How to be successful in affiliate marketing- Step by step

Perhaps one of the things that is sought after by people who want to leave their jobs is affiliate marketing. Although there is a huge demand interest from these people only a few make it.

What I mean by make it is that there are only few people who actually succeed. I was lucky enough to be able to find work on affiliate marketing to help me afford my daily expenses and this is why I will be showing you how to be successful in affiliate marketing.

What it is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is where you promote a product or a service/program that is not yours and you earn a commision

Related: How to make money with a blog

You basically get a link that is directly linked to you. So when a person clicks you link you will earn a commission.

The commission can be very high especially if you get a product which pays a higher commission of like 70% or something.

Affiliate marketing has existed for a very long time but most people think it is a new way of making money.

Affiliate marketing is only becoming popular now since the online community has grown so much over the years. It is estimated that there are……people who use the internet

Now let us now look at how to actually succeed in affiliate marketing.

1. Choose a niche

The first step in affiliate marketing is choosing a niche that you like and one that you like talking about. You could either choose health or golf.

This can be a niche that you are passionate about. So if you love cooking or playing soccer so that is you niche.

Once you have chosen the niche you will need to make it a sub niche and why do you do this?

This will help you to focus on you site on a targeted audience which is what helps you site more attractive and to narrow down you audience.

Here is an example:

Let’s say I choose dieting niche.

Diet niche is a big or broad niche so this will mean you will have a huge competition and that will not be good since you will be on;y starting out.

So this is how you narrow down:

Dieting-Supplements-muscle gain supplements.

So as the example above shows you will narrow down you niche from dieting to muscle gain supplements.

This will give you a better chance to succeed online because you competition is very slim.

2. Start a blog and a host

Now that you have got you niche narrowed down it is time to start a site related to you niche. Now the best way to start a site is to make one that is focused on wordpress.

The way to do this is to buy a domain for as little as $10 per year.

And I would recommend the following services to buy from

These are the best on the market forcreating a website as they are very affordable.

If you want a free way of making money you can use siterubrix which allows you to create two free websites. The good thing with using siterubrix is that you get a free hosting platform which costs something like $200 per 3 years depending on the platform you use.

3. Choose an affiliate product

When you have found you sub-niche now it is time to focus on choosing the best affiliate product for you niche and in this section I will help you know how to do this.

When you are choosing an affiliate product related to you niche it is vital to look for a problem you can solve in you niche.

The way to go about this is to look for forums related to you niche and go inside to check what most people are complaining about.

For example my site that I created and is making money is related to the vegan diet niche. So what I would do is to find a problem people have an offer a solution in a form of a product.

To find such forums you need to go on GOOGLE search and write “you niche name”+ Forum.

Using my vegan diet example I typed this on google:

Vegan diet Forum…

As you can see above I got a lot of forums related to this and I choose only one.

It is important to choose one because you need to fully engage with these people so that over time they can fully trust you.

The mistake I have seen people do is that they go on many forums to only burn themselves out and quit. Remember you are building a long term business and you need to be an expert.

So if you jump around a lot you will firstly waste you time and secondly you won’t have an audience that trusts you.

Once you have found a forum try to log in at least once a week to check any updates.

So when do you offer you affiliate product to this group?

Only after a few months you have joined and people at least know you and trust you.

So now onto how to get you affiliate product.

The first step is to register a free account to any affiliate program. There are many affiliate programs and below are the most well-known.

  1. Amazon Associates
  2. ShareAsale
  3. Clickbank
  4. Commission Junction

So after registering an account all you have to do is to choose a product for you niche and you will get a link directed to you for the product.

Below is the next step in choosing the best product to promote.

4. Use keyword research tool

Now that you have you are looking for a product in you affiliate company you now need to ensure that you product will convert.

The way to do this is using a keyword research tool which will help you check the competition you have and the demand for this product.

This is vital because you do not just want to promote something that will not convert.

The keyword research tool that I recommend and is super effective is called Jaxxy keyword research tool.

Unlike other keyword research tools which are not easy to use especially for beginners and which require you to pay to get better usability Jaxxy is different.

In fact when I discovered this service my progress as an affiliate marketer soared.

The good thing is that this free for up to 30 keywords you are searching. You can register for free at Jaxxy keyword research tool.

I actually did a review about it and you can read it on my article called Jaxxy keyword research too review.

5. Create content

The next step after having the keyword research too is to focus on writing content as much as you can.

Remember in order to succeed online you really need to focus you efforts on having consistent content because google only recognized this.

In fact google considers a site that regularly publishes an authority and thus rewards that by ranking you site higher.

If you follow all these rules I am sure that in the long run you will have income on you website.

I know how this can be hard to do especially if you have never written and feel that you need guidance so that is why I recommend you get a mentor or training daily.

The platform that helped earn an income after failing to do this for myself is called Wealthy Affiliate and it is free to join and get the training as long as you want.

Here you will be mentored almost daily and also have access to millions of top earners to ask questions from if you need help.

This is the reason I joined it and I have started to make money.

Final thoughts

Everyone wants to make money online but they do not know how to do this and they end up quitting.

However making money in affiliate marketing is like any other business as you just have to apply the fundamentals that are needed.

The fundamentals include the following steps:

  • Choosing a niche you are passionate about
  • Create a website and host it.
  • Choosing an affiliate program
  • Using a keyword research tool like Jaxxy.
  • Creating content

Although it is not an easy and a fast way to make money it is doable and can give you a lot of income.

I do recommend getting training if you are starting out or haven’t made any money as this will accelerate you progress like me.

I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it was helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments to add you are more than welcome to leave them below.

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