10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

10 Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

When you start thinking about it, it isn’t that difficult to make money with affiliate marketing.  But you need to know the following tips if you want to make some serious money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing can be a fantastic way of making money online or from home, but it can be a hard slog if you aren’t on the right strategy.  That is why we want to help.  Did you know that 99% of Affiliate Marketers fail?  That is why we want to help you become part of the 1% that succeed.

If you are still unsure on what exactly affiliate marketing is and how it works, then check out this guide and it will fill in all the blanks…

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The Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

The Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners… With Proof the Training Works!

You can spend years checking out all of the different training courses for affiliate marketing, but which one is the best affiliate marketing course for beginners?  Well, we want to help you with not only showing you the best training course, but also show you proof that following their training works.

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How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – A Step-by-Step Guide

Want to know how to start affiliate marketing today?  Then know that by the end of this step-by-step guide you will have already taken the first few steps to making that a reality.

Affiliate Marketing is a fantastic option for making money online, it doesn’t require huge start-up costs and despite what some say, you do not need to be a technical know-it-all who knows computer coding to be able to achieve it.

In fact, you could get started with affiliate marketing today with expert help, support and training without any real technical knowledge and you will not need to spend a penny either.  Does that sound like a great deal…?  Then read on and we will first talk about what real affiliate marketing is, how it works and then show you a simple step-by-step guide into how you could get started today… Let’s get started…

What is Real Affiliate Marketing?

The reason I always start out with these posts with clarifying what real affiliate marketing is, is because there are plenty of scams or low-quality programs out there that claim to be affiliate marketing but are really not worthwhile, or are MLM schemes or are clearly there to just rob you of your money.  Real Affiliate Marketing is by far one of the best ways of making money online, but it is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

That is one of the first signs that it is not real affiliate marketing or is not worth getting involved with.

Affiliate Marketing is not going to make you rich overnight.  Even if you get started today, you will not see instant results.  Anyone who promises that is not your friend.

There are four key stages of affiliate marketing:

  1. Choosing a Niche
  2. Start a Blog Website
  3. Attract an Audience
  4. Make Revenue

4 steps to affiliate marketing

You will notice that the making money part is the last part and it will require a lot of your time and effort doing what I am doing now which is creating quality content to attract an audience.

Affiliate Marketing is a great passive income as you are not required to hand-hold any transactions, you do not need to keep stock.  In a sense, you are the middle person in-between the person who owns the product and the person who wants to buy the product but wants to know a little more about the product before buying.

That is your opportunity to be that person who offers an insightful post to highlight why you think that product is worthwhile buying or not and if your audience has trust in you, they will go and buy that product and you can earn a commission from that sale.

Let’s get into how affiliate marketing really works

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

There are 3 parties involved in affiliate marketing.

  1. There is the Person looking for help with a particular product to help them make a purchasing decision.
  2. There is you, the affiliate marketer.
  3. And there is the owner of the product (for our example, we are going to use Amazon).

You have someone who is looking for the best gaming laptop online (it could be any niche you want; we are going to use gaming laptops for our example.

They want help finding this out and go to a search engine such as Google.

They type in: best gaming laptop

The search results come up with:

best gaming laptop search results - Google

They go and visit the option at the top and read about the best gaming laptops on that page, which happens to be a blogger using affiliate marketing.

They read up on the best gaming laptops and decide that one of the options that the blogger has gone through in detail is the best option for them.

So, at this point we have a customer who is deciding on a purchase.  The affiliate marketer (you) has helped them come to a decision with that purchase with a helpful guide to what they consider the best gaming laptops for 2019 and our customer is ready to actually make a purchase.

The gaming laptop blog does not have any actual stock, but they are an affiliate with Amazon.  So, if the customer chooses to follow the link in the post to buy the Alienware m17 R2 laptop that they highly recommend.  They are taken to Amazon’s page for that laptop.

The customer has a lot of trust in Amazon, as I think most of us do and they decide to go through and purchase the laptop.

Your reward for helping that customer to that decision is a percentage of the sale price.

No, this affiliate actually has signed up with the Dell Affiliate scheme, but it works in the same way and you will find there are literally thousands of affiliate programs you could sign up with.

The laptop’s retail price is $1499.  If the affiliate program commission is 6%, that equals = $89.94 of passive income.

If you happen to help 10 people to a similar decision, that is $899.94. As you help more people, you will find your income can grow and that is just from one post that this blogger has written.

Not bad, when you do not need to be there for your reader to make the transaction.

Affiliate Programs do all the hard work of tracking this type of stuff, allowing you to crack on with the creation of high-quality content that gets you to page one of the search results.

Here is How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today! Take the First Step…

Affiliate Marketing is a great way of creating passive income, and the added advantage is that you could choose any Take the First Stepsubject you want.  We used Gaming Laptops in our example, but the same premise works for literally any topic you could think of – technology, sports, fitness, health and wellness, losing weight, homeware, coffee, knitting, pets, childcare, new parents, making money online, gadgets, cbd oil, art, etc.

Affiliate Marketing does not have to be just about products, you will find a lot of services also provide an affiliate program.  There are thousands of affiliate programs, Amazon is good for new affiliate marketers but as you progress you will soon find that there are programs with better commissions rates elsewhere.  But Amazon is a great starting point due to the sheer number of products they offer…

If you are serious about starting affiliate marketing today, then we can definitely help you with the first step.  If you follow our advice, you could have your very own blog set up and ready to go within a matter of minutes.  But the first step is to actually choose the topic you want to use for your affiliate marketing.

If you want a more comprehensive guide that involves training and support for starting an affiliate marketing business today, then we suggest you check out the free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate – it is how we got started and is a fantastic platform that provides everything you need to get started with affiliate marketing.

Choose a Niche

This can sometimes be the hardest decision to nail on, as it isn’t just as simple as picking a subject.  That is because if you Choose a Nichestart too broad, you will have a harder time of actually breaking into the market.  That is why our advice is to choose a nichea narrow or small segment of a broader market.

The more niche you go, the better chance of getting your affiliate marketing campaigns a kick-start and appearing higher up the rankings.

So, if you are thinking about a particular subject, try and narrow it down to as a small niche as you can.  You need to become an authority on this niche.  Once you have achieved this authority, you can then start broadening out into the larger market.

A great way to do this is to go to Amazon.  Go through their categories, and you will see they have done the hard work for you. You will see there are sub-categories and then sometimes they have dug down again to another sub-level.

It also gives you an idea of the products that you could review when you are up and running.

If you are not too sure what your niche could be, then you might find this training useful from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate.  It has helped a lot of people narrow down their niche…

Spend the next 30 minutes thinking about what your niche is going to be for your affiliate marketing business.  It is great brainstorming this and if you need any help, write your ideas in the comments section and we will help you narrow down your niche ideas.

Start a Blog

Once you have your niche nailed down, you can then start the task of starting your very own blog website.  Now, this is where most people do not believe they have the technical skills required to build a website and often walk away before they even get started…

But let me take that worry away!!!

You could have your very own website up and running and ready for you to create some content within a matter of minutes.

You do not need any technical knowledge, you do not need to understand html or coding, etc.  All you need to worry about is picking a domain name.

WordPress has made building a website really easy with a one-click install. Follow these 4 steps and you will have your own website up and running:

Step 1: Choose a Domain Name

First off you need to pick a name for your affiliate marketing website or a domain name.  A domain name is what you will see in the address bar.  For example, our domain name is https://bestaffiliatemarketingtools.org

Spend 30 minutes coming up with some good domain names that could match your niche and target audience and then you can use the tool below to see if it is available:

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This will give you access to Wealthy Affiliate’s training platform and access to 2 free websites.  All of the hosting is included, and you will also gain access to some awesome training on affiliate marketing too.

Step 2: Complete your sign up with Wealthy Affiliate

Create your free account with WA, and you will be one step closer to your own website.

Sign up for Wealthy Affiliate

Step 3: Customise Your Website

Once you are signed in with WA, you will be taken to the page where you choose how your website will look.  You have already chosen the domain name but give your website a title and choose from the available website themes to choose how your website will look.

Customise your website

Step 4: Click Build This Website

All you need to do know is to click to build your website.  Within about a minute you will have access to your very own affiliate marketing website ready for you to create content.

Build your website

Bonus Step: You Have Gained Access to Wealthy Affiliate’s Training

Not only will you have your own website, you will also benefit from the training available within the free Wealthy Affiliate starter membership.  Follow the ten lessons included within the starter membership and you will have all what is necessary to be successful with affiliate marketing.

Now you have access to a website, you can concentrate on the key step that is going to get you an audience to be able to promote your affiliate products to – Creating High Quality Content.

Create High Quality Content

If you have followed the steps above, you will have your own affiliate marketing website within a couple of hours including the research needed for picking the right niche and domain name for your website.

But what now???

Before you can even think about applying for an affiliate program, there is little point until you start creating some content to attract an audience.

No Audience/Traffic, No Sales…

Now I am going to assume you are looking for how to attract an audience for free and the best way to do that is through search engine optimisation or SEO.

SEO is about creating high quality content that targets a specific keyword that hopefully gets onto the first page of Google. Search Engine Optimisation The majority of clicks comes from the first 3 results of the search engines, so your primary target is to create content that Google likes and that anyone who clicks it likes to.

Often people make the mistake of creating content that only targets the search engines.  It might give you good rankings, but if anyone who clicks on it doesn’t relate to it and doesn’t find it helpful, they will not follow your recommendations leading to no sales.

The first step to creating the quality content is to understand who your target audience is, then you need to employ some keyword research too.

We use the keyword research tool Jaaxy, it is from the guys at Wealthy Affiliate and gives you a good insight into what people are searching for and what keywords you could target with your content.

Remember at this point your website is brand new and you need to build trust with the search engines, so they want to put your content at the top of the search results as the best option for their users.

They are desperate to provide the best answer to the question that someone is searching for.  If your content does that, then they will gladly rank you higher.  But if you were targeting really competitive keywords and were up against authority websites, then you will struggle to break into that crowd.

A keyword research tool allows you target less competitive keywords that get a little bit of traffic.  A little bit of traffic is better than no traffic, right?

The best thing to do is to show you what I mean.  I am going to go back to the best gaming laptop example we used earlier in the post.  Below you will see my Jaaxy dashboard searching the keyword “best gaming laptop

Keyword results - Jaaxy

In the screenshot you will see 10 keywords that have been generated that are relevant to our original keyword.

But if we targeted that original “best gaming laptop”, it is really competitive.  Let’s break down the headings, so you know what we mean.

  • Avg – The average number of searches for that keyword a month
  • Traffic – Visits to your website if you can achieve number 1 position in the search engines
  • QSR – The number of competing websites for that same keyword
  • KQI – Keyword Quality Indicator
  • SEO – A score based on traffic vs. Quality

So, our original keyword that we could target, “best gaming laptop” has got great traffic potential… but we would be up against 160 competing websites for that same keyword and we are only just starting out.

Now, if we looked at the other results and looked at “best gaming laptop computer” – it doesn’t get as many searches a month, but it has an amazing potential for a beginner just starting out as it only has 42 competing websites for that same keyword.

I would much rather get 21 clicks a month from a keyword like this one, then try to compete for the original one and get nothing.

Also, when you have picked up on a keyword to use, check out the other websites competing for that keyword, you might actually find you are more informed and can write a much better option for the search engines can.

If you have taken up our recommendation and joined Wealthy Affiliate, we have found that WA members tend to write the best content because of everything that WA teaches when it comes to writing high-quality content.

That is why you will need to do keyword research before writing any content.  Once you have nailed down a keyword to use, you can then start to identify who the target audience is for that keyword.

High Quality Content requires you to provide Help and not Sell.

If someone was to click on your post about the “best gaming laptop computer”, what do you think they want to see?

Option 1: a website that tells them this laptop is the best and that they should buy it.  It provides no in-depth information about why you recommend it.  You just tell them it is the best.

Option 2: an in-depth post about both the benefits and concerns of a certain laptop, that gives them good options for if they have a high budget or a low budget.  Gives them a look at what others are thinking about these types of laptops and a chance to see some good informed information about them?

If people had already decided which laptop they were going to buy, they would not need to search the internet to check out what other people’s opinions were.

People who are undecided need help, and that is what you need to provide.

I think at this point; it would be good for you to understand the customer purchase lifecycle.  As when you are writing content, you need to consider where people might be.  If someone is not ready to purchase, you cannot sell to them.  You might just help them get an understanding on a subject and not even recommend any products at that point.

If you would like to learn more about the customer purchase lifecycle, I recommend you check out this training.  If really helps you when deciding where you audience might when writing your content.

Target the right keyword, understand where your reader might be in the customer purchase lifecycle and write a really in-depth guide that helps, and you will soon see your search engine rankings soar to the top…

Gain an Audience

Getting to the top of the search engines is your goal with your content, because then you will start to see an influx of people starting to visit your website.

Once you start to see people coming to your website, it is now time to start applying for some affiliate programs.

You might be asking yourself, why have I waited so long to apply for an affiliate program, when I want to start affiliate marketing today.

That is because this is not a quick route to making money, it takes time to build up the trust with the search engines to put your website at the top.

This could take a month, or two or even 6 months depending on your niche.

But affiliate programs are in the business to make money and you will need to register some qualifying sales.  Without any traffic, how are you going to register any sales?

That is why we wait until we are starting to get some traffic.  Then as you begin your quest, you can apply to join Amazon Associates.  There are plenty of affiliate programs out there, but we feel amazon is a great starting point for when you are starting out and this purely down to the number of products you gain access to and your readers will trust the association between your blog and amazon.

Apply for an Affiliate Program – Amazon is Best for Beginners

The affiliate program at Amazon is called Amazon Associates.  It allows you to promote any product that is available on Amazon on your website.  You get an affiliate link that you can add to your website that tells Amazon that you were the one who referred this customer to their marketplace and if they make a purchase, they will pay you a commission.

Amazon Associates

Applying for Amazon is not difficult, but you need to have 3 qualifying sales within 6 months to stay in the program.  That is why we suggest you wait until you are starting to get traffic before applying.  6 months sounds like a long time, but it goes quicker than you think and if you do not get your qualifying sales you will be booted out and need to reapply again.

If you are ready to apply for the Amazon associates program as you are getting traffic, then you can follow the steps below:

If you already have an amazon account, then the first step is to login to that account.

Then you can scroll down to the bottom of the screen and you will see a link for the amazon associates program.

You can then apply for the Amazon Associates program; they will ask you for the following information:

  • Account Info – Personal Details
  • Website Information – your website and provide some details about it
  • Profile – complete your profile
  • Identity Verification – Depending on your country, they may ring you.

You will also need to consider where you are in the world.  We live in the UK, so signed up with the UK Amazon Associates program.  But if we noticed that most of our traffic is coming from the US, then we would need to create an Amazon.com account for the US and apply for that associate account, so we could benefit from earning commissions.

Write Product Reviews with Affiliate Links

Our advice is to not flood your website with affiliate links!! The search engines do not like to see affiliate links everywhere, so our advice is to centralise your affiliate links into review pages.  It is a sound strategy as most people searching for product reviews are in the buying stage of the customer purchase lifecycle.

Create high quality content about your niche that flows into product reviews and then they are more accepting of a promotion for a specific product and will follow your suggestions into making purchases.

Make Money

This is the part you want to hear about.  But it will not happen overnight.  We have showed you up to this point how youMake Money from affiliate marketing can get started with affiliate marketing today, but the point at which you are earning money does depend entirely on how much time and effort you are willing to put in.

I will not sugar-coat it for you, this is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme but done correctly can easily become your full-time income if you put your mind to it and work hard.

But as you create more high-quality content, and as your traffic grows and as you build up your product reviews you are going to see this becomes an awesome passive income stream.

One post you write could become an income stream on its own.  I know of many affiliate marketers that are seeing consistent sales from a post they wrote years ago.  You only need that trickle of traffic to become a flow and as long as you follow the right strategy you can see this become your perfect work from home job.

Never let anyone tell you that it is not possible, every affiliate marketer started out from scratch and by employing the right strategy you can too.

Want Expert Help & Support Through Your First Steps?

You can get started with affiliate marketing today following the steps we have laid out today.  The hard part, we found was going through it without any support.  That is why we want to offer our help and support and the help and support of experts available to you from Wealthy Affiliate.

Most people are put off by building a website, but these days it is one of the easiest tasks to complete.  WordPress is just a one-click install. 

But when it comes to keyword research, SEO, creating content that converts you need to understand what it takes to be successful at affiliate marketers.

You also require support to get you through those early stages where you are not getting any traffic.

But know, that most affiliate marketers fail, not because of their content or lack of hard work.  They typically fail, because they gave up too soon.

The only way you will fail is if you give up

The only reason you will fail at affiliate marketing is if you give up before you were going to make it.  The image below sums up why most fail.  They give up too soon and end up walking away and yet they might have only been days from it making them money…

What we can offer on behalf of Wealthy Affiliate, is there will always be support and expert training to help you achieve your goals.  They will not do the work for you, but they can help you work smarter.

If you accept our invitation to try out Wealthy Affiliate, you will always gain personal access to us via the platform where we can help you with every step.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing Today – Conclusion

We love affiliate marketing; it is a fantastic business opportunity that allows you to literally pick any interest and hobby and earn money from it online.  But we have found the biggest factor to whether you will succeed or not is whether you receive the best help and support along the way.

WE FOUND THAT when we first got started through Wealthy Affiliate’s training.

You will find plenty of gurus claiming that you can earn thousands if you start affiliate marketing today with their program, but guess what… You will not!!  IN fact, you will have just wasted your money!!

Wealthy Affiliate is totally honest with you about the time and effort required, that it is not a get-rich-quick scheme and you will have to work hard to achieve success!

But then, they have helped thousands of affiliate marketers achieve all that.  They have proven success stories within their ranks, and we are so glad we found their training platform.

If you truly want to start affiliate marketing today, then you will find no better partner to achieve your goals.  Know that whether you start today or leave your decision a little while that the sooner you start and persevere, the sooner you will have those sales you are looking for.

If you think you cannot do it, then I suggest you think again.  Many members of WA will tell you they had no clue how to do affiliate marketing before they signed up.  Many didn’t know a lot about their computer and whether they could do this, and they are achieving great things.

Trust in yourself and put the work in and together we will can achieve your goals.  Trust in the training at Wealthy Affiliate and follow it to the letter, and you can be earning money from your own affiliate marketing website.

If you want to really start affiliate marketing today, the real first step is to click on the button below and join Wealthy Affiliate with a free starter membership and then crack on with the training.

Free WA Starter Membership

Have you found our post useful?  Have you any experience with Wealthy Affiliate that you could share with anyone who is still considering whether it is a good move or a great move?  We would love to hear your experiences, stories or any questions you may have.  Just write them in the comments below and we will g

Top CBD Oil Affiliate Programs – We have Picked the Top 3 For You…

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Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to make money online and if you have been considering if CBD Oil might be a good niche to choose for it.  Well, we have come up with a list of the top CBD Oil Affiliate Programs.  We do not know a lot about CBD Oil, but we do know a lot about affiliate marketing.  Let’s get into it…

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How to Become an Affiliate Marketer for Amazon – 5 Easy Steps

How to Become an Affiliate Marketer for Amazon – 5 Easy Steps

Amazon is the largest marketplace in the world, so it is only natural that people start asking how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon.  We have racked our brains and have come up with 5 easy steps to getting started and want to share those with you… We will also through in 5 tips to making sure you are successful including some great training and tools that we have used to build up our affiliate marketing business and you can learn how to get started too.

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Why Affiliate Marketing is So Appealing? Because it is Awesome!

Why Affiliate Marketing is So Appealing? Because it is Awesome!

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing these days, especially as more and more people are searching online for ways to make money from home and naturally land on a page all about affiliate marketing, but why is affiliate marketing so appealing?

The simple fact is that Affiliate Marketing is Awesome, but there are many questions around it and a few reasons why people fail…

We aim to answer all of your questions, show you why affiliate marketing is so appealing and also, what the watch-outs are too before showing you how you can get started with your very own affiliate marketing business for free.

Let’s start by clarifying exactly what affiliate marketing is…

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Before I go into detail about what true affiliate marketing is, you need to know there are plenty of training platforms that areWhat is Affiliate Marketing? actually scams pretending to be affiliate marketing.  We have reviewed a number of them, and some have actually been closed down by the FTC because they couldn’t live up to all of their promises.  If you ever find something that states you can earn money on auto-pilot or with little effort, then that is exactly what I am on about.  That is why we wanted to clarify your understanding on what is affiliate marketing.

It is very likely you have already experienced affiliate marketing is some way, especially if you have every purchased a product off of Amazon.

Affiliate Marketing is a beneficial way of marketing products for both affiliates and companies themselves, as the act saves them a fortune on their marketing campaigns.  It is as simple as promoting products and receiving a commission if someone chooses to buy said product through your affiliate link.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

An Affiliate Marketer signs up with an affiliate program, for the example I will discuss Amazon Associates.  This gains you access to all of their products to promote via blog or on social media.

How Does Affiliate Marketing work?

You create a blog or website on any subject you want to cover and promote products or services on it.  If someone lands on your website and decides to follow your recommendation and goes to the Amazon website via your affiliate link, if they buy the product you receive a percentage of the sale price as a reward for introducing a buyer.

There are thousands of affiliate programs, and affiliate networks that house thousands of affiliate programs meaning that you can create a blog in any subject you can think of.

That kind of adds to the appeal.

Why Affiliate Marketing is so Appealing?

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing for a number of ways, let’s go through a few:

Start an Affiliate Marketing Website About Anything

The best thing about Affiliate Marketing is the fact that you can start an online business in any interest or passion you have.

Interested in golf, then you can use that.  Interested in getting fit and helping others to get fit, then you can use that.Start an Affiliate Marketing Business in any Subject You Enjoy

Literally, you can start a business today in anything you are really interested in and you could find an affiliate program that will fit perfectly with it.

Gem runs and maintains a wedding stationary business, and affiliate marketing runs well with that.

Why start a business about something you don’t enjoy or know anything about when you could get started with a business you know loads about and enjoy immersing yourself within that subject.

It’s a Work from Anywhere Job

Another appealing feature of Affiliate Marketing is the fact you can do it from anywhere, the only restriction is internet coverage.

Work from Anywhere

Affiliate Marketing tends to go really well with travel blogging because that is one of the main benefits of an online business using affiliate marketing, you can blog about your travels and help others get started on their own travelling plans.

This is because it is classed as a passive income stream, meaning you do not need to monitor the sales.  Create great content and move on, you do not need to there for someone to decide to buy something you are promoting.

You Do Not Need Your Own Products or Services

Another great thing about affiliate marketing is the fact you do not need your own products or services, because you are promoting other people’s products.

No expensive warehouse, no need for a Point of Sale system.  This is often the reason why people do not think they can start their own business, because they have nothing to offer.

But, with affiliate marketing you have something that you can offer which isn’t a physical thing.  You can offer help and advice about a subject you know about, that is what you need to get started with affiliate marketing.

There are three great reasons as to why Affiliate Marketing is so appealing, but what stops Affiliate Marketers from succeeding?

What Stops Affiliate Marketers Succeeding?

There are a number of reasons why affiliate marketers do not succeed, we have picked out the top three that we feel is why they do not succeed:

Think it is a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

We mentioned earlier in the post that there are loads of programs claiming to be affiliate marketing and they all have Thinking Affiliate Marketing is a get-rich-quick schemesomething in common.  They make you believe that success can be achieve overnight.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is anything but a get-rich-quick scheme.  In fact, there is no such program that can make you loads of money overnight.  It is was a thing, plenty of people would be reaping the benefits.

Affiliate Marketing is a great business to get started in, it can be any subject you love but if you think that in a month’s time you can sit back and watch the money come in that is not going to be a reality.

It is going to take a lot of hard work to realise your goals.  I will be honest with you, I didn’t earn anything for 6 months when I first started with affiliate marketing and it will be a long road to actually achieving a way of replacing my full-time job.

The more hours you put in, the more effort you put in the better, as realising your dreams will take hard work.

An honest affiliate marketer will tell you that you still need to put the hours in, even after you have established yourself in your chosen niche.

There are examples of where someone has got to the point where they are earning good money, they have even been able to leave their day job.  So, they decide my website is making good money now, I will go on a month-long holiday.  They do nothing with their website for a month, and then realise that their traffic levels drop a little because they haven’t worked on their website.

Hard work will pay off, but many do not give this any thought and the best way to describe it is they “play at it”.  They do not invest the time and effort to realise it and then they decide to give up…

They Give Up Too Soon

People give up before their hard work pays off.  This is normally because people think of it like an hourly-paid job.  I have done an hour of work, so I therefore deserve an hour’s worth of pay.

An online business does not work out like that.  Affiliate Marketing is a truly passive income, but it will not earn you moneyAffiliate Marketers fail because they give up too soon straightaway.  The harder you work in the early stages, the more likely you are going to enjoy the benefits down the road.

You could write an awesome quality post and it doesn’t make you money for 6 months, but then it starts earning you recurring income on a regular basis and could do so for years to come.

But many affiliate marketers give up after a couple of months and say affiliate marketing doesn’t work.  That is why the search engines does not really trust a new website until it is about 6 months old, because a website owner still engaged in their website after 6 months is the real deal and will keep on working and understands the long-term plan of an affiliate marketing business model.

A normal bricks and mortar business will typically not plan to turn a profit in year one, and yet online we seem to think we can be turning profit immediately.

Whilst the costs are nowhere near a typical business, the main investment you need to put in with an online business is your time and effort.

If you can commit to putting at least an hour a day into learning and acting within your business, you have what it takes but you need to keep at it until all your hard work pays off!

Lack of Quality Training & Support

You will find loads of contradicting strategies online, or you are being drawn in by affiliate marketing training that is outdated or clearly not affiliate marketing.

Quality Training & Support is Essential

But there are training programs out there that do help their members, and will give a easy to follow step-by-step plan to success.

The support is the key, I think anyone who cares enough will follow a structured guide, but it is the help aspect that people lack, and they feel like they are doing this all alone and that can be one of the hardest things to get over.

I am part of a community of affiliate marketers and we all engage together to help each other.  If we did not have that, I would have felt like I was swimming upstream.  In other words, it would have been extremely hard to keep going until the money started coming in.

We can help you get the help and support, with some awesome training to.  But I think it is one of the factors as to why many affiliate marketers are struggling, and that is wrong or outdated training with a real lack of support.

What Do You Need to Succeed?

Let’s just summarise so far, Affiliate Marketing is an awesome way of building an online business in a subject you really love and enjoy.  You can literally work from anywhere and enjoy the freedom that a work from home job can bring.

You also do not need any of your own products or services as you can promote other peoples and not have all the hassle that would normally bring.

But it does take long hours and hard work to become successful and people tend to give up too easily because they think it isn’t going to work – this is often because they do not get shown a proven method to follow and have a lack of support.

What I want to share with you is the fact I know how you might be feeling at this point; Do I take the plunge??

If you are just trying to piece together bits of information from Google and keep looking for those (fake) proven methods, you will look back in six months time and realise you haven’t achieved anything and you are no closer to having financial freedom.

Or you could read on, learn about how I now make money online and get all the help you need to succeed.

I was there at that point and thought there were no genuine ways of making money online until I read a review about a training platform called Wealthy Affiliate.

Things That You Need to Succeed?

I have broken down what you need to get started on the right track, and they are all things that Wealthy Affiliate will offer you in abundance.

Step-by-Step Training

Up-to-date training that all users can understand and follow.  I have found and reviewed many pieces of training around affiliate marketing, and typically they are outdated and that is why they are being offered for free.

The search engines are constantly changing, the way people navigate searches is changing and you need to keep up.

That is why we highly recommend the step-by-step training available at Wealthy Affiliate.  Kyle and Carson (the WA Co-Owners) do not try and confuse you or get you to do strategies until you are ready.

Online Entrepreneur Certification Course at WA

By the end of the first ten lessons, you will fully understand what Affiliate Marketing is, help to choose the right niche, how you are going to monetise your website and actually have your own free website up and running ready for your all-important content.

Learn from their experience and gain personal access to them to help you along your affiliate business.

Websites & Website Tools

The second thing you need for your affiliate marketing business is a website.  You will find many free ones online, but when you actually start to scale your online business you find the prices start to rise rapidly.  With Wealthy Affiliate, a free starter membership gains you 2 free websites with no limit on the number of users.

A premium membership adds a different level with up to 50 domains available to you, with no limit and free SSL certificates.

You will also experience some fantastic website engagement tools including a keyword research tool.

You can Learn More about the Different Membership Levels in our Wealthy Affiliate Review.

Expert Help & Support

I have already expressed the importance of the right support network.  You will find no better support that from the community at Wealthy Affiliate.Expert Help & Support at Wealthy Affiliate

If you ever feel like you are stuck, or just need a comforting word to keep you on the right track you will find it in abundance within Wealthy Affiliate.  You will find experience affiliate marketers and newbies alike all engaging in the training, asking and answering questions and encouraging everyone to achieve their goals.

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Affiliate Marketing is so appealing because of the fact it can be about anything in the world.  Whether you are interested in starting a business in a hobby you love, want to help people in a subject you consider yourself an expert in, or want to document your fitness plan to help other people learn from you it all leads to the same thing.

A profitable online business that you actually enjoy working on.  Gem and I chose helping people and I have a background in learning and development.  We love helping people, and we also understand what good training is and that is why we recommend Wealthy Affiliate.

If you think you are ready to work hard and build a business that will allow you to enjoy it and work when you want and not be dictated to by a work schedule then I highly suggest you click the button below and start a free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate.

Get Started with a Free WA Starter Membership

It is totally free, with no credit card required.  You will have access to the first ten lessons of their Online Entrepreneur Certification Course and 2 free websites that are yours to keep.  There will be no pressure to upgrade until you are ready.  But trust me, even those ten lessons will transform what you know about affiliate marketing and you will truly understand the potential behind it.


If you still have any questions about Affiliate Marketing or Wealthy Affiliate, I would be happy to answer all your questions.  Just write your questions in the comments below and we will respond.

Why Affiliate Marketing Does Not Work & What to Do About It

Why Affiliate Marketing Does Not Work & What to Do About It

If you are here, you might be considering whether affiliate marketing really works? There are plenty of reasons why affiliate marketing might not be working for you and you are looking for help to turn the corner and make it work.  But let me answer that first question – does affiliate marketing work?  Yes, totally but there are some factors to consider when thinking about why it might not be working for you.

First off, there is no big secret as to how it works and a lot of it comes down to one factor – Patience.

The Biggest Factor to Achieving with Affiliate Marketing is Patience

One of the biggest mindsets you need to get out of when starting any online business, including affiliate marketing is thatThe Biggest Factor to Achieving Affiliate Marketing is Patience

you will not immediately earn a return for the time you invest.  People sink a lot of time and effort into an affiliate marketing business and will see no return after 3 or even 6 months and walk away from it stating “Affiliate Marketing Does Not Work”, when really 6 months is the point where your website is starting to earn the traction it needs with the search engines to turn your articles into a money-pot.

The main thing I see with struggling affiliate marketers is they are drawn into these training platforms that are not telling you the truth about the need for patience.

Think about it, unless you find a genuine training platform like Wealthy Affiliate that is honest and realistic about the timescales needed to make this successful – Most affiliate marketing (or programs advertising themselves as affiliate marketing) state that you can be earning money really soon after starting…

Whether it is an e-book, a training course or learning from a guru they all lull you in with false promises of a passive income stream that can happen overnight.

In reality, the biggest thing you need to get over is that this is not a reality.  I did not earn anything from affiliate marketing for 6 months and if I had stopped at the 6-month mark I might have been in the same place you are and questioning whether Affiliate Marketing works.

That 6-month point is really important in your affiliate marketing business.  The market is being flooded with people wanting to do affiliate marketing, but as most give up on the 3 or 6-month Google consider this when deciding on where to rank your content.  If a website is still alive after 6-months and is offering high-quality content, that is a great sign for your rankings and will mean that you will start to get good traffic.  Traffic is what you need to make money with affiliate marketing.

Another key reason as to why affiliate marketing does not work for some is because they do not know how to do it properly.

Affiliate Marketing Does Not Work Because People Do Not Know How to Do It the Right Way

Another big reason as to why affiliate marketing does not work for most marketers is because they are learning from scammers. There are thousands of products out there claiming to be the best affiliate marketing training, but in reality, have been put there by fraudsters to get your money or personal information and leaves those that fall for the trap believing affiliate marketing does not work.

They give away enough information to get you to buy the product, but not enough information for you to find any success with their tactics.

There are many factors to consider making sure affiliate marketing works for you, but you also need a training platform that is honest, can be trusted and ensures you are put on the right track from this point onwards.  We highly recommend the training and tools available at Wealthy Affiliate.  They are the training platform we used when we first started out with Affiliate Marketing and without the support from the team, I might not have stayed the course and saw that first sale after 6 months.

With clear training on choosing a niche, creating a website, writing content that converts and SEO and other marketing methods they are a highly recommended and up-to-date training.  Learn more about what they offer and their success stories within my Wealthy Affiliate Review.

Many Affiliate Marketers are using Outdated Tactics

Another factor as to why affiliate marketing does not work is people using outdated techniques. One Example is using duplicate content.  Some products out there claim that their system will generate you content for your website without you needing to do any work?  How?  They steal another person’s work and display it on your website.

But the search engines are actively looking for duplicate content and using duplicate content will lead only one way – your website and content not getting ranked at all.

What the search engines and people searching via those search engines are looking for is high-quality content that provides value and helps people with their query.

In days gone by, some affiliate marketers used tactics including just writing a 20-page website, and sending unnatural links to it by spamming blogs, comment sections, etc. This would benefit the website for about 3 months, before Google found out and would penalise the site. This technique stopped being effective since a change in Google’s algorithms in 2011.  But I have still seen training material showing affiliate marketers this tactic, even though it will not work at all.

If you can provide high-quality content that helps people and provides value, you have the key ingredient to making affiliate marketing work.  You just need to remain consistent posting this high-quality content regularly to see it turn into a successful affiliate marketing business.

Affiliate Marketers Not Treating It Like a Business

It is possible for anyone to launch a website and start affiliate marketing nowadays.  You can get a free website really easily and little or no financial barrier to getting started.  This brings with it the idea of testing the water with affiliate marketing, with little commitment needed.

This leads some to not get into the right tracks that this is a business model.  It also means they do not have a business plan for their affiliate marketing business.

Think about your current goals, if they are just to make money – then this could be a factor into why it is not working.  Even if you start with small goals, like I am going to write 3-4 articles a week that is a better goal to start with.

We all have a financial goal, and that is normally the main reason why we have chosen affiliate marketing as a way to Setting Goalsachieve that.  But a normal bricks and mortar business will not expect to turn a profit in its first year.  Now, an online business doesn’t have the outlay a normal business does, but why does that mean you can immediately expect it to turn a profit straightaway.

Set yourself daily, weekly and monthly goals that are not about earning money.  It could be creating articles, spending an hour doing proper keyword research, researching your niche and engaging with others in your niche, learning how to get started in video marketing.

There are tons of things that you can set yourself up with, and the beauty is if you are constantly working on your business and creating excellent value – guess what you will start converting this into sales.

Not Getting into the Mindset of an Entrepreneur!

One of the things that I notice about people who say affiliate marketing does not work, they think it works in the same way as working in your day job!

Think about a job that pays by the hour for a moment, you do an hour’s work and you get paid an hourly rate.

Affiliate Marketing does not work in the same way.  A true entrepreneur plays the long game.  I know affiliate marketers who are earning money from articles they wrote years ago, and they are still converting.  The article might need a little update every now and then as things do change, but in essence it is the true way a passive income works through affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing is in definition about playing the long game.  Write a high-quality article that helps, is based on a low-hanging fruit keyword and offers value to the person who reads it.  Once you have posted it to your website and shared it on social media.  You start researching into your next article.  Don’t get hung up on Google Analytics, it can work against you as you will not see a great deal of traffic and that can be demotivating.

Just focus on writing articles, regularly and keep that going for 6 months, then plan for your next 6 months.

I know it is hard to hear, but with effective training and support, it doesn’t need to a journey you travel on your own.

Get the Right Training & Support You Need to Succeed!

One of the things about those early stages of an affiliate marketing business is it can feel kind of lonely.  If no one is interacting with your website, it can seem like you are writing content for no one and it can be something that leads you to believe that affiliate marketing does not work.  But that is why I love the guys at Wealthy Affiliate.

You do not need to do this alone, you can join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who can help in ways you may not fully understand at this point.

First off, you will gain access to high-quality training that will ensure you are following the right path for your affiliate marketing business.  this includes:

  • Picking the Right Niche – some people start too broad, and end up not being competitive enough and failing
  • Doing Effective Keyword Research – without keyword research you have no chance of ranking your content
  • Writing Quality Content – It is the key ingredient Google is looking for, they want to offer value to their users in the same way you need to with your content
  • Social Media Marketing – this is essential for your business, but you will be surprised how many do not know how to utilise this effectively.

One of the key things that Wealthy Affiliate offer that I have heavily used in my time with them is the ability to learn from some of the Super Affiliate’s that are on their platform.  To be able to learn from them and to ask them questions at any point was really motivating in those early stages before I started earning money from Affiliate Marketing.  With a free starter membership, you can truly experience the platform with no commitments and see how it differs to any training you have experienced in the past and also see the opportunities that lie within.  It is really empowering to live chat with some of these affiliate marketers and learn new techniques that work, with proof.  Read some success stories and try to incorporate it into your online business and learn from some techniques that haven’t worked too.

Conclusion

Let’s just clarify the key points of this post.

  • You need to have a lot of patience with affiliate marketing.  This is not an overnight success route.  If you can only post once a week, it will take a lot longer to get the search engines trust and the rankings that this means to get traffic.
  • If you feel you have not had the best training, you need to go back to basics and learn it from the best training platform out there – Wealthy Affiliate.
  • The only tactic you need to concentrate on is doing the right keyword research and posting high-quality content that provides value and helps the reader
  • This is an online business model – if you are currently playing at it, what will it take for you to commit?
  • Think like an entrepreneur! Don’t work to get paid, work to build a future for yourself and your family.
  • Get the Right Training and Support – Read my Wealthy Affiliate Review and see how this amazing platform can help your affiliate marketing business

I know you might be currently thinking that Affiliate Marketing does not work and you might be thinking that it will never work.  But I want to assure you, it can and does work!  I would not be where I am today without it and I love the fact I found Wealthy Affiliate when I did.  I had been caught out by an online scam and could have given up on my desire to make money online.  At one point, I did not think it was possible.  That was the point I saw a review for Wealthy Affiliate and found out about affiliate marketing.

It is a proven route to make money online, but it is so easy to fall for a fake affiliate marketing training out there.  I want toWealthy Affiliate - Free Starter Membership guarantee anyone who reads my Wealthy Affiliate review, they are totally genuine and are a really supportive platform.  They are all about you making up your own mind about them and offer the free starter membership as a way for you to make your own decisions.  A truly great bunch of guys.

If you ever feel like you are struggling, just reach out.  We have all been there and thought the same.  But that does not mean affiliate marketing doesn’t work, we just need to keep believing and learning.

Thanks for reading this, if you have any questions or want to add any experiences with affiliate marketing, I would love to hear from you.  I will respond as soon as I can.  thanks

4 Beginner Affiliate Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

4 beginner affiliate marketing mistakes to avoid

Have you ever asked, why isn’t it working? Why am I not converting any sales?  It can be often frustrating when our Affiliate Marketing business isn’t achieving the goals we have set out.  In this post we will explore common beginner affiliate marketing mistakes to avoid.  Many of these are down to our mindset, but that doesn’t mean we cannot rescue the situation.  Affiliate Marketing is awesome business model for a work from home job, done correctly and avoiding these mistakes.

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE – One of the ways I try to cover the costs of maintaining Best Affiliate Marketing Tools is via a small number of affiliate partnerships (with tools I genuinely use) where I get a small percentage commission on sales made via referral. You don’t pay any more for purchasing via my affiliate links.  If you click one of my affiliate links, your support is really appreciated!  Learn more here.

Let’s get into the Mistakes to Avoid…

Irrelevant & Confusing Content

Staying highly relevant to your audience is paramount to succeeding in Affiliate Marketing.  It is also easy to be too broadIrrelevant & Confused Content

when choosing a niche.  The narrower you can choose a niche the more likely you will start to see better traffic and conversions.  But many when starting out think they have chosen a ‘Niche” when actually they have chosen a category.  For example, they choose home appliances and create loads of content about too many different types of home appliances – kitchen, lounge, smart tech, lighting, etc.  When someone clicks on their website and sees a lot of content that has a loose connection, it can show that the website owner is just clutching at anything.  The reader gets confused about the message and decides to look elsewhere.  So, a key element is narrowing the niche down as much as possible:
  • Home Appliances
    • Kitchen
      • Food Preparation
        • Microwaves
        • Oven
          • Oven Cleaners
          • Oven Gloves

The narrower you can start, the better you will find becoming an authority site on that niche.

Also, consider the fact that when someone clicks on a link about a given subject, that is what they will find.  I find it very frustrating when you click on a link about something, and the web page just has a load of ads and nothing to do with what I was looking for.  You need to ensure you put your reader first in all decisions.

Selling Instead of Helping

Selling not Helping

I have never liked going into a showroom and having a sales advisor selling a product to me. I would rather check out everything and then if I had any questions, I would ask a sales advisor.  It is the same online, people are looking for help online.  Whether it be a problem they have (which you have the answer to) or help understanding a product.  Readers want to know what the product is, what benefits there are to that product, your opinion on that product before they can make up their own mind.

If you constantly sell to their readers without answering these questions you will find you fail.  Help them with these questions and conversions will happen.

Ineffective Introductions & Conclusions

Let’s be honest, not many people will read every paragraph in your post.  You have 2 opportunities to grab their attention and inspire them to read the rest.  If the first paragraph (introduction) does not grab them, then you have no chance.  You have about 30 seconds to get them to want to read the rest and respect your opinion.  That is your Featured Image (needs to be highly relevant to what they are looking for) and a couple of sentences that make them believe they will get the answers they want.

If you grab this attention, you need to ensure the conclusion to the post is a succinct review of the post with a clear message.

I notice I do it with Video Game reviews, I read the intro and check out the final verdict. Then I decide whether I will dig into more of the article.  We cannot help it, our attention spans are not designed to sit there and read a massive volume of text, unless it grabs our attention.  This is key to ensuring you avoid these mistakes.

Not Doing Keyword Research

I recently wrote a great post on the importance of doing keyword research, check it out for more detailed information.  But if you are not doing effective keyword research for your posts, how will you get any traffic.

Writing Content is only part of the process, without any traffic you will find it very hard to succeed at Affiliate Marketing.  Ensure you complete keyword research and choose keywords that will help you get traffic, I like the low-hanging-fruit technique, check out more here.

Take this post, if I used the keyword ‘Affiliate Marketing Mistakes’ I could only hope to get a chunk of what is only 40 searches a month, with 200 competing posts for the same keyword.  By choosing a better keyword “beginner affiliate marketing mistakes to avoid” that changes the dynamic completely, over 100 monthly searches with 13 competing posts.

Being Impatient & Cutting Corners

Success in Affiliate Marketing is about the long game, it will not become a success overnight.  It takes time and effort, but where newbies get it wrong is they get impatient and start cutting corners.  Watch out for these as they can end up destroying your chances of becoming successful.

Using a Low-Quality Website with Duplicate Content

It can be easy to buy into these ideas where they sell you the idea of a website where you do not need to create any content.  It is all done for you, and you just need to sit there and watch the money come in…  Yeah, I wish.

Duplicate Content

These will not make you any money.  The search engines (like Google) have ways to identify duplicate content and will penalise the website with it on.  Meaning you will not appear in the search results = meaning no conversions.

Your website needs to part of your brand, so it needs to be high quality with content that is unique and created by you on your given niche helping people – that is how you succeed at Affiliate Marketing.

Buying ‘Fake’ Traffic

If you search online, there are opportunities to buy traffic.  They promise it is real traffic with real people.  I have tried it in the past.  Fake

Your Google Analytics lights up with loads of traffic, and it might help with rankings (a little).  But what I found was, there was no cut through with this traffic and it had more of a detrimental effect once you have stopped buying the traffic as your traffic drastically drops.  And, none of this traffic actually is real – as they didn’t interact with the posts or join the email list, etc.

So, I would focus more on getting natural rankings and interactions, this will help your conversions much better.

Following the Herd (Shiny Object Syndrome)

What I mean by this, and I have been guilty of it in the past, is trying something too early because everyone is doing it.  I’ll give you an example, as part of my Wealthy Affiliate membership there is weekly webinars and the last couple of weeks has been about Managing Website Design through CSS.

Following the Herd

This is great training, don’t get me wrong, But I could go away and spend ages on messing with the design of my websites – but at the end of the day, it is the content that is important in the early days.  So what I am saying is focus on creating relevant content, don’t add an email list until you are getting plenty of traffic (it is another feature you need to keep checking on, that gets in the way of creating content). Video is great, but if you are not sure how to do it and you are not getting a lot of traffic, then focus on written content.

There are plenty of examples where an experienced Affiliate Marketer will be doing something, and you think it would be great to do in your business (shiny object – it is working for them, so I will do it).  But most of these things are for when you are scaling your business.  That is key, when you start converting sales, that is when you can start exploring these different aspects.

Our Own Expectations

There are a few bits with Affiliate Marketing, where we need to hard on ourselves when it comes to our expectations:

  • Passive Income – yes, but only when it has started converting sales
  • Timelines – the time it takes to start converting
  • Effort – the effort required to turn it into a scalable business

Business

Most people looking for ways to earn money online comes down to the dislike of their day job.  So, it is understandable that they want to build this business as quickly as possible to leave their day job.  The problem comes from the fact that searching online you can find so many promises of a system that can turn you into a millionaire overnight.  Whilst these are typically scamming people, it doesn’t stop people believing them and falling into the traps.

Affiliate Marketing is a very legitimate way of earning money – but it is a business and not a past-time.

We also need to consider our expectations with how much we can earn.  I recently read a great post about how a fellow affiliate marketer’s first goal was to earn $33 a day.  It doesn’t sound much, but that is $990/month.

If one of your goals is paying off debt towards being able to work from home, that is a massive step forward.  But when you think $33, it doesn’t seem much.

Most brick businesses will not turn a profit within 12 months, I know the overheads are lower with an online business, but I didn’t earn anything online for 6 months.

You need to stay motivated that the conversions will come.  Set yourself your first financial target (keep it realistic), then once you achieve it you can target a higher target.

Ultimately Not Treating It Like a Business!

Affiliate Marketing is a business model and not something you can play at!  To avoid these mistakes, that is the number one piece of advice I can give you.

Highly relevant Quality Content on a Quality Website that Helps People will always win out against the rest.

It is a great way of earning money online, but requires time, effort and focus to reap the benefits of it.  If you would like an awesome step-by-step guide that takes you through the correct steps for starting an online affiliate marketing business, I recommend you read my Wealthy Affiliate review.

If you are struggling with affiliate marketing, it might be down to a number of the reasons we have gone through in this post, there may be others.  But I am hoping you have a better understanding of the main reasons, and that is down to our mindset with it.

Starting a business takes a lot out of us and losing patience with it is easily done.  But remain focused on the reason why you want to succeed at Affiliate Marketing – My reasons are it will allow me more time to spend with my family.

I am sure you will have your own reasons, share them with me in the comments below.

If you need any help or advice to do with affiliate marketing or you need help getting out of the rut of your current business – drop me a note below in the comments and I will try to help in any way I can.

How to Make Money Online with Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

How to Make Money Online with Affiliate marketing for beginners

Hey everyone,

We will be exploring a common subject for those starting out online and that is how to monetise your blog with (mainly) Affiliate Marketing.  If you are going to invest your time and effort into creating an online presence, you might as well be able to make some money at it.

I mention blogging, as there are some that state you do not need a website to do affiliate marketing, but I will disagree a little.  Social Media is very important to your online business, but advertising on only one does restrict your reach and not all social media types are great depending on your niche.

Whilst I explore how to make money online with affiliate marketing for beginners, there are a couple of other routes you could take to monetise your blog.

How do you Make Money Blogging?

Blogging allows you to express your opinions, help your audience and grow your audience. Then you can start earningHow do you start a blog

money by:
  • Joining Ad Networks (for example, AdSense). By offering up space on your website, you can earn revenue through interaction from your audience.
  • Sell Physical or Digital Products.
  • Consult & Hold Events

But the most popular is Affiliate Marketing.  One of the key benefits of affiliate marketing is you control what you promote.

You can never really control what adverts are shown on your website. AdSense tries to make it relevant to the user based on their google interactions, but I refuse to use most of them as they could put my audience off.

If you have your own products, then great you could definitely follow this route, but I would typically say most are turning towards Affiliate Marketing.

But What is Affiliate Marketing?

There are 3 parties involved in Affiliate Marketing.  You (the affiliate), the Company (Has the Product) and the Customer (Buyer).

Affiliate Marketing

Let’s use Amazon as an example – they have an affiliate program called Amazon Associates. You sign up for a free account and choose a product that is very relevant to your blog.

Let’s say you have a blog on the home.

You write a well-written review on that product (a toaster). You include your affiliate link in that review which when the reader clicks on that link, they are sent to Amazon and Amazon knows you were the one who sent them to that product.

They buy that toaster for $100.  You will have earned 6% commission, earning $6.

Let’s break that down into a simple graphic:

That figure might not seem much but imagine if you had 100 people read your review and buy a toaster through your affiliate link, that is $600 through what is a passive income type.

If you would like to know more about Affiliate Marketing, check out my post “How Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?”.

How Do I Find Products or Services in Your Niche?

This will depend on the niche you have set your blog up on. To help find products there are 2 ways you could find the right products or services in your niche.

Affiliate Networks

Affiliate Networks have multiple products and services available giving you access to plenty of options with just one account.  I would suggest you be careful with what you pick (depending on your niche) In the Make Money Online niche, there are also a few undesirable products in them, but if you do your research correctly, you can also use the product as a “watch-out” post.

Some of the top Affiliate Networks are:

  1. Awin.com
  2. Shareasale
  3. CJ Affiliates (formerly Commission Junction)
  4. Rakuten (formerly LinkShare)
  5. Click Bank

Awin is the largest in the world and gives you access to a lot of products and services. It also helps give you ideas for content and reviews too.

Affiliate Programs

An alternative way is to sign up with individual companies via affiliate program.  Just type in Google “Product + Affiliate Program” and you will see if they have one and the website details.  You will be surprised how many companies are joining the affiliate program format.

But when searching for products or services, you do need to make sure it is a natural fit for your audience.

On average, 42% of Affiliate Marketers promote between one and 10 products.

Natural Fit to Your Audience

Commission rates differ massively across the affiliate marketing field, but that doesn’t mean we can just go for something that doesn’t fit with your website.  Take this site, it is about affiliate marketing and affiliate marketing tools, imagine if there were banners and posts about stuff that was nothing to do with it, i.e. a toaster.  Do you think I would get any traction from that??  It might actually put readers off, as it looks like I am not taking them seriously.

I’ll go back to the amazon example, it might only be 6% but if the website is right, content is right, I help that person with their questions and then they buy it and I am helping more and more people all the time, then you will earn the same as a 60% commission product where it is only bought once or twice a year?

Keep it Relevant.

How Much Will I Get Paid?

Commission rates vary depending on the type of product and service.

Physical products have a lower commission rate due to the cost of producing it and shipping it, Digital products or services tend to have higher commission rates.

The average would tend to sit around 30-50%.  Amazon has a wide variety of products to use, however their commission rate sits around 6-10%

Will I Always Be Accepted to the Affiliate Programs?

This again depends on the program or network.

A small number will want to see proof of traffic to your blog and others will need you to earn a number of referrals to stay in the program.

I found this with Amazon if you do not earn a referral in 6 months, they do take you out of the program, but you can instantly reapply.

Others will let you join without much hassle, for example Click Bank aren’t particular about who can join their affiliate program.

Top Niches Ideas for Affiliate Marketing

If you are a little stuck on a niche to use, below are the topics people are seeking help in:

  • Health/Fitness Related Niches
    • Losing Weight
    • Health & Beauty
    • Reduce Stress
  • Technology/Gaming
    • Smart Devices (is huge at the moment)
  • Lifestyle/Home/Garden
    • Fashion
    • High-End Luxury
    • Travel
    • Sports & Outdoors
  • Online Jobs/Make Money Online
    • Business
    • Finance & Insurance Advice

Creating Awesome Content to Drive Sales

Awesome Content

Creating content is the key to any blog, let alone with affiliate marketing.  There are plenty of opportunities for creating content that will help you monetise your website:

  • Genuine Product Reviews
  • Blog Posts that:
    • Solve Problems in the given Niche
    • Answer Questions
  • In text Content Links
  • Email Promotions
  • Social Media Promotions
  • Create added value for those using your affiliate links
    • Free eBooks
    • An exclusive Facebook groups
  • Supplementing resources to support with any product you promote

Can I Compete with Established Affiliate Marketers?

Of course, you can! Affiliate Marketing is a major growth area at the moment – with revenue going from $3billion in 2016 to Can I Compete Online?

$6billion in 2018 and yet there it is still growing.

Many companies are realising how expensive it is to have massive marketing campaigns, but if they use the affiliate marketing route – they will get more exposure and pay a lot less in commissions.

Some niches are more competitive than others, but again if you target the right keywords with awesome content you can easily benefit from Affiliate Marketing.

Keeping Everything Legit

There are obviously some things to consider when it comes to the legal side of affiliate marketing.

Honesty & Transparency

This is also key to building up a trust with the reader, if they trust you they will consider buying off of you.  Be honest with them about the use of affiliate links. Add a disclaimer – see mine below:

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE

“One of the ways I try to cover the costs of maintaining Best Affiliate Marketing Tools and offer free courses to my audience is via a small number of affiliate partnerships (with tools I genuinely use) where I get a small percentage commission on sales made via referral. You don’t pay any more for purchasing via my affiliate links – in fact in some cases you will even receive a discount. If you click one of my affiliate links, your support is really appreciated!  Learn more here”.

By placing a disclaimer in your website, it helps with your honesty, it also helps with the legal side of affiliate marketing.  There are stringent laws in place. You will need to add an affiliate disclosure page to your website.

Conclusion

There you go, how to make money with affiliate marketing for beginners.  I would be lying it was as simple as that.  I would not have been successful with affiliate marketing if it hadn’t been for the help and support of Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform, specialising in Affiliate Marketing with Affiliate Marketing Tools, Website Builder and Expert Help & Support.

I joined about 2 years ago and have not looked back. If you do want to start the right way in Affiliate Marketing, I do advise you to read my Wealthy Affiliate Review and make your own decision on whether their platform will help you.

If you have any questions about Affiliate Marketing, getting started or you are struggling with Affiliate Marketing in general – please get in touch, leave me a comment below and I promise to get back to you as soon as.  I am here to help anyone I can.

Thanks for reading

John

Essential Affiliate Marketing Tools for Beginners

Essential Affiliate Marketing Tools for Beginners

Affiliate Marketing is a great way of earning income online.  Getting started can seem a bit daunting without the right help and support, but I want to offer you that right now with this post.

There will be many posts out there trying to sell you a load of tools that promise success by handing over a load of money, then you realise that you still need to invest a load of time and effort and you would have been better off just doing it properly in the first place…

I want to share with you my essential affiliate marketing tools for beginners, many are free and aid me in my affiliate marketing business.  There are a couple of paid ones, but I will be clear and upfront – I will also tell you why I paid for them and the benefits they gave me.

Depending on where you are with your affiliate marketing adventure, the most important ingredient is a website.

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE

One of the ways I try to cover the costs of maintaining Best Affiliate Marketing Tools and offer help and advice to my audience is via a small number of affiliate partnerships (with tools I genuinely use) where I get a small percentage commission on sales made via referral. You don’t pay any more for purchasing via my affiliate links – in fact in some cases you will even receive a discount. If you click one of my affiliate links, your support is really appreciated!  Learn more here.

Website & Hosting – Get the Right One!

Search the internet and you will stumble on many free website builders, this is an option but not necessarily the right option. Let me explain why.

One of the key factors you are trying to build with a reader is TRUST.  But many of these free website builders give you a minimal website with their branding all over it – and when you actually want to start adding features to it, you need to pay.  I have found that WordPress is a great option for affiliate marketing, it is really easy to use and is customisable through plugins to get the look and feel for your website.

My personal recommendation for hosting is SiteRubix. The guys behind Wealthy Affiliate (I’ll get onto this in a moment) have built SiteRubix into a great hosting option for WordPress website owners. I host all of my websites on their hosting, as it comes with some great benefits.

Full Domain Websites hosted on Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix benefit from:

  • Free SSL Certificates (usually $100 per website)
  • Site Speed – Their hosting allows websites to be 20x the speed of usual websites
  • Site Protect – Instead of using a plugin to stop spam, they do it at the server, meaning it doesn’t slow your website down
  • Site Security – Suite of website security features to stop hacking, malware and bot-nets.
  • They always run 2 versions of your site to ensure it doesn’t go down.

Now I do pay for Wealthy Affiliate as a Premium Member and I get these benefits on up to 25 full domains and 25 subdomains.  So, I could have 25 full domain websites with SSL (which could cost $2500 a year) for $49/month or $359/year. All I pay on top is the domain name, which is usual anywhere.

Now, I know you might be thinking “I am just starting out, that is expensive”. I do appreciate that, but there is much more to Wealthy Affiliate and I am not expecting you to spend a dime. Their Starter Membership is designed to let you make your own decision about their platform but let me share with you what else they offer:

  • Step-by-Step Guides on all elements of Affiliate Marketing, Online Business, Search Engines, Social Engagement & Media, Website Building & Design, Getting Free Traffic, Creating Content, Google Analytics & Webmaster, Bing Webmaster, Email Marketing, Video Marketing and much more
  • WordPress Website Builder with Hosting included
  • Keyword Research Tool
  • Website Engagement Tools
  • Expert Help & Support

It is a community of internet entrepreneurs all with a similar vision of building an online business within affiliate marketing.  Networking is really key online, and we offer our help and support at all times. The training is great for beginners to ensure they achieve their goals without paying some of the silly prices out there on “Push Button Systems”.

Their free starter membership is great for you to see if you would benefit yourself.

Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool

jaaxy keyword research tool

Keyword research is so important nowadays.  Just writing content will not do the trick, you need to know that you can rank for a given keyword. If you are unsure what a keyword is, I will explain.  When you typed something into google today “Affiliate Marketing Tools” that is the keyword.  It doesn’t have to be one word, it can be a phrase.  When you create content for your website you want to target a low competition keyword as you are just starting out.  If you pick a keyword with too much competition, it will be impossible for you to achieve the first page on the search engines.  There is no point if you cannot get on the first page, as people will not typically see your website (post).

The keyword research tool I use is Jaaxy.  It has some great features and was built by the people behind Wealthy Affiliate.  As well as keyword research, it also includes tools to do:

  • Track your website rankings for keywords
  • Search Analysis – analyse your competition and SEO trends
  • Alphabet Soup – Uncover millions of niches and keywords
  • Brainstorm HQ – find trending, popular and lucrative ideas
  • Affiliate Programs – search and find relevant affiliate programs in your niche

Jaaxy is actually included in a premium Wealthy Affiliate membership, give me full access to this great research tool.

If you would like to try Jaaxy and see if it is right for you, they offer a free version which will allow you to do 30 searches.  They would prefer you make your own decision about their platform before spending any money.

Start your free searches here

I benefit every day from Wealthy Affiliate and Jaaxy, but there are also some other Tools I find really useful and integral to my business.  They are free tools, but are great to use.

Google Suite

Google have a suite of useful free tools to help you monitor your website and its traffic. To use these tools, you will require a google account. Once signed up you can use this for a number of different features:

Google Analytics

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great tool all around how the visitors to your website behave.  Do they engage with your website, do they stay on your posts or leave straightaway? You can monitor:

  • Demographics and Age ranges of your visitors
  • Content Engagement
  • New Users vs recurring users
  • Real Time Users

I’ll be doing a more detailed post on google analytics shortly, but it is a powerful tool that you need to use to understand how your website is going.

Google Webmaster Tools (Search Console)

Google is great at finding new content, but this allows you to connect your site (via a sitemap) to google to ensure they know when you have created content and get it ranked. It also allows you to explore where your content is ranking, how many impressions (people have seen it but not clicked on it) you have. It is another great feature Google offer.

Google Alerts

Keep up to date with the latest news in your niche straight to your inbox. It is impossible to find everything related to your niche without a little help.

Canva – Logos, Graphics, Infographics

Canva

Canva is a great online tool for graphics.  We are not all graphic designers, but this website gives you a lot of functionality even on the free version.  I used it for my logo, each of my featured images is designed on it.  Infographics are easy to design on it.  It is an essential tool for your website.

Lumen5 – Video Creator

Not everyone is great in front of the camera, and yet video is so important these days.  Youtube has become the second biggest search engine after Google (who own Youtube).  Lumen5 is a great little tool that creates videos from your content, example of this post is below.

The free version does have limitations, but I have not come into a situation where I wasn’t happy with the results.

Conclusion

There are many tools, don’t get it wrong there are many paid tools out there that do seem to be a real benefit, but without a foundation (website) and traffic (readers) there is no point investing money in them yet.  There is no “push button system’ where you will instantly earn money.  Many that promise it are scams, the others seem unreliable.  The only system I do recommend is Wealthy Affiliate due to the benefits I have gained from them.

The starter membership allows people to make their own decision and many starter members earn from it and then upgrade later on. But with a great website builder, great hosting, awesome training on all aspects of an online business, Jaaxy keyword tool – they help people get online the right way.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, if you have any questions about affiliate marketing, affiliate marketing tools or Wealthy Affiliate – please leave me a comment below and I promise to get back to you.

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