How to Start an Affiliate Business the Right Way?

You might be looking for ways on how to start right a business online that’s why you happened to check on my article.  Well, congratulations!  You are in the right place.

It was late Friday afternoon and the surroundings is already dark but I was still in my classroom. My students have already went home.  I’m done with my Lesson Plan for the next 2 days.  I just finished encoding the names of my students for my class record for the new School Year. Now I’m ready to record my video for this article.

Every Friday afternoon makes me very excited for the weekend.  I can already do the things I love to like to spend more time with my family and to make videos for my YouTube channel, write articles like this for my personal blog site, and to do live videos in Facebook.  Making time for my business had been my greatest struggle, because of my job as a teacher.  It’s a great feeling to be doing a noble job.  I get a chance to teach the young people on how to be good citizens in their respective community when they grow up and how to improve life by developing skills such as communication and history.

But on the other hand, for so many reasons, I wanted to change my life.   I’ve been always wanting to have time and financial freedom.  And I know, I won’t be able to have enough if I won’t do something different from what I and my ancestors always do day after day.

I tried network marketing it worked a bit, but not for long.  I don’t like going out inviting people and bringing them to the seminars.  I just wanted to be a home with my family.  When I discovered affiliate marketing, I was so attracted on how it works.  I say to myself, “This is what I’ve been looking for,” 

With affiliate marketing you won’t need big amount of money to start.  You don’t need to create your own products to sell.  But it gives you a great potential to achieve my goals in life.  But of course, considering the fact that you have to put things to work.

I tried on my own, but I felt I was alone and did not know how to really make it work. Until one day I learned about the invitation of my mentor coach Benny Molinas, the lead coach of Creative Builders Affiliates.  From there on I get to learn the ocean of opportunities online in the whole new world.  I feel so blessed being a part of it.  It has not just taught me how to do it right, it also has given me a community that serves as strong hold to keep going and to stay on track.  You may want to check on my article on the importance of having a Mentor and a community with in working on your business.  See the link at the bottom after you read this article.

Now let’s get started on how to do an affiliate business the right way.

Let’s start with a definition.  What is affiliate marketing? This question is what most of my friends asked me. It is a process of promoting products of other people and every sale we make, we get a certain amount of commission. The more sales we make, the more money we make.

There is no need of creating your own products, no need of inventory and shipping duties.  All will be taken care by the company or the vendor of the products we promote.  The affiliate’s duty is just to market their products and give them traffic to make them generate sales.

Below is the set of 8 steps on how to start with it.

  1. Decide your niche: Health (Beauty or Fitness), Make Money Online, or Relationship.
  2. You choose a product (offer) under your niche you want to promote.
  3. Register for Free on affiliate market places like Clickbank, JV Zoo for digital products and Amazon for physical products.
  4. Look for affiliate programs for the other products you want to review.
  5. Research to gather information on the product you have chosen to promote. Take note of its benefits and how will it help people solve their problems.
  6. Create content in the form of tutorials, review posts, resource pages or emails and use your affiliate link
  7. Optimize the page and track your rankings in Google
  8.  Modify and Repeat!

Its sounds simple. Right?  But there are still lots of things to consider.  So continue reading.

To make things clear to you, I created blue prints or diagrams that visually explain the flow of marketing its A. and B.

The picture above shows that it drives the traffic directly to the offer (vendor’s sales page) without branding himself and without collecting emails.  After a potential customer see the offer if he buys, you’ll get commission but you won’t be able to know who buys and you don’t have access to make some after sales service.  In other words, you will not have the control on your customers.  If they won’t buy the first time they clicked on your link, without your system and emails, you will not be able to make friendship and follow-up on them.  You may be making money on it, but not for long term business.

This one shows how to build your own system as you brand yourself .  From your posts in the social media, it could be a picture, video, or a link for your blog, you will bring them to your opt-in page or lead magnet to get their emails, then to your landing page or product review that shows the benefits of the product or you may tell a story of your experience of the product, showing how it help you solve your problems. Then you insert your affiliate link.  Sending them to the sales page of the product.

On the other hand, because you already have their emails address, you have the access to send them emails giving value, following-up, also you can establish friendship and gradually develop trust from them. 

When they decide to purchase the product, you will have greater chances that they will buy from you because they know you and they trust you.

Having seen those blue prints above and the explanation, do you now have your ‘aha’ moment?  Well I hope so.  But if you have questions, just leave me a comment below and I will attend on to that as soon as possible.

Tools you will need to build your own system:

  1. Web Hosting
  2. Website/landing page/opt-in page builder.
  3. Domain Name
  4. Email Marketing (List builder, autoresponder)
  5. Photo Design Studio (Optional)
  6. Video Maker/Editor (Optional)
  7. Presentation Builder (Optional)

In case you don’t have those tools yet, check on the Marketing Platform that I use.  I love it so much because it gives me all that I need to market online, those that are in the list and even more.  And the most important thing is that I don’t need a big amount of money to acquire it.  The price is very practical and the quality is amazing and very powerful. 

And the best thing is that you can start building your system now by trying it for FREE with NO Credit Card Info needed. Just click here. So that you can try it yourself and see how will it help you work on your business the right way. 

How will the purchase be tracked in every sale you make?

The most common way to track affiliates these days, but all are based on someone clicking your special tracking link.  The most common and basic type of tracking is via a cookie.  When an affiliate (tracking) link is clicked, a cookie (small file) is stored on the user’s computer. Then when the customer buys the product, the vendor can see that they were referred by you.  And you get your commission.

How Much Money Can You Make as an Affiliate?

The amount you can make will vary wildly – it honestly falls somewhere between zero to hundreds, or thousands and even millions.  It just entirely depends on how much action and time you put on to it. 

I still believe in Aristotle’s formula in achieving our goal, “Knowledge + Ability + Attitude equals Achievement”.

Most information or shall I say digital products like online courses or trainings, give 30%-50% commission.  It’s just easy to download after purchasing.  The vendor does not need a bigger overhead capital to do the process. 

But physical products clothing, make-up, supplements, cellphones and more, vendors do need a bigger capital to sustain its operations.  There are many expenses involved, like the inventory and the storage people, the shipping expenses, and more so they only give from 4% – 10% commission.  But still many are making thousand and even 6-7 figure income.

          You can offer both digital and physical products.  But as a beginner, I would suggest that you decided which you think you’re comfortable with. Start with 1 or 2 products yet.  So that you can focus as you develop you skills in marketing. 

          Soon when you master it, that’s the time you can add more products to market.

Disclaimer:  Every marketer works differently.  There is no fix amount and it does not mean that if the one earns 5,000 USD a month you will also earn the same.  You may make money or you may not depending on the action you take and the way you do it.

          If you are serious in achieving your goals through online marketing, you have to understand that it will not happen overnight.  This is not a get rich quick scheme.  You should have the right mindset and the long term goal planning for long term benefits. You should be willing to learn, fail, and learn by mistakes. Just remember your reasons on why would you want to change your life.  It will help you not to give-up easily. 

In my case, I may have achieve something already but I have not gotten into what I’m dreaming to.  I know it will not come if I stop.  I will continue on this until I already reach the top of my journey. 

What about you?  Are you now determined to make it right? Are you now ready to do what it takes for you to achieve your goals?  Reading all these, will not make you any success if you won’t put it into action. It’s just all up to you. 

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          I hope this article have given you even just a little value.  If you feel so, leave me a comment below with your reaction.  Does it help you? If not, please let me know which topic you would want me to write for you.  Also share this to your friends so that they too would be benefited by it. 

          Thank you so much for reading this far. I highly appreciate it. Watch for my next article.  I upload every week.  God bless!

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