We’ve all seen ads like:
“Easily earn tons of money on the internet”
“Earn a full-time income by working from home 4 hours a week”
“Be your own boss and decide where and when you work”.
I don’t know what you think when you read such claims, but I used to think words like “scam” or “too good to be true” would pop into my head when reading such advertisements.
However, despite all the mistrust that exists towards affiliate marketing , I have since discovered that you can really make money with it, that it doesn’t cost you a fortune to build an affiliate website yourself and that you absolutely do not have to scam people to to make money with it.
In this article I will give an overview of the affiliate marketing process so that you get a clear picture of how it all works.
I will also give an example that you can use as a frame of reference.
If affiliate marketing is something new to you, it’s important not to get overwhelmed.
So I will close this article with an overview of what you can do right away to get started.
Let’s jump right in so you can discover that affiliate marketing is a great way to make money on the internet .
THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF AFFILIATE MARKETING
1. CHOOSE A TOPIC
The first step is to choose a topic that you find interesting and that also has a lot of market potential.
Think of a topic that interests you and ask yourself if there are many products in this niche and if many people are willing to pay for these products.
It’s not that hard to find a good niche by doing a little market research.
It is important to know for sure whether there is money to be made in your niche .
2. FIND PRODUCTS TO PROMOTE
Once you’ve chosen a niche, the second step is to find products that you can promote to make money.
There are websites (the so-called affiliate networks) where you can find countless products to promote. I am a big fan of the PayPro affiliate network .
You can search these affiliate networks by theme so that you can easily find the products that match your niche.
If you have chosen some of these products, you can get an affiliate link through the website of the affiliate network.
3. BUILD A WEBSITE
The next step is to build a website .
I used to think this would be very confusing and difficult, but it really isn’t. WordPress makes it super easy for anyone to build a great website.
4. FILL YOUR WEBSITE WITH RELEVANT CONTENT
Fill your website with content that is useful to the people interested in your niche and place your affiliate links in a few well-chosen locations on your website.
When someone interested in the content of your website clicks on your affiliate link, they are redirected to the sales page of a product that they may also find interesting.
If he then buys the product, you get a commission because you referred the customer. That way you can earn money on the internet .
5. PROMOTE YOUR WEBSITE
When you have completed the previous steps, all you need to do is promote your website so that more people come to your website and you have a better chance of making money because they buy the products that you recommend to them.
There are many different internet marketing strategies to get visitors to your website , but you should not worry about this right from the start.
The important thing is to start and do steps 1 to 4 before you worry too much about getting enough traffic to your website.
Let me give an example that illustrates this affiliate marketing process.
EXAMPLE: WEIGHT LOSS
Suppose you know a lot about weight loss and dieting and you would like to earn money on the internet with this.
Market research will teach you that there is a large market that is very interested in the topic of weight loss.
So there are many people who are looking for ways to lose weight online.
You can then go to an affiliate marketing network such as PayPro to find products that match this market. Pick some products that you like and see yourself promoting.
The next step is to build a website.
To build a website, you have to choose a hosting provider (this is a place on the internet where you put your website), register a domain name (this is the address of your website) and install a content management system such as WordPress (this is the system on which your website runs).
This sounds more complicated than it actually is. In this article I explain step by step how you can build your first website.
If you are short on cash, you can look for a free theme that determines the look of your website.
If you have a little more money to spend, you can have a professional theme designed for your website.
Next, you need to fill your website with relevant content.
So write some interesting weight loss articles with useful tips to lose weight quickly and without much effort.
As a final step, you must then promote your website via, for example, search engine optimization , social media or advertisements.
You can apply various internet marketing techniques to promote your website and attract more visitors.
For example, if you like to write, you can apply search engine optimization (SEO) to your articles so that they are easier to find in Google.
SEO is a technique of indicating that the content on your website is relevant to certain search terms and thus appears at the top of Google.
AVOID GETTING OVERWHELMED
It’s not uncommon to feel a little overwhelmed when learning about the affiliate marketing process for the first time.
Affiliate marketing does involve a number of different steps, but you shouldn’t try to do everything at once.
It is best to build your affiliate marketing business step by step.
If you do it that way, you’ll find it’s not that hard to keep making progress.
Besides, the effort it takes to build an affiliate marketing business should convince you that it is definitely not a scam. If affiliate marketing were a scam, it would disguise itself as a super fast and super easy solution to make money on the internet.
Affiliate marketing is a real way to build an online business and with a little hard work you can make a lot of money on the internet .
So you should not overwhelm and paralyze yourself by wanting to know everything about affiliate marketing at once.
There is too much information about affiliate marketing to summarize at once.
The important thing is that you actually get started and start taking the first steps.
THE FIRST STEPS
1) Surf to the affiliate marketing network PayPro and see which niches and products appeal to you.
Take your time to take a look at all the different niches and study some of the products in more detail.
That way you will discover which niches appeal to you the most and which products you most want to promote.
2) Once you’ve found a niche and selected some products to promote, the next step is to set up a simple website. This is easier than you think.
You have to make 3 choices when building your own website: the hosting provider where you place your website, the domain name that indicates the address of your website and the content management platform on which your website runs.
These may be some complicated words. Actually it is very simple. Be sure to read this article about building your own website.
3) Once you have your own website online, you are ready to make money on the internet with affiliate marketing.
There are then all kinds of further steps you can take to further expand your affiliate marketing business, but you shouldn’t worry too much about that just yet.
First, look around an affiliate marketing network for an interesting niche and products to promote.
And then start building your own simple website.
Those are the first, essential building blocks on the way to a successful affiliate marketing business.