One of the most common questions that I frequently get from bloggers and content publishers is, “Can I really make money with affiliate marketing? Is building a website free?”
My answer is always a resounding, “YES!” If I can do it, anybody can. Affiliate marketing is, in my opinion, the best online work at home opportunity without investment, that there is. I finally decided to write a series of articles to share the best way to make money affiliate marketing.
In this article, I’m going to explain how you can be successful at one of the best online business to start, affiliate marketing. In a few simple steps, you will learn how to build a website, link it to products that are being sold online, and earn a commission for each sale that generates.
1. CHOOSE A TOPIC YOU ENJOY – YOUR NICHE
To really get a successful head start in and monetize your traffic, you need to decide what your site will be about. Make it specific and do not try to have a bunch of different topics on a single website. You would’t want to sell “Kitchen Gadgets” on the same site you would try to sell, say “Best STEM Toys for Children Age 5 to 7.” The two are not related.
The truly successful web pages are focused to a certain interest. Pick something you know a lot about, and enjoy talking about. It can literally be anything. There are millions of niches, finding one you enjoy shouldn’t be hard. What do you like? Where do you like to spend time?
Any niche can be very profitable, because there are billions, yes BILLIONS of people online looking for information. As of today, there are over 3 billion people using the internet today.
For example, lets say you like hair products and want to start website about hair care products that you like. People all over the world buy products for hair care, the industry is estimated to be worth over 87 billion dollars. I think there is plenty of room for you to make some money there.
Once you have your area of interest, or niche, you can start thinking of what to call your website. Make it something related to your niche, and something that will be easy to remember. Your online business should be about something you enjoy. Something that you consider to be fun. Affiliate marketing is work, but it is fun, and you should keep it that way.
2. BUILD YOUR WEBSITE
Once you have your niche, you are ready to register your domain. I have had a few free domains at blogger, wix, weebly my time, but the best free domain for affiliate marketing by far is SiteRubix.com
The benefits of SiteRubix are many, I could spend hours praising. One day, I probably will write an article just on SiteRubix benefits. But if I had to pick what really separates SiteRubix from the rest it would be
1. Ease of use
2. Speed of the pages
3. The ability to get picked up by search engines, so customers can find your page.
4. With SiteRubix, you get access to Wealthy Affiliate classes and community.
So CLICK HERE (opens in a new window, so you won’t lose your place) to get your domain set up on SiteRubix now.
Once you have picked your domain name. You are ready to start the Online Entrepreneur Certification
This is a 10-lesson course that is part of the Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrepreneur Certification. While taking this course, you will go through the steps of creating a successful online business that earn you actual income.
3. ATTRACT VISITORS – TRAFFIC FROM SEARCH ENGINES
This is probably the most important, and most overlooked, step that separates successful affiliate marketers from unsuccessful ones. To get the big commissions, you need to get people to see your content. You can’t just post affiliate links all over the place, and expect people to just randomly show up on your web page, and the buy something.
By using the correct key phrases within your area of interest or sub-area of interest. You need to be able to connect with people looking for answers from Google, Bing, and Yahoo. It is a lot easier than it sounds, and this will honestly give you a huge advantage you in the end.
How do you target the proper key phrases? I use the free Keyword Tool at Wealthy Affiliate. With the free Keyword Tool you type in a phrase, and it shows you how many people search that phrase vs how many other pages show up in that search. The key is to find a phrase that gets a lot of searches, but not a lot of hits.
For example, lets say I use the hair niche I talked about previously. I want to write a post about hair dryers, hoping to attract customers who want to buy one. I want to see if a lot of people are searching for information about hair dryers so I typed “top rated hair dryers this year” into the free Keyword Tool.
You can see above that on average, 235 people every day type in the phrase, “top rated hair dryers.” If your page is the first page of search results, you can expect 40 visitors a day, just by including the phrase “top rated hair dryers” in your post a few times.
This lets you know, you may want to actually title your post, “Top Rated Hair Dryers” instead of “Best Rated Hair Dryers” Little things like that give you an edge.
Be sure to include that phrase, “top rated hair dryers” in your post once as well. You could just start off saying something like, “Every year there are new features for hair dryers, I wanted to find out which top rated hair dryers are on sale this year.” Or something like that. When someone types “Top rated hair dryers” into a search engine like Google, Bing, or Yahoo, it will find your page and hopefully put it on top. This process is part of search engine optimization or SEO.
Add the phrase, “top rated blow dryers” as well, and you can expect another 26 visitors. That’s 66 visitors, to your site every day, just on 2 phrases in 1 article.
4. EARN REVENUE THROUGH AFFILIATE MARKETING
After you build your website, you have a review or some other content. . You understand how to get traffic…now it is time to get paid
Using the same hair niche example above, I would write my article, saying what I like or don’t like about it. Then you could work into the content, “If you would like to purchase this hair dryer you can buy it at Amazon.com and Target.com” When the reader clicks on that link, it opens up into Amazon or Target, and if they buy it, you get a commission from Amazon or Target.
The links above contain my a special tracking code from my affiliate account with Amazon and Target. That way they know that the customer was referred to them by me, and I get credit for the sale.
But if they end up buying another hair dryer, you still get a commission, if they click on your link first. They could even buy unrelated things instead, or in addition to the hair dryer you reviewed, and you get a commission. In some instances, they can leave, and buy something next week or even month, AND YOU STILL GET A COMMISION.
You sign up as an affiliate for stores like, Amazon, Target, WalMart, EBay, Best Buy, etc. There are thousands of affiliate programs. Most of them are free to join, in fact, I’ve never come across one you pay for. All you need is a valid website.
Most programs won’t allow blogger or weebly, but I’ve never been denied with a SiteRubix account. It is a well respected site in the affiliate community, I think that has something to do with it.
Wealthy Affiliate has a really easy to understand lesson on this topic as well. You can check it out
if you sign up with a SiteRubix account, you can start the whole 10 lesson course from the beginning.
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If you want, you can look me up on Wealthy Affiliate, if you have any questions.