Affiliate Marketing for Beginners : A Practical Guide For Dummies

Before starting as an affiliate marketer, below are a few facts that you should consider.

Affiliate marketing for beginners can be a minefield. The concept of advertising the products or services of another company is simple, but it is not the quick buck that it is often seen as.

Always start with some basic market research to understand the niche you want to promote.

(Niche. A relatively small, easily identifiable, and easily targeted group of people interested in a specific topic or in need of a specific product or solution.)

With that being said, below are a few questions that I believe the newbie affiliate marketer needs to ask before starting out, and will help address the subject of affiliate marketing for beginners.

1 – What Do I Want To Promote?

It sounds like a simple question, but you need to know what you are going to be selling.

Your website(don’t worry you are going to learn how to build your very own website if you don’t already have one) will have been found by someone doing a keyword search in a search engine, and this landing page needs to contain relevant, quality information that will answer the question of the person reading the page.

If you plan on selling products, you will need to put a lot of time into promoting and reviewing products, and finding your area of interest is really important.

After all, do you really want to be writing about something that bores you?

Trust me, it won’t work.

So knowing what you want to promote is pretty important from the start.

2 – How To Start Promoting Affiliate Products

The most common way to begin affiliate marketing is to create your own website or blog, join a few Affiliate programs and then embed those affiliate links in your landing or content page.

This is the most common route most people take when starting.

In the past people used free web pages and then plastered them with affiliate links, but now it’s more about creating great content around the products you want to promote.

In the long-term this gives you a solid base and provides the launching pad and back end for increasingly more important social media channels like: You Tube, Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In etc.

A website/blog will help you connect with your visitor in a personal way rather than throwing up some quick links on a free web page that you don’t own and have no control over.

3 – Affiliate Marketing For Beginners Must Also Address Website Basics

First things first, own your website; free website providers are attractive to beginners, but if you don’t own the website you will have no control over its future – if the webpage provider stops, so do you.

It’s no good going out buying domain names and sticking up one page hoping that someone is going to land on it and buy something.

This is tantamount to opening a shop front in an area where nobody lives!

I always recommend building your website using a company that will teach you and educate you on all the basics in an easy to follow step by step guide.

Now that you own your website, you need to think about how you want to present your site.

Customers want to find what they are looking for without being overloaded.

Your website needs to be clear and look professional, and navigation to pages within the site should be a easy to find – stand back and see if your website would impress you!

4 – Should I Give Up My Day Job?

This question does come up a lot, but the quick answer is “absolutely not”.

Affiliate marketing as a beginner can take a while to establish, and this is best done as a second income stream; if you do this right and you get to the stage where your second income exceeds your working wage, you may then want to consider making affiliate marketing your full time job.

One question people always ask when they first venture into affiliate marketing is “how much money can I make?”

Well the answer to that question is “how hard are you prepared to work?”

If you put the work in you can earn a lot of money depending on the niche and affiliate schemes you work with, but more about that later.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners:
The Summary

Affiliate marketing is used by many people to provide both part-time and full-time income.

The old motto of “fail to prepare, and prepare to fail” really applies here though.

Affiliate marketing is initially quick to set up, but you need to consider these other areas like choosing the right niche, building traffic, creating good content, link building, list building and finding the right products to promote.

In Summary:

This of course is just a simple outline of some of the areas where you need to give some consideration if you want to become a successful marketer.

We hope the information on affiliate marketing for beginners has been helpful, if you need further advice or help with anything mentioned here, please feel free to contact me.