How to start affiliate marketing: step by step guide for beginners

Published: March 24, 2020

Category: Affiliate marketing guides

You’ve already heard of this: affiliate marketing. However, most of us, even the ones that have heard of this term, still don’t really get it. It is some kind of marketing. But, what’s the difference between digital, PPC, SEO and affiliate marketing? And is there any? Who can do it? How? And how to get started? All these questions might seem a bit confusing. Even overwhelming. On the other side, affiliate marketing is nothing but one of the many branches of digital marketing. And yes – you can do it. That is precisely why we are here today. To teach you how to start affiliate marketing. And how to master it. So – let’s dive in!

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing might sound complicated. However, this type of marketing is quite straightforward, just like it’s definition:

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.

It is that simple. You find a product of your liking, promote it through your channels and earn commission after the sale takes place. Still not quite sure how it all works? Here are five steps that will help you understand the process of earning your commission through affiliate marketing:

  1. You analyze your platform (blog, Instagram account, Youtube channel, etc.) and your users: what type of product would interest them?
  2. After you decide what you’d like to promote, you start looking for such a product online by typing these words into your browser: ”name of the product” + affiliates;
  3. After finding your product and people looking to promote it, you’ll need to sign up for an affiliate network or a program in order to start working with them.
  4. As soon as you sign up for an affiliate network, you’ll need to find a publisher that wants to sell the product that you’ve chosen and obtain the link that you’ll use to promote it on your platform.
  5. And as soon as your users start clicking on that link – you will start earning your commission.

How to start affiliate marketing?

There are many different things you can do, and ways in which you can promote a certain product. However, the best way to ”do” affiliate marketing is by promoting the brands and products your users actually need and will possibly love. Just like Instagram influencers or Youtubers, you should check out the product that you are about to promote before actually doing so. Why? Building the trust your blog, vlog or IG page users have in you and your platform wasn’t easy. And losing that bond with them – it is just not worth it.

Pick a brand you believe in.

You need to pick a brand you can stand for. And a product your platform’s visitors can really use in their everyday lives. So, yes. The answer to ”How to start affiliate marketing?” is quite simple. – By doing your research and by continuing to provide your platform’s visitors with quality content. The content (including the products you are promoting) that you can proudly stand for.

How to start affiliate marketing on different platforms?

Even though you don’t need previous experience or a college degree in order to become an affiliate marketer – the more time you invest in educating yourself, the better. Making your first commission will be hard, however, once you get a grip on what needs to be done, things will get better and much, much easier. The first thing you need to understand is actually your platform’s users’ data.

You can make money on any platform.

It doesn’t really matter if you are planning on doing marketing on a blog. via emails, on your Youtube channel or your Instagram page. What matters is – promoting the right product to the right people and learning how to drive even more traffic to your platform.  Once you master these two things, well, you will thank yourself for deciding to start affiliate marketing. 

Analyze your platform

Twice. And if you feel like you don’t understand the results you are getting – do it once more. Understanding your audience, their age, location, interests, and needs is the most important thing you’ll need in order to earn the commission you are looking for. So, do some data research. Analyze your platform. Think about your results. Try to really understand your followers and their needs

Find a product that will be easy to sell

Promoting a product your audience is already thinking about buying is the smartest thing you can do. For example, if you are having a fashion and lifestyle blog (or Facebook page, it doesn’t really matter) it will not make a lot of sense to promote hosting or similar services. Your audience won’t even look at your offer. On the other hand, if you opt for the promotion of certain makeup products, gym coupons, mobile phones, or anything similar, the chances are – you will make a quite simple sale. 

Once you learn a skill or two, making money online won’t be so hard.

Get more visitors

As soon as you start affiliate marketing you will come to realize one simple fact – the more people you can reach, the more commission you’ll earn. That is why learning how to attract more users to your platform is of utmost importance.  Take your time, read different articles and educate yourself.

It can be overwhelming to do all the necessary work involved in setting up your platform and reaching your audience with the right type of product. But, as soon as you make your first sale, all the hard work will pay off.

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