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    The steps below may seem overwhelming at first, and you would not be the first to feel that way at the start of your journey, but believe me the trip would be worth it.  Not only will you get help every step of the way and learn new skills, but you will find a new passion emerging that you will become very good at … so hop aboard and enjoy the ride.

     

    STEP 1 : HAVING YOUR OWN WEBSITE OR BLOG

    Although many have been successful doing affiliate marketing without a website, it can become costly in advertising,Having your own website especially when you are new and still finding your way.  Besides that, we want to start you off with having your own piece of property online and it starts with having your own website or blog.  WordPress is not only the most recognized, but it is the easiest and quickest way to set up a website.  Infact, there are many resources out there teaching you exactly how to do it for free.  This is the one I used which came with 2 free websites on WordPress.

    CLICK HERE TO BUILD MY FREE WEBSITE

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    WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW YOU CAN CREATE A WEBSITE IN UNDER 30 SECONDS

    STEP 2 : CHOOSING YOUR NICHE

    This is not as difficult as it seems, and is one of the most important steps of your website as it will make it easier to add content to your website.  Ponder on these points, and you are sure to come up with your own unique niche / topic:

    • Choosing Your NicheWhat is your passion, stuff that you love and could think about all day – it could be your children / family, a hobby, a need, a desire, a problem or just something you are really good at and know a lot about.
    • Think about what you Google and search for.  Remember there are billions of people doing the same thing.
    • Your choice of niche should not revolve around how much money you can make, but rather how many people you can help with the same desires / problems / passions.
    • Using the philosophy of serving others first will result in making money later, and there is no greater joy than experiencing both.

     

    STEP 3 : ADDING CONTENT TO YOUR WEBSITE

    Writing Website ContentAdding original content to your website on a regular basis that has evidence of visitor interaction is exactly what Google looks for to put you at the top of search engines.  Again, don’t be overwhelmed by this, it’s like writing your personal diary, and you and your thoughts are original, whether you know it or not.  If you have never written before, there are loads of help to show you exactly how to do this every step of the way.  Just be open to learning.

     

     

    STEP 4 : FIND AFFILIATE OFFERS THAT MATCH YOUR CONTENT

    Finding Affiliate Offers

    This is the easy part – monetizing your passion.  There are millions of companies, major retailers and affiliate networks out there wanting you to sell their products with affiliate programs in place.  We will guide you in how to find them and also give reviews of the best ones to use with the widest range to choose from.

     

    STEP 5 : SIGN UP WITH THE RIGHT AFFILIATE PARTNER

    Affiliate SignupCheck which affiliate network or company is a best fit for you.  Read their methods, requirements, terms of use, payment terms and thresholds and sign up by simply following the instructions they give you.  This automatically creates your affiliate links that are unique to you and is needed for advertising and payment.

     

     

     

    STEP 6 : ADD AFFILIATE LINKS / BANNERS TO YOUR WEBSITE

    Add Your Affiliate Link

    Your affiliate partners will supply you with your unique affiliate link or HTML code (for banner advertising) to put on your website.  This is easy to install either as advertising running on the sides, top or bottom of your website, or in the content of your website, hyperlinked under a word.  This is a basic skill to learn.

     

    STEP 7 : GETTING TRAFFIC TO CLICK ON YOUR AFFILIATE LINKS / ADVERTS

    Click the Affiliate Link

    There are many free strategies to learn in terms of getting online traffic.  Once you learn how to easily get ranked on search engines, traffic will happen automatically.  Engaging potential customers with your original content, creates trust.  Trust turns to trial … click, click … away you go.

     

     

    STEP 8 : GET PAID – THIS IS PROGRAMMATIC

    Getting paid onlineOnce your traffic starts interacting and acting by clicking on the links and adverts on your website, that’s when you start earning money.  It all happens automatically.  Most affiliate networks and partners have their own reporting structure so that you can check how many people click on your links and how many have converted to sales.  This helps a great deal with seeing what works and what doesn’t so that you can repeat that which is good.

     

     

    STEP 9 : LEVERAGE YOUR SUCCESS AND REPEAT WHAT WORKS

    Leverage your Success

    Once you start gaining success in monetizing your websites through affiliate marketing, you will want to create more in other niches.  You will simply apply what worked and apply it to your other niches allowing your revenue to grow exponentially.

     

    Please feel free to ask me anything, drop a comment or make a suggestion, I am open to all.  Alternatively, you can connect with me at laurie@affiliatenewbiesmarketingguide.com.

    8 Comments

    1. Guy Siverson

      I am thinking about creating a blog with this method. I have a couple of questions that I am hoping you can help me with. Which affiliate marketing company generates the best leads? and Do you create your content yourself or do you have other freelance writers do it for you? Thanks in advance for your help!

      • Laurie

        Hi Guy, there are many great lead generating affiliate companies out there – Click Bank, Commission Junction, Amazon, to name a few, and I have had success with a few of them – not just one. What I tend to do now is concentrate more on 1 or 2 products rather than spread my energies and Wealthy Affiliate seems to be doing it for me – slowly as I have just begun, but when selecting a company that has residual income generating products, I believe there is no race to or infact any finish line. In terms of content – I write my own content so that I can make it as original and as close to my own experience as possible.

    2. Chris

      When it comes to which affiliate network or company is the best fit for you how can you weed out the poor platforms?
      I’ve noticed there are many scams online these days and I suppose affiliate sites are no different…are they?
      I’ve heard Amazon is a good place to start off with – what do you think of them?

      • Laurie

        Hi Chris – thanks for your comments. The way I weed out the good from the bad when it comes to affiliate networks or companies is firstly they shouldn’t ask you to pay for joining, secondly, when there are a whole bunch of up-sales linked to them, it is like a red flag to me … yes there are many affiliate scams online, but you learn to figure this when their pitch is really cheesy or get rich quick schemes. In terms of Amazon, I have heard it is a great place to start, I myself haven’t joined as I live in South Africa and the payment system to here is not that great – I also don’t favour the small % commissions, but they certainly do have a huge variety of products to choose from. Good luck in your endeavours Chris, I hope I have helped a bit?

    3. Warren

      Really good explanation of affiliate marketing. Love the images. They tell the story. This is one part of internet marketing that I think really gets overlooked. Thanks for pointing out that there are lots of affiliate programs and probably many that will fit your niche. It’s not just Amazon and eBay. This should be hung on all of our walls. Thanks.

      • Laurie

        Thanks Warren – yes absolutely, I think this is one point that people don’t realise … whatever your niche, all you need do is google it with + affiliate at the end to find these programmes

    4. Rab

      Thank you for this easy to read and understand newbie guide to how affiliate marketing works. I honestly did not know that besides Amazon, Clickbank, and CJ , that there are more affiliate programs out there that I have never heard of before. It will be great to try and diversify my monetary income

      • Laurie

        Hi Rab – thanks for your comments and I am so happy to be of help

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