A Complete Guide To Start Affiliate Marketing For Beginners.

how to start affiliate marketing for beginners

Would you like to earn some extra income from blogging? Or specifically how to start Affiliate Marketing when you’re a beginner and start monetizing your blog? You can start earning from Affiliate programs from the beginning, even if you have a few hundred visitors.

If you have a website that promotes services or products with the intention of earning money online then you will need to know how to start affiliate marketing in the right way which will help you get your first dollars in 2-3 months.

But what exactly are affiliate links? What are the important things you need to know when starting affiliate marketing as a beginner? How to add affiliate links? What are their pros and cons and how exactly you can make money through affiliate links?

Before we begin on how to start affiliate marketing it’s important to now various other means of generating income from the blog and how to start a successful blog which will help you generate $5000 per month.

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Here’s what you need to know about affiliate marketing.

A successful affiliate marketing business makes money from commissions. How do you earn these commissions? By referring your website visitors to the incredible products you use and recommend by promoting them. And how do you refer people to these incredible products?

Yes, it’s through affiliate marketing!

Every niche has affiliate programs, you need to research and find the ones you really enjoy using and know the product.

Remember never recommend a product thinking it’s good and will pay you a higher commission without understanding your audience. This thing never works and you will never be able to build long term relations with your customers.

Join the affiliate programs that you use and really like, as it will be easier for you to promote, recommend and market that product.

Once you’ve joined an affiliate program you are given a special link. You can then drop that link into a blog post or indeed anywhere on your blog. If your readers click that link and subsequently go on to make a purchase, you will get a small commission, either a percentage or a flat fee.

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There are lots and lots of affiliate schemes out there. Before you recommend a product or service, it’s well worth researching, if the company in question has an affiliate scheme which you can join. 

Remember, many affiliate marketers start adding affiliate links right after they publish their first post. And it’s a good strategy. As you never know whom you influence to buy a product and they end up making a purchase. Even if you have a few visitors its worthwhile to add affiliate links, but, remember, not too many as they look spammy.

What About The Advantages and Disadvantages?

Advantage:

People who do well with affiliate links make a lot of money, almost thousands per month. And a link on your post is much less obtrusive than a large flashy display ad. The link is also more logical, it’s usually in the context of a review on your blog and it comes with your recommendation. 

So if you have a loyal following, an audience who hangs on your every word and buys everything you recommend, then you will do well with affiliate links. 

Although there is obviously a link between page views and affiliate income. The link is less direct than with advertising, meaning even a small blog has the potential to make good money with affiliate programs.

Another great thing about affiliate links is that once you have them published in your blog post, you can keep on making money from them (so long as the blog post is still receiving views), and as you publish more blog posts with more affiliate links, you make more money.

Disadvantage:

On the other side, the disadvantage is that you have to work harder for affiliate links than advertising. With advertising, basically, you can set it and forget it. With affiliate links, you have to write and publish a blog post that features one or more affiliate links and promote that blog post.

And it’s not enough for people to just look at the affiliate link, they have to actually click on it and go purchase that product for you to make money.

The other problem is that affiliate links definitely work better on some kinds of blogs than others. As a rule of thumb, the higher the price of the items you recommend, the more money you are going to make.

So a blog recommending photography equipment costing thousands is likely to make more money through affiliate links than one which recommends books that sell for a few pounds.

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Some of the Affiliate Programs we use

1. ConvertKit

I recommend Convertkit because I use it and it has helped me gain email subscribers from 200 to 20000 in 6 months.

ConvertKit’s affiliate program gives a 30% commission.

ConvertKit

2. Grammarly

Everyone needs a proofreader for every type of writing, whether academic or business. Grammarly can help you write every type of content writing.

With every sign up you’ll get $0.25 and with every sale, you’ll get $20 for commission.

3. SiteGround

You need hosting for your website and the best, that I would recommend, is SiteGround. SiteGround was the one with whom I started affiliate marketing. Also, it offers various commissions:

  • 1-5 users – $50 / sale
  • 6-10 users – 75/sale
  • 11-20 users – 100/sale
  • 21+ users – 125/sale

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How To Find An Affiliate Program For Your Blog?

To obtain your affiliate links you will need to join affiliate programs or affiliate networks. There are many different affiliate programs available and what you choose will depend on your niche.

The best way to earn good money with links is to really research the best schemes for your niche and then use your links in lots of natural blog posts. 

You can also promote products without going through the affiliate networks. Many companies have their own affiliate programs, this enables them to increase their profit margin or perhaps pay a higher commission to their affiliates.

The easiest way to find an affiliate program is to search for Google. “Type your niche + affiliate programs”.

Affiliate links should seem natural and should be helpful to your readers, not annoying and spammy. If every other word is an affiliate link then it’s going to be annoying. 

The other important thing you need to do is ensure you gain your reader’s trust and keep it, and to do that you need to work hard. Creating blog posts that really speak to them, engaging on social media and growing your email list. The more you can gain your readers’ love and trust, the more likely they will be to take your recommendations.

Finding links through Affiliate networks.

An Affiliate network is a group of companies participating in affiliate programs offering links to bloggers/websites and reach a larger audience by promoting their affiliate programs.

The networks are responsible for processing the payments from the customers, keeping track of affiliate commissions and paying the websites/bloggers.

It’s easy to sign up for an affiliate network. With some network, once you have signed up you can promote any products in their marketplace. For others after signing up with the affiliate network, you then have to put in an application to the individual affiliate programs. They may ask you which website you plan to use to promote their product.

Some of the Affiliate networks which are good to start affiliate marketing as beginners:

  • Amazon associates program
  • ShareASale
  • CJ affiliate
  • Awin
  • Impact
  • MaxBounty
  • VigLink

Steps to add affiliate links to your blog.

Now you have your programs, you can start adding them to your website. There are several places where you can add your links such as the sidebar, in a blog post or on a resources page.

The best way to add them is in the test of your articles.

  1. Sign up for an affiliate program. Affiliate links are provided through an affiliate program. There are lots of affiliate programs on the internet. They each have a different method of signing up and cater to different sized blogs. You can sign up for more than one program. Once you successfully sign up, they will provide you with an affiliate link with a unique identifier.
  2. Log in to WordPress.
  3. Obtain your exclusive affiliate links. Go to the website of your affiliate marketing program and find the link to the products you want to sell. It will most likely be in HTML code format or in the link.
  4. Copy the affiliate link or code.
  5. Link to the text and highlight it.

You can also add the affiliate links to images in your posts.

Some useful tips before you start affiliate marketing.

1. Use text links

Use text links rather than images within your content. It’s been said that people are likely to click more links than images. This will look much better and more professional.

2. Don’t add too many links

I don’t think anyone really knows if you will be penalized for too many links or what is too many links in a post. However, I have read of someone being penalized by Google for having 100 amazon links in a post. 100 links are not normal but it shows this can affect your rankings.

A link to a product where sense probably does no harm. I try to include about 1 or 2 links in a post.

There’s also another debate about whether you should add links to every article you publish. This is fairly easy to get around! You write an in-depth product review with links to the product you are recommending. Then you write other posts related to the product and link to your review page.

3. Make your links “nofollow”

Your affiliate links should be “nofollow”. When you make a link “nofollow” you tell the search engines not to follow the link.

Google likes affiliate links to be “nofollow” as it could be considered you are linking to a website for a reward. Any site you link to where you have some sort of paid relationship should be a “nofollow” link. Google doesn’t want these links affecting the search results by passing on link juice.

To make a link nofollow, you need to click on the text editor, find your link and then add rel=”nofollow” as you can see below.

Original followed link: <a href=”https://awebsite.com”>affiliate link</a>

No followed link: <a href=”https://awebsite.com” rel=”nofollow”>affiliate link</a>

4. Understand your audience

To make a sale from affiliate marketing you need to understand your audience and see if the product or service you’re recommending them will be useful and make their life easier.

To make any kind of money blogging, you need to understand your audience.

Ask yourself a question: why would they buy from you? Why are they coming to your blog? Are they coming to get some advice?

It’s good to get a clear picture of your audience’s behavior and then picking the correct affiliate products or service for them.

5. Write quality Blog Post for affiliate programs

Placing affiliate links wherever you think won’t help you generate sales. Instead educate your audience about the product or service and why the same will make their life easier.

Some blog post ideas for affiliate marketing:

  • How to’s / tutorials – These types of posts are simply showing your audience how to do something, solve a problem and their solution.
  • Reviews – Review posts are great for promoting online courses or a particular product because you are showing your audience the results you got from that product.

6. Take advantage of your Email list

I’ve said this multiple times, your email list has the most loyal customers, as they are genuinely interested in your content. Building an email list from the beginning will reward you for forever.

7. Add an affiliate disclosure

This is another subject that is debated a lot and you can see several different opinions from affiliate marketers. Most agree that we need to have an affiliate disclosure but not everyone thinks we need to follow the FTC guidelines.

Personally, I have an affiliate disclosure in the footer of each page, but according to the FTC you need the disclosure “to be clear and conspicuous”. In addition, it should be as near to your recommendation as possible and should be in clear, understandable language.

Using the term “affiliate link” isn’t acceptable as some people may not understand the meaning of this term. You should use a disclosure like “As an affiliate, I may receive a commission if you purchase using this link”

This means I and many other affiliate marketers have some work to do, to meet these criteria. Some affiliate marketers say the FTC only makes recommendations but doesn’t enforce these. At the moment this may be true but for how long?

Summary 

I hope this post had made a clear understanding of how to start affiliate marketing as beginners. How to add affiliate links on your website and create content that will help you monetize your blog?

A quick recap on some of the important points.

  • You can start monetizing with Affiliate programs from your first blog post.
  • The amount of traffic you get doesn’t matter but the trust you develop with readers will help you generate income.
  • Invest in email marketing.
  • Signup to affiliate programs or affiliate networks to get your unique link.
  • Add your affiliate link to text and images of your posts.
  • Only 1 or 2 affiliate links per post.
  • Add “nofollow” in your link.
  • Add an affiliate disclosure.

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