“How Do I Start Affiliate Marketing?” – Your 4 First Steps

Given that you know that the online affiliate marketing business is really profitable, it’s time to take the 1st step, or rather the first 4 steps.

In this post I will expose the 4 key steps you need to take. They are things I wish I had done from the beginning. I believe it’s going to save you some time. Actually, even if affiliate marketing is not too tricky, you can easily be confused and get stuck in a routine of unproductive actions.

So, let’s get going, ok?

1) Look for a product to promote and look for a niche to promote that product to. The product can be physical (an object) or virtual (an ebook or software). For physical products, you can set up an affiliate account on Amazon . com or CJ.com. For virtual products, you can do the same thing on Clickbank.com.

How do I start affiliate marketing? By learning to target. Don’t select a broad niche, it’s a waste of time. Narrow it down. In case you promote a weight-loss product, focus on women seeking to lose their double chin before their wedding day as opposed to… just overweight women.

2) Create a website or blog (with WordPress) or only a “lens” on Squidoo.com (if you don’t feel like owning a website for now) about the product(s) you are promoting. Create high-quality, informative content. Don’t push people to buy, just recommend products.

Write in the first person but do not talk too much about yourself, speak about your visitors, the things the product you’re recommending can bring to THEM. That’s what matters to them. Use your style, be funny (or try to..!), don’t be too formal. Make sure you put pictures as well. People love them!

3) Build a list (with Aweber) if you have your own website or blog. Offer something valuable to your website visitors in return for their email address in order for you to build a list of subscribers that are potential buyers. Communicate with them by email (like a newsletter) a couple of times per week.

They most likely didn’t buy the 1st time they came across the product(s) you are promoting so having them on your list is an opportunity to promote to them by email. Try to find the appropriate balance between helpful free content and promotion. Bear in mind they can unsubscribe at any time. Make them stay.

4) Create backlinks to your site (links placed on other sites that point to your site) fir Google to value your site and place it high in the search engine results (SERP) for the keyword you’re targeting.

Backlinks can be created through article marketing (place a link at the bottom of your article), social bookmarking, profile backlinks, forums signatures, blog commenting.. Basically anywhere you can put a link to your site. Of course if you’re doing article marketing and want to drive traffic to your site via your articles, you have to create backlinks to your articles.

Backlinking has to be consistent and look natural to Google (a few varied backlinks to your site per day).

Those 4 steps are extremely important. Do things at your own pace but DO them. The lack of consistency definitely will be your worst enemy. Break the all process down in uncomplicated daily tasks and follow them.

Is That Actually All It Take?

No. Scary, right? I’m kidding, taking these four steps is a sure way to start without wasting time. Naturally there are some other affiliate marketing techniques to learn but just like in every business, you’re gonna learn them in situation.

Don’t freak out if you come across something you don’t know yet. Keep a clear mind and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the techy terms and billion techniques you might hear about. Bear in mind that your mindset is  a crucial part of the success you can get as an affiliate marketer and that you don’t need to apply all the affiliate marketing techniques that exist. No. You need to pick one and stick to it. Analyze the results and alter it if needed.

Louise M.

Louise M. is a 26-year-old successful affiliate marketer and is specialized in copywriting and SEO. She blogs about affiliate marketing for newbies and believes in a simple, action-taking and anti-information overload approach of this business.

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  1. I like your writing style. I think I would like to republish this probably on my site too. Can I do that if I refer back to this blog?

    Vippi 2 February 2011 at 4:28 PM Permalink
  2. hi louise.interesting article.

    sankar 6 October 2011 at 4:54 PM Permalink
  3. Thanks!

    Louise M. 8 October 2011 at 9:07 PM Permalink
  4. Hey Louise, I am trying to get access to your 12 step program. It’s not sending to my email address and I have tried using two emails. Would you help me out please, I am very interested.

    Jonathan Bourdon 10 October 2011 at 4:50 PM Permalink
  5. Hi Jonathan, I can add you to my subscriber list manually so that you’ll receive the Mad Marketing Method course. Please contact me at contact@thepurplechoice.com to give me the email address you want to receive it to.

    Cheers,

    Louise

    Louise M. 10 October 2011 at 9:50 PM Permalink
  6. looks like you managed to subscribe! :) contact me anytime if you need help.

    Louise M. 10 October 2011 at 10:22 PM Permalink
  7. hi….great article. with all the information out there, there is so much to think about and analyze that you just get confused. Your article really brings everything to focus and creates a starting point for me.

    Uche 20 October 2011 at 12:21 PM Permalink
  8. For a newbie to Affiliate Marketing, this MAD Marketing Course is invaluable to me. I was experiencing the newbie woes (confused, overwhelmed and lost) until I came across your great MAD Marketing Course.

    Appreciate your great effort on this.

    Andy 27 October 2011 at 3:00 PM Permalink
  9. Thanks Andy for your comment! I’ve very glad you find the Mad Marketing Method clear and helpful. Please keep me updated with your progress and feel free to contact me if you have questions or need help.

    Cheers and thanks again for taking the time to write this feedback. :)

    Louise

    Louise M. 27 October 2011 at 8:00 PM Permalink
  10. Louise, thanks for your offer to help newbies like me.

    If I need help from you, what is the email address that I can reach you?

    Have a great day !

    :)

    Andy 28 October 2011 at 12:21 AM Permalink
  11. Hey Louise,

    I thought I would stop by just to check things out. Beautiful looking website! You’ve got such talent. Take care.

    Blair D. 29 October 2011 at 9:01 PM Permalink
  12. Aw thanks! Nice of you to stop by and leave this sweet comment! :)

    Talk soon,

    Lou

    Louise M. 29 October 2011 at 9:26 PM Permalink
  13. You can contact me at contact@thepurplechoice.com

    Louise M. 30 October 2011 at 12:11 AM Permalink
  14. am current in kenya looking forward to start a bussiness with someone who will come diffrent ideas from his country

    kelvin 2 November 2011 at 9:48 AM Permalink
  15. Good list$

    rvelez 21 February 2012 at 4:29 PM Permalink
  16. thank you!

    Louise M. 24 February 2012 at 11:49 PM Permalink
  17. hello can u tell me how and where we can take our money which we earn?

    tahira sattar 30 June 2012 at 11:35 AM Permalink
  18. It actually depends on which affiliate program you sign up to. If it’s Clickbank you have the choice between a check or a direct deposit on your bank account. Amazon does that too. Some affiliate program pay via Paypal too which is convenient. You need to check with the affiliate program you joined.

    Cheers

    Louise M. 6 July 2012 at 7:45 PM Permalink
  19. Hello l would like to start affiliate markerting please help

    Cherlyn 10 July 2012 at 3:02 PM Permalink
  20. Hello Cherlyn. I would advise you to download the free PDF (the Internet Wealth Guide 2012) that will definitely help you get started!

    Cheers :)

    Louise M. 14 July 2012 at 12:04 AM Permalink
  21. What are the prices associated with Aweber?

    Guy Manningham 30 July 2012 at 4:15 PM Permalink
  22. Most Business Knows How to Use Google ,But Most DO Not Know How their Businesses SHOULD Utilize Google to its Benefit \

    Lanette Mandelbaum 3 August 2012 at 12:08 PM Permalink
  23. It’s $19/month for up to 500 subscribers. Beyond that you add $10 if you have between 501 and 2500 subscribers, etc. You can see the detail here: http://www.aweber.com/pricing.htm. They’re the best out there! :)

    Louise M. 4 August 2012 at 7:56 AM Permalink
  24. I do agree with that. :)

    Louise M. 4 August 2012 at 7:58 AM Permalink

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