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September 7th, 2020

4 Steps to get Started in Affiliate Marketing







What is affiliate marketing?


Affiliate marketing is the process of promoting products or services of another person or company in exchange for a commission on the resulting sale. Affiliate marketers join the affiliate programs, find trustworthy affiliate products or services to promote, and share them with their audiences.


This is not a new concept. It’s essentially, getting a commission on a sale. Affiliate marketing is a quick way to offer products and services without having to create your own.


An affiliate, also known as the publisher, can be a single individual or a company.

So, what are the 4 Steps to get Started in Affiliate Marketing?


First, let’s cover a few of the technical aspects that run in the background with the merchant’s affiliate program software.


When an affiliate joins the merchant’s program, s/he is given a unique ID and a specific URL to use to promote the product. The affiliate then includes this link in blog posts or other marketing efforts and invites readers to click it for more information.


When someone clicks the link to visit the affiliate partner’s site, a cookie identifying the affiliate is placed on their computer. This cookie confirms the publisher is credited with the referral sale even if it happens days or weeks later.


Whenever a buyer completes the sale process, the merchant checks the sales record for a cookie identifying the source of the referral. If the merchant finds a cookie with an affiliate ID, the affiliate is credited with the sale.


The merchant makes reports available so that the affiliates can see their referrals (clicks) and sales. Then, at the end of each payment period the merchant pays the affiliate commission (i.e. revenue sharing).


This flow works the same for any kind of product you’re promoting and for any affiliate marketer.


Now, the 4 Steps to get Started in Affiliate Marketing.

The number one thing to remember is that you’re getting paid a commission in exchange for offering readers information on products / services they’re already thinking about buying.


By using your blog and the Internet in a systematic process, you are providing valuable advice to thousands of people to help them make a smarter decision.


Following are four steps to help you get started:


Step 1. Choose a Product to Promote as an Affiliate

As a principled blogger you will always face two constraints
when choosing products you want to promote:


a) You’re either limited to products you’ve used and like that have an affiliate program and are a good fit for your audience, or


b) You’re limited to products you can get access to for evaluation by buying them or getting a free sample or free trial.


Of these two options the first one is the most common way to get started with affiliate offers.


Option #1: Promote Products You already Use and Love


You become an affiliate for a product or service you’ve used and tested and feel good about recommending. It could be a course or an ebook or something else.


Make a list of courses, products, and services you have experience with and choose the one you would be excited to promote. Cross off any that are not a good fit.


Then, check to see if the merchant has an affiliate program. Some will not, although many do.


You can do an online search using a search engine such as Google for:


“affiliate program” + [product name], (i.e. “affiliate program” + Pinterest Marketing Course, or other product)


or email the merchant and ask.


Use a check list for your other products that includes the following:


>> You’ve previewed the product so you know its quality.
>> They have a solid refund policy that you trust they’ll honor.
>> They provide good customer support (and you’ve tested it).
>> You have a good story to share about your experience with the product.
>> The offer fits your audience’s needs and won’t abuse the trust you’ve built with them.


The affiliate products that meet all these requirements are your best income opportunities. You can add as many of these products as you like in the future.


Now, you’ve found your first product! Apply using the merchant’s process and start promoting.


This option may be enough to get you started if you’re new to affiliate marketing channels.


However, as a blogger you’ll also want to try option #2.


If you don’t already have a product that you love and is a good fit for your audience and that offers an affiliate program, you’ll have to explore this second option.


Option #2: Find Products through an Affiliate Network


This option requires investing time into research and money into buying products to try, even more than the first option. So, be very careful.


That’s because you have no prior knowledge so there’s less trust. Do your due diligence, to protect your reputation and the trust you’ve built with your readers.


When you work through a network, your business relationship is with that network, and you normally won’t know the merchant ahead of time and won’t build a relationship with them.


Popular and reliable networks include Clickbank, CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction), the eBay Partner Network (EPN), ShareASale, and the
Amazon Associates program.


Some networks will assign you an affiliate manager to show you the ropes.


Many new marketers begin by becoming an Amazon affiliate and then scaling to other types of more profitable affiliate offers.


Step 2. Get Set Up as an Affiliate


Whether you work through a network or directly with a merchant you have to apply, be approved, and provide specific information in order to be paid.


At the very least, you’ll need to furnish your personal/business contact information for tax and reporting purposes as well as your bank account where commissions will be deposited.


The merchant will provide you with a trackable affiliate link that you’ll use whenever you post about the product. It will have a long tag at the end with your affiliate ID.


Here’s what some typical affiliate text links look like:


LINK THAT DIRECT’S TO THE MERCHANT’S HOME PAGE


https://merchantsite.com/dap/a/?a=1199



LINK TO ANOTHER PAGE ON THE MERCHANT’S SITE


https://merchantsite.com/dap/a/?a=1199&p=merchantsite.com/page.html


You’ll usually get some tips and useful marketing resources that could include:


a) An affiliate guide as well as instructions on how to use the platform and summary of policies such as payouts.

b) Online marketing tools like banners and sidebar graphics.

c) Sample email/webpage swipe copy.

d) Ongoing communications from the merchant about promotions, new products, etc.


You’ll get a link for each product you promote, if you use a network like Amazon.


Do check your specific network’s help and support pages for more information.


For your global audience you can check out geniuslink for tracking overseas sales through Amazon, iTunes, and Microsoft Store.


No matter which method you use, expect to invest money and time into researching the best products for your audience.


Step 3. Start Promoting Your Affiliate Offers


In the end, your hard work of finding and evaluating products only pays off when someone takes your advice and makes a purchase.


So, you need to place your recommendation in front of your audience in a trustworthy manner.


Don’t make the affiliate-marketer mistake of haphazardly slapping some banners on your blog that link to affiliate products and think that’s all you have to do.


Your recommendations should line up with your blog categories and topics, not some random products that are probably of no use to your readers.


Example:


If your blog’s focus is travel related, don’t use affiliate links advertising educational products or some other unrelated merchandise.


Here are a couple of options:


Option #1: Create a Resource Page on Your Blog


You can create your own resource page on which you can promote lots of different products, and they’ll all be organized in one place for easy reference for different readers according to their needs. It can also contain explanations regarding the usefulness of the products.


The page is not just a sales pitch but educational, with quality content. It should be well optimized for SEO so it will also rank well in Google search results and get organic traffic that also leads to good conversion rates.


Option #2: Create and Promote Custom Content


The following strategies are for those who are already sending traffic to your latest content by emailing your list regularly (at least two to four times per month) about what’s new.


A) Write Reviews


You can write in depth reviews of products, books, courses, or software products you promote as an affiliate.


Your reviews can focus on one product or comparisons between two products side by side.


Comparing two products in this way builds more trust, but is distracting due to multiple recommendations.


For multiple product reviews you can set up a “one-stop shop” for your niche by creating a site containing only reviews and affiliate offers.


B) Write Authoritative Content on a Related Topic


Write an authoritative comprehensive post that educates your audience and do a “soft sell” for your products.


For example, set up a guide for writing blog posts and include your affiliate links to your hosting providers.


Make sure your topic, whatever it is, is evergreen content – information that will be useful for years.


Create blog posts, infographics, videos, and more. Just do not create a sales page. You want to focus on building trust and authority.


Pay particular attention to SEO. Be sure to optimize for the right keywords and build links to your content to get a constant flow of traffic from Google.


C) Create Valuable Bonus Content


Check your affiliate agreement to see if you’re allowed to create bonus content. If so, create content, especially for your readers, to help them get even more value from the affiliate product.


People love bonuses! Creating them is fairly quick and easy, and they will help you stand out from other bloggers promoting the same product.


Some example bonuses are:


Step-by-step checklists.
Quick-start guides.
Video overviews or demos.
Complementary or discounted services (e.g., coaching calls).


Step 4. Follow Legal Requirements and Best Practice


In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that you let people know you’ll earn a commission.


But even if it isn’t required by law where you’re located, it is recommended. It’s just good business.


People will appreciate your transparency and honesty and want to support you and help you for improving their lives.


So, wherever you share a link – in blog posts, on web pages or in emails – let readers know you may make a small commission if they make a purchase through you.


Also, create a disclaimer page on your website.


There, you have it, the bottom line on affiliate marketing.


Your dream of making passive income is a completely achievable reality, although it’s not as simple as pushing a magic button. With a little knowledge and persistence you can do it and eventually turn it into an online business.


Affiliate marketing is one of the best business models for making an income from home, once you’ve gained a respectable following.


It’s very easy to get started. Just follow the steps covered in this post.


Find the one big thing everyone in your audience needs to reach their goals and start there.


Choose a great product you believe in. Share your success with it.


Deliver plenty of valuable content to educate your audience, without being too salesy.


Nurture the trust your audience places in you.


Be upfront, honest, transparent, and most of all, patient.



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May 29th, 2020

Affiliate Marketing Programs of 2020

by Rahimah Sultan







I’m sure that when you join affiliate programs your primary goal is to make lots of commissions by recommending products.


There are affiliate programs in many categories like web hosting, website builders, fitness, sports, music and many more.


If you don’t have a website, you can set up one with WordPress.


In his article, 105 Best Affiliate Programs of 2020, Adam Enfroy covers the best high-paying affiliate programs of 2020 for beginners.



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October 13th, 2019

Affiliate Marketing: Actionable Tips and Strategies

by Rahimah Sultan






Affiliate marketing is an income strategy that involves promoting products or companies in exchange for a commission for each sale. There are certain techniques you need to use in order to outrank your competition in the search engines.


You also have to do research, believe in the product you’re marketing, use low-cost tools for your campaigns, and avoid common pitfalls of affiliate marketing.


Anna Dizon covers these and other steps you need to take to be successful, in her article titled 35 Actionable Affiliate Marketing Tips & Strategies for 2019.

You can click here to read it.


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September 24th, 2019

Home-Based Business Options

by Rahimah Sultan






At this point you may be considering working from home to supplement your income or you may already have a hobby or a side business.

Before starting make sure you have the right tools in place – the main one being a fast Internet connection.

Working from home can be fun if you choose the right opportunity. Following are some home-based business options to help you make a decision.

Uber Driver

You are required to have a valid in-state driver’s license and auto insurance, and you must pass a background check. Click here for details.

Survey Taker and More

Filling out simple surveys online can be one of the easiest ways to make money. Although it can be easy income, you must be patient as it can take some time. If you sign up for several, you can expect a variety of work and increase your chances of making real money.

By googling “best survey sites” you’ll get a list from which you can choose. Among these are:

InboxDollars
Swagbucks
Global Test Market and many more

Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is great for trained accountants and you don’t have to be certified. You just have to have the knowledge that you can get from courses.

Doula

A doula is someone who provides emotional and physical support during your pregnancy and childbirth. Doulas are not medical professionals.

Copywriter

Copywriters usually have degrees in one of four fields; advertising, marketing, English or communication. However, you can do the job without one of these degrees if you’re a great writer.

Marketing Consultant

As a marketing consultant you can help a business with traditional marketing materials as well as blogging and social media.

Some other home-based business options include hobbies.You can turn your hobby into a money-making venture. If you like writing you can blog or become an EBook author.

Sell your workshop products, and market your sewing, gardening, electronic repairs.

Services

At-home day care is a good fit for stay-at-home parents. Make sure you comply with your local regulations.

Elder care, lawn care, dog walker, meal planner, party planner, resume writer, tutoring, and music teacher are just a few of many.

More entrepreneurial opportunities open up as technology develops.

If you like the idea of no commuting for a job and none of the traditional work system, use your ingenuity and start a home business doing what you like. These home-based business options can help you get started.



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February 25th, 2019

Affiliate Marketing Tools

by Rahimah Sultan

You can start a business or boost your current business using the internet and various platforms. A good place to begin is with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is not easy. It requires a substantial investment of money and/or time.

With affiliate marketing you have the freedom to work from anyplace in the world with a computer and an internet connection, or just from home, without a set schedule.

In order to be successful, you need the proper affiliate marketing tools. If you’re just starting out and using a WordPress.org blog or website, there are many WordPress plugins you can use.

These affiliate marketing tools include Flippa, CJ Affiliate, SEMRush, Duplichecker, Google Adsense, and more.

Read Affiliate Marketing Tools: The 17+ Tools Every Marketer Needs for details and the complete list.


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July 19th, 2017

Home Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” That also applies to business. Don’t depend on one source for all of your income. You need several ways to make money:

 

Sell information products
Sell other people’s products
Create a membership site
Create an online freelance business

 

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February 7th, 2015

10 Tips for Successfully Working from Home

by Rahimah Sultan

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“The rise of the digital age has allowed more and more people to work remotely and to start businesses in the comfort of their own homes. Working out of your house has a lot of advantages — no dress code, no commute, and more autonomy. But it also comes with unique challenges.”

 

There are some things you need to consider in order to be successful. Among them are setting a schedule, deciding whether to get dressed or not, when to run your personal errands, how to set up your computer, and your social life.

 

Whether you have children or not, be flexible and experiment. Try different schedules and set-ups to figure out what is best for you.

 

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January 16th, 2015

How To Keep Yourself Motivated When Working At Home

by Rahimah Sultan

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Working from home can present a tremendous motivational challenge. Working in isolation can take its toll, and it can be difficult for you to keep a positive attitude. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep yourself motivated when working at home.

 

You should schedule breaks. Work on parts of major tasks for a certain amount of time each, and then get away from it. That will help to clear your head and keep you focused when you resume work.

 

Reward yourself during the day for completing certain things. You can work for a certain amount of time and then take a break to play a game or watch a TV program. Using distractions as rewards can create balance so that you don’t have that feeling of all work and no play.

 

Plan your day with a to-do list made the night before or first thing each morning. Prioritize tasks, state what needs to be done to complete them, and do those things before anything else.

 

And best of all, as a freelancer, you can vary your workplace. You do not have to work inside in the same room all the time. Although you most likely have a designated area for an “office” or an actual office, you can always take some time to pack up your office and work someplace else for a few hours, a day or a working vacation. After all, it’s your business.

 

Hopefully these tips on How To Keep Yourself Motivated When Working At Home can help you remain a motivated freelancer.

 

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October 30th, 2013

How To Start A Website Business

In Merv Stevens’ article How To Start Website Business, he states that everyone has skills, whether it’s writing or approaching others and starting a conversation. He says that to put your best foot forward and increase your chances of success, you have to think about the things that you do best when you research affordable home based business opportunities.

 

Stevens, of WealthSuccessVentures.com,  discusses four points in that regard.

 

1) Understanding the value of persistence
2) Emulating those that are successful
3)Looking for products that are consumable
4)Considering businesses that offer passive income opportunities

 

On the first point, he states that in order to succeed you can’t give up. Too many people give up on perfectly good affordable home based business opportunities far too soon. There are thousands of success stories of men and women who absolutely refused to accept defeat.

 

On the second point of emulation, be sure you know who is providing the online courses that help you start up and run affordable home based business opportunities. Do your homework and make sure the people providing these courses have successful track records.

 

The third thing is to offer products that are used up and re-ordered, so that there will be a constant demand for what you offer. These can be food, soap, skin care products or other items that people use every day.

 

And finally, look for affordable home based business opportunities that provide passive income. These are best for making a lot of money. For instance, network marketing offers the opportunity to get paid on what you and your team do. If you get a good group under you, you’re paid whether you do anything or not.

 

Affiliate programs, where you advertise and make sales for a commission, is another way of getting passive income. Many of these programs are very affordable home based business opportunities, since they cost little or nothing to join.

 

It’s hard to choose. But, settle on something you’re comfortable with. Choose quality products and never give up. Affordable home based business opportunities with passive income features let you earn income while you sleep. This is how to start a website business.

 

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October 20th, 2013

Starting an Internet Marketing Home-Based Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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Decide whether you want a home job or a home business. Do you want to work from home for someone else, have a business that you run from home, or have an Internet business that generates income with a few hours work each day. Once you are clear about what you want, then you have a better idea of how to proceed.

 

Now you must decide on an area or niche. To do this, think about what you have always wanted to do or your passion, if you will. Do you like helping people or weaving baskets or giving advice or writing or using computers or maybe cooking? Take time to really come to know what you like and want. Forget the job mentality altogether. Just focus on what would really make you happy and fulfilled.

 

Once you have decided, start looking for sources of information in that area. If you want to have an Internet business, then go online and search the topic(s) you want. Just start getting information. Don’t sign up for anything…

 

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