Have you been wondering what Affiliate Marketing is? I finally learned what it’s all about and then created my first website. I knew people were making money online and that they were doing this by working on their laptops, but wasn’t sure exactly how? Are you feeling the same way? So, what is affiliate marketing about, and how does it work? If you are ready to learn how to make money legitimately online, I will explain the entire 4 step process.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is “a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals”. “Affiliate Marketing is a form of referral marketing that makes everyone a winner”- Oxford College of Marketing.
Once you have a blog, website, or youtube channel already set u, you are definitely ready to start affiliate marketing and if you don’t have these yet, it’s okay!
I’ll explain exactly how the affiliate marketing process works.
How Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?
Affiliate Marketing is basically a 4 step process:
Step 1 – A customer visits your website via Google, Bing, Yahoo, or social media platform (such as Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) just by typing a particular “keyword in the search bar” looking for an answer to a question/problem they have. If you’ve written an article they are interested in reading more about and they click on it, they become your website visitor. Yay!!!
Step 2 – Your customer/website visitor then reads the article you’ve written about on your niche-specific website. For example, my niche-specific website for Energetic Mompreneur is about making money online for beginners, so I promote how to get started making money online. I wouldn’t write about how to lose belly fat or anything else that is “off-topic”.
Another Niche-specific example: If you have a website teaching women over 40 how to do yoga, you won’t write an article about how to do art by painting on a canvas or teaching your dog to stop barking, etc. You would promote Yoga related topics to women over 40 and Yoga products that you use and recommend.
More examples of niche topics are:
Golfing, tennis, yoga for kids, homemade cannabis baked goods, CBD oil for headaches, stay at home mom, home security, herbal remedies for digestion, cat blogs, dog blogs, how to lose belly fat for women over 40, art for retirees, how to properly care for your bunny, how to bake cakes for special occasions, how to make sushi, how to improve relationships, how to avoid a narcissist, how to make money online, etc. anything you choose to be your passion and what you like to either learn more about yourself or teach most about. Make sure you choose a “niche specific” topic.
Step 3 – By now, you’ve most likely signed up to Affiliate Programs that are all related to your niche. If your customer is interested in the product/service you are offering and then clicks on the specific unique link (this unique affiliate ID number is attached to it so the Company knows the sale would be going to you and nobody else) to that product, you will take them directly to the Company such as Amazon, Etsy, Walmart, eBay, Nike, Tripadvisor, Wealthy Affiliate, etc. where they can make that purchase.
There are literally thousands of Affiliate Programs you can sign up to for free, you just need to get started online with your own blog then you can apply to them after you have some quality pages written first to prove you are a true affiliate marketer.
Step 4 – Now that your customer is on let’s say Amazon and makes the purchase to the product you recommended, you will receive a percentage of that sale at NO EXTRA COST to them or you. Brands thank you by paying you an affiliate commission for sending people their way to make the purchase.
You are now an “Affiliate Marketer” – The middleman between the Company who owns the products and the paying customer.
It’s a win-win-win all around situation!
So basically in more simplistic terms, An AffiliateMarketer is the “middleman” between the Brand (also referred to as Companies/Merchants) and the Customer (anyone who purchases the products/service online).
Just like a Real Estate agent is for selling houses. Real Estate Agents receive commissions (percentage for the sales) they make for bringing in paying customers.
Who Is Affiliate Marketing For?
Affiliate Marketing is for:
- Anyone who is already working online via social media.
- Anyone who already has an active blog or website.
- Anyone who is ready to earn passive income from home.
- Anyone who wants to earn a side income from home.
- Anyone who wants to learn how to earn a full-time income from home.
- Anyone bored and looking for something to do (to make extra cash).
- Anyone looking to make more money to secure their future.
- Anyone who already has a part-time or full-time job but wants to learn a way to earn extra money at home. (This is me!)
- Stay at home Moms.
Here a Three Top Affiliate Marketers who are extremely successful. They’re everyday people just like you and me who had a vision. They now earn a lot of money through affiliate marketing.
1. Pat Flynn – Pat Flynn became an affiliate marketer in 2008 after he got laid off from his job. He also had his own podcast where he talks all about business marketing.
2. Neil Patel – Neil Patel helps companies generate more revenue through affiliate marketing. He is also New York Times best-selling author, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. He has also been recognized as a top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by President Obama and the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
3. Missy Ward – Missy Ward is an affiliate marketer (since 1999), a stay at home mom, and philanthropist. She co-founded Affiliate Summit Corporation in 2003 with Shawn Collins. Affiliate Summit is the premier affiliate marketing conference where attendees can network and learn from the top companies and key decision-makers from the affiliate marketing industry.
Could you be just as successful as these Affiliate Marketers?
Of course, you can! I believe anyone can be just as successful as they choose to be. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay at home mom like Missy was, a young lad just starting out like Neil, someone who got laid off from your job like Pat, or a full time working mom like I am.
The point is that Affiliate Marketing is for absolutely anyone who is interested in making money online and who wants a better financial future. It truly is the REAL DEAL and not a scam at all.
You must know that making money legitimately online takes time and you won’t be rich overnight. If you are willing to hustle and work very hard you could start earning money within the first couple of months. However, most of us are quite busy and may not be able to hustle. That’s perfectly okay! You can still learn to become an affiliate marketer knowing that in time, as you build credibility, you will make money too.
Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
If you are ready to know how to get started for completely free, this is how I did it...
How Can You Start Affiliate Marketing Business From Scratch?
I joined an online Affiliate Marketing program called Wealthy Affiliate in October 2019.
Because I need to know more about how to get started online from scratch without paying a lot of money. I had no idea how to get started and I also need guidance, support, and a legit program that I believed in. It gets even better because Wealthy Affiliate is truly an all-in-one online program to help every beginner affiliate marketer start from zero (scratch).
And after doing tons of research, and losing some money along the way, I found Wealthy Affiliate to be the BEST VALUE! So, I finally signed up!
If you like to know more about this fantastic program, you can check it out for yourself right here! They even offer a FREE starter membership course so you can take their first 10 lessons completely FREE to see what Affiliate Marketing is really all about without having to put in your credit card number.
That’s how much they believe in their system! There is no other online program that offers this so definitely check them out if you are really interested in Affiliate Marketing.
If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll be more than happy to help.