If you are wondering ‘what is affiliate marketing’, this post is specially written for you. Affiliate marketing can sound quite daunting to someone who is not in the field of marketing or business. However, this post will give you the lowdown on it in a quick and easy manner.

This post is written by my friend Yunier from LearnToMakeExtraMoney.com whose website is dedicated towards revealing the scams out in the Internet world and helping teach beginners how to make money online from the comfort of their own home. I will now pass the time over to him.

Hello everyone, my name is Yunier Gonzalez and I have been invited by my friend Jane to write a guest post. It’s really an honor to share my expertise on affiliate marketing with you that has caused some confusion for many people. This post aims to clear up the confusion that revolves around the topic of affiliate marketing.

Before you think that affiliate marketing is one big hoax or just a scam, I suggest you read this article thoroughly as I’m sure you’ll have a different opinion by the end. I once thought it was a scam so it’s understandable when I witness the doubt that comes from everyday people.

Don’t feel so bad as I was once there before but was lucky enough to find out the truth behind affiliate marketing.

What Is 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.”

That’s a pretty accurate definition but what exactly does this mean? In layman terms, it basically means you, as an affiliate, will receive a commission from affiliate programs when people use your link to buy their products or services on your website.

Let me explain further, I love Apple products and before I bought my macbook, I did my research which involved looking for reviews online. I ended up searching for the keyword/search term ” Apple macbook review”. I was brought to a website that and an article reviewing the very product I wanted to buy.

They gave a full review of this mac book all the features, pros, cons, and a lot more. At the end of the article they provided a link “an affiliate link” that redirected me to Amazon where this product was being sold for a decent price and I bought it. Now because I bought this product from an affiliate link this website provided, he earned a commission from my purchase.

Pretty cool right? There is actually more! Now the Amazon has a 24-hour cookie which means once I’m redirected towards Amazon from an affiliate link, any products that I buy for a 24-hour period this person (affiliate marketer) that provided this affiliate link gets a commission. Now that is really cool!

This is why the Amazon affiliate program is one of the most popular as they have thousands of products that you can promote within each market.

Is Affiliate Marketing For You?

I’ve helped many people get into the affiliate marketing business. What is interesting is there isn’t an age or experience barrier. Some Affiliate marketers I’ve helped range from teens to college students to stay at home parents and even some grandparents!

This shows that anyone can operate their own affiliate marketing business from home. Trust me, this isn’t to show off but to prove that anyone interested enough with the desire to succeed can make it work.

You don’t know anything about creating websites? It doesn’t matter because almost everything is done in a few simple steps. You can actually create websites today in less than 30 seconds! This is how much technology has improved!

Years ago, it would have been a huge investment as you would have to pay a website designer to create a website for you. Now, the coding aspect of website creation has been eliminated to help everyday normal people like you and me. You do not need coding skills to flourish in the online business world!

What Makes Affiliate Marketing So Great?

What makes affiliate marketing attractive is the fact that you don’t need to own products, be forced to promote certain products or services you don’t like, and even more important the fact that there is not a huge cost to maintain your online business. If you wanted you can get started for free. Think about how many different business models can say that, not many.

You can build a business and make money from home on your passion or interest. Make no mistake about it, a affiliate marketing business can be build on any type of interest or passion. I seen so many creative sub niche websites that stand out from the crown. I know this one guy that has a hewing website and he does product reviews on different equipments. What makes this website so great? The fact that you can tell he is very passionate about brewing.

If you have passion or interest in what you do, the money will find you as your work will definitely stand out from the crowd. Think about it, you are going to be creating a lot of content for your website, you want to make it fun and the only way to do this is by talking about something you enjoy. Making money online shouldn’t be a chore but  something you wake up everyday excited to do.

The 4 Step Process To Making Money Online

1. Find A Niche

This is going to be your topic or interest. The trick here is to make your niche very specific because you don’t want to end up in a niche that is overcrowded or too broad. If your niche is overcrowded or too broad, you might end up going against the big authority site brands and this isn’t ideal.

For example, instead of making a website on laptops or computers in general I would probably go the route of just reviewing Apple Macbooks. You may ask why ? It’s very simple, you are getting targeted traffic and you will be recognised for yourApple Macbook reviews. This will build you out as an authority in your own right.

2. Build A Website

This will be the foundation of your business. Without a website, we have no business so this is super important. In fact many traditional businesses haven’t even built websites yet which is a big downfall if you ask me. We are at the age that we want everything virtually done. I, for one, rather search for a product online then actually go to a store to check it out.

Like I said in the beginning, we are in the age that anybody can create a website and fairly quickly. I mean 30 seconds? That is really fast! Go 10 years back and you wouldn’t have been possible.

3. Attract Visitors

No visitors equal no customers, your main objective is to provide value and bring in customers. This is done through engaging quality content. When you get the hang of writing articles, you will become faster at it and produce better quality work. There are times that I write my articles under an hour, but that’s only because I know about the topic that I’m writing about.

There are so many techniques that can be used to attract visitors. One great way is to target specific keywords! It is terrible to waste your time targeting articles that will never reach Google’s first page simply because you are writing about topics that the big authority sites are ranking for. So it is key that you do your keyword research before writing articles for your website.

4. Earn Revenue

Now this is the magical step, we all want to earn from our online business but hold your horses. Before you reach step 4, you need to continually work on step 3. Once you have visitors coming in daily, earning from your website will be inevitable.

Making sales isn’t hard at all in my opinion. What’s hard is bringing in visitors because we all know that our readers make our business. You shouldn’t worry about the revenue only because a website is very easy to monetise as there are so many ways to do this. You could use affiliate links, Google Adsense, create and sell your own e- book, and a whole lot more.

Remember just create quality helpful content that your readers will benefit from and naturally you will end up making money off your website. Once you understand this process is when you will be able to make a living online like so many people have before you. If you want to learn how to start your own affiliate marketing business for free, click here to learn more about it!

If you have learnt something from this blog post, I hope you can leave a comment to encourage Yunier! I will be following up with a post that will show you how you can monetise from Amazon in more detail.

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