketing Guide For Beginners – The Step By Step Process

learn affiliate marketing for free,If you have ventured into the blogging space, you definitely have heard of affiliate marketing. It is one of the most popular way to make money online.

It will not land you the big bucks instantly but allows you a steady income stream for the monetization of your blog.

This article aims to expound on how Affiliate marketing works step by step and how you can get started right away.

What Is Affiliate Marketing Online?

Affiliate marketing is a referral model whereby an online retailer pays you a commission when their products are purchased using a referral link on your site.

Other ad types pay you based on the number of views or clicks but for affiliate marketing, you are only paid when a user takes the action of purchasing. The commissions from affiliate marketing may be higher compared to the others because it poses less risk to the advertiser.

Affiliate marketing requires a more hands-on approach. This is because you have to pick products that your readers are interested in and also those that you are passionate about. Readers can tell the difference when you are writing about a product because you just want a commission from it compared to when it’s a product you actually value or like.

Once you do this, you have to significantly and strategically include it in your posts and other areas of your site so that users can purchase whatever product it is using a referral link.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

how to find an affiliate marketing niche,First off, you have to find a company whose products you want to promote. It is essential that you choose products that are relevant to the topics of your blog and useful for your audience.

The company you choose will be called a ‘Merchant’. You then have to partner up with the company by joining their partner program, making you their Affiliate’.

You will then be issued with an affiliate ID which you will add to all affiliate links used on your website to promote the product. Go the extra mile by providing product reviews, displaying banner ads, recommending the products in your articles and emailing newsletters.

All the traffic that goes to the Merchants site from your link will be tracked and you will earn a commission from them. This takes about 45-60 days.

How Can You Get Started?

First, you need to figure out if you are using the right blogging platform. For example, WordPress.com has some restrictions as to what products and services you can link to. However, if you have a self-hosted WordPress.org, you can add affiliate links to whatever products you want and manage your affiliate campaigns.

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Your users also need to know how you are making your money through a disclosure page added on your blog. You will need to add terms of service and privacy policy page to your blog as well. These not only save you from future legal problems but also help you build trust with your audience. This is all explained in detail in Wealthy Affiliate along with a copy for you to use.

How Do You Find The Right Affiliate Products To Promote?

affiliate marketing guide for beginners,1. Become an affiliate for products you already use – It’s easier to recommend products that you already use since you know the pros, cons, and work-arounds.

Check out the product’s website for terms like “Partners”, “Affiliate program”, “Affiliates”. Most companies are actively looking for affiliates to sell their products and usually add a link to their affiliate page in their website’s footer.

2. Look for products being promoted by other blogs – Check out what the competition is selling. You will find many similar blogs using affiliate marketing to make money. Check for obvious markers on the site showing affiliate marketing such as ad banners.

If you hover on the banner, a link will appear, often showing the affiliate ID link. Even though this may look like an internal link. It will redirect you to the Merchants site where you will see the affiliate’s unique ID with the product.

3. Join bigger affiliate networks – You can easily join already existing affiliate networks which act as middlemen between affiliate marketers and merchants.

4. Reach out to companies – Sending an email is the best way to find out about a company’s affiliate program if they have one but you can’t seem to find any information about it. If they do have an affiliate program, they can invite you to join it.

How Can You Increase Your Earnings With Affiliate Marketing?

Choose good companies and products to promote – You need to make sure that you promote good products from reputable companies otherwise your audience will relate whatever bad experience they encounter with your site directly. You should use products and services that you have already used, otherwise, you can contact the company and they just might give you a free sample.

Offer valuable content – You can add as many banners as you want on your WordPress site but as long as your content is not useful to your readers, your website won’t be getting visitors. You need to convince your readers to actually buy the products. You can do this by writing in-depth reviews, product comparisons etc.

Keep your audience in mind – Figure out the demographics of people visiting your website and promote products that they will find suitable. Go with the general theme of your website. For example, if it is a fashion blog, look for merchants selling clothes and accessories.

Which Affiliate Networks Should You Join?

You should choose a network that is credible and that has products that you would like your own brand associated with. At the end of the day, your readers will rely on your word to purchase whatever products you promote on their website, especially if you have already created a culture of trust with them.

Make sure you always read the network’s program policies to give you a clear understanding of your earnings, payments and any additional incentives.


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6 thoughts on “Affiliate Marketing Guide For Beginners – The Step By Step Process

  1. Hari S Nair says:

    I am a newbie in this online business field. I have taken the very first step by creating my website on child development. There is one question that arises in my mind every time that what is more effective – affiliate marketing or pay per click? Every now and then I read people arguing on this. What are your thoughts? I am a bit confused.

    1. Wayne says:

      First of all all the best on your new website business. Affiliate Marketing can be a very lucrative business depending on time spent building your site and I guess what I’m trying to say is it takes work and time for your site to mature for google to come over to your side and start indexing your site regularly.

      As far as PPC goes I use it both google and Bing to bring traffic to my website, must be used properly or you can drop a lot of money while using it. Both of these are taught along with affiliate marketing at Wealthy Affiliate.

  2. Willie Moye says:

    this is a great website. It is well put together and very informative. It is clean and neat. looks like you to time and patients into it. If I wasn’t already with WA, this site would have me joining. I have only one question and that is about your comment section. Why does it have extra big fonts in it? Great job though.

    1. Wayne says:

      Thanks for your comments, as for the comments section I’m not sure as have not seen it before but will look into it. Thanks for alerting me to it.

  3. Stephen says:

    Hello friend,

    I have really enjoyed Your article on Affiliate Marketing guide. You have done a great job in Your explanation about Affiliate marketing.

    In fact, I really like the way You went about breaking down every aspect into pieces. Especially with the way You clearly explained the relationship between a merchant and an Affiliate partner, who is the publisher and how he or she can earn some commission by prmoting a products owned by the merchant, using a referral link.

    I know this article will go a long wy to help many newbies out there who want to give Affiliate Marketing a try. They will really understand the concept of Affiliate Marketing and how it really works before getting started.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this informtion.


    1. Wayne says:

      I’m happy that you found this very helpful in your affiliate marketing and I hope you picked up some points that will help you get your marketing to the level you want.

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