I always tell people...
One of the easiest ways to start an online business is with affiliate marketing.
Because you don't have to come up with your own product or service.
You don't have to write any sales copy or worry about conversion rate optimization.
You don't even have to deal with customer support after someone purchases an offer.
Affiliate marketing is all about promoting other people's products and services.
You find a product or service you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.
All you have to do is send website visitors through your affiliate link. And when someone makes a purchase you receive an affiliate commission.
It's a great way to make passive income.
So how can you get started with this easy online business model?
Here are 3 steps to start an affiliate marketing business:
Step 1 - Pick a Niche
Picking a niche is all about choosing the topic/market/product category/area of interest that you will promote affiliate offers.
Most people say you should pick a niche that you're an expert in and have passion for but...
It's important to choose a niche that is profitable so you can make decent money in your business. Here are a few niches that are known to be profitable:
- Weight loss
- Self Improvement
- Dating and Relationships
- Video Games
- Skin Care Treatment
- Women's Fashion
And you can uncover many more profitable niches (large and small) when you do the research. So if you're going to pick a niche that you're an expert in and have passion for, be sure it's profitable.
Step 2 - Find Good Affiliate Offers
Once you pick a niche, the next step is to find good affiliate offers in your niche to promote.
When I say good, I'm talking about products or services that will be profitable for you and provide value to the people you're promoting it to.
You can find affiliate offers by doing a quick Google search of:
[Your Niche] + affiliate programs
That should bring up a list of websites with affiliate programs/networks in your niche.
One of the most popular affiliate networks for digital products is Clickbank.
And the most popular affiliate program for physical products is Amazon.
Spend some time doing the research to find a good affiliate offer to promote. It makes all the difference whether or not your business will be profitable.
Step 3 - Create a Website
The next step is to create a website so you can actually promote your affiliate offers. You will need to register a domain name related to your niche. And you will need to purchase web hosting if you haven't already.
All in all it should only cost about $20 to get everything you need (Very cheap compared to starting other kinds of businesses).
That's all you need to establish an online presence.
There are plenty of ways to design a website but I recommend using WordPress to get started. It's really easy to create WordPress affiliate sites and earn a full-time income online.
Finally, once your site is ready, it's time to create content for it.
The content you create must be relevant to your niche but also interesting and engaging enough to keep your audience coming back. You should also ensure the site content is search engine-friendly so search engines send web visitor to your website.
If you follow the 3 steps above you can start your own affiliate marketing business. At first there is some work involved but once it gets going you will find it exciting and rewarding.
Be sure to download my free report for a more in-depth guide on affiliate marketing.