Let’s assume you already understand the basic of building up a website and content creation. You know how to get a traffic to your site, which is ideally by proper keyword selection. You constantly add the content to your site, relevant to your niche and as a result of that your traffic grows.
Now a question arises: how to make money with this website?
The most effective way is the affiliate marketing.
Here we are going to elaborate about affiliate marketing, how to find an affiliate program and at the end you should be able to explain to your buddy (he might be interested as well), what is affiliate marketing and how to start. 😉
Also it would be helpful to mention some aspect you should be avoiding, while creating your content.
What is Affiliate Marketing – Definition
Affiliate Marketing – first when I heard that term I had no idea what that meant. After bit of research I have learnt that it is basically a sharing revenue model type of business.
In other words, you create a content about product you like (or service), promote it to other people and if they buy you get part of the profit for every sale you make.
Merchant <-> Affiliate <-> Customer
In the entire process of affiliate marketing there are 3 parties involved.
- The Merchant – product creator. The product can be anything, physical thing, digital, it can be service or an experience.
- The Affiliate – this is us. We are (or will be) affiliates promoting that product or service. It can be even more products and he does not have to be connected with one Merchant only.
- The Customer – finally the consumer of the products made by merchant.
You see that the affiliate is like an interface between the merchant and the consumer. He basically helps the merchant to sell and helps the customer to choose the best solution.
Affiliate does the product research and based on that he gives valuable information to customer and let customer to choose the specific product.
As you realize there are literally millions of products to sell or to offer to customers. You can go to any merchant site, and sign up for their affiliate programs.
Affiliate Program and How to Search For It
How to find out about the affiliate program?
You simple go to google and by typing your niche with ” affiliate program” next you will find lots of results. You sign up for those programs you like. You then will get a special link called an affiliate link which you will use throughout your website.
Here is the short video how to search for affiliate program. As you can see there are literally hundreds of results. You can do this for any niche as well.
At the bottom of the search results there is this google suggestions which is great for brainstorming.
Another great Affiliate program offers Amazon. We can use the same niche ” dieting” and we see that there are over 20,000 results in niche concerning the dieting.
What I suggest, is to narrow that niche down, to ” Gluten Free” for example.
You can even decide to check the Prime products and create reviews on these products only.
You can join the Amazon affiliate program for free. Once you have your own account you can promote any product you wish. Just to let you know that Amazon offer commission from 4 to 10%, which not a lot. Therefore when considering the niche, please make sure you will promote products with price tag over $100. Do not go to the other extreme ($1,000 and more) as the number of sales is not that big.
TIP: While creating your account with Amazon, you will be asked to insert your telephone number. I know that the platform does not work quite well with the international numbers. There is a workaround, you can check if you are interested.
Once you have your account up, go to any product within the Amazon site and you can get your affiliate link for every single product.
As you have you content on your website, you delivering interesting info to your visitor. You describe a specific product, where you add this affiliate link. They are send off to the Amazon and once they do the purchase you get the commission, from whatever product they buy.
Amazon has 24 hours cookie, so if they come back to Amazon within 24 hours from that 1st click, you get the commission from other products as well.
What Are Affiliate Networks
Affiliate program allows you to make the connection with many merchants at once, without going through the troubles of signing up with each merchant individually.
For the affiliate it would be a tremendous task to search for the different merchants, do the research, collect the data and come up with a comprehensive content.
Therefore there are Affiliate Networks which collect many merchants so they can be found in one place, such as ClickBank or Amazon.
Affiliate Network makes the search for specific product or niche much easier. On top of the but it handles the payment and the commission for affiliate. Also you, as potential affiliate sign up with one (or more) affiliate network once, and you can start promoting every single product within that network.
For some Affiliate networks it is pretty easy to sign up, such as Amazon, for other it may be even more complicated and they require also data about your website (for example monthly visitors to your site).
There are many other affiliate networks. I will mention few of them, which are very popular.
What to Avoid
There are many affiliate program you can join. Regardless of your niche you can partner up with Amazon. It is easy and Amazon affiliate program accept almost everybody (like %99.85 of applicants). Just make sure you read this post to gain some insights info.
You can join as many affiliate programs as you want, but please take it easy, especially at the beginning. It is recommended to join 2 or 3 max.
Make sure that your content is relevant to the products you promote.
Another commons mistake newbies tend to do is, they use lots of affiliate links within one article. This can seriously harm the rankings, since google wants to make sure that every site delivers value to the visitor.
As a common rule, have no more than 1 affiliate link per 500 words. Keep your site clean and easy to read.
More and more people buy things (or digital products as well) on the internet and there are billions of dollars being spend online every single day. Big portion of that goes to affiliate so Affiliate Marketing is a great way how to start making money online.
Beauty of the internet is that it is open 24/7/365 all over the world. Once you website gets traffic you can wake up in the morning finding out you just made couple of hundreds. Again. That we an call a passive income (of course is not that passive since you work hard to get the content up, right?)
Another advantage of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to deal with any customer support, nor suppliers.
You know how to make money with affiliate marketing, so the next level might be you are having your own product. you learnt a lot and now you will share your knowledge with other guys. You can create your own course and thorough an affiliate program you can sell more by offering a monetary benefit.
Hope I have covered the basics of affiliate marketing. In case you would like to elaborate about some specific item, please let me know in the comment section below. I’d be more than happy to provide your with more information.