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Affiliate Marketing For Dummies in 2020: The 3 Easy Steps

Are you ready to make money online and crush it with affiliate marketing in 2020?

Are you determined to stop your 9-5 job and become your own boss?

Are you ready to achieve financial freedom and have time for your family and friends?

Well, these are only a few things you can achieve with affiliate marketing but don’t worry in this free affiliate marketing for dummies or beginners tutorial you will learn everything that other fake ”gurus” make you pay for.

Affiliate Marketing is the easiest way of making a passive income and the most beginner’s friendly way and I will tell you why in a moment.

Online marketing has changed everything we used to know. If you ask your father or your grandfather can I make money online from home? They will probably make fun of you and it’s ok.

They are in their own era. They have grown differently. They are unaware.

So, not only is affiliate marketing not dead but it is also the easiest business model to make money. Stocks, eCommerce, real estate, Kindle publishing and many more are not better than affiliate marketing.

They are much harder and they need a lot of capital to start.

You know the truth so let’s jump straight into this free affiliate marketing training.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

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Affiliate Marketing is everywhere in 2020. Many people try to find a way to make money online and they probably want to learn more about affiliate marketing just like you.

But, you will learn how to do it properly so that you fully understand how to make money with it.

95% of people starting an online business do not make money online and they all have common characteristics. They all do the same mistakes.

Definition of Affiliate Marketing: Affiliate Marketing is the process of promoting other people’s products or services for a commission.

For example, Amazon sells products. Actually, it is the world’s biggest eCommerce store. So, you can choose one Amazon’s product that you want and like, promote it, and when someone buys, you will be paid a commission.

Affiliate Marketing is really as simple as that. But, it is not easy.

And let me explain. The concept is really simple. All you have to do is promote a product, a service, a course or anything you want and when people buy, you will be paid and make money.

However, this process is not easy. Because many people are trying to do the same thing as you. Many people want to have a better website than you, many people want to have a better YouTube Channel than you and so on.

But, before I analyze the full process and how to beat your competitors, what to do and what to avoid, I want you to fully understand how powerful Affiliate Marketing.

This will help you to have a really strong WHY you wanna start doing affiliate marketing. This strong WHY will help you in your difficult journey.

I am real and I tell you the truth. You will struggle, you may get angry, you may cry, you may say that’s enough I am done. But, the person who stays and doesn’t quit is this person who eventually succeeds.

So, if you don’t wanna quit, you must have a really strong WHY you started.

With that being said, what affiliate marketing can offer you?

Advantages Of Affiliate Marketing

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1.    It can be very lucrative. There are hundreds of people who make millions of dollars with Affiliate Marketing. People can make 5k a month, 10k a month, 20k a month, 30k a month, 50k a month, 100k a month, 200k a month, and more. It is all up to you.

2. It can be passive. Affiliate Marketing can be done in a variety of ways(which I will tell you later) and some of them can create passive income.

3. You don’t have to create a product. This is my favorite part, to be honest. It is so much difficult to create or improve a product to be unique. It is difficult to deal with customers, customer reviews, complaints, shipping, packaging, branding, pricing, marketing(promoting) etc. It is tough.

4. You can choose ANY product you like to promote. 99% of the products online have affiliate programs. You find something you like and you are passionate about and you promote it.

5. You don’t need to invest much money to start with Affiliate Marketing. Many people fear to start a business because they don’t have money. But, you can start affiliate marketing with like 3$ a month with Bluehost or even free so this is not an excuse.

6. You can work from home(or from anywhere you like even the beach, yeah!). No office, no boss, no exact timetable.

7. You have far more time to spend for yourself and with your family. You can even work and keeping your baby in your hug. Can you put a price on this? Priceless.

8. Marketing is teachable. I didn’t know literally anything about marketing. I have no idea of customers, products, commissions or anything close to that. Marketing is not easy but it’s teachable!

9. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to start Affiliate Marketing. I still do not know many things like coding, like designing my websites and that’s ok. I don’t care. Marketing brings me money. I outsource all these to people who know.

These are the most important advantages of Affiliate Marketing and as you can understand this is your chance to change your life. Affiliate Marketing can change your life.

3 Steps To Affiliate Marketing For Dummies

The process of Affiliate Marketing starts when you understand WHY you want it. I make sure you understand this.

Then, you have to follow exactly these 3 steps on how to start affiliate marketing and it will work for you.

Step 1

Choose A Niche And A Product Or Platform To Promote

Choosing a niche and then choosing a product or platform to promote can make in some cases the difference between success and failure.

A niche is a focused portion of a broader market in which specific products belong. When you are picking your niche you should examine those 2 factors.

  1. Pick a niche you are interested in and passionate about. You will find many obstacles in your journey. Creating content for something you like makes everything much easier and decreases the chances of quitting.
  2. Pick a profitable niche. Every niche has opportunities. Yes, even the fishing niche or the hunting niche. But, the best niches now are the 1) wealth niche 2) fitness niche 3) relationship niche.

Then, you will pick a product or a platform you will promote.

From my experience, the products you should promote in order to make money faster are 1) product with recurring commissions( for example memberships) 2) high-ticket products( commissions over 500$-1000$ and more)

I know what you think but the answer is no. The expensive products aren’t more difficult to be sold when you focus on the right customers.

This was the first step to your success with affiliate marketing. Let’s see the second one.

Step 2

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Create A Sales Process

Now, that you have your product it is time to promote it.

In order to promote your products you need a sales process. A sales process is a process that you create so the customers can find the product so that they buy it.

There are many ways to start this process and it depends 100% on your goals and your personal preferences.

Whatever platform you decide to use for your promotion(blog,Youtube, Social media etc ) you will first need to understand 2 things.

Capture Page: The capture page is a page that people give their email addresses in exchange most times for a freebie( something free).

The capture page or opt-in page or squeeze page or landing page (you can see it literally with every name!) is needed for capturing people’s emails.

This is the proper way to do affiliate marketing. Most people are in a hurry or are bored and they do affiliate marketing the wrong way. They sent cold indifferent people straight to the offer.

For example, if you see an ad of a random guy and he tells you to buy something, you will buy it? Most of us, won’t buy it. Actually, 97%+ of people won’t buy.

So, what we do as professional affiliate marketers?

We provide people with a freebie as a hook to give us their email. Then, we use a bridge page. A page, which bridges the gap between the indifferent customer and our offer. In this page, maybe we have a video of the benefits of the product and a big call to action button.

This call to action button helps people take action. That way not only do we increase conversions dramatically and people buy much more but also we have their email addresses. Then, we follow them up with emails.

Email Marketing is known to the pillar of Affiliate Marketing. No email list means no business. After, we capture their emails the prospects belong to our email list so we can email them.

If you provide enough free value gradually you start to build trust and honest relationships with people.

When trust is established you can recommend them the products you promote, you use and you are passionate about and they will be much more likely to buy now.

That’s the process. Everyone who tells you something different than that is wrong. Plain and simple. This stuff works again and again.

You will struggle in the beginning, I was also struggling for years. But as time goes on you will become more experienced and you will put the puzzle pieces together.

I can’t stress enough how big of a role consistency plays in creating success. If you really want to succeed, follow the steps, don’t quit and one more important advice.

When you find an obstacle don’t change strategy. For example, if you blog for some months and you make no money which is normal don’t think that you are doing something wrong and run to youtube and then run to Facebook and so on.

The only mistake is when you are not focusing on one method. You have to master one method and then you will probably try to scale and use one more method.

Final Step

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Get Traffic

So, now that you have chosen your niche and your product(s) and also you have created your plan and your sales process it’s time to make things fun.

The final step when it comes to affiliate marketing is bringing traffic to your offer. This can be done in a variety of ways but I will summarize them into 2 basic categories.

  • Organic (Free Traffic)
  • Paid Traffic

The organic ways to drive traffic to your offer generally are via creating a website(Google still the world’s best search engine), via a YouTube channel which is the world’s second-best search engine and via social media.

  1. Creating a website is a relatively easy process that is a very safe way to make money online with affiliate marketing using the power of Search Engine Optimization.

You can also create multiple websites and when you grow them to be profitable you can sell them for thousands of dollars.

On the other hand, blogging is really tiring. You have to create content relentlessly for at least 6 months to start seeing some results. It is not the fastest way to make money online but it has many benefits and I like blogging very much.

I have grown 4 websites to over 5k per month and I am trying to also grow this website from zero. Blogging is an evergreen way of bringing traffic which means that it will last for years to come.

2. The second way of bringing traffic to your offer is via Youtube. If you want to do affiliate marketing without a blog then Youtube can be your go-to platform. It is the second-best search engine but sometimes it is actually even better than Google itself. Videos always provide better user experience.

However, Youtube is not for everyone. Many people fear to show their face on Youtube or they fear their accent.

Youtube is also an evergreen way of bringing traffic and has untapped potential. Again, no one will see your first 5-10-20 videos and all those videos won’t be good.

However, you should not care. Learn the process. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Ultimately, you will become better and traffic will start to grow. Youtube needs time but not that much time and effort as a blog.

3. The final organic way of getting traffic is via social media. Especially, Facebook. Many people use the power of Facebook groups and their Facebook profile to promote things and brand themselves.

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook is also amazing. But, I don’t think Facebook is evergreen. One day it can be shut down and your business may be destroyed.

I think you should not use Facebook organic traffic for a long period of time but only as a complimentary source of traffic and sales. You can start a blog and use this strategy for 2 hours a day to see some results a bit faster.

Facebook provides results much faster than Google and Youtube.

Paid traffic is the traffic you bring to your offer through paid advertising.

You can use Facebook ads, Google Ads, Pinterest ads, Instagram ads, Bing etc.

However, the most used and well-known platforms for ads are Google and Facebook.

This way is for intermediate and advanced affiliate marketers because it is relatively easy to lose money. Paid advertising is for scaling to the next level. It can bring results super fast but it needs to be done correctly.

You can easily lose thousands of dollars if you don’t know what you are doing.

In short, because this is not for beginners, with paid traffic you should master retargeting. You will first pay some money to target some people that may buy or no.

Then you retarget the people that were interested in your offer but didn’t buy and you follow them with ads more specifically. So, you save a lot of money and finally you break even and become profitable while building an email list.

Ads are good, but not for beginners. Take it out of your mind. You will lose much money really fast as a complete beginner.

Common Mistakes Affiliate Marketers Do

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Before I end this blog post, I want you to avoid these common mistakes that can cause your failure.

The most common mistakes are:

  • Lack of a strong WHY they start
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of patience.
  • Fear of failure

I have told you about the first mistake but I repeat because I have to make sure you understand this. Find a real reason WHY you start.

Many affiliate marketers rush their way into it because they listen to some fake ”gurus” who say that affiliate marketing is easy and that they will make 10k a month in 2-3 months.

They also don’t learn marketing, they don’t invest in themselves. It is obvious that if you don’t know what you are doing how are you supposed to do it right?

Next mistake which is extremely common. People lack patience. They quit just before money starts coming. I told you, you will struggle for at least 6 months to make things work for you. If it was easy, everyone would make 10k per month easily.

It needs patience and that’s why having a real reason to want to become successful as an online entrepreneur and affiliate marketer is crucial.

The last common mistake people make is that they fear failure. What if you fail? You start from the bottom how far can you fall? Stop fearing failure. Everyone has failed. Just give everything you have for an extended period of time and results will follow.

Final Words: Affiliate Marketing For Dummies

Affiliate Marketing is the ultimate way to make money online in 2020. You don’t need to create a product, you don’t need to be a genius and also marketing is teachable.

Affiliate marketing can give you everything you have dreamed of. Travelling, spending time with friends and family, having financial freedom to do anything you want, etc.

That’s why when difficult days come, give everything you have. Because each passing day you are one step closer to your goal.

Your journey won’t be a walk in the park. How do I know?

I have done it multiple times. That’s the reason I know you will suffer. But, I also know that whoever didn’t quit and gave everything for years is a millionaire right now. So, it’s worth it.

Start your journey step by step. Firstly, choose a niche from those 3 that I told you about and you like. Then, make your research and find products you like and use, in this niche.

Create your sales process. If you use Youtube and Facebook you need to create some kind of funnels to collect emails and follow up with email series.

If you start a blog, just provide content, content, content and use pop-ups to collect emails.

It’s that simple.

Later on, after you make your first 1,000$ or more per month you will consider paid ads.

Trust me this is the process. There is no secret that they try to sell you for thousands of dollars. The only secret is work, work and …WORK!

There is no shortcut.

The only thing I can think of to help you even more if you don’t want to figure everything out yourself and want to fast forward the process is instead of paying fake people to help you, to grab this ebook about Affiliate Marketing from this multiple 7 figure marketer David Sharpe for 1,99$.

They will also give you as a bonus a 15-day training and some ”ready for you” scripts to start.

This book and course helped me a ton to grow and scale my businesses and it’s risk-free at this price.

How much is it worth to you to be able to work from home as long as you have got a computer and an internet connection?

How much is it worth to you to be able to work from home so that you can be with your family and kids?

Can you even put a price tag on that?

So grab the book if you want to fast forward the process or just keep doing what you are doing but the most important thing is to take action.

Take action and success will come. No one else will do the work for you. If you learn and take action, learn and take action, learn and take action, you will succeed 100%. It is the work ethic that determines the winners.

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