Affiliate marketing is when we promote other people’s products and earn a commission for each sale that we refer to the Vendor.
It is very easy to work with affiliate marketing because we don’t have to do anything other than sending Traffic (visitors) to the sales page through our affiliate link.
If the people we refer make a purchase then we get paid!
And the best thing about it is that we don’t have to deal with any of the hassles.
We don’t deal with refunds or customer support, all we do is send traffic to sales pages.
There are tons of affiliate programs to sign up with and it is free to do so.
We can promote anything we can think of and make money because there are affiliate programs for any niche.
Some affiliate programs pay up to 75% so it is also very profitable.
This tutorial is about making money online for beginners and affiliate marketing is the primary means to do so, at least in this tutorial so now that you know what affiliate marketing is, let’s get to the fun stuff.
How to do Niche research for beginners
The first step before we start promoting affiliate products is to choose a niche that we can enter.
It becomes a lot easier if you choose something that you enjoy talking about or something that you are knowledgeable about because it is extremely boring to create content in the long run if you don’t enjoy reading or talking about your niche.
A niche is basically a market or a topic.
The niches that tend to be the most profitable are the ones where people have a problem and need a solution.
Or something that people must have whether they like to or not.
Things people are passionate about tend to work very well also.
So the first step is to figure out what niche you can enter.
Here is what you can do:
Take a pen and paper and write down the hobbies that you have (or would like to have).
Write down things you are good at where you can help others (you don’t have to be an expert, just one page ahead of your customers).
Or write down things that you own that you can promote and make Money with.
Once you have a list of things you could potentially make money with you can do the following:
Go to clickbank.com
See if you can find any products in these niches to promote.
You can also go to jvzoo or Amazon.
Amazon.com has Everything you can Think of to sell as an affiliate but you have to have your own blog/website to register an affiliate account with them so it will not work with a free blog.
(If you choose to follow this guide with a real blog that you own then you can follow these steps using amazon affiliate program too.)
Or go to google and type in “your niche + affiliate program” and see what comes up.
If you find a niche that has more than 2 products to promote that each can pay you over $30 in commission per sale then you have something that you can make money with.
All you would need is 3 or 4 sales Daily to make about $100 per day.
Once you have found a niche to work with and some products you can promote.
Start a blog
It is very easy to create a blog nowadays.
Most hosting companies allow you to install WordPress with 1 click.
The more words that are added to it, the fewer people will have the exact match on that keyword in their title, headings, and post content.
That makes it less competitive and easier to rank for.
A keyword like “make money online” can take years of work to rank for but a long tail keyword like, “how to make money in 2020 online for complete newbies” can rank in days or weeks depending on your blog authority.
So how do you do keyword research for affiliate marketing?
It is best if you create an account. It’s free, and it lets you Digg in deeper, in your keyword research.
Type in your niche and start from there.
In this example, I‘ll use “affiliate marketing”
As you can see, it is marked yellow and has high competition.
It is very difficult to rank for that particular keyword.
On the other hand, the long tail keyword “how affiliate marketing works with amazon” is a lot easier.
Has just a few searches (these keyword tools are not completely accurate, just guidelines)
But it is possible to rank for a keyword like that in a relatively short time frame and you can get visitors to your site and promote products to them if you write quite a few of these types of articles to your blog in your niche.
Here is how I came to the conclusion that “how affiliate marketing works with amazon” is an easy keyword.
You can do this yourself when you are researching keywords.
Go to google and type in the keyword.
Look at Google’s front page to see if your competitors are using that exact keyword in their titles, in their content, or in their URL.
At the time of writing this, nobody on the front page used that keyword in their title, URL, or content but they rank for it anyways.
And the sites on the front page are not extremely hard to compete with so chances are good you could rank for it easily.
You can also use ubersuggest.com, or wrodtracker.com to research ClickBank products or amazon products to see if people are searching for the product you want to sell.
How to do SEO for your blog post
Here is an outline you can follow.
Choose the primary keyword.
That is the main keyword you want to rank for. Put it in the title of your post.
Put it once or twice in your article.
It is good to put it in an H1, or H2 tags.
The H1 tag is Header. You can highlight your text and change it from paragraph to Header 1 in blogger.
Choose a secondary keyword and insert that one into your post.
In an h2 or h3 header or in the content of your post.
You can also sprinkle out related keywords in the article that are synonyms and that people might also search for.
If you have written a product review then the main keyword might be the product name and review, “PRODUCT review”.
And a secondary keyword might be “does PRODUCT work?”
Simply insert the keywords in the title and content of the article.
There is more to SEO but this is an abbreviated version. You can google it and find out more because there is a lot of information about it.
Create articles and reviews and build up your blog so that you have content on it that you can begin to promote.
The more articles and reviews you write and publish on your blog, the better.
How to promote your affiliate marketing blog and start making money
Ranking on search engines can take time. It can take months for a new blog to rank.
Although some keywords are so easy that you can rank on the front page as soon as your blog gets indexed by google.
You also need to promote your blog for it to go up in ranking.
You need backlinks from other websites that point to your site.
The Google bots crawl their website and find the links and follow the link to your blog and pass on authority “link juice” to your blog and it increases your ranking.
That is the main factor that determines how well you rank.
If you do a google search for a keyword that has lots of searchers, you will find sites ranking on the front page.
Those sites are there because they have the most backlinks.
They also have good content on their sites but links is what gives a site its authority.
So you need to go out on the internet and get links from other websites.
It is not difficult to do, but it requires work and it takes some time.
That is one of the main reasons I recommend buying a domain name and using a paid web host.
Because as you build up your site, it becomes more valuable and it becomes an asset that you can sell in the future if you want to. You can’t sell a free blog.
But a free blog works fine for beginners.
How to promote your blog and blog posts for FREE traffic
Go to places where potential customers hang out and talk to them.
When possible, leave a link back to your blog or the individual post you want to send them to.
You can make sales this way also, without ranking on google.
Go to the blogs in your niche and leave comments in their comments section.
If your niche is “internet marketing” then search for internet marketing on Google and see what comes up.
Go to the blogs you find with a comment section. Read through their content so you get an idea of what you can say and then write a comment.
You can leave a link in the website field, often under your name and submit your comment.
If it gets approved by the site owner, you have a link that posts to your blog so their visitors can potentially click on it and go to your site.
See if you can find a creative way to put the link to your blog post in the text of your comment also.
You can do a few of these per day and over time it builds up to where you have enough daily visitors to make consistent sales.
It is 100% free traffic!
You can also go to related forums in your niche and participate in discussions and ask questions.
Oftentimes, forums allow you to leave a signature. You can put a link to your blog in the signature.
So every time you leave a comment, you get a backlink and there are lots of people on forums who can come and visit your blog and buy products.
Create social media accounts on your blog and link them to your blog and blog posts on your social media accounts.
People can also share your content if they like it and if they do you get backlinks from them as well.
This method of starting niche blogs and promoting affiliate products with free traffic is a time tested method. It worked in 2007 and will work in 2020 and beyond.
It does take some time and it requires work but it really pays off if you stick to it for a while and decade an hour or two to build up your online blogging business. A couple of months from now you can have a passive income from it and the work you do now can pay you years from now.
Because once you have written a review and published it, it stays there and gains more and more trust with time in the eyes of Google and you can sell that product a year from now also even if you don’t touch the article again.
So the more you post, the more you build up authority and the more content you have that can make money for you.