The 5 Simple Steps To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing in 2020

In this day and age, more and more people are making affiliate marketing really confusing and will tell you that you need everybit of software under the sun to be successful, but what if I could gave you 5 simple steps to get started with affiliate marketing? Would you do it?

I guarantee that most people will tell you the following;

  • You need fancy software (ClickFunnels…yawn)
  • Email responders (Aweber… double yawn)
  • Amazing ways to drive traffic (Fancy solo ad or ‘viral traffic driver Version 5.4’ Triple yawn)

You don’t need any of that. Well, you can use that stuff, but I guarantee you are brand new and couldn't care less about that stuff. 

Why?

Because the simplest way of doing Affiliate Marketing is doing 1 of 2 possible paths.

And the path you take is entirely up to you (or you can do both)

Path 1 - Blogging

It’s actually one of the cheapest and simplest ways to get into Affiliate Marketing, as it allows you to build up a long term, truly passive income.

The steps for starting your blog takes about 5 steps

  1. Decide on a niche - I usually tell people to think of a hobby or a passion and work around that (don’t worry, if this is the first time, it’s easier to blog about things you enjoy than trying to become a master of something you don’t know a lot about or don’t care about)
  2. Find a cool domain name (I usually use something like https://expireddomains.net to find aged domains - It means that blog posts etc can rank a little easier if there is some history behind your domain). Don’t purchase it just yet, there is a way of getting it free
  3. Decide on a hosting provider. There are two options (sorry!)
    1. You can get free hosting, for 2 websites + free training + WordPress set up and a small number of plugins set up for you, just grab a free account - But you need to purchase the domain separately.. so a few $’s from somewhere like 123 is pretty good and have sales on. Or DomainCheap
    2. Option 2 you can get cheap hosting and a free domain from BlueHost - Plus you get WordPress set up for you, ready to go.
  4. Start creating content. Yeah, it’s really that simple, If you are passionate about the area and you have the knowledge, then you can usually find cool articles to write about. Such as Top 5 things that new golfers should know, the best 10 clubs for new golfers, how to bring your A-game to golf or Pro Club 4029 Review. You want to write engaging, but fun content that people will be searching for. Use google, or just think about things you might search for. You can also use sites like AnswerThePublic who do a great job of showing you the different types of searches people do.
    1. If you are struggling for keywords, then check out KeySearch, it can sometimes give you great ideas, but will also allow you to track where your keywords are ranking. 
  5. Well, you need to sign yourself up to an affiliate program. Most stores or online retailers have one. Now the commission % may not be brilliant, maybe only 10% at the most, but when you are just starting..that’s alright. Especially when you look at some of the checkouts people purchase! Amazon, eBay, Walmart and many others have affiliate programs, or referrals, but so do many others..and sites such as ClickBank also offer eBooks or eServices in tons of different niches and you can sometimes earn higher % commissions.

Path 2 - Vlogging

Now, you don’t have to do this separately, people usually do this hand in hand with Path 1, because they complement each other so well.

  1. Decide on a niche - I usually tell people to think of a hobby or a passion and work around that (don’t worry, if this is the first time, it’s easier to blog about things you enjoy than trying to become a master of something you don’t know a lot about or don’t care about)
  2. Grab yourself either some screen recording software, plenty of free or paid for stuff OR grab yourself a decent hand camera or rig that you can take with you if you are doing stuff away from a desktop or a computer.
  3. Start creating content, again it’s that simple. Do you want to sit in front of a camera and review golf clubs, or maybe you want to take people out on the course and give practical tips? It really doesn’t matter, you just want to provide useful and helpful content.
    1. You may want to find someone to edit the videos a little - I usually use places like Fiverr because it’s not expensive and you can find some great people to edit and even make your intro/outro videos!
  4. Well, you need to sign yourself up to an affiliate program. A bit like Path 1, you want to find programs that fit with your niche. You can then link to the items that you review or even items that you use yourself to give people ideas and products to go and use.

That’s it.

No fancy software (unless you count some free screen capture software), no fancy funnel builders, no need for adverts or sales letters and no need for email lists or anything like that.

Is this the quickest way to quit your job? No, probably not, but it is one of the best, because articles last for years and people still find them. One article I wrote 2 years ago, still gets constant links to this day and still earns me money, because this stuff works. 

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