Welcome to this guide on How Online Affiliate Marketing Works
Since the World-Wide-Web was given to the world in 1990 by a British scientist at Cern, we have seen some massive changes for the better, with a vast number of ways to improve our lives.
From YouTube that shows us how to practically do anything, through to the many opportunities that are out there to help us better our lives on a financial level.
Want to know or do anything and the Internet is there at our fingertips.
Just GOOGLE IT we hear ourselves saying.
However, not all opportunities are there to better ourselves but better someone else’s and there are many of them dotted around.
Many go down the multi-level-marketing route (myself included) and find out very quickly that they are a lot harder to crack than they initially thought.
With the vast majority losing money, sleep, and just feel that they are just banging their heads against a wall. I remember that feeling oh so clearly!
I bet you thought it would be a piece of cake with the money rolling in over-night, I know I did because I believed the BS that I was told.
There is no such thing as a get-rich-quick opportunity although that’s exactly what we are told.
For me, I found out that Online affiliate marketing was the better choice as it isn’t a get-rich scheme, or full of false promises.
However, it is possible to earn money and even big money with Online Affiliate Marketing, but it is not easy and will take a lot of hard work, dedication and a lot of patience so if this is not you then probably not wise to continue reading.
If you are looking for a way to supplement your existing income or even replace one then I would seriously consider this route.
It’s working for me and it could work for you!
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- The Affiliate Marketing Process
- How Online Affiliate Marketing Works – The 3 Basic Steps
- How to Find Affiliate Programs to use
- Misconceptions on How Online Affiliate Marketing Works
- It Takes Hard Work, Dedication, and Patience
- How long will it take to see results?
- Feedback, Follow and Subscribe
The Affiliate Marketing Process
For the online affiliate marketing process to work, it requires 3 elements.
- The Customer
The person who is searching for information in the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
- The Affiliate Marketer
This would be me and maybe you, who would promote the vendor’s products normally on a website that you own with the end goal to connect the customer with the vendor.
- The Vendor
This is where the product comes from, the manufacturer or retailer like Amazon and Walmart.
ALL WE ARE DOING IS CONNECTING THE CUSTOMER WITH THE VENDOR,
So the affiliate marketer…
- Does not…hold or pay for any stock
- Does not…create or manage the sales order
- Does not…handle the delivery of the products
- Does not…handle any returns
For our hard work providing the customer purchases the product or service we would get paid by way of a commission.
- The beauty of online affiliate marketing is that you only need an internet connection and a laptop, so this could be done anywhere on the planet.
Just think, touring the world with the family and your laptop, sounds great doesn’t it?
Check out this diagram of how online affiliate marketing works and we’ll continue to break it down further.
How Online Affiliate Marketing Works – The 3 Basic Steps
Online affiliate marketing has no restrictions on what you can promote, not like in a multi-level-marketing business opportunity.
You could promote any product and there are literally millions to choose from, but the proper way is to create a website based around what you are interested in.
What you are hoping to achieve is 1 website = 1 Interest/hobby/niche.
Like this website that you are currently on is about how to “Make Money Online” and it is my job to help people like you to find the right opportunities and to warn you of the opportunities that I don’t recommend.
first-step / decide on a Niche
So, the first thing we need to decide on is what your website is going to be about, which could be about literally anything.
In the online affiliate marketing world, this is what we would call a “Niche”
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second-Step / create your WEBSITE
Once you have decided upon a niche then you would need to create a website to promote your niche.
Creating a website is usually what puts people off becoming an affiliate marketer but take it from me nowadays this couldn’t be any easier.
A website is what establishes you in CYBER-SPACE.
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third-step / Promote your site – By creating great content
Once you have created your website now the interesting stuff, creating great content that your potential customers are going to love reading.
REMEMBER, it is all about connecting the customer with the vendor.
Before we go any further, let me tell you about my writing skills prior to starting out as an affiliate marketer.
I can’t remember the last time I had written a letter so when I got to this part of my journey it sort of scared me, but most people are anyway.
Anything new can be scary at first but when I got into it I actually found that I was enjoying it.
So, what do you write about?
That’s an easy one…whatever you decided as your niche and what your website is going to be about.
For argument’s sake, let’s say you decided to choose your niche to be about “DRONES”, then we write about drones.
What we hope to achieve with our content is, that we want to help our readers by giving them information that will be useful and in the process, we can offer products and services that they might be interested in.
REMEMBER, it’s all about helping others and in time people will see your “BLOG-POSTS” because you will learn how to get those posts RANKED on GOOGLES page-1, and we do that by…
That’s finding out what people are keying into Google that relates to your niche in this case DRONES.
We could use something like the Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool
If you check out the image above, this is an average amount of times that the keyword “drones” is keyed into the Google Search Engine in a month.
This is just to show you how popular the keyword “drones” is.
One thing to notice with this keyword is that its too BROAD a keyword and encapsulates everything relating to drones.
You need to be smarter and try something like this…
We know that people are searching for these keyword terms and therefore could use these keywords to create our content.
One keyword per article or blog post is a guideline.
The more content you create the more eyes see your website and the more chance of your website making money.
That’s it but one thing I haven’t mentioned is that you need to find affiliate programs for your content which I cover in the next section.
How Online Affiliate Marketing Works – How to Find Affiliate Programs to use
To promote products and get paid you would need to join one or more affiliate programs.
Think of a product, no matter what it is and there will be affiliate programs that you can use.
Affiliate programs are free to join and once you sign up you are given your own personal affiliate link.
This is what you use to link the products to the customer and this link is what controls how you are paid.
Commissions paid out vary from company to company with them starting at 2% all the way up to 85%.
Misconceptions on How Online Affiliate Marketing Works
Before you start considering affiliate marketing and finding an online affiliate marketing program to sign up to and learn all this, you must understand that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
Online affiliate marketing works in a way that gives you full control, not like those multi-level-marketing programs do, and designed in a way to be sustainable, passive and a realistic way to make money.
However, the time it takes all depends on you.
Many affiliate marketers will tell you affiliate marketing is easy, but they are trying to get you hitched into what they are promoting, and I am also but I’d like to think that I lay it down in a more precise way.
I fell into that trap with the Wealthy Affiliate training platform I eventually joined, where I believed that it was going to be easy and the reason why after 6 months decided to take a break because I thought it wouldn’t work.
I now realize that if I’d continued instead of taking a 15-month break I would be where I wanted to be today.
There is however a massive earning potential, but you have to expect to work hard to reach those goals.
That been said…
It Takes Hard Work, Dedication and Patience to Get the Best Results from the Process
You need to realize that this online affiliate marketing should be treated as a proper business, just like you would any other business venture.
You will not be successful if you don’t put in the hard work and you need to have the dedication and above all patience.
You’ll find that you are always fighting with that part of you that wants you to fail.
A few things to consider…
Just look at online affiliate marketing as a “Shop” without the overheads but more flexible, much more flexible.
How online affiliate marketing works, is by you starting this journey by carefully choosing what your website is going to be about and make it about something that you will have a passion for and love.
That way building your website isn’t going to be a chore, but something that you look forward to doing, not like some crappy job that we hate and I’ve had a few of them in my time.
Invest in yourself and find a great training platform like Wealthy Affiliate and start how you mean to carry on.
Ensure the niche you choose isn’t too popular otherwise it will be a struggle to rank in Google and will be difficult to succeed in.
Not like me with the MMO(Make money online) niche because everybody seems to be in that niche, but I like a challenge and if I can crack it in that niche then you can surely crack it in a less popular one.
Remember, it’s all about you and finding an identity that you are looking to portray to other people by been helpful and honest.
There are far too many affiliate marketers out there who just don’t give a damn about you, and in it only for the money and will sell you just about any old CRAP there is.
Yes, money is great but don’t you want this business of yours to be around in years to come? Maybe this could be your legacy that you hand down to a family member. I know it is with me!
Make use of social media and don’t spread yourself too much and choose 2 maybe 3 areas to expose and do it well.
- YouTube – My number one recommendation
- There are much more but less popular
Email marketing, should be high on your list but not in the interim, and a place where people who love your work will subscribe to so they don’t miss any new stuff that you create.
They say the money is in the list and it is but over time and nurtured in the right manner could be a nice additional income stream, but don’t treat them in the right way and they will unsubscribe from your list.
Remember, GOOGLE is your friend and whilst your website won’t be noticed in the early days, creating content regularly is what GOOGLE likes to see.
Another BIGGIE is, don’t copy other peoples work because you will be penalised by Google.
Your job as a copywriter is to check out other peoples work and to get great ideas but turn it into your own words.
People who fail are the ones that lose sight of why they started online affiliate marketing in the first place.
Hard work, passion, consistency, patience and eventually you will see success and a way to enjoy life more.
How long will it take to see results?
That’s the million-dollar question as everybody is different and have their own work ethics.
I have seen people start seeing good returns in as little as 6 months, but this is all down to the right training and how you adapt to it.
For instance, I know a person who even today doesn’t have a great amount of content on his site, but he used Youtube in conjunction with his content to promote his business and it really catapulted him.
But, a realistic period of 6-12 months but probably 12+ months and that’s with devoting several hours a day.
The more you put into this business the more you will get out of it, but that is the same for anything in life.
Follow the training to a tee and put in hard work and who knows?
Do not listen to others who tell you that you are wasting your time and to get a real job.
Wealthy Affiliate is an online training platform with an amazing community, that I can highly recommend to anyone and it’s free to join and check out so nothing ventured and all that.
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