Internet Marketing Steps Explained
This is going to be a brief article that will describe in detail exactly what Affiliate Marketing, or Internet Affiliate Marketing is.
This entire website is built around teaching you exactly how to make money through an online website. Some people call it a “blog.” Some call their website a “shop.”
Affiliate marketing websites are really all these things, so let’s get into it:
Internet Affiliate Marketing – Definition
So just to put all of that into layman’s terms, here’s how it works. What you do is you set up a WordPress website and you choose a topic (your niche) for your website. Then you write articles on your website about that topic, and you do research and write more articles. Then you decide what products you want to promote and sell on your website. You apply to be an affiliate for the companies that sell the products you would like to sell, and if accepted, they give you a special link (affiliate link) to put on your website that directs your visitors (traffic) to their website to buy, and you get credit for the sale.
When you enter into the affiliate agreement with the retailer, you must abide by the retailer’s specific rules, and they will pay you a commission. There is no inventory, ever. There is no customer service. Everything is done directly between the customer and the retailer. You just introduce them to each other, that’s it, and the retailer pays you to do it, with no added cost to the customer. You never deal with the customer after they leave your site. No returns. No problems. Just commission!
Internet Affiliate Marketing – Steps
I am going to give you each step in the process with a brief description, and then I will provide you a link under each Step to an article that will give you more information and clarity on that step. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment at the bottom of this page, and of course, I encourage you to subscribe to this website to be sure you receive notification of all new posts.
STEP 1 – CHOOSE YOUR NICHE
Your niche is the “subject” of your website, it’s your theme, like “Cats” or “Cat Collars” or “Losing Weight” or “Lifting Weights.” It can literally be anything at all, but you have to choose something.
Here is a great article that talks all about exactly how to choose your absolutely perfect niche step-by-step:
STEP 2 – CREATE YOUR WEBSITE
Your website is your business platform, so start looking through other websites in your niche to get ideas on what styles you like and what you don’t care for. You will have a choice from thousands of different templates, through the WordPress platform, that you can be as creative as you want or keep it completely simple. This is your business!
Here is a helpful article that can explain how to set up your website for free:
STEP 3 – CREATE YOUR CONTENT
This is the most important part of your website, your content. Your content will be what engages a visitor to continue reading, and if you are thoughtful and thorough, providing quality, engaging content, the visitor will trust you and perhaps buy whatever products you are promoting. That is why you should always choose a niche on a subject you enjoy because you will be immersed in that content as you build your website.
Once your website is established, you need to provide content on a regular basis, but not like you do when you are first building the site.
Here is a fantastic article on how to get continuous fresh content ideas for your niche:
As you start building your initial content on your website, I want you to start thinking about what types of products or services would go hand-in-hand with your content. If you are writing articles about fitness, you may want to market specific fitness equipment.
As you write each article, jot down some ideas of products you think would go well with your site! You’re going to be looking for products or services you feel like your readers would be looking for and need!
STEP 4 – OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBSITE & ADD AFFILIATE LINKS
To optimize your website simply means to design and structure your website and wording in a way that pleases the search engines. To please the search engines, you have to be deemed to be relevant to the search a person is making. To be relevant means that you have to have a lot of quality content, be optimized for that keyword search term, and have visitors to your site.
To learn more about optimizing your website:
The way you make money is by adding affiliate links to your website. These are links that are provided to you by merchants for their products. When someone clicks on your link, they are taken to the merchant’s site where they can buy the product directly from the merchant.
There is no inventory, no returns, no customer service at all on your end. Make sure whatever products or services you are marketing on your website go along with your niche.
Adding affiliate links is not difficult. You have to come to an agreement with a company to market their products, so you’re going to apply to become an affiliate of their company.
If you want to be an affiliate for AWeber Email Marketing, for example, you simply google: “AWeber Affiliate Program,” and you’ll see the link to click to apply!
You will want to have quite a few quality articles on your website before you apply. Companies do like to review your website and content prior to approval to make sure that you are a good fit for their products. I know some gurus teach that you don’t have to have a website to affiliate market, but this is a far better approach and will give you a lot more options.
STEP 5 – MARKET, MARKET, MARKET!
You want to get your website out there, and link all your articles to each of the four major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Here are a few of mine! Please click on them to follow me, and I’ll follow you right back!
STEP 6 – JOIN A COMMUNITY OF MARKETERS
This is critical to your success for several reasons. First, you want to make sure that you have the support you need from people in the business. Think about any business, they all have “associations.” There’s the Chamber of Commerce, The Realtor’s Association, etc.
Having other experienced marketers at your fingertips is going to propel your business beyond what you could possibly imagine. You’re going to learn and grow through your interactions with people who have been doing this successfully for a long time.
Joining a community, like the Wealthy Affiliate for affiliate marketers, also gives you the benefits of free traffic and website comments. Both of these are critical to your ranking with the search engines.
Search engines like sites that are visited and sites that have comments being left. How do you do that when you’re new? It’s a difficult catch-22! Therefore, by joining a community like Wealthy Affiliate, you can get traffic and website comments from the platform. You leave comments for other marketers on their sites, and they leave comments for you on yours!
Affiliate Marketing is an interesting and exciting way to make money. If you are excited, it will show in your website. I hope you’ve found value from your visit to this site so far. Be sure to bookmark it and subscribe so you get notification of all new content! Very important!
I’ve got to tell you something really cool that I’ve noticed. I’ve come to realize that Affiliate Marketers are more of a community rather than competitors, seriously. We really don’t even look at each other in a competitive way because we understand that we really aren’t competing against most of them, just those few that have our same exact keyword phrase.
We just focus on the numbers, realizing there is enough to go around and then some. Everyone inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform, which program I recommend throughout this site, is so helpful always, offering advice and helping each other with content questions, site comments, technical issues, etc. It really is a wonderful group of like-minded people, and I hope you will take advantage of Wealthy Affiliate‘s offer of a free membership while it is still available.
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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.
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