Welcome to DontWantABoss.com – my name is Martina and this post is all about how to make money online affiliate marketing!
This post is really meant for the beginner to affiliate marketing so if you’re more advanced, I’d take a look around the menu above as there’s some more advanced content there.
Once you establish yourself online, there’s a lot a different ways to make money but affiliate marketing is one of the best (in my opinion).
Don’t Overcomplicate Things – 4 Steps to Affiliate Marketing
Step 1: Customer has a problem and they are searching for a solution
Step 2: They find your website as they’re searching because your website solves their problem
Step 3: There is a link on your website to a product, software or service that solves their problem
Step 4: They purchase the product, software or service and you make money!
That is the core of the affiliate marketing business. It is SIMPLE to understand but it takes work to build up that online presence so that people can find you. It’s all about persistence.
A lot of people out there will tell you that there’re quick ways to make affiliate sales and even if this might work, its NOT going to be a good long term strategy and the earnings are always limited.
The only way to find long term success with affiliate marketing with earnings that you can consistently grow and build upon and eventually for it to become more of a passive source of income is to build a trust-worthy website.
Your website will serve as the foundation of your online business and it should get the highest amount of your love and attention – especially during the first 3-6 months of your new business.
How do I Find Good Affiliate Products?
There is affiliate products for every single hobby or interest out there. Any problem that you can think of that people might have you’ll be able to find an affiliate product for.
In order to find affiliate products you 1) join databases of affiliate programs (i.e. ShareASale or ClickBank) or 2) google the product you’re looking for followed by affiliate.
Let’s say I’m a dog lover and I want to promote leather dog leashes (btw I do love dogs and I use leather for my German Shepherds because it lasts the best). I would google “leather dog leashes affiliate program” or “dog supplies affiliate program” and inevitably a ton of programs would pop up.
There are massive programs such as Amazon Affiliates which contain all sorts of different products. Then there are independent affiliate programs from businesses like Etsy or Nike, which tailor to specific “niches”.
A niche is a specific topic that you are going to target with your website. That’s how you’ll be able to distinguish your website from other people’s and also how you’re going to make it easy for your audience to find you.
How do I Find the Right Niche?
A good niche online is one that is specific and one that you’re passionate about. If you like dogs, do something dog related! If you love football, do something football related. If you like machines, do something machine related. It’s as simple as that!
Remember that this is going to be something that you’re working on for a while if you want to really build a solid business from it so you want to make sure that you enjoy what you’re doing.
Don’t choose something that you think will be profitable but that you hate because you’re never going to want to create content or work on your website.
Affiliate marketing the right way takes persistence and it takes the willingness to create quality content.
The one caveat is that you should choose a niche that’s specific.
What does that mean exactly? It makes the most sense if you think about the products that you’ll be promoting. You don’t want to end up in a niche where the list is literally endless. For instance, “sports” is probably way too broad. Even something like “football” or “soccer” or “basketball” is broad. “Basketball shoes” on the other hand is probably a good niche!
Remember that you can always expand later to include more stuff but initially, its good to start specific and then work your way out.
You can find more advanced training on finding a profitable niche here.
Can you Show me an Example that This Works?
This is a case study that one of my mentors, Jay Neill, showed me when I was first starting out in affiliate marketing.
I thought it was hilarious because the niche was “football snack helmets” (notice how specific that is btw!! but also smart because the audience includes all football fans, which is massive!) but it also made me feel relieved because looking around that website made me realize that I could 100% do the same thing with something that I was passionate about.
The website is literally footballsnackhelmets.com.
It’s been around for over a decade and is still bringing in money.
If you go to the front page, right away its obvious what the website is about:
The first menu item is a bunch of different helmets for all the different football teams:
You can immediately find one for your favorite team or if you were looking for a friend, you could get one for them. Each helmet has its own review with a link to amazon. Every time anyone purchases a helmet through that link, Jay will get a commission through the Amazon Affiliate program:
The best thing about this website is that its SIMPLE.
Once again, don’t over complicate things and that’s the problem with broad niches – its leads to over complication because you’re trying to cover everything in your niche to look professional. Let’s say instead of football snack helmets, this website was about “football”.
The products are endless: football clothing, football shirts, football gear, footballs, football shoes…
It would be so overwhelming to try to cover all of that, don’t you think?
Remember that you don’t need to get it right the first time. You can always just start another niche if you’re first pick isn’t working. There’s absolutely no harm in that. You’re just starting out – you’re going to make mistakes and that’s totally OK 🙂
Now its your turn to give it a try!
I tried to keep this post as a general overview of the process of making money with affiliate marketing. I didn’t want to get too into specifics.
If you’re stuck on details such as how to actually build a website, how to create a page in wordpress or how to insert a link into a post, what you need is step-by-step video training.
When I was first getting into the world of online business, I didn’t have any idea what WordPress even was!
The way I learned was through a step-by-step 50 video course where I was able to learn from another one of my mentors, Kyle on how to build an affiliate marketing website from start to finish. The 1st 10 videos cover the basics such as how to actually build the website, create pages, create posts, build out menus, etc. and how to get your affiliate links and post them into your website.
The 1st 10 videos are also 100% free (no credit cards needed or anything like that).
I would recommend watching those – each video is only about 10-20 minutes so set aside a few hours and by the end of it, I guarantee you’ll have a sparkly new website that will become the foundation of your new online business. You can come here and post a nasty comment below if it doesn’t haha – or you can ask me for help and of course I’ll help you out!
If you have any questions or concerns that I can help with, please do not be shy! Let me know in the comments below and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours
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