If you are a complete novice to the world of affiliate marketing,
it can seem like an incredibly complicated business to learn.
It’s understandable, as there’s quite a lot of information that you would
need to know in order to be a successful affiliate marketer!
However, as with most things, perhaps the best way to learn the ropes of
affiliate marketing is to just take action and dive in. Instead of sitting around
wondering how to start affiliate marketing with a website, you will end learning far more
by getting in the trenches and gaining firsthand experience.
It’s exactly for that reason that we have put together this step-by-step actionable guide for you.
It will walk you through everything you need to know in order to do the most important thing
of all when it comes to affiliate marketing—get started.
First things first—finding your niche
If you want to get started affiliate marketing, you’re going to need to figure out your
niche and what type of products you want to sell. This is perhaps the most important step of all.
If you already know the topic that you plan on building your website around, that’s great! For anyone else,
there’s a few important things you should consider.
The first bit of advice that we recommend is to start off by promoting someone else’s product or service,
especially if it’s your first attempt at internet marketing.
There’s a time and a place for creating your own products—your first affiliate marketing website isn’t it.
Next, perhaps the best way to make sure that you can truly make a
solid profit while doing affiliate marketing is to figure out what you are truly passionate about and niche down from there.
If it’s your first venture with this business, you shouldn’t outsource any aspect of it.
The experience you gain doing it on your own will be invaluable.
This is why you should pick something that you are either passionate about or that greatly interests you
—you could end up writing dozens and dozens of pages worth of content for it.
The next step is to do your homework for your niche idea. What’s the competition like?
Is there money in the niche? How much search traffic is the niche getting?
How about the availability of affiliate programs? These are all questions you should be asking yourself.
Choosing the right affiliate program
This is another important step in the process,
and one that you should make sure that you don’t rush through.
Depending on how specific your niche is, you usually have the option of either
going through an affiliate network such as ClickBank or partnering directly with
a product or service provider to promote their products directly.
Some things you need to be looking at during this stage is the amount
of commission you are capable of earning from the program,
what level of customer service they offer, and if the program is reputable
(meaning are other sellers using this program and seeing results).
Once you’ve got your niche and an appropriate affiliate program picked out,
you’re all set to really dive in and start producing something with the next step.
Build your site
The first two things that you will need to build your website are a domain and web hosting.
When it comes to choosing your domain name, take your time.
Branding does indeed matter. Your domain name should be
something that’s easy to remember and obviously, relevant to your business.
As for web hosting, in many cases it’s possible to acquire your hosting and
your domain from the same provider for added convenience.
Should you choose to get your hosting from a separate provider however,
you will need to link your domain to your hosting. Don’t worry, it’s extremely straightforward to do so.
Once you are all set with your domain and web hosting, it’s recommended that you install WordPress.
It’s probably the most beginner-friendly content platform available and it’s relatively quick and easy to get the hang of.
The last step in getting your site set up is to choose a theme. If this is your first time,
just go with something basic that is easy for you to make changes to.
As you gain more experience and confidence using WordPress,
you can opt for more complicated themes down the road.
Start producing content
With all that done, you’re all set to finally start pumping out content!
Your goal will be to make your site rank well in Google by producing
tons of high-quality content that demonstrates that you are an authority in your chosen niche.
The most common forms of content used on affiliate marketing websites are product reviews
and comparisons, informational articles, and how-to guides.
You can use a combination of all three to get the best results and have a wide variety of content offered.
So now that you have your website up and running with some quality content written,
you’re going to need to get potential customers! There’s a few ways you can handle this.
You can optimize your written content for SEO purposes by adding relevant keywords that can help you rank in Google.
Once you get organic traffic coming in from Google, you can really see a boost in your profits.
You could also look into paid advertising.
Don’t go overboard in the beginning and set reasonable spend caps and you might be able to gain a nice boost in sales.
Perhaps most importantly of all, you should be building an email list from day one.
This way you don’t have to worry about customers stumbling upon your site whenever you release a new post
— you can let them know right away whenever you have new content out.
Promote your products and make your first sale
By following all of the steps above,
everything will now come together and you will be all set to start making money from your site.
By using a combination of product reviews, product banners and advertisements,
and email list promotions and discounts, you should start to see the sales roll in as your traffic picks up.
That’s really all there is to getting started with a website doing affiliate marketing.
There’s obviously much more to learn, but that’s all you need to make your first sale or even your first $100.
From here it’s all about tweaking and optimizing, constantly adding new content, and learning as you go while scaling up.
Once you get those first few sales and experience the taste of passive income, we’re sure you will be hooked.
It won’t be long until you’re ready to start your second and even third niche sites!