Anyone who wants to get started with affiliate marketing needs to follow a few steps because it’s no different from any other kind of offline business.
In the end, it’s a BUSINESS that requires a commitment that any newbie who wants to join this lucrative industry MUST remember.
In this post, I’ll talk about how to get started with affiliate marketing for beginners in seven crucial steps to avoid the common affiliate marketing mistakes and taste the success at the early stage.
It doesn’t matter, what’s your age, which degree you hold or whether you have any technical background.
You can achieve success at an early stage in online marketing if you’ll follow these seven proven steps that I’m going to talk about in this post.
Here we go!
1. Create a List of Your Interests
If you ask any successful affiliate marketer, what’s the best way to get started with affiliate marketing and he’ll tell you, your interests or passion is the best place to start.
Write down your ideas
Head over to your drawer, find a piece of paper and start writing down the topics of your interests. The topics You would want to include could be related to your hobby, passion, work experience or even something that you want to learn.
Think of helping the people
People go to search engines like Google or Bing to find solutions to the problems they are facing.
Think of the ways, how you could help them by solving their problems using your skills. And that’s where your interest in the problems matter.
For instance, you’re a fitness expert, it makes sense that you talk about health and fitness rather than the automotive parts.
You’ll end up wasting all your energy and time in doing something that you don’t enjoy doing.
Start creating the content
You will want to create content or the articles about new topics that you noted down.
While you can outsource the content creation, it’s better to do some of it yourself in the beginning so that you will learn the process and save the costs.
2. Pick up a Niche of Your Interest
Picking up the niche is the foundation of affiliate marketing from where you’ll lay down your journey.
It won’t make you rich overnight
Those people who fail at affiliate marketing are the ones who think that affiliate marketing is a get-rich-quick scheme and it will make them rich overnight.
I’d be brutally honest here, I too believed the same when I got started. And there’s a reason that happens.
The so-called affiliate marketing gurus and experts represent this industry to newbies in that way.
They’ll only show you their results and would never talk about the process and how many actions they take behind the scenes.
Think of it as a legitimate business
You’re more likely to be up for success if you take up affiliate marketing as a legitimate business.
Don’t be another scammer by promoting the products using the black hat techniques else you’ll lose your credibility and the path to your success too quickly.
3. Research the Keywords
After finding the offers, products or services that are compatible with your interests, it’s time to check if people are actually looking for them online.
Use keyword planner from Google
The best free way to do this is by using the Keyword Planner from Google.
By testing a keyword or phrase related to your product in the keyword planner tool, you will be able to check the approximate number of searches for the product.
Let’s say you are selling a specific brand of fitness trackers and you want to know how often people search these gadgets.
You use Google Ads Keyword Planner to check the number.
Try the tools that really help
Use the tools like Jaaxy to help you decide the right niche and keywords for your business.
4. Sign-up To an Affiliate Network
Before you can start your business, you will need to sign up with an affiliate program or network. You should do this even before buying a domain.
Amazon & Clickbank are good for beginners
The application process takes only minutes and you only need to submit the necessary details required by Amazon or ClickBank and you’re ready to promote.
Other programs are stricter in accepting affiliates to prevent scammers and black hat marketers from joining.
5. Find Affiliate Products and Services
After choosing the niche and signing up for an affiliate network, you’ve another task at hand. You need to find the products that you can promote to the people in your niche.
Head over to internet
You have listed down your interests in the notebook now, head over to the Internet to find affiliate programs related to them.
If you are passionate about fitness, look for the products and services that help people stay fit.
Do a keyword search on google
Check to see if there are other products and services related to your interest outside of Amazon. To do this, search keywords related to your interest in Google with the phrase “affiliate program” added to it.
Let’s again take an example of the fitness niche. If you search fitness clothing + “affiliate program” phrase in Google, you may find affiliate programs related to it.
If your interest is broad and common enough, you will likely find something that you can promote.
ClickBank is good for digital products
The ClickBank is the most popular digital marketplace of the products which will show you whole lists of products or services with affiliate programs by their categories.
I’ve personally signed up for some programs there.
6. Check the Competition
When you get into the affiliate marketing you’ll feel that most of the keywords are already taken but that’s not the case all the time.
Don’t compete with the brands
If you are competing for a brand name keywords, for instance, you should expect the official website of the brand to dominate the search result pages.
Avoid keywords wherein the results are dominated by big brands or other experienced affiliates as it would be harder for you to rank on the top of the search results.
They are also aggressive in going after the top spot, so research for other keywords with less competition.
For example, you want to promote the Samsung TVs, if you target the keywords like “Samsung TV“, it’s more likely that the official Samsung website will be on the top of the search results.
Target long-tail keywords
A long-tail keyword is a keyword phrase that contains at least three words (though some say two or more is considered long-tail).
Long-tail keywords are used to target niche demographics rather than mass audiences. Source – https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/definition-long-tail-keyword-100-words-sr
You should target the long tail keywords as they’re more specific and often less competitive than generic keyword terms.
Example of the long tail keyword would be: “how to buy the best TV in united states”.
The best way to check if a keyword has a lot of competition is by going to Google or your search engine of choice.
Type in your or phrase in the query box. The results should show you the number of pages and websites competing for that keyword.
Again, you can take the help of the tools like Jaaxy as I mentioned earlier.
7. Set up Your Website
While you can still promote the affiliate products without a website, it’s good to have one. Having your own website will help you get organic traffic from search engines like Google or Bing.
Build Your website on WordPress
You can easily set up your own website using the WordPress content management system.
By installing WordPress on your hosted server, you can easily post the content on your website and the features that you want to add.
You don’t even need any technical skills in order to run a site built on WordPress. You even have access to a wide variety of plugins, which help expand the functionality of your site.
Don’t install too many plugins
As an affiliate marketer, don’t go crazy adding plugins to your website as you really want to limit the features available. You should also limit the design features of your website.
Keep your website clean
Really keep your website clean to limit loading speed and to make a positive user experience. You can also get some great ideas from other websites in your same niche or in niches that are close to yours.
While you should make the design fit the taste of your visitors, do not put too many colors into which can turn your visitor down quickly.
Your visitors must be focused on your high quality and informative content and not the bells and whistles of your website.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please comment below and let me know your opinion. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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