Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. Instead of creating your own product, dealing with your own customers, you can sell other people’s products and services and make money. But how do you get started? How can you start seeing results fast? I would like to share with you the easiest way to get started with affiliate marketing.

Step 1: define your traffic source, what are you good at, in other words? Are you good at SEO (Search Engine Optimizing)? Are you good at paid ads? Are you better at JVs, which is joint ventures if you’re not familiar with, in other words that’s another form of partnerships. What version of marketing are you good at? Because based on that, that’s going to vary how you do affiliate marketing. For example, if you do SEO you got to pick one niche. If you do joint ventures and partnerships, again you got to do one niche and focus all your energy there. If you do paid ads, you can do any niche out there as long as the payouts are high enough because you got to buy that traffic. Once you figure that out, that’ll help you with

Step 2: The second step, is defining your target audience. What is the niche you want to work in? Now, most people are like, “I want to be in the niche that pays me the most money.” You don’t do well as affiliate marketer in that. Why? Because after a while you give up, you hate what you’re doing, you’re just like, “I don’t want to spend a ton of time and energy doing this.” You want to focus your efforts on what you love because what you love is what you’re going to create better content on, better marketing campaigns, better ad traffic, you’ll get more creative. You’ll be the expert. You’ll also notice that you make a huge increase in revenue when you do something you know versus something you have to learn from scratch because when you don’t know industry, you don’t understand a niche, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes, waste a lot of time and lose money compared to focusing on something that you know.

Step 3: Now that you’ve done that, the next step for you is to find products that are a good fit for your audience. Now, most people do this by just googling. That’s a really inefficient way. There’s actually already affiliate sites out there that showcase products, and the products they showcase are the ones that tend to be the best performers not only for the publisher, but also the advertiser. So, by looking at these affiliate sites, you’ll know what tends to work because their top offers tend to be the ones that make the most money. Now, some of these sites are JVZoo, CJ Affiliate, OfferVault, Click2Sell, CommissionSoup, ShareASale and FlexOffers. Checking out those sites will give you a good understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in your space. I would recommend going after the products that are popular on these sites because that means affiliates are making a lot of money. If you pick the products that aren’t that popular on those sites, that usually means affiliates aren’t willing to promote them because they don’t generate them enough income. ONE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER: Promote products that you feel and know would benefit your audience and subscribers; doing so will keep your subscribers trust meter in you high… meaning, return buyers.

Step 4: Next up, you need to build your funnel (A sales funnel, also called a purchase funnel, a revenue funnel or sales process, visually represents how a sale proceeds in a linear fashion from customer awareness to customer action.). So, let’s say you have SEO going, right, and you have this traffic. Starts with content, then you want to collect to an email; emails are collected through an opt-in page. A way for someone to want to give you their email address is by creating a lead magnet (eBook, report, article… Something that will be useful and benefitable to the subscriber). You’ve got to actually have a offer. So, email in exchange for a eBook for example. Then, once you have their email, drive them to a webinar or sale page. The webinar and sales page allows you to sell that product or service to those people. You can also, for all the people who don’t purchase in the webinar or sales page, you can follow up through an email sequence and sell them through text based. Combining a sales page or webinar through text-based sequences, you are more than likely to start getting sales, as it is said, “the money is in the follow-up (subscriber list). Now let’s say you’re leveraging paid ads, it’s hard to convert through a straight sell so what you want to do is first create a landing page that educates and really provides a ton of value. But that landing page, not only providing value, you’re talking about the product in there and then you’re driving people to that product page where they can buy. Ideally, you should have some testimonials and case studies within that educational piece of content. If you don’t, you’ll find that you won’t generate as many sales.

Now the last step I have for you is increase the lifetime value. Most affiliates, they drive conversions, they collect their money and they’re like, “Woo-hoo, that’s it.” Well, you already have that list. Why aren’t you continually selling to those people campaign after campaign? Why aren’t you continually adding value to them and not always selling? So then that way when you have the next product to sell, they’re more likely to buy because you’ve helped them out by giving them value or recommending a product or service that benefited them. Try to give more than selling. By giving value, great content, or freebies to your subscribers, will keep them trusting you and makes your list healthy. If you just try to sell to them every single week, eventually they’re going to unsubscribe from your list. But if you help them out majority of the time and then sell to them one-tenth of the time, they’re much more likely to convert.

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Norbert
Norbert

Hi my name is Norbert, I am from the beautiful island of Guam. As a father of 3 Outrageous children and a grandfather of 2 loving grandsons, I felt I owed it to myself, as well as my kids and grandkids to give them the life I never had.. A successful one! I am a cybersecurity professional by day, and entrepreneur for life. My life evolves around my family. I Love helping others find better ways to make money on the internet. I again reignited my love for staying fit through a healthy living. love blogging, affiliate marketing, SEO, cryptocurrency, and a newfound passion for funnel and traffic building.

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