There are so many ways to make money online, its easy to get confused and overwhelmed with the seemingly endless online business models. These days everyone and their dear old Aunt Margaret are trying to figure out how to make a passive income. One of the most well-known and popular ways to make a passive income is with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing can be a daunting thing to get into if you don’t know how to get started, but it is also very exciting, especially if you like being creative, finding solutions to people’s problems and making a passive income. In this article you are about to learn the best way to get started in affiliate marketing, the resources you will need to use and the steps you need to take and put in to action to get the best results.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding businesses you can start and you will enjoy every minute of it. There are simple tasks you need to complete in order to have a successful affiliate business. Let’s get started on your new business adventure.
What are you passionate about?
To get started you need to figure out the things you really enjoy. What are your greatest interests? What do you like talking about the most? Which subjects are you an expert in? These are all things you should take into consideration when choosing your niche.
Some people think picking a niche is difficult and it is…especially if you have multiple interests. If like myself you’re into health and fitness, making money online, internet marketing, gadgets, technology, pets, shopping, music…you get the idea. All of these interests are niches.
Now within each niche there are sub niches. Using health as an example, you can pick a sub niche such as dieting, super foods, supplements, exercise, meditation, etc.
You can go even deeper than that. In every sub niche, there are micro niches, you can really pinpoint and target your interest. Again, using dieting as an example you can find a micro niche like intermittent fasting, keto, the Mediterranean diet, juicing recipes, etc.
For every niche, sub niche and micro niche there is an audience. Here are some things you might want to keep in mind when picking a niche.
- Can I help people with my niche?
- Is this something I really enjoy?
- How much do I know about this niche?
- Could I write a lot about this niche?
- Am I prepared to do lots of research in this niche?
- Will I be able to make money in this niche?
These are all things you should take into consideration when choosing a niche. However, in saying all of that, don’t waste too much time agonizing over what you should pick. Hopefully this will just be the first of many passive income niche websites.
Think of a domain name for your website
The first step for creating your new website is to pick a domain name. A domain is just another word that means the address of a website like www.google.com, for example. The domain you choose should have a relevant name to the niche you have picked.
Let’s say you chose the dieting niche, you don’t want to name your site www.technogeek.com, that would make no sense. Something like www.eatwell.com would be more suitable.
If you are struggling to pick a domain name, there are many websites that can help you to choose a good domain name, below is a list of just a few.
Picking a domain name is very important because this will be the identity of your brand. Your brand is your business, this is how your customers or clients will remember you. My top two recommendations are Shopify and Namemesh, I have used both in the past.
Shopify, was a surprising one for me because I did not expect that this was a service that was provided. I have also used Namemesh and I have grown quite fond of their service. I am not being paid to endorse any of these websites.
Find a home for your domain
After you have chosen a domain name for your website, the next thing you need to consider is where to buy and host your domain. Just In case you are unaware, hosting refers to the company that will be looking after your domain, its where your domain lives to put it another way.
The hosting company you choose to go with will be responsible for the security of your website among other things. I’m including a list of the most popular companies where you can purchase your domain and hosting below.
There are many more hosting companies, just do your research and find one that you are happy to work with. I have personally used GoDaddy for a few years now, they’re very easy to use, their prices are affordable and their customer services are very helpful.
Time to design your website
Once you have your hosting sorted out the next thing you need to do is start designing your website. Most of the hosting companies that you might join have a website builder integrated as one of their services. They may offer their website builders service for free to begin with but that would be for a trial basis then you will have to pay for the service.
Probably the most popular website builder is WordPress and its also free to use. Many of the websites you visit have probably been created using WordPress, once you start using it, you will start to recognize other websites as a product of WordPress. Most of the top hosting services allow you to connect with WordPress, it is quite simple.
When you are connected with WordPress you will have the options of installing a theme or working with the standard WordPress tools. Themes are usually created with the intention of making WordPress easier to use, to make your website look more attractive and have more features to customize your website. Some of the most popular themes and page builders in WordPress are in the list below.
- Beaver Builder
All the themes above are great however, the theme I have the most experience with is Elementor. Elementor is possibly the most popular of the themes and page builders. Another theme I like the look of is Divi by Elegant themes, its supposed to be very powerful and simple to use.
I would recommend that if you are new to WordPress learn how to use the standard tools first, before you start looking into themes and page builders. I’m receiving no compensation for endorsing the themes above.
Another very valuable feature of WordPress is that you can install multiple plugins that provide a vast amount of functionality to your website.
Producing engaging content
According to the niche you have chosen, you now have to create interesting relevant content for your website. This is about to take up the vast majority of your time, that’s the bad news. The good news is that this is the fun part and its not a race. Creating content is the soul of your business, without compelling content, you don’t have a business.
Your aim now is to get your website well-established as a site with authority in its subject matter. The best way of doing this is to produce fascinating quality content on a regular basis. In order to create great content you need to do keyword research.
If you’re new to affiliate marketing keyword research sounds just as bad as root canal to someone about to the dentist. If your anything like how I used to be, you probably think keyword research is boring and time-consuming.
Once you fully understand the power of keyword research, you will learn that it is your very best friend when comes to creating relevant and unique keyword rich content. If you use the correct tools for your research, your content will be greatly enhanced, you will receive more and better quality traffic which will give your website greater authority which makes you more money. Below is a list of keyword research tools that should make your research much easier and far more rewarding.
- Keyword Snatcher
- Ahrefs Keywords Explorer
- Keywords Everywhere
- Google Trends
All the above tools are excellent in their own ways. I really enjoy using Jaaxy, its very easy to use and gives useful analytic data of your competitors. Also, QuestionDB is great for if you have a blog and you are providing answers to question keyword phrases.
Get in front of your audience
Now you have created your content, its time to start getting traffic. Traffic is the life blood of your business, if you can’t get people to see your website, then all your hard work up to this point has just been for fun.
There are so many ways of getting traffic and it seems like new strategies are being invented every week. The best strategies for getting traffic are the ones that have been working for years and will be working for many more years to come. Below is a list of just some of the most popular methods for getting traffic.
- (SEO) Search engine optimization
- Free social media advertising (Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, etc.)
- Paid advertising (Google AdWords, Facebook, Solo ads, etc.)
- Email marketing
The quickest way to get traffic is to pay for it with Google AdWords, Facebook ads or solo ads, etc. The slowest and possibly the riskiest way to get traffic is with free social media advertising. It’s not impossible to get traffic with free social media advertising, but its very slow, unreliable and you need to build a following.
To get traffic through SEO takes quite some time, but once you have it, it will grow consistently and it can be a reliable source of traffic.
Sell them something that they want
This is what you have been building towards. To recap you picked your niche, designed your website, filled your website with unique, engaging and relevant content and now you have consistent traffic coming to your website.
Hopefully your website now has a great reputation for quality content, you can start promoting relevant affiliate offers that will benefit your audience. There are many places online where you can find brilliant affiliate offers. The list that follows are the most popular affiliate marketplaces.
The easiest and most popular affiliate marketplace in the list above is Clickbank in my opinion it is the most newbie friendly and they have countless products to promote in multiple niches. Warriorplus and JVZoo are similar to each other and they have better quality products to promote, however they’re not as simple as Clickbank.
Congratulations, now repeat
Well done, you now have a successful affiliate marketing business. Once you have implemented all these steps, you’re cooking with gas so to speak. Just keep creating keyword rich content, send traffic to that content and promote relevant affiliate offers to your audience.
Its hard work but it is so rewarding. Just keep following the simple steps and be consistent, once you have made your first sale you’ll see how it has all been worth it.
Committed to your success,