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Start affiliate marketing today with FREE step-by-step guide

Nowadays, a lot of people are searching for risk-free business opportunities on the Internet. Affiliate marketing is one of those. It is absolutely risk-free, as no investment is needed. Without owning a product or service, you have a big chance to achieve great results. You can start affiliate marketing today itself, all you need to have is a good guide…

Many times, we are waiting for the right time, right day, or the right place to start. I think if you really want to own a business and be successful, this time is the right time.

No matter if you are an employee, student, housewife or retired, affiliate marketing can do anyone with zero knowledge. You can do it part-time or full-time. But, of course, the more effort you invest, the more results you will achieve.

“If your business is not on the Internet, then your business will be out of business”                                                                                                                   Bill Gates

If your question is: “Can I start affiliate marketing today?” The answer is YES!

Of course, you can! It is easier than you think. The big advantage of this business is that there is no investment needed. All you have to invest is just your time and willingness. Imagine opening a coffee shop. How much time & money the process will require. Moreover, you have to pay salaries, rent, and other fixed and variable costs. For at least six months, you need to have savings to pay for fixed expenditures before you start earning good money.

Now, the most important fact for you to realize is that in affiliate marketing there are no shortcuts. In order to become financially independent, you do have to work. If some affiliate companies tell you that you can earn money today, it’s a scam. You need to have a vision and the right mindset. Only then it is possible to have success. I am telling you this at the beginning because a lot of affiliate marketers fail. The main reason is impatience. Everybody loves to make money the next day or week or month, but without building a good website and driving the right traffic, it will be hard.

What this business is actually about and what you can learn:

Affiliate marketing is about offering precise and complete information about products or services to the right audience. Once you start affiliate marketing, you will be able to build your business from A to Z.

You will be able to:

  • Build your own website
  • Write SEO friendly content
  • Search for highly ranked keywords
  • Link your site with Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Google Webmaster tools
  • Optimize your website for search engines
  • Drive free organic traffic to your site, so that no paid advertisement is needed
  • Earn a sufficient amount of money, so that you can quit your day job (see our testimonials)

Let’s have a look at a few steps you have to complete before you dive into the world of affiliate marketing. To start affiliate marketing today you need to:

Choose your niche

start affiliate marketing todayThis is very an important step, and you have to be sure about your niche. If you have a few ideas and want to do all of them, I don’t recommend you do it all at once. One of the reasons is that it will be very time-consuming, especially if you are a beginner, and second, you might see your results later. Instead of posting two blog posts a week on each site I recommend that you write four blogs a week and put them on one site.

  • Write down a list of all your niches. Evaluate how much information you can provide for each niche; the more information, the better.
  • Research your competition. The best place to find your competitors is Google. The second tool you might be using is a ranking platform, for example, is Semrush. You will be able to see how much organic traffic your competition is getting. Semrush is one of the best tools on the market for SEO. It’s a bit expensive, but I recommend that you open a free account and you will have the opportunity to do ten searches a day.
  • Select at least 100 keywords with low competition, and be sure that you can easily write about selected keywords.
  • Evaluate the PROS and CONS of each niche

Choose a domain name

start affiliate marketing today You can choose from the three choices, and it’s totally up to you.

The first domain name is called EMD – exact match domain. That means that your domain name consists only of the keywords. For example, in blackbag.com, the “black” and “bag” are the keywords. If you are ready to sell only black bags, this domain name is perfect. However, if later you decide to also sell white bags, the domain name will be irrelevant to your site offer and content. Generally, EMD is ranked faster and easier on Google.

The second choice is a PMD – partial match domain. In this case, only part of your domain name has a keyword. For example, beautifulblackbag.com, only “black” and “bag” will be recognized by Google as a keyword.

The last one is a brand name. For example, Nike, Adidas, and Puma are brand names. Brand names are usually short and easy to remember.

You can find more information in our post, How to name the business.

Build your website

Your next step will be building a website. If you would like me to help you in the step-by-step process, have a look at my post: “Build your own website free of cost.” You will be able to build your website in less than a minute.

Earning coins or banknotes

start affiliate marketing today

Before you start linking your content to affiliate links, check related affiliate companies. The most important information you need to know:

  • How long cookies last. For example, some places like Amazon are having 24-hour cookies, some one-month, and some even lifelong.
  • Percentage of the commision. Of course, higher is better.
  • Product price vs quality.

Write content

Remember, content is the key to success. If, at this point, you are thinking that you don’t want to write, or that you’re bad at writing, don’t panic. To write good content, you don’t have to be a writer. All you need to do is effectively communicate with your audience. The more information and help you are able to provide to your readers, the better off you are; it’s as simple as that.

Once you start posting your content, you will see how Google reacts to it. If you have already built your website and installed the recommended plugins, you will be able to optimize your website for search engines. Naturally written content will always be indexed by Google faster and ranked higher.

A few tips for your content:

  • start affiliate marketing todayHave a minimum of five headers
  • Short paragraphs, no longer than 300 words
  • Use your keywords a few times
  • Use transition words
  • Around 1000 words long
  • Write a conclusion
  • Write naturally – this is the key to successful content

Where can I get more information & how much will it cost?

Building your own business will require some effort to learn new things, but with the right guide, it’s very easy.

One of the greatest platforms for affiliate marketers is Wealthy Affiliate, see the review here. For those who don’t want to invest money, you have the option to open a free account, which includes two domain names on SiteRubix and access to the first ten important lessons. If you are confident about your decision, you have the opportunity to access full training. See the table below.

Start affiliate marketing today!

When I started this business, I didn’t want to invest. If you read my, “about me” page, you will understand why. So I tried a free account, but a few days after I realized that this is my world and my future, I upgraded to a Premium account. At that time, I had just invested a lot of money into my studies and five years of my life to get a masters degree. After finishing University and not having much experience, I start working at the reception desk of a hotel with a small salary. So, why not invest $300 and all of my free time into building a new life? Let’s do it together and let’s say goodbye to employment.

Conclusion

No need to hesitate, in case you are! Now is the best time to create your own business from scratch. No previous experience or technical knowledge is necessary. With the right tools and guidance, you can do it on your own.

Daily, around 3.5 billion people are visiting Google and searching for answers to their questions. Out of them, 2.8 billion are potential clients, so be one of those who can help them. The sky is the limit! So why not to start affiliate marketing today itself!

If you have any questions, please leave them below, and I will be more than happy to answer them.

 

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14 thoughts on “Start affiliate marketing today with FREE step-by-step guide”

  1. julienne murekatete

    Affiliate marketing is now the 21st century business. Every person who has big dream must start affiliate marketing because these days the world became like a village due to internet. But many people fear to start this business because it costs much money when it is done personally and it can bear no fruits.But with Wealthy Affiliate , affiliate marketing is possible as it has a wonderful platform( training, building website at no cost,nice community which help newbies …). I am happy that i found WA.

    Thank you for relevant information

    Julienne

    1. Hi Julienne, 

      Thank you very much for the comment. 

      You are so right about fear. I know many smart and educated people who are working on good posts, but opening an online business for them is like a TABU. A lot of people still dot know that no investment needed. I think the main reason is too many scams they are like spams everywhere. Before even trying people are sure they can’t be successful. Thats really pity. Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is really one of the best platform especially for newbies and with it strong community you will never feel lost in your business. 

      Wish you a lot of success!

  2. I commented on a previous post about wealthy affiliate and asked if it was still good for those with experience and on the very next article I find my answer! 

    Just by looking at what Wealthy Affiliate premium membership offers for its monthly subscription gives you an awesome package.

    WA is also ideal to run a web hosting business through it as all your web security is dealt with plus you can hold 50 websites for the price it would cost you to host one on the likes of go daddy!

    Thankyou for sharing and brining this to our attention!  

    1. Hi Darren,

      that’s great! 

      I am very happy at the Wealthy Affiliate platform. It’s really all in one package plus you get a great keyword tool included. Jaxxy is so accurate with the traffic and competition results. 

      I am already hosting few sites at WA and very happy that I don’t have to run from one system to other…

      Thank you for your kind feedback!

  3. Thanks for this positive, still honest article about affiliate marketing. You mentioned a very important point: patience. In a world, where everything can be served instantly (buy now – pay later), people tend to forget that only work and time lead to results. Most quitters shut down their affiliate marketing business after 6 months, often just right before they would have seen their first results. 

    1. Hi Felix, 

      thank you for your feedback. You are so right. Actually only after 6 months if you work hard you will start picking apples from the tree and then all is a question of a snowball effect. 

      I know that affiliate marketing works, but it takes time. It is really pity when people work hard and give up without realizing how much time they already invested, so why to waste this precious time. It is same like going to the university investing years of life and tons of money and finally thinking I can’t be good at my profession… However, how many are ready to quit University? Noone… If we want to be successful we can not give up!

  4. Each Day that comes, A lot of people keeps looking for a legit platform to invest their money. Internet Fraud has reduced people’s trust toward online marketing.. But this post really have a good news for all.. Affiliate marketing still has what it takes to make money online. as you said,All you have to invest is just your time and willingness.

    Building a website with a nice niche and daily updated content is really the key to success.

    This is really a Nice post form you!

    1. Hi Bibian, 

      thank you for your opinion. 

      Actually, I hardly trust people who are promoting online their products or platforms for money. But when I saw an opportunity to build a business without investment I thought that I have to try. Of course, when you want to learn advanced information you have to invest something, but at least you know what you are investing for. I think the worst is to invest and then realize if its good or bad investment. 

  5. Thanks for your help. I also do affiliate marketing, and the first mistake I made was trying to sell to many different kinds of products on different websites. This did slow me down and I didn’t start earning for a long time as I was too busy to devote enough time to one website at a time.

    The good thing that came out of this, although it took longer, is that three out of five of my websites are now making consistent sales.

    Reading your post now I can’t help wondering if maybe one of my websites would be making me a full time income by now instead, but at the time I couldn’t decide which would be the most successful niche to follow.

    1. Hi Michel, 

      I think this is very common mistake everybody does and it has a lot to do with “shiny object syndrome”… I had same problem but after I have decided to work only on one project I have created my calendar with every day tasks for one year and only after reaching financial freedom I thought about next project… 

      Its really hard to decide what niche is better, but maybe after writing down all PROS and CONS you will be able to choose the best niche. 

      Wish you a lot of success !

  6. This  is a brilliantly written and easy to follow guide on how to build a website and start earning money via affiliate marketing. I like the way you asked a question then answered it with some sound advice. 

    It is a great site for a newbie but also people who have been working online and need to go back over the basics.

    You mentioned getting free traffic, what would you advise a newbie to do to capitalize on that free traffic?. 

    Critical points were researching keywords and good quality content. 

    Thank you for sharing all this valuable information.

    1. Hi Judy, 

      thank you for your kind feedback. I think a lot of people will find this platform useful. 

      The key of getting a free traffic is a good content but as well on page SEO. Sometimes people do critical mistakes by not optimising they posts. Google loves: titles which contains a target keyword, good meta description, images with ALT attributes, internal links and many other important aspects. 

      Search engine optimisation is very crucial for any business, especially if we are talking about organic traffic :)

  7. Hello Halyna,

    Thanks so much for this post, You have really opened my eyes to this online business. I have heard about Affiliate Marketing, but I taught it also work like an MLM business. So I never gave it a try.

    Now you have shown me that this is entirely different from any MLM business where you’re required to be doing recruitment.

    The good part I like about affiliate marketing is the fact that you can try it for FREE before making any investment into it. Of course as you rightly said, to be successful in any business, it requires some effort and hard work. And I’m going to put fort every effort into giving this business a try.

    I will try the Wealthy Affiliate training you recommended for FREE and if I’m Okay with it, then I will upgrade to premium level.

    Thanks so much for sharing this useful information with me.

    Stephen.

    1. Hi Stephen, 

      thank you for stopping by :)

      Yes it is very different then MLM business. Generally I am not big fan of MLM and most of the successful people coming from Affiliate Marketing. You can see this business everywhere. 

      Around 90% of companies having affiliate programs and this is the reason why you can be successful in any niche. There is unbelievable amount of products available on the market. 

      If you invest your time and efforts your dream will come true, its all a question of time. 

      in case you have any questions I will be happy to answer them 

      Wish you a lot of success!

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