How Do I Become an Affiliate Marketer?
Perhaps the first question to ask is why should you become an affiliate marketer.
And the second is do you have what it takes to break into affiliate marketing.
Let's examine these two questions.
The reason why you should become an affiliate marketer is that it's both satisfying and profitable.
Satisfying because you'll be sharing your knowledge of your niche with other people all around the world and will enjoy admiration for your expertise. And don't worry. You WILL have expertise and knowledge of some topic that others don't and will be grateful to you for providing it.
That's the first step towards gaining trust.
And people who trust you will buy products that you recommend.
Which brings us to profitable.
How Do I Make Money from Affiliate Marketing?
The basic principle is that you display an image or call-to-action text that includes your affiliate link.
If a visitor clicks on that image or text and then buys the vendor's product, you get paid the affiliate commission.
There may be a delay to allow for the possibility of the purchaser requesting a refund.
But there's no human intervention.
You're not relying on the vendor to "do the right thing".
It's all handled automatically by tried and proven software.
So there's just three questions:
- How do you place the affiliate link?
- Where do you place the affiliate link?
- How do you get visitors and how do you get them to click on your affiliate link?
How Do You Place the Affiliate Link?
This is a question I see being asked all the time by affiliates struggling with WordPress's built-in block editor.
And my answer is always the same.
Don't use WordPress's block editor. It will make your job so much harder.
I have around 30 online business websites and I use the Thrive Suite for all of them and totally, 100% recommend it for your website.
Its built-in editor is Thrive Architect and it makes it trivial to add an affiliate link to a button, image or text and to place it anywhere you like. My book series Internet Marketing FAST includes 3 books on using Thrive and you can get them for free HERE.
Where Do You Place the Affiliate Link?
You can place your affiliate link anywhere, including blog posts promoting some aspect of your niche, but my preference is to place it on a landing page promoting the product itself. Then you can publish blog posts that address opportunities and pain points that the product solves, all linked to the landing page. There are many advantages to using this approach. And the Thrive Suite contains a huge selection of beautiful, pre-built landing page templates.
How Do You Get Visitors and How Do You Get them to Click on Your Affiliate Link?
You get free visitors by publishing keyword rich blog posts that get ranked high in the search engines, specifically Google and Bing.
You get paid visitors by advertising your landing page on platforms such as Facebook and Google Ads.
And you get them to click on your affiliate link by having a convincing CTA (Call to Action).
You can learn how to do all of these things by joining Wealthy Affiliate, the most comprehensive training on affiliate marketing available anywhere.