In a previous post, I share why I want to build an online business. In this post, I explore what affiliate marketing is and the best tips that I learned from the mistakes I made in the past.
Why Choose Affiliate Marketing?
I’ve tried different online methods including dropshipping, selling SAAS services, as well as affiliate marketing.
In time I returned to affiliate marketing, selling other people’s (digital) information products mainly because I think it is the simplest place to start because you……
- Do not need to create a product and
- Don’t have the responsibility for customer service
I would advise anyone just starting to do the same.
What exactly is affiliate marketing?
It is a business model where you build a passive income by marketing products for other businesses. You then earn commissions through generating traffic or sales.
Should you decide you’d like to give affiliate marketing a try, here are a few tips that I recommend:
Choose the right company or products to market.
One of the most important factors to consider in affiliate marketing that I later came to understand is:
- Choose a company that you know and trust.
- Choose a product that you have used yourself!!
This was a great lesson for me and I believe if you do this you will be happier in the long term as you’ve set a solid foundation!!
Create a website/blog that you own
Your website/blog is your owned asset, your main hub for building an online business.
This is critical as I’ve heard over the years, horror stories of building your business on social platforms, where you can be locked out and lose your income overnight!
Getting Down to Work
To set up your blog you first need to choose a domain name and this can be tricky, but try to keep it simple, and don’t overthink too much.
Do your best to purchase a .com domain and avoid dashes, numbers, or words that people may have difficulty spelling. I use Namecheap but there are others such as GoDaddy or Blue Host.
You will register for a free Cloudflare account as it helps to make websites faster and more secure. From this service, you will be able to create an SSL for your domain. SSL certificates are what enable websites to use HTTPS, which is more secure than HTTP. Sometimes the hosting service will include an SSL certificate so in that case you will not need Cloudflare.
The next step is to choose a WordPress template, again don’t spend too much time or expense as you can use, it and go back and change it.
Once you have chosen your template the next step is to add plugins. Plugins are a piece of software that “plugs into” your WordPress site. They add new functionality or extend existing functionality on your site, allowing you to create virtually any kind of website.
You will find a Plugin tab on your WordPress site. The plugins are free and the first plugin may already be on your site if not add the Anti-spam plugin to help fight spam comments. The other plugins are Security, SEO, Resources, Links, and Analytics plugins.
The final step is to create an About page to introduce yourself and a Contact page to give people a way to contact you.
You are now ready to document your story and write a post at least once a week.
Without a doubt, moving forward to this next level is where you spend much of your time focused on, creating excellent content and…
- You can also use your blog to review products and/or
- Do video tutorials that let visitors learn how to benefit from and use the product well.
Now, make sure your site is easy to navigate.
Finally, keep in mind that in business it’s 80% mindset and 20% activity.
If you would like to learn more about affiliate marketing, see my coach and mentor give more detail in 2 training videos. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive it.
Are you clear on what affiliate marketing is and how to get started?
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