Start An Affiliate Marketing Business
When I first started with affiliate marketing, I signed up for an account at ClickBank and innocently decided I will promote the top product in the affiliate marketing category and that was the CB Passive Income, a complete build-for-you program that promises you ongoing passive income.
I learned to drive traffic there and it went pretty well, until I realize… no one was buying.
I spent days on end working on email marketing and finally, I though better and decided I need to try the CB Passive Income myself. Long story short, I realize the program has very low conversion rate and I didn’t make a dime from it.
That was when disappointment sets it… I made an overall check on the products on ClickBank… and to my utter disappointment, they all look phony with very bad third party reviews.
Am I gonna promote these shitty programs for bucks? I asked myself. What if this whole affiliate marketing business thing is an utter scam?
The answer is yes and no. Not all affiliate products are bad, I mean aside from ClickBank – which I don’t recommend – you can promote anything from Amazon.com and many other big websites, and that includes big brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma etc.
Also the high end games, that’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
How do I start this affiliate marketing thing?
Yes, now that you know this business is about promoting another’s product for commissions… Let me guide you through the steps towards putting your affiliate products out there and grabbing an audience.
Okay, enough talking, let’s get to the action part!
1. Choose niche, choose your products.
What is a niche? It’s a group of people having a common interest. Choosing a specific niche and working on it will help zoning down on one specific subject hence enhances quality. Also, who doesn’t like specified contents.
Next, choosing your product is important. Remember people are not idiots, most will realize when you are lying to them. Promoting a product like a rip off advertisement is the worst.
Remember to build your business upon trust.
So the products you promote better be something you use or tried yourself! It could be anything, really! The clothing line you are into, the games you played, the pillows you use…
Be truthful and genuine about what you have to say!
You not only need people to buy from you, you also need to create relationships and long term customers in order to make your income passive.
It is proven that it is 4 times harder to sell a product to a new customer than it is to an recurring one, keep that in mind!
To better understand a customer’s mindset and relate to them (I mean, they are not so different from me and you, right?) read this insightful training The Customer Purchase Life Circle by Kyle from Wealthy Affiliate.
2. Choose a method of promotion.
Yes, you got that right, I didn’t say “method” in plural, when you first started out, focus is very important and will enable you to make the most out of your efforts.
There are many methods to go about it. Personally, I have tried buying traffics and using SEO combined with blogging. I recommend SEO much more because it is stable (not because it’s free, really!) and prospective, as you develop your blog, your rankings will go up so there comes the traffic! While paying for traffics doesn’t assure you any kind of control and most people who buys traffic still have to work on their rankings on search engines. SEO is key!
SEO means Search Engine Optimization; the process of maximizing the ranking of your pages on major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Okay, that sounds pretty complicated doesn’t it? I mean there are always thousands and millions of results for the keyword “making money online” for example, how can my little blog be top ranked there?
The answer is very simple! You will not compete with the big guys, instead, leverage on the less popular keywords. Which is what I am doing with this blog here.
With that, you will need a keyword researcher.
I use the keyword researcher from Wealthy Affiliate, which is free for 30 searches (I bought it so it is unlimited for me).
Other than that I believe you can give the Google Keyword Planner a try.
It is quite simple, you search for relevant keywords that has around 50 searches (that is the Searches column in the picture) per month and under 400 – 300 search results (Click View results to try the search). So low competition and targeted, easy right?
I hope this article brings light to affiliate marketing for you and will get you humped to get started, if you haven’t already!
If you need more throughout guidance on how to begin…
I highly recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a community and educational program about affiliate marketing that I learned a lot from. You can use the free membership, it has the most insightful beginner lessons I’ve found.
Kyle will walk you through building a website with relevant daily tasks. Here is my Wealthy Affiliate Review, check out to see what they have to offer.
Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if you if you have any suggestions or comments. I will reply as soon as possible.