Within this post, I will explain the basics of affiliate marketing, the business which is changing marketing forever. I’ll show you how to start with an affiliate marketing business even if you are a complete beginner.
Are you interested in becoming an affiliate marketer?
You can learn how to turn your hobby into a lucrative side hustle in five steps!
You see, I have been in the affiliate marketing business for a couple of years and I can show you a thing or two.
This experience left me with a pocket full of fantastic information. Everyone who is interested in how to start with an affiliate marketing business can benefit from the knowledge that I will share with you.
Why Start With Affiliate Marketing?
I will share my personal ‘whys’ because someone else maybe has a different point of view. However, when we talk about the affiliate marketing business, every point of view must be a good one. No doubt!
First and foremost, time and space freedom!
Everything else comes after this one.
Imagine, you work from your laptop. On top of that, you work whenever you feel like working. You see, as long as you can catch a WiFi connection, you are set to go.
Secondly, no boss!
That’s how I feel when I think about this one. It’s not that I don’t like to work for someone else. It’s just that I don’t want to be a robot who is taking orders from everyone who passes me by — nothing else.
Affiliate marketing business gave me an opportunity to work for my self. That was my desire.
The last but not the least, earning potential.
Listen carefully now. I’ve heard some stories that are going around.
The Internet offers unlimited possibilities. The Internet is the future of business. The only limit to your earning potential is the one you set for yourself in your mind.
A side income or full-time career? It’s all up to you.
People are learning this information fast. Many are taking decisive steps to learn how to start an affiliate marketing business for themselves. It all reminds me of stories about the old Wild West and Goldrush Era.
Imagine, it’s almost the same today.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a business where you promote products or services by your marketing efforts in return for a part of the sale (affiliate commission).
You as an affiliate or publisher are creating the link between a merchant and a customer.
The picture above is the best concept I’ve learned in the last ten years of doing business.
The last two out of those ten, are online. And all thanks to understanding how to leverage this concept.
Who is an Affiliate (publisher)?
Let’s clarify the model from the top now.
An affiliate or a publisher is a person who owns a website which provides a good deal of information about a specific niche.
A niche, in other words, is your area of interest. It can be dieting or making money online. As a matter of fact, it can be anything you want.
As you can see here on the example of this site, my niche is affiliate marketing.
Your future website can take many forms. It can be a review site or it can be a blog like this one. It’s all up to personal preference too.
Either way, the site is your place of business.
You use your website to share information via your blog with other like-minded people who have an interest in knowing more about what you already know.
It’s called networking and doing business.
Moreover, you are more than welcomed to recommend your visitors with a helpful product or service you use regularly in order to make your life easier.
This action opens a chance to complete the circle from our model.
Anybody can be an affiliate. There is no need for a degree or a diploma or any expertise in this matter.
The basic point is to connect the customer with the merchant using affiliate links as shown on the model up top.
Who is a Customer?
A customer in the affiliate marketing business is anyone who uses the internet to search and shop for stuff.
Here’s an example.
A person lands on your website in a search for valuable information about your niche.
You, on the other hand, have prepared a great post about your interest and within that post, you have some affiliate links leading to a specific product or service.
If happy with the information a visitor follows your link to the merchant’s network where they make a sale.
When a customer finishes the cycle, we stop calling that man or a woman a visitor because now, they have converted to your lovely customer.
After a sale, you earn a commission for your work.
Nice and easy.
At the end of the day, it’s a fair deal for everyone. People who need help will get what they want. And you get to share your knowledge, help others, and earn some money.
Who is a Merchant?
A great example of a merchant is Amazon. They offer tons and tons of various products on their shopping platform, from books to engine parts!
Alternatively, you can join countless other affiliate programs.
The most popular ones beside Amazon are Click Bank, Commission Junction, eBay, etc. Moreover, they are all free to participate.
Some of the programs might review your website before they let you in, but they are all easy to enter.
Their part in the process is to handle the customers and pay you a commission after the sale. A commission percentage can be as low as 5% and all the way up to 75%!
I hope you are all warmed up by now because from now on, we’re talking some real business.
How Much Can You Earn With Affiliate Marketing Business?
Many people start an affiliate marketing business thinking it’s a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. Understand that it’s a business like every other.
Therefore, there are multiple factors we have to factor in to determine the size of your income as an affiliate.
It depends on:
- How much you are willing to learn
- How much time you can devote to work
- The percentage of your commission
If you are a high achiever and you see a great opportunity in this business, you can become financially free in a reasonably short period.
If you commit yourself to work on this for a more extended period, you can set up several websites.
Therefore, you can earn passive income from multiple sources.
In the end, it’s all up to you and your efforts.
Ready to start building your affiliate marketing business?
The Importance of Mindset In Business
The wise man has once said these lines:
“Choose the job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
I got addicted to this sentence ever since I’ve heard it for the first time.
No matter what’s your hobby, baking cookies or repairing engines; it can become an affiliate marketing business.
Imagine, my hobby is reading books and affiliate marketing, and I have businesses around them. WooHoo!
Who would say that reading can be useful, ha? 🙂
The next ten minutes or even less of reading time can throw a magic spell on your life. Something positive can happen which can change your days forever.
You see, in today’s world of Internet and ever-evolving technology, it pays to know how to earn from your laptop or computer.
Withing this copy, you’ll get the most simple advice you can find on how to start.
I can imagine that some of the greatest entrepreneurs started their business empires from the ‘garage’ in the form of a straightforward idea.
Can you imagine the same?
The story is that young Mark Zu managed to connect the world from his dorm room.
Michael Jordan was shooting his first hoops on dirt and barefoot.
Alicia Keys was singing on the street before filling up the MSG.
At least I heard so.
The thing is that we don’t see that part; we don’t know the struggle and hard times they had to go through.
We only see their success. It makes us believe that things were easy for them. That somehow they are blessed while the rest of us are doomed to live the normal life.
From great tech inventors to writers, musicians, business experts, sports stars, every each and one of them had to go through an underground stage before they managed to turn their hobby into a successful business.
The fact is, they’ve done it!
I know that you too can do it!
Maybe it doesn’t have to be a business empire like in our examples from above. However, a couple of hundreds or even thousands per month would be a nice addition to your current budget.
Do you know what the best part is?
Once you finish with the ‘hard work’ (there is no hard work, only fun work), your business will become passive. It means that you will earn from it while having a cup of tea and reading a good book, or while sleeping and even making love with your partner.
Okay, the last one was inappropriate. Sorry. 🙂
Let’s clear some doubts before I give you a formula that will turn your love for video games or eating vegetables or wearing shoes, or anything else you consider your hobby, into a profitable affiliate marketing business.
A few doubts come to the mind of every person who wants to check out the online world. The following two are universal.
Am I’m too old for that? (technological gap)
Do I have money for that kind of adventure? (financial gap)
First and foremost, everyone can do it!
No matter what is your age or level of computer skills, know that the internet is accessible and it is getting more accessible and more natural as we speak!
So far, I have seen kids at the age of 20 already succeeding big, as well as people who been through life and now in the 50’es and 60’es they’ve decided to take a swing at online business.
Let’s now clear financial doubt.
Like in the real world business, cash spins the wheels of the online as well, that is a fact.
No dough, no business.
You see, in the online world, everything is the same as it is in the real world except for one fact. It is not physical; it is digital. You will not have to rent a shop and deal with tons of paperwork. Even better, you will not have to hire or fire anyone.
A few dollars or euros and a will to learn new things are enough to kickstart your online business!
Imagine, I have stared mine for $19!
Those were the best $19 I’ve ever spent in my entire life.
In other words, you don’t have to have a bag full of money to start an online business.
All you have to have is a hobby and awareness of the fact that it is profitable if you know what you are doing, which leads me to the next topic.
You see, I spent some time to crack open the following question, so you don’t have to.
What is the Best Way to Start Online?
A couple of years ago I was looking for the same answer, and I found it.
In the meantime, I found a couple of good options such as:
- drop shipping
- trade currencies (crypto and real)
- become freelance copywriter
- develop an app or similar digital product
…and so on. But none of them fitted in. I wanted to find out, the same as you, what is the best way to turn my hobby into an online business.
And then, I found the perfect one!
- affiliate marketing
The idea of an affiliate marketing business is simple. You should remember that the simplest ideas are always the best ideas.
Remember Zucky? He had a simple idea to make a site where you can access yearbook photos of each class on Harvard and leave a vote which we know as the like button today.
See the movie if you haven’t yet. It’s not bad.
In the affiliate marketing business, you as an affiliate have a simple mission.
Connect the merchant with the customer by using the affiliate link and take your part of the profit from the sale.
It’s that simple.
Have you seen any good mafia movies maybe?
Have you heard the term ‘middle-man’?
That is the role of an affiliate marketer but no mafia, guns, fights, or being chased by the police. 🙂
Once again, I will explain the process in more details very soon.
How Does Your Hobby Fit Into Affiliate Marketing Business?
This part is straightforward, so listen carefully.
Whatever your hobby is, there must be some products or services out there related to your interest.
For example, your hobby is to fix car engines, and you know all about them. There are thousands of product related to car parts that you can market.
You can run a review website or a blog where you can talk about your knowledge/hobby. It’s fun, and it’s something you love to do. It’s perfect for doing business.
I’ve created an online business after reading just one book. I was fascinated by the book, so intrigued to learn more I wrote a blog twice the size of the book.
Here is the catch!
To turn it into an affiliate marketing business and make some passive cash from your words, all you have to do is to place an affiliate link into your text.
The link connects the product related to your hobby with a person who is looking for something like that.
Yeah, that was an Amazon affiliate link.
I hope you are not offended by me offering you this book. You see, it changed my life, and I recommend it to everyone!
I hope that at this point you get the big picture. If not, keep on reading until you do.
Remember I mentioned baking cookies as well?
So if you like it and it is your hobby, then why not start an affiliate marketing business around it?
Sites like Amazon offer a lot of merchandise to sell. You can earn money marketing baking equipment while baking cookies.
How simple is that?!
Imagine how a simple thing such as affiliate marketing can make your life easier.
It is up to you to make the first step. The rest will follow.
All you have to learn is how to start.
You have your first chance just below.
How to Start With an Affiliate Marketing Business in 5 Steps
Follow these five steps by the letter, and you will be ready to start your first affiliate marketing business.
You can expect the first sign of profit after mastering these basics.
After that, it is all up to you, your creativity and efforts.
1.) Choose an Interest (Niche)
It is sufficient to explain this one again.
I have spent enough time explaining the simplicity of things regarding your hobby.
I hope you get it by now. If not, scroll back to the top and read again.
Next three steps work for thousands of people all over the world.
You are looking at one right now.
2.) Build a Website for Free!
As already mentioned you will not have to rent a shop, all you have to do is pick a domain name (name of your hobby business), register it for free, and build your website, also for free.
That is how I started mine.
Now I’m happy to help others to do the same.
As I said already, you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to know how to build a website.
It can be done in a few moments and a couple of mouse clicks. Pretty amazing how technology becomes more simple with each day.
3.) Write About Your Hobby
If you know a lot about your hobby, you can talk about it.
Also, if you can talk about it, you can write about it.
The beauty of affiliate marketing business lies in the fact that you don’t have a physical product to sell, you can sell your knowledge which is priceless.
Therefore, it is the best product to market!
You have an excellent example at your eyesight.
The fact is, there are a lot more people out there sharing your interest and hobby. All of them are looking for service, product, or just a piece of knowledge to buy.
As I’ve said, you could run a review site or just blog about your interest. I’ll show you how.
Let’s keep things in a fast lane, shall we?
4.) Attract Visitors to Your Website
Now, like in every other business, the same is in affiliate marketing. You will have to get some visitors if you want to earn a profit.
To get people to your website you will have to learn how to leverage search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. In the affiliate marketing business, we call it SEO or Search Engine Optimization.
Moreover, you can use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, to generate traffic on your website.
Instead of wasting your time ‘hanging’ on social networks you can use them to create a business around your hobby.
This part can be a bit intimidating for all beginners. But it doesn’t have to be for you.
To leverage Google and other mentioned traffic sources, you’ll need to post content on your site consistently. Therefore, once again, simply run a blog and share it on Google and social media.
Here is the key!
If you can spend at least one year in writing and deliver at least 100 niche relevant blog posts, Google will reward your work with high rankings.
Once you get high rankings, the traffic to your site will follow.
Now, the drum roll, please!
TRRrrrrrRRRRRrrrrRRRRRRrRrRRrrrrrr!!!!! (a drum roll sound in words)
5.) Earn a Commission!!!
The sweet part which is why you are here! Admit it.
Aren’t we all in the end?
However, let’s stick to a topic here.
It may sound to simple to be the truth, but once you create a website around your hobby, and you manage to get the first visitors on your site, all you have to do is place an affiliate link to a product or service to earn money.
I’ve demonstrated it so far with a few examples of my own.
Like I said at the beginning after you learn the primary system which I have laid here in front of you, it is all up to you and your efforts to keep rolling that cash!
It can be a small side income or a career.
The Internet offers a lot of possibilities for everyone no matter where you live.
Nowadays people are doing wonders online. I know for a fact that thousands are generating a passive income from an affiliate marketing business, while some are doing it very well and managed to turn it into a successful career.
I don’t know what your current life situation is.
Maybe you are looking to start a small side business to earn a few extra bucks per month or you want to make a career out of it?
Whatever it is, you can do it!
So, are you ready to start with an affiliate marketing business today?
I wish you a successful online marketing journey!
If you need any help or you have a question feel free to contact me!
All the best,
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