What Is Affiliate Marketing | Start Making Money In 2022

So what is affiliate marketing?

And why do I believe it’s the best way for beginners to make money online?

Even if you have very little money?

In short, affiliate marketing is the process of promoting someone else’s product and receiving a percentage of the sale.

If a customer clicks on your affiliate link and purchases, you’ll receive a commission.

Today I will share with you how to find these affiliate programs.

Most companies with an online presence have an affiliate program that you can use to promote their product or service.

These programs can usually be found towards the bottom of the website.

Look for text links on the website like; affiliate, partners, referral, or make money with us, to sign up with the company.

Then, simply promote their products or services using the link they provide you by sending customers to that particular offer.

What is affiliate marketing - image of Amazon Associates Affiliate Link bottom of website
Most companies with an online presence will offer affiliate programs with links to join at the bottom of their website

Benefits of Affiliate Marketing

There are several amazing benefits to starting an affiliate marketing business.

First off, affiliate marketing offers a very low barrier to entry.

This is especially true if you are low on money or lack the knowledge to create your product.

Creating your product can also be risky as it’s untested and can flop leading to little or no sales.

Another benefit is that you will not have to deal with returns or customer service complaints.

The product owner will handle all of these headaches for you.

You simply drive the necessary traffic to their products and wait for the sales to roll in.

This can take time but it’s worth it.

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Image of my Amazon Associates Affiliate Reports Page from 2018

After you signup for an affiliate program, you will generally gain access to that affiliate product’s back-office

This is an area where affiliates go to create and manage links to promote affiliate offers.

Most affiliate back-offices will allow you to create link tracking campaigns so you can track where each link brought in affiliate sales.

For example, say you have a YouTube channel and an affiliate blog promoting the same product.

It can be really helpful to be able to tell exactly where each sale came from.

You can have one link tracking sales that are promoted in your YouTube video description, and one link that tracks sales from your affiliate blog.

This way you can improve conversions separately on each platform for even greater future sales potential.

If offered, definitely use this feature. You’ll be glad you did.   

You can promote these links on your website or even your YouTube channel.

When someone clicks your link and purchases you will receive a percentage of that sale.

It’s that easy. However, if you are low on money and prefer to do affiliate marketing for free, it will take a lot of work and time.

You will need to create quality content daily.

Whether that be written content for your website or video content on YouTube, you’ll need to grind and hustle to get results.

Some affiliate programs are more difficult to gain access to than others.

Amazon, for instance, is pretty easy to get approved for, requiring only a website or YouTube Channel. 

However, some programs are quite difficult to get approved for and will require a lot of traffic that is already coming to your website.

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Start an affiliate marketing WordPress website for very little investment

Promoting Affiliate Offers For Free

If a website is required to get approved for an affiliate program and money is tight, there is always a free option.

Using a free website service like Wix or Weebly will allow you to start on the right foot with no money needed.

And while these free-hosted websites might not perform as well as self-hosted sites will, they are a much better alternative to not getting started at all.

Just keep in mind, free hosted websites are not owned by you.

They can place whatever ads on your site to make money in return for offering you free hosting.

You do, however, own the content that is placed on that website in most cases.

Make sure to check the terms and policies before jumping into a free hosted website platform.

However, with how little web hosting costs nowadays, I would highly recommend you purchase your domain name and web hosting.

What Is Affiliate Marketing – Conclusion

With that said, keep checking back to my blog as I will continue to post articles on how to do affiliate marketing correctly and avoid the many mistakes I made as well.

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