Affiliate Marketing How To’s – Part 1 – What you’ll need to start

Here at Coaching for Internet Marketers, we are your number 1 resource for all things affiliate marketing.  In this 3-part series, you will have your entire blueprint (and free ebook) to start a money-making online affiliate marketing business!  You will learn Affiliate Marketing How To’s and be able to generate a huge income online.

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I want you to understand a couple of things before we start!  This is like the foundation, so pay attention here.  It’s very important!  Please take a moment right now to read these two quick articles, and then come back and finish this article:

Choose a niche you LOVE!

I know this sounds corny, but don't you already have a job you don't love? Most people don't love their job, but when you set up your own online business, it's important that you do love it! You can literally choose any niche you want and make money from it. Do you love dogs? Cars? Coins? Children? Being a parent? Whatever it is, you can choose it as your niche. Read this article:

Education is Key

The foundation of any successful business is education! Affiliate marketing is in no way different! In fact, there is a lot to learn! It's not a difficult business, the model is simple, but there are a lot of things to know about how to be successful! There are a lot of moving parts! Here is an article about the best affiliate marketing education out there:

Let's get started

I’m going to go over with you step-by-step exactly how to set up your business for the best success.  Read the two articles above before you start.  You need to give some serious thought to your niche.

You are going to be immersed in it from here forward.  Let me explain to you how affiliate marketing works.  I will outline the steps below.  Just click on each title below to read a little about that step:

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Your niche is the subject of your website.  It’s the group of people who are interested in that subject.  Your niche should be specific and again, as I stated above, it should be something you love.  Choose a niche you have passion for, something you know about or something you want to learn about. 

You will be spending so much time immersed in your niche, so this is extremely important to your success!  Think long and hard about your niche!

Are you familiar with keywords?  They are critical to your success because these are the search terms people use to find information.  You must be proficient in keyword research and have the tools necessary to find the right keywords to focus on.

Later in this article, I will be getting into greater detail about keywords, how to find the right ones and use them appropriately for optimal success!

Your domain name is your url or web address.  The domain name of my site here is CoachingforInternetMarketers.com.  It is what’s called a dot com website.

My recommendation is that you also purchase a dot com web domain name for your site.  It’s not something that you need to do immediately, but start giving some thought (and research) to what you would want for your domain.

I’ll be going over exactly how to choose the right domain name using the keyword tool.  You can start with a free domain, and I will also show you how to set that up.

This is a no-brainer.  Here is where you can learn and take advantage of my experience.  I have been marketing online for years, but it was not until I found the Wealthy Affiliate platform that my business became successful.

I tried many programs for my affiliate marketing education and set-up, but Wealthy Affiliate was literally the first legitimate program that I found in my search.  I’ve written numerous articles about the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and you can read my overview of the program here:  WEALTHY AFFILIATE OVERVIEW

Please don’t let those words scare you, because I can show you how to set up a website in less than one minute.  I’m not exaggerating one bit.  The Wealthy Affiliate program is a business-in-a-box program, and they do all the heavy lifting for you.

Did you know you can start in the program 100% for free?  That’s right.  Absolutely no credit card or debit required.  Your name and email address are all you need!

I will be getting into more specific details below!

Content is king!  Content is everything.  Your content are the articles you put on your website.  This article is my content.

Content is what your readers will judge you on.  It will determine if they trust you, if they find your site valuable to them.

Content is also what the search engines will judge you on.  Google, Bing and Yahoo determine if your site is important enough and relevant enough to display to the people searching online.  If you don’t become an authority to them, you don’t get visitors to your site (i.e. traffic).  Without traffic, nobody will read your content.

Do you see why your content is so important?  

If you are looking to make money from your website, there are a couple of ways to do that. Please keep in mind that no matter which way you go, your first order of business is creating content.  You must have your website established with good content before you can do this step.

One way to make money is through affiliate marketing.  Affiliate marketing is when you direct people to a third-party website for products and/or services that fit your niche.  The third-party company will pay you a commission if the person referred to you buys their product.  There’s no inventory, no returns, no customer interaction at all.  All you do is receive commission for your referrals.

The second way to earn money is to let other people advertise on your site, and they pay you, whether it’s per “click” or a commission on sales.  You will really need to have a good flow of “traffic” or visitors for this option, where the affiliate option usually only requires some good content on your site.

Affiliate agreements are the agreement between your site and the merchants with the products you want to sell.  The agreement states the commission you will receive and all the rules the company has set regarding the way you can display and market their product.

The affiliate agreement is crucial, and you want to read it, make a copy of it, and refer to it often.  Amazon.com, for example, has very specific rules.  You can only use their specific links, you cannot shorten them or “pretty” them up.  You can only use their specific images.  It’s very, very specific.  You must have a certain amount of sales with them as an affiliate, or they will discontinue your agreement which requires you to re-apply.

Every company has different rules, so it is critical that you thoroughly read, and then keep on your computer, 

I will go over more about setting up affiliate agreements later in this series.  It’s the income portion of your business.  I will go over this in more detail in another series.  Be sure to subscribe, so you’ll be notified when it’s finished.

You may already have social media profiles, but you will need them for your “business” as well.  I have my personal Babsie Wagner Facebook page, but I have also set up a business page for Coaching for Internet Marketers.  You can view it here:  COACHING FACEBOOK PAGE.

Here is a cool tool I found where you can put all your social media pages in one handy spot!  It’s called linktr.ee and you can view mine here:   COACHING LINKTR.EE PAGE

This step is one you will take later in the journey, but it is an extremely important part of the business, and so I want to address it in this article.

I know, myself, that I have gladly given my email address in return for a free report containing information that I am interested in.  I’m sure you have, also.

You will need a giveaway of niche-specific information to capture email addresses, and an ebook giveaway is one way to accomplish this.

Before you hit the panic button thinking, “Wow, how am I ever going to create an ebook??”  I am going to go over that later in this series, and you’ll be absolutely amazed just how easy it is to do and publish.  Literally a few clicks and you will have a gorgeous ebook.  So don’t worry!  Keep reading!

The ebook I mention above is going to help you to build that list, but why do you need an email list?

Did you know that people have to see something seven times (as a general rule) before they buy it or buy into it?  What are the chances that a person is going to visit your website seven times?  Probably not too good.  They may, however, open seven emails from you if you provide them value.

I’m going to discuss email marketing later in this series, so please stay tuned.  You are leaving all your money on the table if you are not considering email marketing!

Research Keywords

You should have already chosen your niche at this point.  That is your very first step.  As a reminder, there is an article posted above labelled Choose a Niche you love.  If you’re still having trouble, you can read my other article:  WHAT IS A NICHE AND HOW TO CHOOSE?

Once you have your niche, it’s time to start your keyword research!  This is crticial, not only for your articles (your content), but also for your domain name!

I want to spend a little time here in this first part of the series on Keywords.  They are the foundation of your entire business!

What is a keyword?

Keywords are simply search terms.  Keywords are what people type into Google to obtain information!  So, as an example, let’s say you are looking for a good vacuum cleaner for a lower price!  You might search “BEST VACUUM CLEANERS” OR “CHEAPEST VACUUM CLEANERS” OR “WHAT IS THE BEST VACUUM CLEANER” OR “VACUUM CLEANER REVIEWS”  These are all keywords.

You and I are not mind-readers, are we?  I can’t possibly know which search terms are being searched more than others.  I have no idea which keywords are being targeted by other websites.  I don’t want to focus on keywords that nobody is searching.  I also don’t want to waste time focusing on keywords that already have hundreds of websites targeting them!

What I”m looking for are keywords that are popular for searches but that have very little competition.  The “low-hanging fruit!”

Why do keywords matter?

Keywords matter for a couple of reasons.  First, we want to make sure we know what terms people are searching.  That way, we can target those keywords.  Why do we need to “target” keywords?  it’s because the keywords are the message we send to the search engines to let them know what our article is about.

If we are writing an article about Vitamin D supplements, we want to know how people are asking for information on Vitamin D so we can be sure the search engines display us when people search.  I’m going to use the Vitamin D example here to illustrate how to find the best keywords.

We know we don’t have some kind of supernatural powers, so we need a tool to show us which keywords people are searching and how many other websites are competing for those keywords.

Here’s my number 1 choice for Keyword Search tools – it’s called Jaaxy:

Before you put in your search term into the box, let me just explain how the Jaaxy keyword tool works.  I’ve got an amazing deal with Jaaxy that will allow you to get 30 free searches.  

I’ve got an even better deal with Wealthy Affiliate or you that includes the Jaaxy searches and two free websites, too, and I’m going to give you all the information about that in this article!

How Jaaxy works

The Jaaxy platform is easy to use.  You simply put in your keyword phrase and Jaaxy will not only give you the statistics for your search term, but it will generate a whole bunch of suggestions and the statistics for the suggestions as well.   How cool is that?

Let’s go with my example about Vitamin D.  I’m going to put into the search “What is the best vitamin D supplement?” which would be what I would personally type into google.  Let me take you over to the platform now to see what comes up and how to read the results:

Let’s analyze the results.  Look at that first column for Avg, which is the average number of monthly searches this search term gets.  Wow!  10,152 searches is a lot of searches!  You want this number to be over 60 monthly for a good keyword.  

Next let’s see what the competition is like.  The QSR (number of competing sites) must be under 30 for a good keyword.  I’ve learned under 100 is optimal, but I always target words with a QSR under 30.  Look at this!  These are all great terms, so you could write an article with each of these talking about Vitamin D supplements!  Wonderful!

Save your keywords

Do you see on the top one is says “L” next to the keyword?  That means it has been saved to my List.  You simply check the box there to the far left for any searches you want to save for future reference, and you click on the Save to List box at the top!

Here is a screenshot of my saved searches:

Affiliate Marketing How To

We are going to use the Jaaxy tool for our domain name search as well.  The same process applies.  You simply put in your ideas into Jaaxy and find one that has a lot of searches and low competition!

Let's look at

I don't like any of these results

Can you tell why I am not fond of any of these results?  Let’s look at them.  The first one is Best Supplements Online.  I like the way that sounds, but it only has 16 average monthly searches.  It’s too low for my criteria.  Next is Best Places Buy Supplements Online.  It doesn’t sound good.  I wouldn’t speak like that so I always choose titles and domains that sound proper.

Next is Best Website Buy Supplements Online.  It definitely meets the criteria, but I just think it is way too long for a domain, and again, I don’t like the English.  

Best Health Supplements sounds great, but it has 71 competition, which is over my criteria.  Top Supplements Online sounds great, but it only gets 8 monthly searches.

Therefore, let’s try again!  This time, I will use the words “buy vitamins online” as my search term:

This is better

Affiliate Marketing How Tos

There is one viable option here that sounds good and has the right criteria, and that is “Where to buy vitamins online.”  I hit the search under Domains, and you can see the .com, the .net and the .org are available.

I have been taught in my courses that you want a .com always, so this choice works.

See the top line for “buy vitamins online?”  It says “Find More?”  That means there are no .com, .net nor .org available for that term.  I wouldn’t use it anyway because of the QSR of 100 competition.

I would choose WhereToBuyVitaminsOnline.com for my website in this example. (In reality I would probably be here for another 10-15 minutes searching before I settled on my domain, but I just wanted to show you the process in this example.)

Let's talk about

Every website must be hosted.  You can buy sites through GoDaddy and host them there, but if you do, hosting is all you get.  In other words, a place to park your site on the internet.  That’s it.  No guidance, no support, no community, just a parking spot.

To be successful in affiliate marketing, I’m here to tell you, you need a lot more than a simple hosted website.  You need training and education, you need website traffic, you need website comments, and you need to know all the search engine optimization strategies to get your website to appear on page 1 of Google, Bing and Yahoo.  Phew – that’s a mouthful isn’t it?  That’s why you need to pay close attention to the next part of this series, which is website hosting and my absolute Number 1 recommendation – Wealthy Affiliate!

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a business in a box designed by affiliate marketers for affiliate marketers over 14 years ago!  They have hundreds of thousands of members all working together to help each other succeed online.  

Let me give you an overview of everything that is included in this program, and then let me show you how you can start, get your first website up and running, and get full training to set it up, all 100% free!  Yes, that’s right, no credit card or debit card required!  Take a look:

  • Free website hosting
  • Free website security
  • Full set-up training (continued University training in Premium)
  • Two free websites (50 websites with Premium)
  • Jaaxy Keyword Search Tool - 30 Free searches (Unlimited with Premium)

Here is what I really respect and admire about the Wealthy Affiliate program.  The fact that you can join as a Starter member and keep that Starter membership, and your 2 free websites for a full six months and pay absolutely nothing!  If that isn’t enough time to try the program and make sure you are getting value, then I don’t know what is!

I started as a Starter Member.  I upgraded to Premium within my first seven days because they give you a steep discount on your first month if you do (it’s only $19 for your first month if you upgrade within 7 days).  I knew after one day that I had finally found a true, legitimate program to grow my business.  It is the only one I have ever found, and I’ve tried a lot of programs (and paid a lot of money to do so).

A walk around the platform

Here’s a little video I put together that walks you around the platform so you can take a look at the platform:

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Comments always welcome

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this series on Affiliate Marketing How To’s!  I am here for you as you start and run your online business!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below, or if you ever want to contact me personally, go ahead and email me at Babs@CoachingforInternetMarketers.com.

The other two parts of this series are available below.

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Affiliate Marketing How To's - Part 2 - Content & Products!

Content is king! Learn how to provide up-to-date, relevant and interesting content to retain readers and get them coming back to your site!
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Affiliate Marketing How To's - Part 3 - Marketing Your Site!

In this lesson you will learn how to get your site seen through search engine optimization and social media marketing!
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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for visiting my page!

14 comments

  1. Hey Babs,

    I couldn’t agree more with you about Wealthy Affiliate being the first legitimate platform to grow your business. The step-by-step training and the support system are unparalleled and not seen anywhere else in the internet marketing industry.

    It took me a bit longer to switch over to premium, but still less than a week. I couldn’t have asked for a better platform to build my business on. I recommend it to everyone I know looking to build a solid business foundation online.

    Great comprehensive guide you’ve written for those interested parties here!

    1. Oh, thank you, Andre!  Hey, you upgraded within the 7 days and took advantage of the $19 first month deal.  That’s quite a bargain!  ~ Babs

  2. Hey Babs,

    I agree with you that the wealthy affiliate is the number one platform to create your online business. I became a premiere member two months ago. it has really helped me to learn all the steps I need to create my own website. The service support is amazing, I recommended to everyone who wants to start a new website. 

    1. It is, Sam, and thanks for taking the time to offer your testimonial on the Wealthy Affiliate program.  ~ Babs

  3. This is a very detailed review. The aspect of keywords searching answers many of my questions. Before now, when I was still a novice to online business world, being an intelligent girl, series of questions used to run through my mind. I used to wonder how Google can easily read minds of the people. This question arises because anytime I input a keyword on search engine,google normally  bring the exact phrase or better ones. Later on, online business became known to me and now keyword searching. This is fantastic. Blogging is a cool business but niche choosing is my challenge. How will I go about it?

    1. You want to choose something you enjoy, a passion, something you want to learn about.  You will spend a lot of time immersed in it, so make it something for you!  ~ Babs

  4. An excellent guide for any aspiring affiliate marketer. Yes, there’s a lot that goes into running an affiliate marketing business, what with the keywords per article, education training, and learning the in’s and out’s of the business, and there is a learning curve. But for those willing to see their vision true will succeed in the field. I know it seems like a lot, but I can tell you from experience it’s like riding a bicycle. Once you start and master this, you’ll always remember how to succeed in it. It’s just a matter of perseverance. 

    1. It is a matter of perseverance!  If you build it, take the time and work hard, it will pay off!  ~ Babs

  5. Hi Babs,

    You are so right about education is key.  There is nothing worse than reading an article, or even worse writing one, without knowing the topic you’re talking about, or not the whole picture.

    I love it when I leave a website, after reading an article of course and having learned something, or picked up a tip or two.  

    Thanks for the ebook, I’m looking forward to reading it,
    Laura

  6. What a wonderful walk through on Wealthy Affiliate and affiliate marketing in general. Lots of golden nuggets in this article. I totally agree after being online for over a decade now and trying numerous programs and different ways to get into affiliate marketing,wealthy affiliate truly is an all in one platform,not just for the tools needed ie..hosting,domain names,ssl, site speed,wordpress etc but for the sheer college level affiliate marketing training.

    1. Wow, Cathy, you are a seasoned marketer for sure!  If you’ve been doing it this long, it must bring you success!  You are an inspiration to my readers!  ~ Babs

  7. Superb guide babs!

    Curious on the email marketing part as I’m not very good with it. Although I do have that on my blog, I’ve always been scared to blast out my emails to my subscribers so I do that sparingly around once a week or sometimes once in two weeks, is that considered good, or should I email more often?

    PS – Your visuals are absolutely stunning! I kept on scrolling as words fly by, feeling very Hogwartsy 😀

    1. Hey Riaz, that’s the Elementor Pro plugin – super cool and fun to use and view.  I love it.  As for the email blasts, I would say 3 times a week for sure would probably be about right.  The main thing is to provide quality content, interesting and informative, and little sales. Here’s an article about email marketing:  EMAIL LISTS   ~ Babs

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