I remember a few years ago when I first started trying to make money online, I used to say that “I am an affiliate marketer”. People used to look at me very weirdly and I had to explain exactly what that really means.
Lately, though, people are starting to get it!
Somehow, the term “affiliate marketer” is catching on and it’s not seen as such a ‘mystical” term anymore. Could it be that affiliate marketing is getting more and more popular these days?
Well, according to these trends provided by Google, they are:
As you can see in these screenshots below, people are searching more and more on how to become an affiliate marketer.
So that is my goal with this post today. I want to show you how you too can become an affiliate marketer in 2016, if you wish so of course (but I’m guessing you do). Just look at all the benefits that come with affiliate marketing:
You can earn money online:
Yes, affiliate marketing is done online and I know how this may sound a bit weird to people, but it is happening and you can make money online as well.
With your business being online, you make money 24/7:
With you business being open literally 24/7, you can be making money any time of the day. I make money while I sleep!
Is affiliate marketing easy? Maybe not that easy but if done right (and I will show you how to do it right soon), you can “easily” master it, understand it and make money from it.
It’s cheap to start:
Yes, this is definitely true.
Unlike other business where you will need to invest thousands upfront, affiliate marketing can be done with a few dollars or even for free if you are really on a tight budget.
Stick around, I will be showing you how to get started very, very soon.
You can work from anywhere:
Although you absolutely can’t work from the beach like most systems teaching affiliate marketing will tell you, you can work from anywhere in the world with your affiliate marketing and make money. (As long as it’s in a cushy office with reliable internet that is).
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer in 2016
Before I tell you this, I want to go over a reason why I think it’s absolutely necessary for you to start getting interested in affiliate marketing and online business.
The internet is a HUGE business, probably one of the biggest “industries” in the world.
Image how much money is being spent, made and transferred right now as you are reading this on the world wide web.
Knowing how to capitalize off this “boom” if I may call it that is essential, you never know when such skills will come in handy (especially when the world is warming up to affiliate marketing and online business like we saw above).
My 5 Steps To Becoming A Successful Affiliate Marketer
Following are 5 steps I ‘ve designed for you to start doing affiliate marketing and hopefully earning some money from it.
I say “hopefully” because you need to find the right system that works for you, there are many ways you can learn (and do) affiliate marketing. I am just sharing what I know works for sure and what I use to make my online income.
At the end of this post, I will also be offering you a free course that you can take to continue learning this “business”. If you like what you read and you can see yourself becoming a full on, internet entrepreneur, it would be wise to follow through and signing up for this course.
Step #1: Build Your Foundation
The best way to do affiliate marketing is to have a website. This is the first step you need to do because having a website will allow you to get visitors (through many forms) and sell your product on there.
Please forget selling as an affiliate marketer on a social media website, that stuff rarely works and social media channels are banning affiliate links altogether nowadays, so it’ss best to start your website asap.
You also need to have a “niche” or “blog topic” in mind, you can see how to pick a blog niche here, but in short here are some few tips:
- Pick something that you like to do,
- Pick something that you know about and /or
- Pick something that you are learning about.
My day consists mostly of blogging, reading about blogging and trying out ways to improve my blog’s readership and income, thus, I created www.aBlogOnBlogging.com, the first website that ever got me over the $1,000 per month target.
I also use a lot of tools for my blogging but I’ve come to know that most of these tools are not as good as they make them out to be, which is why I decided to start a new website (this one) called 3HUNDRD.com. Here is where I review online tools for online entrepreneurs.
So, my main advice is this, pick something that is part of your life. If you like:
- Gardening; then do a gardening website
- Fishing; a fishing website
- You’re a parent: a parenting website perhaps?
- Do you like to work out? How about a fitness blog?
Whatever it is, there is a market out there for it and if you want to become a successful affiliate marketer in 2016, then you need to “brand” yourself and set up yourself to become an authoritative figure on the subject.
This, in time, will lead to making affiliate sales.
Step #2: Pick Something To Sell
Ideally, you would also want to pick a website topic that has products tied into them that you can sell.
Amazon has their own affiliate program (you can see my guide on that here) so head over there and see if the web topic you’ve picked in step 1 has any products related to it.
I advise you to keep an open mind and think outside the box here. Amazon has millions of product on sale so you can easily find something that will go well with your blog topic.
Here are some examples of what I mean by using the Amazon Associates Program to find products:
- Products to sell in the gardening niche:
- Products to sell in the fitness niche:
Food preparation tools
Novelty fitness items
I can go on and on and probably find a product for every niche imaginable, but I am sure you get the idea right?
How to pick the right products?
This is where it can get tricky!
Ideally, you would want to sell a product that meets some of these criteria:
You use the product yourself:
All the products I promote (apart from my niche-jewellery store) I use myself and for this website; it’s Wealthy Affiliate. It’s my #1 rated training course, I’ve been a member for 5 years and I plan on staying a member forever.
By having a product that you use and know yourself, you can talk about it from a more detailed perspective and provide information that is unique to you.
This will, in turn, make your product reviews much more believable thus converting more readers into buyers.
Remember, trust is everything. People do not like buying random products from random people online. It’s super important to build trust with your readers before you sell them.
It’s a good selling item:
Obviously, it would be a good idea if the product is a “hot seller”.
If you are promoting a software then you need to make sure that this “product” is not a fly-by hit and it disappears.
Also, even though you want to build an affiliate business for various products, focusing on 1 product that doesn’t sell is not ideal and it won’t lead to much “business” happening.
If you’re promoting a physical product from Amazon, go in and take a look at the reviews which is usually a good indicator of how well the product sells and also how good it is.
If you see something that has 2 reviews and both are mediocre to bad reviews, then probably you should not be promoting that product.
It makes some decent money:
Is it all about the money? Obviously not but it’s much better to make some decent money with your sales.
Taking a look at Amazon’s commission structure, which is around 6% (depending on the sales volume), it’s not ideal to sell a “cheap”” product.
Ideally, you would want a product that has at least a $100 fee, thus guaranteeing you’ll be making $6 off every sale.
If you sell a product that costs $10, you will make $0.60 which you will have to sell A LOT of units to make a significant income.
Step #3: Write Your Product Review(s)
Once you have your website up and ready + a chosen product, it’s time for you to create a solid product review for the product you want to promote.
On this website, I am focusing mostly on product reviews so I know how efficient they can be with getting good rankings fast and high-quality traffic.
If you go into detail about a product, you can see yourself getting ranked under some great keywords fairly fast. Which then leads to traffic and in time, sales!
But obviously, you can’t just write one product review and let it happen magically. Here’s what you need to do next:
Step #4: Build Out Your Website With Regular, Quality Content
Obviously, if you started a blog, it’s your job to blog regularly.
I publish about 5 to 6 posts a week on both my main blogs. This means that I am constantly publishing new content that is always getting me traffic through social media and search engines, thus creating more opportunities for me to receive readers and turning those readers into customers.
Keep writing reviews and also other posts that are related to your niche. Although I am focused on reviewing tools here, I also share my advice to online entrepreneurs.
Step #5: Remember Success Takes Time
If you think you will start a blog today and earn money by tomorrow then you are in the wrong business.
Becoming an affiliate marketer is not an easy thing to do, you have to have patience and perseverance to ride it through, but I promise you it’s worth it.
Read my latest blog post “Proof Success Takes Time” to understand my journey better and how much I really had to push through the obstacles to be where I am today (and I still have a lot to go).
Learn How To Become An Affiliate Marketer From The Best
Obviously what I have just shared with you is some tips on how to get started but it’s far from all you need to know about affiliate marketing.
If I had to share all my tips with you here, I would have written a book.
Oh wait, I did. Feel free to download my free ebook “How To Win At Affiliate Marketing”.
That book will show you the exact step by step system I used to go from making $0, to making my first sale, till today, where I am a full time affiliate marketer.
This book is the first thing I recommend my readers to read. This will put you in the right mindset to then take my free course over at Wealthy Affiliate (see my review).
By doing so, you will not only be learning from me, but also from other top ranking members that are making an insane amount of money using affiliate marketing.
It’s 2016 boys and girls and it’s already fading fast. Don’t you think it’s about time you take control of your life and start achieving your goals?
I get it though, affiliate marketing is not for everyone. But if you want to know how to become an affiliate marketer in 2016, it’s time to stop wasting time and get to it as soon as possible.
Who knows, maybe by this time next year, I will be blogging about YOU making $10K a month! It’s possible because I have seen it happen over and over again.
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