Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to start an Internet business. I will use it for some of the software products I use, my platform to buy WordPress themes and, of course, for Internet Business Mastery Academy *. However, it may not be obvious how to start affiliate marketing. I want to show you how I started and how I chose my affiliated products.
1. Choose an affiliate product
How to earn money as an affiliate?
Choosing an affiliate product is not as simple as it might seem. If you decide to recommend products to your audience, you should align that strategy with your overall goal of building a relationship based on trust with your audience. Therefore, you want your products to be valuable and usable for your audience. They must be of high quality and their websites must be reliable. Make sure that the products really help your customers and that they present themselves very well, so your customers are not afraid to buy them.
Ideally, you are using your affiliated products, have used them or at least know someone who does. This is key, because you will need to have detailed information about the products. When you start with affiliate marketing, you will have to present those products to your audience, so you’ll want to know what you are presenting and why your audience needs this product.
2. How to become an affiliate
If you have decided on the right products to start affiliate marketing, you will have to sign up for them. Most providers have an affiliate program available on their website, where you can register with your name and email address. Some suppliers want to know the site, they will promote their products in, but that’s just a few. After registering (for example, as a Clickbank affiliate), you will be approved. This approval may take some time, usually between 24 and 48 hours. You will receive a notification when it is successfully approved and when you can start affiliate marketing. Sometimes, their providers are using a service like Nanacast. Be careful with these services! Most of them offer different subscription plans. Most of the time you can stay within your free subscription plan as an affiliate, but you can also subscribe to a paid plan, where you are offered more information, different channels or something else. As I want to earn money as an affiliate and not pay money for being an affiliate, I never subscribed to paid plans, so I cannot give you any comments about it.
3. Really start with affiliate marketing
The third step to really start with affiliate marketing is to present the product on your website. In most cases, all providers offer logos and banners to their affiliates, some even give you newsletter templates or copy and paste blog posts. Use this material, it’s great! In this way, you can present the affiliate product on your website.
Ways to present affiliated products
You must have a strategy when you start affiliate marketing. How will you convince your audience to really buy the product? You should get the attention of your visitors and make the decision to buy as easy as possible. Therefore, you will have to create excellent content for your affiliated products. Let me show you what methods I will use to promote my affiliated products:
- Make a product review
- Compare similar products
- Show how a product changed your daily life
- Create a “how to use” tutorial for an affiliate product
These are just four ways to create content for your products, I’m sure you’ll find more creative ways!
You should make sure to present your affiliated products in prominent spaces of your websites. Use your sidebar to display small ads and banners on your most popular pages.
I would be glad to share your ideas in the comments, so that this post is as useful as possible.