If you’re reading Day 1 of my Affiliate Marketing Email Course, then you have taken the most important first step to start your online business.
Today, we’ll do basic introduction stuff, and in the next couple days, we’ll dig into the details. I guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.
This perfectly suited for newbies. My approach is running through the basic one at a time.
But, if you think it is too slow and you want to brisk walk your learning, you can always start building your website right now.
What we’ll cover this week:
- What is Affiliate Marketing?
- Can you really make money with affiliate programs?
- How to choose a topic for your new business
- The easiest way to set up your website
- How to get traffic to your website like an expert
- Popular business models
- Hype vs reality
After this week, I will continue to provide helpful tips on how to continuously grow your website and attract more readers, how to increase the conversion rates and how to avoid the pitfalls in affiliate marketing.
If you signed up and thinking in getting rich quickly or cashing in right away, stop right there and close this website. This is not for you. I hate to break it to you, but to become extremely successful in affiliate marketing, it will take some time and plenty, plenty of patience.
My first sale was with Amazon and paid me $1 commission. I will never forget the excitement I felt for that commission. And today, in a span of 12 months, I’m earning $1,000 per month… as a side hustle.
What is the key to this success? It is actually simple. Doing it consistently and patiently requires action. If you simply sit and think about success without doing anything, do you think you will achieve it?
So, I will make this easy for you to take action by giving you small tasks to complete each day. Whatever idea you have, it will be nothing without taking action. The determining factor to your success is YOUR actions and YOUR hard work.
About Me and Affiliate Marketing
My name is Julie and I’m still in awe to tell you that I’m an affiliate marketer. I never thought that I will be one and will be stuck in my 9-to-5 job as a finance professional, not until I discovered affiliate marketing.
I’m a mum of two adorable kids (who keep me very busy) and living down under, in Sydney Australia.
I always wanted to break into “making money online” since 2007. I started creating hundreds of blogs and hoping that they will become successful one day. In 2009, I created a movie blog which I poured my heart and soul in writing movie reviews and wished I will be like Roger Ebert (God Bless his soul). I sold my movie blog when I had my first baby in 2014.
In 2015, I became really successful in e-commerce, doing dropshipping. It was a great success that I reached $100,000 in revenue in a year. But the net profit and the amount of stress I gained is not worth it.
In 2016, I jumped into self-publishing fiction novels. It was a lot of fun but cost a lot of money to deliver – from concept to published book.
In 2017, I signed up to be a YouTube creator and creating tons of colouring and drawing videos with my daughter. My daughter and I enjoyed it so much and earned on the side at the same time.
In 2018, after a few emails received from Kyle (co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate), I signed up and upgraded to premium membership, and the rest is history!
How to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?
Making money with affiliate marketing is a 4-step process. You can watch this process explained step by step in this video, or keep reading below.
- 1. Build a Website
- 2. Create Content
- 3. Get Traffic
- 4. Make Money
Building a website is the first requirement to be successful in affiliate marketing. Without a website, it is impossible to gain success in online business. In Wealthy Affiliate, this step has been simplified and it is so much easier to do. You’ll be amazed at how many steps have been skipped when you create your website with Siterubix – the website builder within Wealthy Affiliate.
The next step is creating content. There is a misconception that you need to be a writer to be able to create good content. Creating content is about helping people – communicating with other people a message that could solve their problems. Having said that, to create great content, you can regard this like talking to a friend about a specific niche. If your message is genuine and helpful, it manifests to your writing and your readers will appreciate that.
You don’t have to worry about creating content for now, as I will send you some writing tips which will make writing a breeze.
After writing your genuinely helpful article, it will attract readers who will eventually convert to followers. This is an organic way of gaining traction. Although there are few ways to drive traffic to your website, the foundation of creating good article promises great success in the long run.
The fourth step is the best part – making money. In a nutshell, the making money part is tantamount to monetizing your blog traffic. There are tons of ways how you can do that, but the most successful is through affiliate links. You can earn that starts from $1, or $6,000 for each sale.
Is Affiliate Marketing for You?
This email course is tailored for the complete beginner and intermediate affiliate marketers. If you’re already earning a full-time income, you’ll probably get bored with it.
The concept I will be covering is pretty basic but essential to getting into the right direction in building a good foundation of a successful online business.
If you don’t know if your chosen niche will be profitable, don’t worry about it. Kyle (co-founder) of Wealthy Affiliate teaches how to be an expert in any kind of niche.
I, like everyone else, started with zero knowledge about the internet or marketing. But now, with all my experience in online business, I have gained all the learning and continuously so to be a successful affiliate marketer. I will definitely tell you all of the stories when I screwed up things and how I learned from them on my succeeding series of emails.
5 Best Tips for Newbies
Let me give you my 5 Best Tips as a beginner in setting up an online business:
1. Take One Step At A Time
No one told you to brisk walk your learning and that you’ll know everything in one go. Take one step at a time. This will prevent you from being overwhelmed with lots of information.
I know, everyone is busy! 24 hours isn’t enough for the entire day. But seriously, who’s chasing you?
Don’t worry too much about other people, like it seems they had a headstart. This is the beginning of your affiliate marketing journey. Think about it as a road trip rather than a formula one race.
2. Don’t Chase Money
One of my major mistakes when I was starting out, my motivation was MONEY. Money will come naturally if you have the foundation and knowledge of how things work in an online business. This is the main reason why the focus in building your website on the content and it’s quality. Good content attracts visitors, hence attracts money.
3. Take Action
Learning any skill is also a skill. But regardless of your approach to learning, the most important thing is to take action. No one will do it for you.
Don’t be afraid of the mistakes you’ll make. Those are the best part of your learning journey.
4. Ask for Help
If you get stuck, the best way is always to ask for help. You can always contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or contact me privately inside Wealthy Affiliate to see if I can help you with something specific.
5. Be Positive
To become a MINDFUL AFFILIATE, you need to practice positivity. You have to believe that you’re going to be successful and everything is in line with your goals.
I won’t promise that your learning process is smooth-sailing. But, if you take all the hurdles and challenges positively, NOTHING can hinder your success.
Tomorrow we’re going to look at specific steps towards building an affiliate business including picking a topic, choosing a domain name, and building your website!
Building an online business is going to be challenging, but fun. If you put in the work now, you will see results in the future.
I hope you are as excited as I am!
Tasks For Today
Task 1: Create a Free Account at Wealthy Affiliate
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do it here. There is no credit card required when you signed up. Signing up for a free account gives lots of benefits – limited access to training, join the affiliate program and connect with the community. Take this opportunity to assess if this is something for you and you will enjoy.
Task 2: Complete your WA Profile Set Up
Most of the people (myself included) who are starting an online business are reluctant to show their faces to the online world. But building any business and getting customers will require a huge amount of trust. It is highly encouraged to put a face on the name – it is easier to connect and gain the trust that you’re looking for.
Task 3: Think and Set Your Goals
This is not only your money goals per se. Think and think hard why do you want to be in an online business? How many hours of your time you’re willing to invest to achieve your goal?
When you have clear goals, you’re already at the head start. All you need to do next is to laser focus on achieving those goals.