Hi Vicki, a successful Affiliate Marketer, and today I am here to share what I have learned from the get-go about, what is an affiliate marketing business.
Passive income, a full-time income, a part-time income, and also a truly amazing income that creates financial freedom and the choices to do what you want to when you want to.
Sounds pretty amazing huh?
And it is, however, there are a few things you need to know before you embark on your new journey in Affiliate Marketing so let’s get into the nuts n bolts now.
How do I begin with Affiliate Marketing?
The most important thing you need to ask yourself before you get started is this.
Are you prepared to learn the skills needed?
Are you prepared to work hard every chance you get?
Are you willing to sacrifice things in order to achieve great results as you build?
Are you patient and willing to grow a solid foundation for your Affiliate Marketing business?
If you answered Yes to these questions, then you are obviously ready to begin your journey with Affiliate Marketing.
1st steps to Your own Business Build
- Join an excellent platform where you can learn the skills you need to become excellent.
- A website – creating and building a website for your business is essential
- A Niche – Choosing a niche so you have a product or service to help people online.
- Blog posts/articles – lots of well-written blog posts sharing your knowledge with people to help with their buying decisions.
Platform – Choosing the best
I joined the NO.1 platform on the Internet, Wealthy Affiliate, and went through the OEC (Online Entrepreneur Certification) training program, and step by step I learned everything I needed to build my Affiliate Marketing business so I suggest you do the same.
You can join for free and check it all out and you can also get started on the training and do the 1st 10 lessons as part of your free membership if you choose to do it this way, or you can go premium and really get serious about building a successful online business which for anyone who is truly serious about becoming an excellent Affiliate Marketer with a long-lasting, successful online business, this is what I recommend.
Investing a small amount each month is great because inside Wealthy Affiliate as a premium member, you get absolutely everything you will ever need, including hosting, security, 25 websites plus so much more, and the only extra cost to you is buying your own business domain name which is around $13-99 for a year.
Niche: When choosing your niche, always try to have a niche that is going to be easily monetized down the track when you have built a solid foundation for your site.
Examples of some niches are Fishing gear, hunting, and hiking, camping, baby gear, toddlers clothing, health and wellness, fitness, basketball shoes, CBD products, Natural healing, gaming consoles, gardening equipment, recipes for vegans… The list goes on as there are millions of ideas you could choose from so write a list of all the things you enjoy and then pick your 1st niche to get started with.
Website, Domain name/ Theme: OK, you need a website with a business domain name and inside Wealthy Affiliate, you can create a website within around 30 seconds once you have your domain name, a theme you like ( choose from over 3000 WordPress themes inside WA) and when you have these 3 things sorted, click the create a website button and voila, there is your new website ready to build onto as you move forward.
1 in 3 people use WordPress to build their websites and WordPress is so easy to use and has it all.
Keyword Rich Content/Blogs: Over 4 billion people are surfing the Internet looking for products and they love product reviews as this helps them learn which products are better than others and makes their buying choices easier so you will be writing blog posts to help people with this type of thing.
Also, people want to learn how to do things so you might be interested in teaching people new skills or a better way of doing something.
People love to learn, how to build something, make something, do something, become better at a skill for example, what is the best snowboard for juniors? A great niche? Yes
When you start writing your blogs, you will need to do some keyword research for your titles as this will help with indexing and ranking as well as encouraging visitors to your site so how do you do Keyword research?
Inside Wealthy Affiliate, every member automatically becomes part of Jaaxy as well at no extra cost, and Jaaxy is rated as one of the best Keyword research tools online so we are very fortunate to have this program built into our platform and members use this platform to ensure they get the best results before they get writing about their chosen niche.
How does Jaaxy work?
Here is a screenshot and I will explain how it works
Football boots for girls are the niche and we also want it as the title for our blog post so looking above you can see “football boots for girls” are good to use because the AVG (average of people asking about this per month is 110) and the QSR which is the results found on this is under 100, in fact, it is very low at 36 so this is a good title for a blog post.
Not only is Keyword research vital but also the quality of the content you write.
Whenever you write a blog post you must be thorough and also give your readers an engaging post filled with honest information.
Your keyword should be used in your 1st paragraph, 3rd if suitable, and the final paragraph but not more often than this as Google, Bing, and Yahoo hate, what is known as Keyword stuffing as they consider this spammy and you will not get treated well with indexing or ranking so please take note of this.
When writing content also try to have blog posts with 1000 or more words and include external links to places that help people learn more about certain subjects or meanings to words and always have internal links to other posts within your own site to refer people to add more value and more help as this builds trust with your readers and in turn grows your success and you will become an authority in your niche as well which is really important as you grow on the Internet.
The more you can offer your readers, the better and the more you write, the better you become. All good things take time so be patient and kind to yourself as you learn and build your future online.
Once you have built a foundation of great content for your business, now it’s time to apply to Companies to become an Affiliate for them so let’s look into this further now.
These are only a few programs you can join as an Affiliate Marketer and to apply is an easy process and it’s free to join affiliate programs so make a note to yourself about this.
There are literally 1000’s of affiliate programs to join and the great thing is, there are programs for every niche so you will not be short of places to join as you build out with your business.
Inside Wealthy Affiliate, a new update has been added for members and this is Affiliate Programs to join and this service is incredible and makes things so easy for all the members. Another great add on from Kyle and Carson and the team inside this platform.
When you are accepted with the programs, you will add links and banners to your website. You will also write blog posts relating to some of the programs you have joined, for example, I refer people to Grammarly and have written about Grammarly to help people learn about how having this program can save them hours of time when writing as it is a grammar and spell-check program that is excellent. I add the banner or link to my posts or as a widget on my site as you will see if you check out my banners and when people click on the banner or link, they are taken directly to Grammarly and if they purchase the product, I receive a commission for helping people learn about this great product.
This is how Affiliate Marketing works and over time, you can build a substantial income from the initial work you do to build a truly great website.
Yes, it takes time to build and nobody expects money to fall into their bank accounts instantly as owning and building a business takes effort and hard work but if you do what I have shown you in this post, you will become successful.
When I 1st started Affiliate Marketing, I knew next to nothing about how any of it worked but after going through the OEC training inside Wealthy Affiliate, I can honestly say, this is the best choice I have ever made when it comes to working online and creating financial freedom.
I asked the question, what is an affiliate marketing business as well and my answer today to you is this.
It is the opportunity to build a successful online business creating passive income which will over time turn into financial freedom allowing anyone who is prepared to work hard every chance they get to become an Online Entrepreneur from the comfort of their own home.
I invite you to join me and all the other awesome members and experts inside Wealthy Affiliate to start your new and exciting journey into Affiliate Marketing.
Imagine 2 years from today being able to do what you like when you like with money and time freedom.
For me it is awesome and I hope to see you on the inside of WA so we can connect and I can help you move forward with your online Affiliate Marketing business.
Here are some testimonials from a couple of our members.
About 2 years ago, I was searching for ways to make money in the hopes that I could build an online business that would allow me to work from anywhere and even work less over the long run.
I started doing a lot of research, looking at various “opportunities”, getting my hopes up with some of them just to find out that the only people those particular programs would help were the ones selling them as they collected my money.
I quickly realized that the promise of large sums of money for little to no work “opportunities” were scams. Most would make amazing claims, not show any substance as to how you would actually make the money but just being really vague, provide fake testimonials from paid actors and pictures of expensive cars, homes and show someone relaxing on a beach somewhere as if that would be you if you bought the program, etc.
I actually joined a 2-hour webinar I found on Facebook that offered all that and more… It was during my research of this latest opportunity that I came across a recommendation for Wealthy Affiliate (WA).
As you can imagine, by this time I was pretty much skeptical of any program promising to help me become successful online. Still, I decided not to give up and start digging deeper. I was actually surprised at all the positive reviews I found. What was even more surprising is, every time I found a negative review (and there weren’t that many), the true purpose of the review was to sell some other “opportunity” and therefore was slamming the competition.
What intrigued me about WA was it didn’t make the grandiose promises and claims. They tell you the truth. Building an online business takes time, dedication and work. None of this “Make $5000 per month with as little as 5 minutes of work each day” stuff. That really got my attention.
Now truth alone isn’t enough.
I’ll be honest with you… I’m cheap when it comes to tossing my money into the ring of uncertainty. Don’t get me wrong. If there’s some new toy or gadget that I want, I’ll drop whatever on it but, when it comes to things I’m unfamiliar with, I hold onto my money pretty tightly. That’s why I do so much research before jumping on board.
The reason I just told you that is because you can actually sign up for a free Starter membership and check it out. This isn’t some time-limited option either. You get access to training, free web hosting, the community, etc. That’s what truly got me in the door. No other program I found let me test the waters without handing over my credit card first. If it wasn’t for that one amazing feature, I wouldn’t be with WA today.
I took advantage of the free account. After all, when I want something I go after it. I hit the training hard and started building my online presence. The training was excellent and the community, the true gem of WA, was more help than I ever expected. Imagine a place where like-minded individuals, at various stages in their online endeavors, can collaborate and help each other out… That’s the WA community! By day three, I chose to go Premium.
Now, you don’t have to go Premium if you don’t want to. You can stay a free Starter member forever. There’s no hard upsell. Granted, it’s recommended, you get access to more training and features, and I, for one, think it’s worth it but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
Fast-forward to a year and a half later and I have two sites up and running that are making money. Now, I’m not yet to the level of retiring, and frankly, I don’t want to as I love my job and it offers great pay and benefits, but my sites are growing steadily and traffic keeps climbing. These sites will provide decent income streams and allow me to continue to make money well into my retirement years.
If you’re even giving WA the slightest consideration, do yourself a favor and sign up for the free Starter account. Check it out for yourself and then decide if it’s right for you. I was for me and I honestly believe it can work for anyone if they’re willing to put in the effort to better their lives. Scott Hinkle https://mavicmaniacs.com/
Hey peeps. I have been on the inside of Wealthy Affiliate for over 11 years. And I can tell I didn’t know True Success!. Or motivation until the Lord put Vicky Crawford in my front line.
She is very much the Real Deal with her words for us to truly BELIEVE in our self.
With Vicki’s simple and unique way i have completely transformed my pathway to success and am forever grateful to what I will continually learn from her. Robert Martin Lees
Jerry’s fortune back in 2018
So there you go- There are some testimonials and of course Jerry’s exciting news report from Sept 2018
Please leave a comment with your thoughts and any questions you have and I will reply to you within 24-48 hours.
Go well and be awesome in 2019 and beyond!!! Over 4 billion people are looking online so let’s give them what they are looking for. 🙂
Bye for now
Vicki, signing off from Money and Freedom Online