Lesson 1: Welcome to this Affiliate Marketing Training Course
Welcome to this Achieve Success From Home MasterClass!
We are very excited in bringing to you this comprehensive course on starting your very own online business through affiliate marketing.
In this course, you will learn everything about affiliate marketing that will give you confidence and knowledge.
To start building your very own online business.
I will break down every process in this business model so that you can go away and build a 4-5 figure monthly income.
Really, what you can earn with affiliate marketing is limitless and it all depends on how much effort you put into this business.
There are 6 modules that make up this affiliate marketing training and cover…
- What is affiliate marketing and how it works
- What a niche is, why you need one and how to find a profitable one
- How to create a website and how easy it is nowadays
- Getting visitors to your website, keyword research, content marketing
- How to make money with affiliate networks
- Traffic and the different methods available
- Plus so much more…
Why Choose Achieve Success From Home Masterclass?
Simply because Achieve Success From Home Masterclass is 100% free and is for anybody who is looking to make money online.
Whilst I am not your typical affiliate marketer who has lost thousands trying every course I could find.
I have tried several courses and followed several successful marketers like Pat Flynn, John Chow, and Neil Patel amongst others.
The knowledge I have picked up has helped me to succeed as an affiliate marketer and whilst it is still the early days, my business continues to grow.
We can’t stress enough, that the course is free and can save you a ton of money so enjoy and any questions just stick them in the comments section below.
This Course Is For Anyone Who Wants To Start An Online Business in Affiliate Marketing
It doesn’t matter who you are or what background you have or even whether you went to university and got yourself a degree.
Anybody can learn this stuff!
It really isn’t difficult!
All it takes is determination and a will to succeed and above all patience, because success is not going to happen overnight and people who promise you this are just not telling you the truth.
Any business no matter what it is takes time, and if you want it to be around for a long time then you have to apply certain steps that this course will show you.
These are the steps that were taught to me and all I am doing is sharing them with you so if it can work for me then it can for you too.
Therefore if you can read, follow simple instructions and apply what you are been taught then it is only a matter of time before you see success.
Remember this is a journey, not a race!
How To Get The Most From This Training Course
This is a training course for complete beginners who have no knowledge about affiliate marketing and looking for an overview.
This post will give you an overview of what is required to execute affiliate marketing the way that we do it.
Yes, we know there are other ways to run affiliate marketing which might be quicker but will be more costly due to paid marketing methods.
This post will show you all the steps that are required and subsequent posts will go into more detail about each element.
It goes without saying that no business can be built overnight.
It takes time, hard work, dedication, consistency and above all patience and if this isn’t you then we would not continue with this course.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is an industry that has been expanding by 10% each year since 2010 and is expected to be worth over $8 billion by 2022.
If you take a look at the above image you will notice that those figures are for the US market only and by no means are you restricted here.
Affiliate marketing revenue on a world scale is somewhere between 15 and 20 billion dollars.
Affiliate marketing is a simple process in which the affiliate (that is you) makes a commission on the sale of somebody else’s product or service.
It means you don’t have to purchase any stocks or even handle the customer orders as this is all taken care of by the merchant.
What this entails is finding out what people are looking for and you would promote that product or service to them.
What you probably haven’t realised is that at some point you will have purchased a product or service through an affiliate marketer’s website.
Here is some additional reading that you might find interesting about affiliate marketing and where it is today.
How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?
Affiliate marketing is a simple concept but putting all the pieces in place takes a little time.
It is all about helping people solve their problems.
People search for anything and everything on a daily basis by typing keywords into the SEARCH ENGINES, such as GOOGLE.
With over 5 billion people who now have access to the internet, that means more keywords are typed into Google.
This means there is more potential to earn more money!
Google currently owns around 93% of the search engine market and there are over 8 billion keywords keyed into the search engine daily.
That is an awful lot of people looking for information, products and services.
Take a look at the diagram below which should make the whole process much clearer…
How this all works is by joining an affiliate program which is normally FREE and there are literally hundreds possibly thousands of them to choose from.
Think of a product or service and there will be an affiliate program that you can use.
So if your affiliate marketing business was about “DRONES” which incidentally is a great niche.
Then you would search for and join an affiliate program that sold “DRONES” like so…
Get the drift?
[Incidentally, all the major retailers like Amazon and Walmart have affiliate programs that you could use and they are FREE to join too.]
Once you have joined an affiliate program then you would select the product or service that you want to promote by selecting the unique affiliate link.
This is a tracking code that would handle the entire order management process, which holds your account number and how you get paid.
The process and how it works…
- A person would search for something in Google like “DRONES”
- They would click on your website because yours is the first they see
- They like the information that you have written
- They click on your affiliate link and make a purchase
- You are paid a commission
Now the bigger and more expensive the product the more commission you would make.
You could promote a product that has a membership that would be paid monthly which means you would get recurring commissions.
All you are doing is promoting other people’s products which means you are helping them sell more products and services and get rewarded for doing so.
This is a win-win situation for both concerned.
It is not out of the ordinary for some affiliate marketers to make 5 and 6 figures a month but we are jumping the gun a bit here.
Whilst this training course will give you the knowledge, it’s all about what you do with that knowledge that counts.
Remember that success will not happen overnight and if someone promises this then they are lying to you.
It takes a lot of hard work, determination, consistency and above all patience but extremely rewarding when things start moving.
Why Would You Want to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business?
If people were truthful about what they do for a full-time job I think most would say that they were not happy.
In fact, most would be hoping and praying that something better came along but it very seldom does unless you make that happen.
Furthermore, who enjoys working for someone else I know I didn’t.
We would all love to have our own business so why not create one about something that you have a passion for, an interest, a hobby?
Something that you are going to look forward to getting up in the morning for and besides you can start when you want and for how long.
- Extremely Cost-Effective, Low Risk And Straightforward
After trying various methods online I found affiliate marketing to be the easiest business model to understand and learn.
Although this course is 100% free it doesn’t mean that you can run your affiliate marketing business for free.
When we say cost-effective, we really mean that costs don’t have to be an issue especially when you are starting out.
There are plenty of good free tools that you can use and to give you some idea, take a look at what it costs me here on a daily basis.
There are no products or services that you need to own or stock as we are using other merchants’ products.
We don’t handle the customer orders and therefore don’t handle after-sales or returns.
This basically means that there are no risks.
- Products And Services That You Can Promote Are Limitless
There are absolutely no restrictions on what products you can promote not unlike some business models like an MLM where you are restricted.
Just think of a product or service and all you have to do is find an affiliate program to join and you can promote it.
An example might be Smart TVs.
Just find the retailer who sells the type of smart tv that you want to promote, join their affiliate program and promote the product.
It might be that the retailer doesn’t have an affiliate program but that is rare.
Many people use Amazon simply because they sell millions of products and you are sure to find the right product on their site.
- The Business Runs 24/7
Once you have your website up and running with content that you will have created it becomes a passive income generator.
This means that you don’t really have to do much as your content will be finding traffic or customers.
It will be doing this for FREE too!
Where you can spend valuable time with your family and friends and take vacations whenever you need.
Your business will be generating an income 24/7/365.
Everything you need to run your online business will be on your laptop and all that’s required is an internet connection.
- Your Business Earning Potential is Unlimited
There are no restrictions to what you can earn with affiliate marketing, the more you want to earn the more you can earn.
To do that all you need to do is create more content.
Create more content that is going to help people who are searching for stuff in the search engines!
Some affiliate websites are earning hundreds a month whilst some are earning tens of thousands a month.
There are even websites that are generating hundreds of thousands per month.
It all depends on the person and what you hope to get out of the business but the more content you write the more income that your website will generate.
That is inevitable!
The more you put into this business the more success you will have.
Nobody gets to become a millionaire sitting back and doing nothing!
- This Business is Extremely Flexible
No more travelling to and from work and no more earache from the boss.
Start work whenever you want, and wherever you want, all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.
Lesson 3: 4 Basic Steps to Starting Your Affiliate Marketing Business
What you need to know first before we get started with building your online business is a brief overview of what is involved.
This will give you an overall picture of the steps that are involved.
There are only 4 steps that you need to learn which are laid out below but don’t worry we shall be covering these steps in more detail later on.
Step 1: It All Starts With a Niche!
So what is a niche?
There are two labels, a niche or a sub-niche which mean the same thing really it just depends on what context we are referring to.
A niche could be looked at as the top level of a market segment.
These are what we class as broad terms which is where you would find the major companies competing with their vast marketing budgets.
This is an area that would be too competitive for us to compete in!
So what do we do?
We would concentrate on a smaller sub-niche which would be a subset of let’s say Electronics.
A less competitive niche like Drones, Guitars, Drum Kits etc
You could even look at sub-niches within sub-niches and the further you go down the tree the less competitive it is.
The niche we chose is “MMO – Make Money Online” niche which is very competitive but a massive niche all the same.
There are literally thousands possibly millions of niche ideas.
To give you some idea of what we are talking about here.
On a daily basis, there are over 8 billion keywords keyed into the Google Search Engine and each one of those keywords has the potential to become a niche.
You will hear people say that a niche should be something that you have a passion or interest in which makes perfect sense.
Because it will make your business so much easier and enjoyable but the niche you choose has got to be a niche where you can make money.
It’s getting the right balance that’s so important.
Why would we need a niche in the first place?
Well, you don’t really but would you find women’s clothing sold in an electronics store?
There are various ways that you could operate an affiliate marketing business but this is the most practical and effective way.
The whole idea is to become an authority in a particular niche and trying to spread yourself among several niches would be asking too much.
The rule of thumb would be 1-Niche = 1-Website
But this is not set in stone!
This will become clearer as we move through the training!
Step 2: Developing Your Website
Bill Gates once made a famous quote,“If your business is not on the internet then your business will be out of business”
In other words, all businesses should have a website and that is the same in affiliate marketing.
A website gives you a presence and allows you to connect to people offering advice and recommending services and products.
Those days have gone when we would create an advert and purchase advertising space in a newspaper or magazine!
Before you decide to jump ship because you don’t have a clue about building a website this was the same for me and many others.
Nowadays with advances in technology, there is no requirement to be a technical person. Those days are well in the past.
No need to have programming skills simply because there are software tools out there to help you which are free as well.
These are called plugins and with over 60,000 there is sure to be one that will do what you want.
No need to worry about creating a website as this will be discussed later in the course.
Step 3: Getting Visitors To Your Website
The main focus is getting visitors to your website and without traffic, you don’t have a business.
The same with a retail store, if you are not in the right location and people don’t know about you then it won’t be long before your store closes.
There are two main traffic strategies, paid and free and whilst this course will cover both.
The main strategy that we will be using will be the free traffic method through SEO or search engine optimization.
The beauty about SEO is it is free and therefore without risks, not like paid advertising where it could cost you thousands.
Not only that but a paid advertising campaign only runs for the duration of that budget that you allocated.
You will also have to tweak the marketing campaign to get it just right.
Whereas SEO is free, it just takes a little time for the search engines to start noticing you but once it does the traffic is unlimited.
Step 4: Monetisation
Once your website is up and running and receiving traffic you need to know how to convert those into customers.
This is done by promoting products and services that people are looking for.
There is a right way and a wrong of doing this and what you don’t want to be doing is trying to sell all the time.
People switch off to this very quickly.
The most important factor is keeping prospective customers on your website and the only way of doing this is by giving them what they want.
Great content, which we will be going into much deeper further into the course.
You know what it’s like when you are searching for stuff where you bounce from website to website until you find what you are looking for.
Now, while we did tell you that affiliate marketing is a simple concept and easy to learn it might also seem a little overwhelming.
This is quite understandable and we all go through this but you should be looking longer term.
People who succeed are the ones who have the right mindset and don’t give up when things start to get tough.
All businesses no matter what they are will go through times when things just don’t seem to be going right.
Failing is all part of the learning process and as long as you push through that you will be fine.
It takes hard work, persistence, consistency and above all patience.
If there are any questions at all please don’t hesitate to make a note and add them in the comments section below.
Your input is important and will help to ensure that what we are providing and improving value.
Any questions no matter how trivial you may think they are, are welcome.
The next module which is about Niches is under development and will be with you shortly.
We learned everything that we know through a company called Wealthy Affiliate and maybe you have heard of them and maybe not.
They provide all the training and support that you would ever need to start and run a successful online business as an affiliate marketer.
Here are links to give you more details without making a commitment…