Is Affiliate Marketing for Beginners?
When you landed on this page, I believe you are trying to find out whether affiliate marketing is a business a complete beginner should start with in order to earn a full time income, working at home.
I guess this is because there are just too many low quality affiliate marketing program in the market that promises quick and easy results, but end up not helping at all.
People are tired testing each program over and over again, to eventually land on the wrong one. Too much time and money were wasted to search for the right one. It's just so difficult to find one that's legit and effective to start affiliate marketing.
That's why affiliate marketing is viewed NOT as a real business, but one that exists just to help people earn extra income. But, that's not true at all.
The truth is, affiliate marketing is the perfect business for beginners. It's not a supplementary income but rather is a real business that can give you real income, just like any brick and mortar business.
I am saying this because I started as a newbie too. But thanks to one affiliate marketing program that I joined, I finally managed to quit my c-level job and start earning a full time income at home.
Of course, this doesn't come easy. Along the way I too invested so much time and money into the wrong program. However, after years of experience, I finally able to quickly and accurately identify scam and low quality program.
If you are tired of scam and want to learn from a legitimate affiliate program, here's one you should try. At least it has help me and people that I know earn a 5 to 6 figure income, all starting from scratch.
But bear in mind, this is not a click and earn program. You need to put in hard work and consistent action to make it works.
Now, let's continue to explore whether affiliate marketing works for other people too.
Does Affiliate Marketing Work For Other People Too?
Of course it does! That's for sure.
Two marketers that I know personally earning a decent affiliate commission are Jerry and Grace. Both managed to earn a 4 to 5 figure monthly income promoting only one affiliate product, which is called Wealthy Affiliate. Imagine if they promote more than one product?
Jerry, a 21 year old school dropout is currently earning a consistent 4 to 5 digits affiliate income, after working on his blog for 18 months.
On the other hand, Grace, a mother of two gave up her ecommerce business and start to build a product review blog since 2 years ago. Now she has finally make a consistent 4 figure affiliate commission every month.
These are real people that I know who are earning a decent income from affiliate marketing. If you are not familiar with the term affiliate marketing and would like to know how it works, then you must continue reading.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing according to Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income, is …
“the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
Many of us have participated in affiliate marketing one way or another and you might not realize it.
For instance, I once recommend a friend to join an executive MBA course. When she enrolled, I was given a commission of $500. I achieved this simply by referring someone to buy.
This is a classic example of offline affiliate or more commonly known as referral marketing.
Let’s look at affiliate marketing from the perspective of online search …
When you want to buy a pair of good hiking shoes but you don't know how to choose, what’s the first thing you will do?
I guess most probably you will do some research on Google and check which one has the most number of positive reviews, then compare prices and finally check credibility of seller before you buy, right?
The moment you decided to click the site link that directs you to the checkout page, someone out there is making affiliate commission when you pay with your card. And this person is highly possible an affiliate marketer.
The Process of Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing involves a simple process of promoting someone else products to get paid. You just have to join an affiliate network, find product to promote and earn commission when someone buy.
There are many blogs promoting affiliate products that we can use as an example. Let’s recall the purchase of hiking shoes.
When you do a Google research on the term “hiking shoes”, I am sure you'll see a list of websites shown as results.
Once you click on any of the search result link, you'll be directed to a landing page. That page could be either a blog article, product review, YouTube page, or a sales page.
It might consist valuable information that you need such as the types of hiking shoes, price, buyer feedback, and etc in order for you to make a purchase decision.
Very likely, it could be a piece of content that can influence your buying decision. An example of landing page is this product review page shown below that has its affiliate links.
The affiliate marketer who promote this page will receive affiliate commission from the product owner when you buy something from inside the page.
Remember, this page was only created once, but found unlimited times by different buyers from around the world and the buying will repeats.
That’s how affiliate marketing works. You just need to create the landing page once, then let the cash generate on its own with repeating views, clicks and finally sales. The income generated is what we called passive income!
The question now is … “Do you want to do something once, then get paid again and again?”
Why Choose Affiliate Marketing?
1. Low Risk, Low Cost to Generate Passive Income
Like what I’ve mentioned earlier, affiliate marketing can allow you to get paid again and again for work that you only did once. This is because, your website can generate passive income for you 24/7, even when you are not at work.
This is how you really achieve financial freedom where you can’t get from any traditional 9 to 5 job. In traditional business, you need to buy stocks and incur overhead like rental, salary and utilities.
But affiliate marketing does not require this. It is low risk and low cost. The biggest cost is most probably your time to create compelling content.
2. Freedom, Flexibility and Full Empowerment
I am not sure about you but I work best at home or at some quiet café. Working this way inspires me and make my ideas flow.
Working for others seems more about rules, regulation and instruction. You won’t have flexibility to work as and when you like it. Neither can you implement ideas that you think will work.
So, choosing affiliate marketing is the best solution to uncover more possibilities with least investment.
You will then be fully in charge of your own success! You are your own boss where nobody can instruct you. Neither will you need to report to anyone or be compelled to do thing that is against your principle.
This is what real freedom, real flexibility and real empowerment are all about.
3. It’s Easy to Start
You just need to find a product from thousands of selection, share your affiliate link and wait for people to buy – and that’s it.
There is no need to worry about setting up payments, providing customer service, tracking sales and delivery. All that support is handled by the product owner.
4. Does Not Require Face-to-Face Selling
Face-to-face selling is not for everyone.
Many people fear rejection from selling face-to-face. That’s why when so many people sign up for legit MLM marketing like Neways International or LifeVantage, they ended up spending more money to stock up products rather than to sell.
You have the choice to do affiliate marketing that does not require meeting people! Basically the person you need to face is just your laptop.
You won’t have problem of rejection in affiliate marketing…. because you won’t even recognize who is clicking or not clicking on your affiliate link!
5. No Specialized Expertise nor Prior Experience Required
No experience needed to start affiliate marketing!
You don’t need to have specialized expertise of your selected niche. Neither do you require coding and designing skills to build a website.
The best about affiliate marketing is you can start anywhere and anytime you like without going through interviews after interview!
But if you are currently working for others, it'll be better to start affiliate marketing on a part-time basis and only go full-time when you are ready. This is because it takes time to see results.
Who is Affiliate Marketing For?
Affiliate marketing is for everyone, and good for a beginner too. As long as you are willing to put in consistent effort, you can definitely earn passive income.
The difference between 9 to 5 job and affiliate marketing is whether you are thinking long term or short term.
In 9 to 5 job, you work for your paycheck. And you know the moment you stop clock into the office, that’s the day you stop getting paid.
But affiliate marketing is different. Like what I mentioned earlier, you just need to do once and get paid continuously.
You choose when to work and when not to, yet still earn passive income.
You no longer receive the same paycheck but rather can decide how much MORE you want to get paid!
There is no experience needed at all because we have an awesome community to help you …. as long as you have the determination to succeed online.
How to Start Affiliate Marketing?
There are many ways to promote affiliate products.
You can place a paid advertisement on Facebook or Google to drive traffic to your landing page.
You can also buy solo ads and get people to promote your affiliate link if you do not have your own subscriber list.
For those who already a list, then definitely the best is to promote affiliate products through email marketing, just like how Jeff Lenney does.
There are just so many ways you can earn an affiliate commission.
But the traffic method I am working on is called Search Engine Optimization or Content Marketing.
It's one of the best method where you can do things once and get paid many times.
It is about creating highly engaging SEO optimized content (text, video and/or voice) to get the content ranked on Google so when someone clicks on my site link that shows on Google search result, they'll read my content that's already inserted with my affiliate links.
When they buy, I earn a commission.
But the process of getting people to buy is not easy. You need some skills in creating good content, get ranked on Google and drive site traffic.
Again, it is about how consistent, patience and determined you are to achieve your goals.
If you are determined to start your affiliate marketing journey, then I suggest you learn the exact way how I did it, so you are assured that the method learned is legit and proven to work.
Alternatively, if you want to start on your own, here are 6 steps you need to take.
Step 1: Identify your Niche
A niche is the target market or a group of people who are interested in the products that you offer. It will determine the topic of your website and the affiliate products you are going to sell.
I select my niche based on my skill, passion and hobby. I love marketing and have been in this industry for some time. Therefore I created this website to share my knowledge to people who are interested in marketing too.
Please do not worry too much about how good you are on your selected niche. I am not a genius in marketing too. But as I build my content, my knowledge improved.
Some people who are expert in their niche might not even know how to capitalize and monetize.
What you need to learn is “marketing”. Once you master the skill, you are able to sell effectively to your target audience and get paid.
Step 2: Identify your Goal, Develop a Plan
Affiliate marketing can earn you passive income but definitely not an auto-pilot business. You can’t earn lots of money without putting in much thoughts. There must be some strategies and implementation plan in hand.
As most of us start affiliate marketing part-time, therefore first you must have good time management to start with. I suggest that you spent 2 – 4 hours per day.
Before you even think about strategy, you need to identify your goals that is time-specific.
For example, goals can be a number of content, number of sales or even average click-through-rate (CTR) you want to achieve per year. For the strategy, I suggest focussing on content creation.
Whether you are creating video, article or podcast, content needs to be consistently published.
Step 3: Build a Website and Specific Landing Page
This is one interesting step which I like most because you don’t really need to think too much and can just do it!
I bet when you hear about building a website, the first reaction you might have is “I don’t have design skill and don’t know how to code”.
Wait, do you think I know how to code?
Building website is the simplest in affiliate marketing. In fact, many marketers including myself have no coding skills.
Thanks to SiteRubix that I managed to build my website in minutes. Once you have your website ready, you can start to create sales pages, opt-in page, or even video tutorial page to get leads and sales.
Step 4: Find Your Affiliate Product
Next, you need to search for the most ideal affiliate product that is relevant to your niche and sell. There are many techniques to start.
But here I would recommend you to start by checking out on Amazon for bestseller list (best seller generally means more people are demanding for that particular product).
The list changes all the time and marketers are advised to do product research as an ongoing activity.
This is particularly important for niches that highly depend on market trends such as fashion and beauty products.
Step 5: Drive Targeted Traffic
We all know that marketing is a number game. The more visitors landed on your website, the higher chances for you to close a deal and get paid. Here's how to get more blog visitors if you are unsure.
In affiliate marketing, there are 2 types of traffic, paid traffic and free traffic.
Basically paid traffic is the visitors who come to your website through paid advertisement and free traffic are normally through clicking on the link shown on search engines results page, from social platforms or other websites.
As mentioned earlier, I use free traffic strategies.
Step 6: Make Sales
The final step is definitely to make money and get paid!
As long as you have in place good strategy, irresistible offer and highly targeted traffic, you can make money when they convert.
Of course, for advanced marketers, they will know the techniques to upsell more affiliate products to their customers and maximize earnings by creating sales funnels.
Here's how sales funnel look like. It's actually an experience your targeted market went through to become a customer.
Profit Builder will be great if you want to create sales funnel and automate your promotion. That’s the huge, unlimited income potential in affiliate marketing.
How Much Money Can You Make?
This is one big question from a lot of people who are new to affiliate marketing.
The amount of money conventional businesses can make is limited by location due to logistic issues, but affiliate marketing allows marketers to sell and get paid anywhere in the world.
According to 2018 live update by Wordometers, currently it projected a total of 7.6 billion people living in this world. And it is increasing every second!
Can you see how potential affiliate marketing is?
Let me quote an example from one of my most respected mentor Pat Flynn who earned more than $2 million in 2017. Is this number good enough for you?
But if you think this figure is too far away from you, let’s look at some affiliate marketers in the community I hangout with.
Apart from Jerry and Grace, both Mike and Eddy also earn decent passive income from affiliate marketing.
Again, result shown below is commission made from selling only one product!
You might be wondering how long does it take for them to earn that kind of income?
Let me first quote you my personal experience.
I started to earn my first affiliate commission after consistently working on my blog for a consecutive 2 months. That's only a meagre average of $200.
But now, after gaining all the necessary skills from the legit program that I follow, not only am I earning affiliate commission, I also consistently earn income from providing digital marketing services to local businesses.
Despite it was not passive income like my affiliate commission, but the paycheck amount is even more than what most marketers are earning.
This is only possible if you have affiliate marketing skills. Read my success story if you want to know how much I am earning now.
There are more success stories from small business owners in my community who make commission promoting affiliate products. They started as beginners too.
Similarly, they went through step-by-step affiliate marketing training with the same program that helped me earn a full time income online. .
To give you a realistic estimation, a new marketer, on average can achieve financial freedom within 12 to 24 months.
However, this is not guaranteed and highly depend on an individual effort. Are you willing to put in more effort than other people so you can start to make passive income, and quit your 9 to 5 job?
This seems like an obvious yes, but how come there are still so many people who fail?
As I spoke to marketers in my community, there are indeed some rules to observe in order to succeed as an affiliate marketer. Many people have overlooked this and that's why they fail.
I feel that I must share with you so you won't make the same mistakes.
Rules in Affiliate Marketing
1. It is a Business, NOT Hobby
Many people think that affiliate marketing can be run as a hobby and therefore do not take it seriously (Oops… I was one of them, but not anymore).
Most will only work on it as and when they have free time. This is really a wrong concept if you want to make affiliate marketing works for you.
You can’t expect to make full-time income when you put “adhoc” mentality into it right? It is just common sense.
2. Consistent Action is the Key
Whether you doing affiliate marketing or selling your own products online, consistence is the key to achieve success.
You need to have a well-planned schedule and follow through. You must have consistence (also balance) in “creating” and “promoting” content.
As a rule of thumb, I focus on 20% creation and 80% promotion.
Regardless of what is your plan, being consistent is the key to see results in affiliate marketing.
3. Patience, Patience and Patience
Lol… this is the toughest for me.
Are you a person with patience?
Affiliate marketing is never a get rich quick scheme, so you need to have patience. And it's not going to make you rich overnight.
Those advertisements that promise you $5,000 income in 2 weeks are over-rated. If not, most probably come with some conditions.
When I first started affiliate marketing, I tend to check on my commission every single day. Being new, of course I won’t earn so quickly. The more I check my commission, the more I got demotivated.
But now, rather than wasting my time checking on commission, I focus to create more high quality content to rank my website.
Remember, the sky is the limit? How much you want to earn really depend on you. So, just be patient.
4. Find Yourself a Mentor and Continuously Learn
I am a learning individual and feed on knowledge. Continuously learn and acquire new knowledge is like food to me. Once deprived, I can be an angry person.
Like the Chinese saying, “a hungry person is an angry person”.
You need to continuously learn in order to implement new strategies do get sales. But how do you start?
In affiliate marketing, it is important to find a mentor. Throughout the journey, some people might feel overwhelmed and start to have doubt. When this happen, they might lose patience and give up.
But a good mentor will be there to inspire and guide you towards achieving affiliate success.
I guess you might be thinking how much is it to hire a mentor.
Don’t worry, not all mentor must get paid. The awesome community I hang out with consist of many experienced marketers and they are more than willing to guide you along the way.
I too have a few mentors that I follow and guided me throughout my affiliate journey. Of course, I am also a mentor to many newbies and small businesses.
If you want to join the community I hangout with, just click the button below.
The Answer: Is Affiliate Marketing for Beginners?
Yes! Affiliate marketing is for beginners. I was a complete newbie when I started this website.
I am not sure about you but affiliate marketing is something that I want for my future. A plan for me to earn passive income NOW, and also serves as my FUTURE retirement career too.
I wouldn’t want to retire with no income and nothing to do. That will be boring.
If like me, you are also ready to ….
- Do something once and earn many times;
- Work anytime & anywhere;
- Enjoy as much time as you want to be with loved ones; and
- Be SURPRISED with commission in your PayPal everyday;
… then affiliate marketing is for you.
To help you get started, here's a free guide that I've put together to help you start a small business online.
Just follow through this guide, take action and I am sure you'll be on your way to earn your first affiliate commission in no time.
I hope you are now convinced that affiliate marketing works even for a complete beginner.
If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or you want to know how to start one quickly, do leave me a comment below and I'll try to answer as much as I can.