One of the easiest ways that you can make money with an online business is to become an affiliate marketer.
Affiliate marketing appeals to a lot of stay at home moms as it is very easy to get started and you don’t have to worry about taking care of customers.
It is a lot easier to be an affiliate marketer than it is to create and sell your own products.
You can be set up and earning with an affiliate marketing business in just a few weeks if you get stuck in.
Even faster if you use a ready-made system, like the one I recommend below. Check out the free webinar below or watch the grandma video for details.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a very simple concept. You promote other people’s products or services and when a sale is made you receive a commission for your efforts.
Many companies that sell products these days have affiliate programs that you can join.
You can promote physical products for a commission, digital products, or a combination of the two. A physical product is something that is tangible and this can be anything from a cosmetics to a car.
I personally sell physical products for three companies who pay me 35 to 40% commission. However, I had to work my way up to those levels by proving I was capable of driving a lot of traffic and sales. I originally started at 20%.
A digital product is intangible. It is a computer file that could be a document that shows people how to do something or a video training course or even a software program.
You can expect higher commissions with these products as they can be a bit tougher to sell. Usually, you can earn between 50% and 75% with digital products.
How to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing
One way to get started is to choose a niche that you want to work in. Let’s say that you have a passion for parenting. There are a number of products available for babies and young children that people can purchase from Amazon.
If you join the Amazon Associates Program then you can make commissions for referring people to make purchases. Amazon, however, pays very low commission rates these days. Just 1 to 3%. You need to sell a lot of products to make decent money.
I recommend looking for affiliate deals directly with product manufacturers. Just google your niche or product plus affiliate and you will find companies to work with. Google like this “strollers affiliate” or similar.
Most companies will require you to have a website that is getting a reasonable amount of traffic. So your first step is setting up a website or blog.
If you take a look at Clickbank.com you will see they have some digital products for the parenting niche. You could promote any of these that appeal to you.
When you join any affiliate network they will provide you with a unique link for the products that you want to promote.
When one of your visitors clicks on your “affiliate link” and goes on to make a purchase you will receive a credit for the sale and you will be owed the appropriate commission.
Check how often the affiliate network pays its affiliates. Amazon affiliates have to wait up to 60 days to receive their commissions.
Clickbank pays their affiliates every week. Some affiliate networks will pay their affiliates instantly via PayPal when they make sales.
An Easier Way to Get Started
Another way to get started in affiliate marketing is to choose a ready-made system that has already been created by experienced and successful people, so you just have to join up and make it your own.
This is my favorite affiliate marketing system for digital products. It is a simple 3 step system where you earn 50 to 75% commission on any sales you make. You can choose from 3 niches: Home Business, Health and Fitness, or Personal Development.
You can do all 3 if you want, however, I recommend focusing on just 1, to begin with.
You can get started for just $9.95. You will also need money to spend on advertising and traffic. There is also a done for you set up option and 1 on 1 coaching if needed.
How to Promote Affiliate Offers
I recommend that you create your own blog or website in your chosen niche. So if you are interested in parenting and found some good products to promote then you can create content around the different parenting subjects and recommend specific products.
You can then make social media accounts that match your website and share your blog posts on these. This will drive visitors from your social media accounts to read your website and check out your affiliate offers.
There are many other ways to get people to your affiliate offers, which I will talk about in future articles. However, building a website and matching social profiles is a very good way to start by laying a good foundation and building up your brand.
If you can write your own content then this will be easy for you. If you struggle with writing, you can always outsource the task of content creation to a freelance writer. This is my favorite place for finding freelancers at an affordable price.
It also pays to do some keyword research to find out what search terms people are using to look for information. This way you will be creating content that people are looking for. Not wasting your time on a topic that there isn’t much interest in. Google Trends is a good tool to find out about what people are currently searching for.
Last Updated: June 30th, 2020