Hello, what’s up? Are you tired of your job? Do you wish you could make money from the comfort of your own home? Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you try and enjoy your job but just can’t find the energy to do so? Are you tired of making someone else rich? These are the same questions I ask myself every day.I Get up in the morning and disappointed in my job.
For a long time, I have been trying to figure out how I can work from home, be my own boss. That’s everyone’s dream I would guess. I’ve tried everything, some were scams and some didn’t seem like scams but wanted so much money, but they had a lack of training.
I’ve tried Herbal life, RX prescription cards, looked at mailing postcards or envelope stuffing. None of these things worked. I would google work from home jobs, just looking. Every once in a while, I would come across Affiliate Marketing but would always ignore it. Well, one day I decided to check it out so I clicked on one of the sites.
I Started looking it over and was amazed at what I saw. You actually don’t even have to put no money into it to start. Of course, it is wise to put a little, so you can buy your own domain and have a website. You don’t need a website, there are other ways to promote affiliate products, which I will explain in a little bit.
Here are the points I’ll be discussing in this post:
What is Affiliate Marketing
How to get started
Ways of promoting products
Your own website
Where to host your website
I can say this much, Affiliate Marketing is the real deal. You can’t get rich quick. There is a lot of hard work to putting everything together and getting traffic in whatever way you are promoting products. With that said let’s get started shall we.
What Is Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is promoting someone else’s products. Either it is physical or digital. Either it is through a website, social media or whatever other marketing strategies you have. Some can be freeways and other pay ways. I think going the pay way is better, that is through your own website.
We will talk about that in a little bit. Whatever way you may go, you will want to find a niche (something you are passionate about.) Look for products for whatever niche you are in and start promoting.
If people click on your link and they buy the product you get paid a commission for it. You can’t beat that. The best thing about it is all you did was to get someone to click on the link.
How To Get Started
Now you may be asking these questions: Wow, how do I get started? Where do I begin? Will this be worth the time and effort? I say yes it does. I do admit, at first, you will have to work hard. That is getting people to know who you are.
Well anyway, there are literally hundreds if not more affiliate type program. Whatever niche you are into, just google it and put affiliate program and you will get a list, which you can sign up for these companies. Some are harder to join than others depending on if you have a website or not.
A Lot of these type companies will pay up to 75%. Which is not bad if people know who you are? These are just the ones if you click on your niche. There are others, some of the most popular ones. Like Amazon Associates,they don’t pay much but we all know that Amazon is one of the major shopping online companies out there.
They will usually pay you from 4%-10%. That don’t sound like much but think about how many people shop at Amazon. I get just about everything from Amazon, have the past 4 years. Around the holidays, a lot of people will be shopping at Amazon. So it all adds up.
Also Commission Junction. They are probably one of the hardest to join. If I’m correct you need a website with them. But I would try some of the easier ones first.
Clickbank and JV Zoo. Both have an outstanding Affiliate program out there. At least with digital products. Someone purchase something from these two companies it goes directly into their inbox. No waiting around for the products.
The good thing about Clickbank and JV Zoo is they pay up 75%. So that’s not bad at all. You could make a killing with these affiliate programs if you use the right strategy. They can pay so much because there is no overhead cost. No shipping the products, it goes right into your inbox and it’s ready to go.
With Clickbank and JV Zoo, they both have hundreds, if not thousands of products to promote. Caution, though, you might want to try the products before promoting to make sure it’s worth it. Remember you want people to come back to your website or wherever you post links. You have to build up the trust of people, so they will return.
If you find a product but don’t want to purchase it, then make sure you study that product really good. I’ll admit you can’t buy everything, but you can research them and make sure people will get their money’s worth.
Ways To Promote Your Website
There are plenty of places you can promote products. A website is the best way to go. There are free websites out there. Like blogger.com, wordpress.com and even Wealthy Affiliate has a free starter membership where you can get 2 free websites. The only bad thing about the free websites is that if they find something they don’t like they can delete your account.
That’s why it’s better to pay for a website. That way it is your website to do with as you please. To me, that is the way to promote products. Right now you probably can try the free ones just to practice getting a website up and running.
The next biggest thing is youtube. Make videos. People love to watch videos. There is a way to put affiliate links on there, but you can’t be a spammer because everyone hates spammers. Making youtube videos don’t take long and can drive in a lot of traffic.
Social Media is another big hot spot. You have facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Not to mention Linkin and Tumblr. If you can get a lot of followers and people that want to be friends, you should not have anything to lose when it comes to promoting these products.
Another way is article writing. You have the US freed ads, go articles, street articles, and hub pages. Some of these don’t let you put affiliate links, but you can put your website in the post that has the Affiliate link. Either it’s your free website or your own website.
These are just a few ways you can promote your products. With millions of people online you can’t lose. But remember you’re here to please people not take advantage of them. Become their friends. Always follow up with them when they purchase something. That’s how you really show you care and they keep coming back.
Your Own Website
Like I said earlier, owning your own website is the way to go. Once you get things rolling and see how things need to be done you get your own website. Websites do not cost that much. You can probably get your own domain name from $9.00-$14.00 a year. Depending on where you get your domain.
To name a few, GoDaddy, Namecheap, HostGator. and there are probably tons more. I got this website from HostGator. Also, I have another website that I play around with and I got that one from Namecheap.7
You have tutorials to help you get started. So it’s not hard to do, especially when you are using word press. Easy to get started. Once you are up and running, just start posting blogs. Every once in a while put an affiliate link in one of your posts and see what happens.
So I would say, in the long run, get your own website. It will pay off.
Where To Host Your Website?
If you do decide sometime in the future to get your own website, you need somebody or someone to host it. Hosting can be cheap depending on where you go and how much they have to offer. I was with Hostgator and it was about $17.00 a month. But I tell you, I was lost. Never got anywhere.
A few months went by and I came across Wealthy Affiliate. To tell you the truth I can’t even remember where I saw them. That tells you, old age, the first thing you start losing is your mind. Well anyway, all I know is that I’m with them.
You get what you pay for. So for $47.00 a month is worth it to me. The training is unbelievable. Those few months with Hostgator that was something else, I learned as much with the wealthy affiliate in less time. You start off with the free starter membership.
Anytime you feel ready you can join the premium level and get a heck of a lot of training that you won’t believe. Well anyway, you can check out my review of the wealthy affiliate in one of my other posts.
Having Wealthy Affiliate as my hosting company is great, they teach you how to put affiliate links in your blogs when a good time to do it and how to get traffic to your website.
So being an Affiliate marketer can be well worth it in the long run. You just have to work at it and get it done. Once you do that it won’t be as hard and you can slow the pace and enjoy life.
My Final Words
This could be your way out. Affiliate Marketing is easy and can be worth it if you put in the work it takes. This will not make your rich quick but will be a start.
Please if you have any questions or comments, I’m always here with an open ear. Just leave a reply. Thank you. Thank you again for visiting me here at Blog Central.