If you are wondering what is affiliate marketing? Why you should get into it? Or, if it is a good way to make money online? Then this tutorial is about to answer to all of your questions! You are about to learn…
- What is affiliate marketing?
- What is your job as an affiliate?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an affiliate?
- Where you can find highly profitable products to promote?
- How you can promote your affiliate offers for free?
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1 – What Is Affiliate Marketing?
An affiliate is someone who promotes products belonging to someone else. You promote these products through an affiliate link. This is an unique link that you may obtain by joining an affiliate program from a specific company, or a website similar to Clickbank or Jvzoo.
These last websites are one the largest online retailers of virtual products worldwide. You may discover thousands of e-books, video courses, membership programs to promote as an affiliate; in whatever niche you could possible imagine, such as:
- Dating and relationships
- Weight loss and Fitness
- Make money online, etc
When you choose a particular product to promote you get an affiliate link. You earn a commission whenever a client purchases a product through your link. In other words, when someone clicks on your link and then purchases the product you are promoting.
The percentage you earn depends commonly on two different factors.
- How much the product creator is willing to pay its affiliates
- Whether a product is virtual or physical
For instance, you can often earn up to 75% commissions with some Clickbank offers. Since all of their products are virtual and there are no costs involved in their production.
On the contrary, you only earn about 4% commission by promoting physical products from Amazon. However, the main advantage is that physical products tend to sell better online; as people prefer to buy them more over virtual ones.
What Is Your Job As An Affiliate?
As an affiliate you are basically the middle man. You are the person responsible in educating and making the connection between a prospect and seller easier. This connection is done by your affiliate link.
In a way, it is similar to a real estate agent. Whether a real estate agent likes a particular house or not it doesn’t matter. His job is to promote a house in order to sell it and earn its commission.
Same thing here!
You must set your preferences aside if you want to become a successful affiliate. Either you enjoy a particular product or not, it doesn’t matter! As long as that product has good quality and people want to buy it then your job is to promote it.
Often new affiliates are too picky about the products they want to endorse. In other words, they only choose niches and offers they are passionate about. But this is a huge mistake! What if your preferences aren’t profitable? Then you won’t make any money as an affiliate because there is no demand for those products.
What Are The Advantages Of Being An Affiliate?
1 – All the products are already created. So you don’t need to spend months or years producing your own ones.
2 – You don’t need to deal with customer support, refunds, etc
What Are The Disadvantages Of Being An Affiliate?
1 – You don’t have any control over the sales page, pricing etc.
2 – Where Can You Find Affiliate Offers To Promote?
1 – Clickbank
Clickbank is one of the biggest online retailers worldwide, they have over 200 million customers. I prefer to work with large companies, since they don’t have any problems in paying their affiliates in time.
I can’t say the same thing about smaller networks. Besides, you can choose to receive your earnings in every two weeks. Actually, Clickbank is the few companies that does that online.
In this website, you will find thousands of virtual products to promote. The other good part about Clickbank is that they nearly accept everyone. This is ideal for newer affiliates.
2 – Jvzoo
Jvzoo is another website similar to Clickbank. However, you will mostly discover products in the “making money online” niche.
3 – Amazon Associates
In case, you want to promote physical products then you can always join the Amazon associates program.
4 – Specific Affiliate Program
Nearly every company as their own affiliate program. If there is a particular product you would like to promote then go to its website and search for an affiliate program.
In case, you can’t find one then contact their customer support asking for more information.
How To Get An Affiliate Link?
I suggest for you to watch my other video here about Clickbank. I explain this in detail there.
3 – How To Promote Affiliate Offers?
If you want to start promoting affiliate offers then you have two marketing strategies. This includes:
- Organic Traffic: Review blog, Youtube reviews
- Paid Traffic: Solo Ads, Facebook ads, Bing ads, Google ads, banner ads
In this tutorial, I only talk about how to get organic traffic.
1 – Review Blog
This consists on building a blog around a specific niche and reviewing related products. If you want to get a good idea of how this works then search in Google for a product review. For example:
“Product name + review”
Afterward, you will get a listing of websites that mostly review products within their niche. If you enter into one of these web-pages and take a careful look, you will find several affiliate links spread throughout the content.
Whenever someone purchases through one of these links its affiliate receives a commission. However, for you to make a similar blogs there are a couple of things you must learn, such as:
1 – Search engine optimization – You need to optimize your website for the search engines. So they may find your blog and send organic traffic. If you would like to learn more about SEO then check here.
2 – Write regular content – You must regularly write new content for your blog. The search engines rank better websites with a lot of written content.
2 – Video Reviews
You can produce videos showing off several products and publish them in Youtube. The advantage is ranking videos is a lot easier compared to ranking a website.
For this reason, you will more quickly get some eye balls on your videos and possible buyers.
Just search in Youtube for, “product name + review” then watch the videos belonging to other people so you may get a good idea.
How To Camouflage Affiliate Links?
Affiliate links are commonly long and look ugly. This may scare away a few of your prospects. So you should always camouflage them using a website, such as Tinyurl.
Just insert your affiliate link into the blank spacing and press, “make tinyurl”. Afterward, you will get a shorter link that you may promote.
The information found here is simply the tip of the iceberg. In other words, it is enough for you to get started.
However, if you want to make serious money as an affiliate and live the dot com lifestyle then I suggest for you to invest in your education. One of the best video courses out there is, “Affiliate Marketing Revolution”.
This course teaches you the fundamental strategies to succeed as an affiliate marketer. If you more information then click here.