Thanks a lot for joining us here. If you have heard of Affiliate Marketing and want to start actually doing it this guide will help you understand the basics.
In a nutshell you can make money by recommending other companies products to internet users who are wanting to make a choice amongst many. Your reviews of those products will help them make their choice and if they do you get a commission from the sellers. Many companies (like Amazon) have affiliate programs and all you need to do to get commissions is to join them.
But what is actually involved in affiliate marketing you might say?
What do I have to do and how do I learn what to do?
We thought a number of questions and answers might help you.
1. What is it and what is the process?
– Affiliate Marketing (AM) is all about helping people with their choices. People go to the web to look for items. An example might be a slow cooker. Friends have told them they are great but which one and how much and where from? Providing your reviews of products and services on the web will help them with their choices of slow cooker. Firstly you tell them all about the advantages of slow cookers, how it will help them save time they don’t have and how easy it is to use a slow cooker and all the other advantages you can think of. You might then show them two or three slow cookers and recommend one of them. Whichever one they choose, if they buy it you will get commission.
– Okay you say but what is the process?
This is how it works.
2. Okay but what are the steps to Get Started As An Affiliate?
Firstly you need some training to learn some basic strategies and building your site and reviews.This is what generates traffic from the internet to those offers of yours in your reviews. Most start with an interest such as flower painting, cooking, plant management, reviews of products like hoovers, slow cookers. Some offer services like coaching, travel blogs and even fishing, but what you choose to do is up to you.
3. Can you make a living at this?
Yes you can either as a supplement to your regular income or in time to replace your regular income.
What you make out of this depends on what you put into it. The more effort and time the more likely you are to earn more. It also depends on the rate of commission you get on the products which you promote through your reviews.
4. Can Anyone Do It?
Yes providing you have a device such as a laptop or tablet and access to the internet, If you are prepared to put in the time and effort then you will be successful. Companies want you to be successful at promoting their products. You will need to learn and implement the knowledge to build you own site and review business but we will take you through this and help you all along the way with Wealthy Affiliate which by the way is free – more about that later. As long as you have the time and the desire to learn you will be able to do this, and we are here to help you at all times during your journey.
5. Are there any draw backs to an affiliate business?
Not really BUT for it to work you need to dedicate some time to it. What you get out of it depends on what you put in. It isn’t some quick cash generator and anyone who tells you otherwise probably is looking to take your cash and run. In anything in life apart from the lottery you can’t expect to get out more than you put in. Your business will grow over time as people learn to trust your site reviews and then it scales for you.
6. What Are The Best Things About Affiliate Marketing?
I think that the flexibility and freedom that AM offers you is the best thing. You are your own boss to do what hours you like, when you like and where you like. Providing you have a device and the internet you can do this business from anywhere in the world. You can do it when you are asleep because the internet never shuts. It is the shortest commute to your office possible – pick up your device – hey ho wasn’t that a terrible commute. Recently a colleague Ed blogged that he was out of it for a day because he had a bad case of the flu, but he still made $514. Even if he had a job which paid $20 per hour he would not have made this if he had worked 24 hours and he couldn’t anyway because the was sick – but you get my drift?
Another example is a site to help folks reduce their electric costs which is seasonal but works the whole year round because of winters in different hemispheres
Lastly the AM business offers something few others do – incredible scalability. Your business can go global (there are many examples but here is one – an American colleague sells small rocks which are polished and have a name on them. This started as a local business. Now he exports to 42 countries thanks to the web).
7. What are the risks to me?
The only risk is that if you don’t put in the time to learn and do it you might not make as much as you had hoped. But there is no stock to buy, no up front costs that you might lose and you are not being pushed to make sales targets, the only person that needs to push you is you!
8. What’s The Point Of Affiliate Marketing?
It is there to help people with their choices, based on your reviews
It gives you freedom to work from anywhere at any time and earn an income
You have total flexibility in your working hours and place (by the pool?)
No stock to hold and no hard selling.
You are your own boss
You can scale up to a global audience and make money whilst you sleep because the web is showing your reviews 24/7.
An incredible flexible business so why not give it a try – don’t forget so far it is all free
How to get started – there are five steps to get this business of yours going
Step 1 – choose an interest – this is what you will be writing about. So in our example above it might be kitchen stuff and then you write about the slow cookers.
Step 2 – build a website – if this sounds scary don’t let it. In my youth this would have meant coding but today this means choosing things from a menu. In the training we are recommending this is all explained and really it is so simple you wouldn’t believe and free.
Step 3 – join that affiliate program we talked about earlier- a two minute job.
Step 4 – attract visitors to your website – this is the writing about the slow cookers we talked about. Again writing articles for your site is fully explained in the training so no problem there.
Step 5 – Make money by recommending products in companies like Amazon, Walmart and so on,
So the big question is this – Can you do it?
The answer is you can if you get the right training. Here’s where we recommend Wealthy Affiliate and before you say anything this is not going to cost you a cent to try it out, really, no credit card. AND you can stick with the free starter membership as it is known as long as you like.
Why Wealthy Affiliate Training Program?
We looked round the web at many programs which supposedly teach you how to start a business like this. They all require money up front and to us this is not the way to go. It is much better if you can try something first for free and then if it’s not for you, fine, just walk away. This is the Starter Membership at Wealthy Affiliate. If after trying it is for you either stay as you are costing nothing or join the premium membership for the full resources.
Let’s get cost out of the way shall we?
If you go for Starter membership it is free for ever.
This is what you get:
No Credit Card Needed At Signup
You Can Stay Free As Long As You Want
Try Out Premium Features For The First 7 Days to see what is there and to judge whether you want to go Premium. This upgrade can be done at any time going forward.
2 Free Websites
Easy Website Builder
Highly Secured Web Hosting
2 Classrooms To Learn From
First 10 Lessons of Online Entrepreneur Certification and Affiliate Bootcamp courses
Keyword Research Tool – 30 Searches/Month.
AND direct access to me to help you (for free).
The items highlighted in red are the key ones you will need for your training.
If you go to Premium Membership you get everything for the monthly cost of $49 ($1.58 per day) but if you sign up with the button below, I can get you a 59% discount for your first month and you’ll pay only $19 for your first month.
If you go yearly like I did, you can save even more money. The annual membership is $359 which works out to only $29.92/month or 0.96cents per day, can you imagine you get all this below for less than a dollar a day!
And this is what you get:
25 Free Websites
Hosting for 25 Custom Domain Sites
Easy Website Builder
Private Domain Registration
Highly Secured Web Hosting
Full Technical Support
13 Classrooms To Learn From
FULL Access to Online Entrepreneur Certification and Affiliate Bootcamp courses
Keyword Research Tool – Unlimited Searches
Weekly Live Training Webinars
Access to Owners
Personal Wealthy Affiliate Blogs
More Ways To Earn Money Online and On The Platform
AND direct access to me to help you (for free)
Again the items highlighted in red are the key ones you will need for your training.
AND just for the record Wealthy Affiliate does not charge you anything else. There are no hidden costs which jump up at you whether you use the whole of the resources or not; to me this is a big feature because you know your costs up front – end of.
Please notice that I am going to be available to you to help you. Once you sign up you will get an email from me giving you my details so you can find me by email if you need help.
I will also be sending you some emails for the beginning period telling you what is required.
So why should you choose Wealthy Affiliate?
1. They have been in business since 2005 and I have been with them since 2013. They are a genuine company which has your success as their objective.
2. In the 5 years I have been with them they have always improved year on year, and each time I have a question I get an answer, even sometimes from the two top guys who started it – Kyle and Carson.
3. The community is always available 24/7 to help you.
4. They have over 1 million members at this time – kind of tells a story right!
5. They live up to their promises which is quite something these days.
6. On the technical side they have always answered my questions straight away which means I don’t have to worry about this side at all.
7. FINALLY their training does work and I should know because I have been through it and been successful.They transform your ideas into profits, and they give you proven strategies to attract loads of traffic to your web site. Wealthy Affiliate gives you the feel good factor all the way to your success.
In a nutshell what I found great in addition to all this was that:
– you are free from the anxiety of spending money out on something you don’t really know and worrying about getting no return
– You are free from the worry of “can I do it” like building a web site
– You get all the opportunities presented to you,
And most of all there is no risk to you, if you don’t like it, you leave simple.
If you need help you just ask for it and just to show our faith in Wealthy Affiliate and you we can help you to get that feel good factor, by being there to help you in the first month
All you need is some work to get going
So there you have it, a clear strategy to build your own business going forward on an undoubted platform with my help and it’s free – what more could you ask for?