I am so excited to discuss how to make with money affiliate marketing because it is truly one of the EASIEST ways to make money online. It’s not a simple process because there’s a lot of strategies that go into it, but once you things dialed in, this is what they mean when they say make money while you sleep. 

Affiliate marketing is on the top my list of stay at home jobs or side hustles as some poeple refer to when using to make a little extra money because it does not require you to produce anything, deliver a service, be chained to the phone or managed by the clock. 

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What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is when you refer someone to a product or service online using a unique link and if they make a purchase through your link you earn a commission from the purchase. 

You know how you recommend different products or places to friends? Well, now you can get paid for it! 

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

  1. Companies want to by found in this crowded marketplace (the internet), and they need people to help spread the word about their product/service to your followers through your website, blog, or email list.
  2. Your followers then purchase the product or service using your affiliate link.
  3. The company will pay you a commission for referring people to their site that make a purchase. 

What You Need to Start Affiliate Marketing.

There are 2 things you need to get started with affiliate marketing:

  • Create a website or blog in your niche
  • Choose affiliate products to promote

Let’s look at each of these in a bit more detail:

1. Create a Website or Blog for Your Niche

To make money with affiliate marketing, the first thing you need is a website.

When it comes to building your website, you have tons of options. But we highly recommend using WordPress.

With WordPress, anyone can quickly build a professional-looking website in minutes.

Plus, WordPress has more tools to help their sites perform at a higher level than other website builders. That means more functionality across your site and a better user experience (UX) for your visitors.

If you’re interested in making money with affiliate marketing, WordPress is definitely your way to go. You can check out these tutorials if you need help building your site:

  • How to start a WordPress blog
  • How to make a website with WordPress (step-by-step-guide)

Now that your website is built, you’ll need to determine which products you want to promote. That takes us to the second prerequisite for starting out with affiliate marketing.

2. Choose Affiliate Products to Promote

If you’ve done the work to choose a niche, choosing affiliate products to promote should be easy. Choose products that fit your niche and relate to your content.

One of the best ways to select your affiliate products is by joining an affiliate network.

Affiliate networks are businesses that connect merchants and affiliate marketers so both can earn more money. Affiliate marketers use affiliate networks to make better product selections to promote on their site.

There are many affiliate networks out there, but here are a few of the most popular:

  • ShareASale
  • CJ Affiliate
  • ClickBank
  • Amazon Associates

One of the benefits of affiliate networks is they typically have more data on how well a product sells. You can then use that data to increase your affiliate marketing profits.

For more information, check out our helpful post: Earnings-Per-Click: How to Win Big at Affiliate Marketing.

Anytime that you can make data-driven decisions rather than “going with your gut” is an excellent opportunity to optimize your affiliate strategy.

Ok, now that you have your website built and you know which products you want to promote, it’s time to dive into our exact process for making money with affiliate marketing.

How Do I Become An Affiliate? 

You have to apply and become approved by the company before you can get started. Almost every company has an affiliate program nowadays. 

When searching to see if a company has an affiliate program Google the “company’s name + affiliate program” and it will typically be one of the top 2 search results (if they have one). Select site and it will direct to a appication and sign up page.

When applying to become an affiliate they will almost always ask if you have a website and domain. So if you don’t already have them you will need to get a domain and website.

How do I get a unique link? 

Once approved for the affiliate program , you will be given a unique link that you will use every time you reference the company. 

Each company has different rules to become an affiliate, and some may require a certain number of visitors to your site each month.  

Affiliate Marketing works best when you have an audience that trusts you, and you promote products/services you’ve actually used. 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.

How You Can Use Affiliate Marketing? 

Affiliate Marketingcan be done in a variety of ways. A lot of people use their blog and email list to promote different products and services. They also use different social media platforms like You Tube, Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest just to name a few. 

Any cons to Affiliate Marketing? 

It’s like a snowball, takes a bit to grow a decent sized stream, but when it does, it compounds nicely. It is not a get rich quick program, it is a long-term game, in which consistency and content are king. 

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