Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: How to Get Started in 3 Easy Steps

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

Are you making sense of affiliate marketing? In this tutorial, I will go through step by step on how to get started with affiliate marketing.

Making sense of affiliate marketing is easy and hopefully, this tutorial will get you started.

There are many ways to make money online, but my favourite is affiliate marketing because in most cases, there are no overhead cost or sometimes very little overhead cost. Whenever I get emails from my readers about starting an online business, I always point to them affiliate marketing.

Making sense of affiliate marketing begins with understanding what affiliate marketing is. It is when you market a product for someone else and you get paid a commission for it.

Still, struggling with making sense of affiliate marketing? Check out my short article here.

When promoting the product, you will be given an affiliate link that is specific to you. If someone purchases a product through your link, you get paid. Pretty straight forward.

To help you make sense of affiliate marketing, I’m going to show you the steps involved in affiliate marketing; a simplified one of course.

Step 1: Apply for Affiliate Network

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The first thing you want to do is to apply for an affiliate network. An affiliate network is where you get your affiliate links to sell as an affiliate.

Here are some affiliate networks that you can begin with:

Step 2: Selecting a Niche

Now you are going to want to select a niche that you enjoy. They say that the riches are in the niches. While your niche doesn’t have to be set in stone, I highly recommend you not to jump from niche to niche.

Here are some niches that you can consider:

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  • Weight loss & Fitness: One of the most popular evergreen niches on Pinterest
  • Make money online: Just like this article
  • Hobbies (such as gardening, woodworking etc)

Step 3: Getting Traffic / Visitors

If you are still struggling with making sense of affiliate marketing and don’t know what traffic is, I have written an article that you can check out here.

Now, there are lots of different options out there. But I will recommend some of the best ways for beginners to get started for free.

If you are doing blogging or youtube, doing reviews is a great way to get started. You can simply do a video about the product that you are promoting or write an article about it. You can then drop your affiliate link in the description (if its a youtube video) or insert your links into the article.

It is important to select a single platform and stick with it. Do not jump from blogging to youtube then to Facebook etc. You want to be focusing your efforts on a single platform when you are starting.

Whether it is blogging, youtube or Pinterest, these platforms take time and effort to gain some traction. So when you hop from one platform to another, you are essentially spreading yourself too thin.

I have written a couple of guides on how to use each of these methods in detail. I will not go through the details of each method in this making sense of affiliate marketing guide since I have already covered them in great depth.

You can find them here:

Conclusion

In this making sense of affiliate marketing guide, I went through what affiliate marketing is and how you can get started in three simple steps.

If you are keen to learn more about internet marketing, make sure to check out my other tutorials here.

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