Affiliate Marketing For The Beginners is your guide to success online. Learn what it is, understand the concepts and find out how to get started now
This Guide is for the beginners in mind who want to learn how to start their own affiliate marketing business online.
There will be many areas covered here to give you the basics of what you will come across when building your online business.
However, there are some, who may have already created a website of their own, yet may still be a bit lost or confused about where or how to improve further to be successful as an affiliate marketer.
Mainly because they have not received the proper training or been left out in the cold by others, promising them the world but only get a plot to stand on with no solid foundation to build on.
This guide will give you the necessary knowledge of what Affiliate Marketing is for the beginner, how to get started now and give you the opportunity to be successful in affiliate marketing online.
This is not a fully comprehensive guide but designed to give you a heads up and a foundation to start with so you can continue to build online.
• What is Affiliate Marketing?
• Who are the players in Affiliate Marketing?
• How does Affiliate Marketing Work?
• Is Affiliate marketing a Scam?
• Common terminologies used in Affiliate marketing
• Where can I learn all of this?
• How to get started now?
An important note to remember:
You are taking a positive leap forward in life.
This will be your future online business, which can help you gain financial independence and freedom either for you and/or for your family.
Isn’t that what you have been seeking in your life, finding financial freedom and independence?
I would not advise you to quick your day job just yet, as this is not an overnight quick rich money making scheme.
To be successful online you need to take action, believe in yourself and follow the training I will provide you with later on.
First, learn, second, apply what you have learned to build a solid foundation, and from there the world can be your oyster.
One where you can learn how to work from home, have more family time, work your own hours and gain that personal independence.
Learning about Affiliate Marketing can feel a bit daunting at the start, especially if you have never done this before.
As you become more involved, you will soon learn to love what opportunities are available for you and one that can certainly earn you income along the way.
When you have finished reading the guide, you can make an informed decision if Affiliate Marketing is for you, along with where and what is the best place to start.
So let’s get started.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
The Definition of Affiliate Marketing according to Wikipedia:
“Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts”.
Who are the players in Affiliate Marketing?
There are generally four parts to Affiliate Marketing.
• The merchant: (Other names are the retailer or advertiser who has the products or services on offer)
• The network: (The network is the intermediary who acts on behalf of the merchant and the publisher mentioned in the next part.
The Network connects the dots, provides you with the affiliate link (more on that later and controls the payments made to both the merchant and the affiliate (that is you)
• The publisher: This is you (also known as ‘the affiliate’)
• The Visitor/Customer:
The visitor comes via your website, reads what is on offer and is of interest to them.
Should they purchase via your affiliate link they become a customer and you get a commission.
The image below will show you how it works.
How does Affiliate Marketing Work?
Once you have created your website, and ready to become an affiliate, you begin to promote the products on your website.
You can now see how Affiliate Marketing Works in the image below.
We have just covered the basics of what affiliate marketing is, who is involved and how the structure works.
Is Affiliate Marketing a Scam?
Affiliate marketing is a legitimate business, you certainly can make money online, not just a few dollars but if you put in the effort and have the right attitude, you can earn a lot.
However, some have tainted affiliate marketing by taking advantage of many beginners who have been deceived by various scammers.
Here are just some of the types to avoid and be aware of
1) The Quick get rich scams
Seen those ads with the fancy cars, yachts, mansions telling you this is how they got there and saying you can do the same by doing exactly what they did.
This is a total lie, these “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothes” play on your emotions, knowing your needs or wants to find that financial opportunity and freedom for a better life.
As a result, many have fallen prey to these scams.
They will tell you to buy this or join that and within a week or month, you will make thousands.
Many will even say you can earn on Autopilot, simply with the push of a button and earn thousands by the end of the month.
If you see these, stay away, DO NOT click, join or even give your email and especially any banking details.
They will start to con and try to convince you into buying more opportunities in the form of upsells and then some more.
In the meantime, you pay their offers to spend thousands and get nothing in return.
I have been there done that I do not want you to fall into their trap until I found a true platform that will teach you on what is good for you (more on that later).
2) Pyramid Schemes
This was once very popular and those at the top were the ones making money, you will find many MLM groups who operated like this.
This is illegal yet there are many who try to deceive you under false pretenses to get your money so they can get rich rather than you.
You may have seen some online where they ask you to join and invest in them; they get you to recruit others under you and so on.
The money made goes to the top of the chain, everybody else is losing out and not making any money at all and if they did, it would be far less than what you put in.
3) Fake training programs
There have been many so-called training programs over the years from some who ask you to join a certain program, (normally this will cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars) promising to teach you all there is to know about how you can make money online.
Most are full of rubbish where many do not explain how you actually can earn money unless you purchase more upsells (more cost to you) and still do not give you anything in return.
Sometimes they will offer you a free PDF to download, with the same rubbish again that does not teach you anything and normally at the bottom get you to click to join and you are back where you started no better off.
There are many who still teach false ways even now on YouTube some will give you old techniques and tactics that are now considered illegal (this is known as Black Hat SEO) or so outdated they don’t work anymore.
One huge trap with the promise of making huge amounts of money just by doing nothing.
True Affiliate marketing has nothing to do with making money overnight or getting rich quickly. Click To Tweet
Affiliate marketing has been around for a very long time and is a genuine way to make passive income, many have failed yet many have succeeded in creating this as their full-time job and a very lucrative one at that.
However, like any business online or offline you need to put in the effort to make it happen.
This is what you will get with the proper training in affiliate marketing.
- Understand how to make money online
- How to find your Niche
- Learn how to create your own website step by step
- How to set up your website for search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing
- Learn how to master Social Engagement with Social Media
- How to build traffic to your website
- Creating your website content
- Learning how to create custom menus for your website
- You will learn new skills via training courses, video webinars and more
There is so much more when you are taught the right way to build your website online.
You will need to put in the effort especially at the start and be able to focus on what you want in life.
Learn to set goals for yourself be is 6 months, 12 months or longer. That will be up to you.
One thing that may seem strange to state when you start, don’t think about making money, instead think about building a solid foundation with the aim of helping your visitors to come through you. The rest will fall into place.
It is not a race
Affiliate Marketing takes time to build the more you think of the money the more you will get frustrated and most likely to quit early.
If you feel you are just looking for overnight success then you might as well stop reading, continue working for someone else, and put up with what your boss tells you to do.
However, if you want true reasons to be successful in the long term, then please continue and I will show you the best and right way to become a successful affiliate marketer.
No fluff No BS but true ways to learn online, you will find out how to earn while still learning and growing along the way.
Common terminologies used in Affiliate marketing.
This is not an all-comprehensive list, however, you will find these terms as you begin to learn and build your online empire along the way.
Therefore, when you are starting to build your website you will be ready along with having some basic concepts of they mean.
I have already covered four such terms, such as Merchant, Network, Publisher (which is you), Customer/Visitor so rather than repeating this you can simply go to the top if you need to.
When joining an affiliate program, you will have your affiliate link in order to promote the products or services.
You place the link within the content on your website and when a visitor clicks on this it will take them to the retailer’s site for that particular product or service.
Once they decide to purchase, your affiliate link already contains your affiliate code built in and is recorded internally with either the network or merchant and once the sales are completed, in turn, will send you the commission for that sale.
This is the program on offer for you to join in order to promote the product or service available.
The majority of online retailers go through the network organizer, as it is easier to monitor and record all the affiliates they may have.
This is more cost effective for the retailer as they do not have to collect all the information relating to who is the affiliate, where the purchase came from (affiliate link) and who needs to get the commission.
It allows the retailer to focus on its business.
Much like a business would hire an accountant or bookkeeper to oversee the business on their behalf.
Above the fold:
This is the visible portion you see when you visit a website before the need to scroll down.
The advertiser is also the retailer or merchant.
The advertiser is the one who is selling the product or service.
This is a short line of text giving a description on the image provided
You will learn more as you begin to build your website. This is action is done at the back end of your website
It can also be part of the next term relating to anchor text
Anchor Text Anchor Text
This is a clickable portion, which takes you to another place like the Hyperlink described a bit further below.
It could be a word or words and when clicked, will either take to your other areas on your website, another website or direct to the advertiser selling the product or service.
This is an addition ad added by an affiliate to promote a particular product or service as you can see on the right-hand side of this website.
Black Hat SEO
This old method used to get a website ranked up on the top pages of search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
Today, it is illegal if used; the search engines can ban your website. In addition, you can easily lose all credibility you have worked for doing this.
So please do not try it.
When a visitor clicks your affiliate link, the customer will purchase the product.
Once the sale is completed and verified, you will get a commission on the sale.
The commission will depend on the affiliate program you joined; some can be as little as 3% some can go as high as 50%.
In 2009, the FTC required that all websites provide full disclosure of earnings made.
There are various types of disclosures and this is a requirement with various laws to be visible on your website for the visitor to read.
What type of disclosures you need to add to your website would depend on what you are promoting or statement made on the niche you have selected.
For example, an “Affiliate Disclosure”, would state that this website contains affiliate links to products. “We may receive a commission for any purchased made via these links at no cost to the customer”.
This is the name of the website.
For example, the website you are reading now, successfulaffilaiteru.com (is my domain that I own).
You are writing content about a particular topic that is unique and original; you cannot copy and paste someone else’s work and claim as your own.
Search engines will penalize website owners for duplicate content.
As a result of this can be the following, you may get your website demoted via the search engines or even banned completely depending on how bad the issue is.
This stands for Hyper Text Mark-up Language.
HTML is a “structuring language” giving the browser “instructions” how the content is structured.
It helps text documents to show how it looks on the website, such as bold headings and paragraphs.
Similar to the Anchor Text above, when clicked, it will take you to another area.
This could be the same website, on a different page, the same page, or to the advertiser’s site
Inbound Link or Backlink
This link comes from another website that is outside your own website.
Although some backlinks can be beneficial to give your website a bit more authority, however, if used incorrectly, it can create more problems, which at times can be borderline Black Link SEO.
Therefore, use caution with getting backlinks.
Here an Inbound link is your internal link that can link to another page or post on your own website, (This is also a great SEO Tool).
The search engines love these compared to backlinks.
This is another way to use Hyperlinks
They say content is King yet keywords are Queen.
This for many can be the backbone to ranking on the first page of search engines or not ranked at all.
A very important aspect when creating content on your website is keywords.
Keywords can be anything in fact.
For example, when you search for something on the internet, they are keywords you are typing.
Google has millions of keywords that people search for every day that is why the search engines are able to give you an answer to your question based on what you type.
Keywords are essential in affiliate marketing.
They assist your websites, pages, and posts to be located online.
It is also a part of search engine optimization (SEO).
This is an important and crucial aspect of your success Online.
When creating a post on your website, you will need to do some added research in order to get the best keyword with the lowest competition.
This will help you rank higher on the search engines giving you a better opportunity to be seen online and make that sale.
Here is an example of the power of Keyword Research in the Jaaxy Research Tool.
Long Tail Keywords
Although keywords can be one word, however, they can become hard to rank.
The best way is to use Long Tail Keywords.
The best is a group of about 4-5 words and must make sense.
The Meta description is the short paragraph of text placed in the back-end section of a webpage that describes its content
This appears under the title of the search you are looking at, it is a small snippet of the description of the content.
This is again a back end, which is important and can help your SEO.
This is the title of the webpage found on the search engines as someone looks for something specific to what they are seeking.
For example, the title of the webpage you are reading now is “(Affiliate Marketing for The Beginners (How to Get Started Now)”.
This is the Meta Title and under that is where you find the Meta Description as mention above.
The meaning of a Niche is someone looking for something specific to his or her needs or wants.
Therefore, if you are looking for skin care products that are a niche, which is something, someone is looking for.
The more specific the Niche the more focus you can give to those who are just looking for that particular topic.
You can read more on this with “The Niche Definition” here but do not forget to come back when you finish reading that.
You will also notice that when I mentioned “The Niche Definition” the wording is highlighted in a different Color.
This is an example of an internal link that will take you to another post of mine within this website.
There are many techniques to help improve your SEO, which can help you rank higher with the search engines.
Some I have mentioned above like keywords, Meta tags internal links.
This is a series of various techniques that help your website be found online and also can help improve your ranking online elsewhere as well.
You can also read more regarding the (SEO On-Page Optimization Checklist Here).
This is the same as backlinks or external links mentioned above, just another alternative name.
Pages and Posts
You will come up with this when you create content on your website.
Pages are generally static, meaning they normally stay as is.
Posts, on the other hand, relate to the regular content you create and you will see this in chronological order from the newest to the oldest.
This is based on the algorithm that search engines use such as Google, Bing, Yahoo to help rank your site and is determined by many factors as such algorithms are only known to the search engines.
However, some standard techniques can help improve your ranking and website presence.
Some are the proper use of SEO, for example: using great long tail keywords, creating awesome and regular content, internal and external links, adding certain plugins can help as well.
This is just a small aspect of SEO and if you use this properly your website can rank higher which is the aim online.
A payment threshold is the minimum accumulated commission an affiliate must earn before receiving payment from the affiliate program.
A plugin is an add-on with internal coding and once installed on your website aimed at enhancing the capabilities it has.
Plugins make life easier for website owners without the need to understand coding.
There are some plugins, that are great, and there are some that clash with each other or plugins with bad internal coding that can create harm to your website.
This is the affiliate, who promotes the products or services on their website.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
As mention earlier, there are various methods to improve your website.
The main aim of SEO is to have your page ranked high preferably on the first page of the search engines.
You have heard me mention the word search engines these are your go-to places when searching the internet.
There are many search engines but the main ones you main be familiar mostly are Google, Yahoo, Bing, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
There are others some are more specific to certain countries but the ones above are the most important and most respected ones to use.
This is an internal aspect of your website.
It is vital that all websites have a sitemap for the search engines to find your website and know what it is about and what is contained within.
No that are not those creepy crawly ones, although the search engines that crawl your website use them and can identify any new content you have created.
They can come at any time but also you can let the search engines know that when you have created new content so they can check it out quicker than normal.
It is also be known as Web Crawling
As mention above under domain, which is the main website, you have.
The subdomains would have an extra section, for example, the name of your website followed by say siterubix.com
Subdomains can also be an additional website under the main domain.
However, having a higher domain (TLD) is better than a subdomain, yet both can do well, depending on how you use your SEO and create awesome content with great long-tail keywords.
These are the elite group of affiliates within an affiliate program.
In the one I belong to anyone can become a super affiliate.
These super affiliates also receive and gift rewards for their hard work and effort.
As a gift, for achieving this level they get to go to Las Vegas free regardless of where they live in the world.
The above image is the current group that won a trip to Vegas.
This includes paid for accommodation, airfares, food, and even some extra cash to spend along with meeting and holding conferences with the Co-founders who provide all this for the Super Affiliate.
This is not your common way but the Co-Founders of my group reward those that work hard and with their great results, this can happen.
This is not a common occurrence elsewhere.
Text Links are used to linking directly to the advertiser’s website.
Top-Level Domain (TLD)
The top-level domain is the portion of the domain address that normally ends after the dot.
There are three considered the best to use worldwide such as .com .net or .org being the main and most important ones.
As compared to the subdomains mention above.
It is always best to purchase one that you own yourself, which would the TLD
This is the number of visits your website gets and can be found usually with Google Analytics or Bing Webmaster Tools, which is free to connect with once you have created your own website.
This is an internal way for you to see where the traffic is coming from and how many are visiting your site.
With Google Analytics, you can see this on a daily basis.
They can also show where your visitors come from.
This is something you will learn more about in the training.
URL is an acronym, which stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
In simple terms, this is your website address, which is at the top of the search engine browser you are one now.
Web hosting is a service provider who allows your website to be stored on their servers so it can be viewed on the internet.
There are many who may charge you for this service but shortly I will discuss a bit further down one that is included free with many added features that you may need to pay elsewhere.
White Hat SEO
This is the opposite of Black Hat SEO.
Here the correct methods are used to help improves your search performance on a search engine
As I stated this is by no means a detailed list of terms used as some are more advanced, some more you will become aware of as you learn and grow your website later on.
However, you will most likely come across in the beginning stage when you create your website.
Where can I learn all of this?
You have read and learned much already, which will give you an idea of what Affiliate Marketing, is about.
Now it is time to talk about where you can learn all of this just as I did when I started just over 5 years ago.
We all are newbies at one stage I was no different from you but I have learned a lot since then and so can you.
If I can do this, so can you.
The platform I have been mentioning is “Wealthy Affiliate”
This is primarily a training platform that will teach you many essential elements required to learn how to build a solid foundation for your website and the right way to succeed online.
However, it has become more than a training platform in the 15 odd years since it first started.
Here you will learn not only how to build a solid foundation to your website, but you will also get many other features free as part of your membership.
Many of which other places will charge you separately for which just adds to your cost.
There are two forms of memberships available
You have the free 7-day starter membership, which will give you two separate courses containing ten lessons in each.
For the first seven days, you will have an insight into some premium features as well as a bonus.
As a starter member, you have two-subdomain SiteRubix websites to test the waters with free hosting to see if this is for you.
After the first seven days, either you can choose to stay as a free member with just the two courses available or you can take the second option and become a premium member, which unlocks over 120 lessons most go for about an hour each.
Here is what you get in the two free courses should you go as a free starter which is what I would recommend for you to begin with.
The first Free Couse called Online Entrepreneur Certification
This will show you how to create a website along with getting an understanding of your Niche.
Refer to the image below
The second course is called, Affiliate Bootcamp, where you get Phase 1 again 10 lessons within as shown below
This second course is for those that wish to promote Wealthy Affiliate and when someone goes premium you get a regular monthly commission depending on the option they select.
Starter members can promote Wealthy Affiliate as well as premium but the commission is usually half of what a premium would get again a regular commission on a monthly basis.
Kyle and Carson who are the Co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate are also the same as I mention above who give their super affiliates that bonus gift to Las Vegas.
That way if you feel you cannot be successful online and live your dreams you can opt out anytime you wish with no pressure to become premium.
The training platform teaches members how to become affiliate marketers and be successful online along with being part of a community that has over 1,400,000 members.
For premium members, you have more added training in the form of a video webinar presented by a top super affiliate.
This video webinar is on every week which if you missed the live webinar there are replays available the next day so you do not miss out.
You will also find a live chat room in which you can ask questions if needed, also note it is 24/7 as members are from all around the world.
There is so much to cover on what you get but here is a chart to let you see what the difference is between the starter and premium membership
Therefore, what is the cost to join Wealthy Affiliate?
For starter members as I said it is free to join no credit card required either.
To join, you just follow the prompts given to you from the link I will provide at the end of this guide.
All you do to join is, fill in a username, create a small profile about yourself, and add an image of yourself along with an email address.
Only Wealthy Affiliate will know your email address and any other private details when you fill in the details.
This is free and the aim, as I said, is for you to see if this is for you.
For the premium version, I will ensure that if you upgrade from starter to premium within the first seven days the first month you will pay only $19 after that it is $49 per month.
The best method to pay is to create a free PayPal account then link that to your bank.
Once set up details are completed the payment is automatic via PayPal, so you do not have to worry when your membership is due.
There are other payment options you can consider which works out cheaper in the end compared to the monthly.
You can check this out in this image below.
As you can see taking the Yearly Options works out much cheaper compared to the Monthly Option
Obviously, as you can see going yearly it the cheapest method and by going yearly you tend to be more committed to making your dreams come true.
Who knows, you could be the next super affiliate earning that trip to Las Vegas free.
Nevertheless, as I stated toward the beginning this is not an overnight quick rich way to make money.
This requires dedication, your hard work especially at the beginning stage and you get to choose what interests you the most on your website.
Remember, it is up to you how far and successful you become.
Although the training is at its highest, it is your action and responsibility for your success online.
Help is always there from the community members, along with the co-founders.
There is also a 24/7 real support team for premium members that normally respond within minutes of your request should you be in need of technical support.
Therefore, if this is for you and you want to become a successful affiliate marketer and find that financial freedom working from home online, this is for you.
To take action, refer to the last point below.
How to Get Started Now
I promise you will learn a lot you have support and assistance from the members here along with the super affiliate as well and there is a lot to learn but also a lot to gain as well.
Many members have also created some training of their own for you to benefit from along with their experiences of how they became successful.
The choice is yours, what you need to think about is why and what are the reasons for you to want to be successful online.
Yes, having that added money is great but if you are only thinking about the money you will struggle, the best way is to think of how you can be of service to others by promoting your website along with what you have to offer your visitors the money will come later.
The first point is to focus on gaining credibility to your website, then be found on the search engines for your future customers to find you.
If you cannot do that, the money will not happen that is why we need to take out the money thinking; regardless of how important it may be and the reason, you want it.
Focus on building a solid foundation to create great content to your readers and offer the best way to want your readers to want.
All else will fall into place.
Wishing you much success in all you do and always remember to believe in yourself, enjoy what you do and keep going forward.
Giving up is not an option but a choice and that will determine if you are three feet from gold if you continue or giving up when you are so close.
So if you are ready to learn, earn and grow online here is your opportunity.
I will be on the other side to welcome you and there will be an additional bonus for you should you take my offer and become a premium member within the first seven days.
The best way to get started here within Wealthy Affiliate is to (Take Action Now and Join Here). and be the success that you deserve to be