Welcome to Day 1 of the ’30 Days To Affiliate Income’ Challenge!
Now, as cliche as it may be, it’s important to start off right. Today, we’re going to get into exactly what affiliate marketing is, what it isn’t, and what you can expect.
If you’re already an affiliate, you can safely skip this training :0) Don’t worry though… We’re going to be diving into the actionable how-to stuff tomorrow, including the first product you should be promoting!
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
When it comes to making money online, there are two different ways you can go about it. You can either:
- Sell somebody else’s products or services
- Sell your own products and services
Affiliate marketing is best described as: Selling Other People’s Stuff.
Being an affiliate, or selling somebody else’s products, is a lot easier to get started with overall. When you promote another product or another company, they do all the hard work. They write the sales copy. They maintain their product. They do customer service and merchant processing…
And you, as an affiliate, get a check in the mail!
For you, it’s pretty hands off. You promote a product online and get paid!
How To Promote Affiliate Products
There are tons of ways to promote affiliate products, some more difficult than others. In this 30-Day Challenge, we’re going to be talking about 3 of them:
- Websites that cater specifically to a niche, like ‘how to get better grades.’
- Facebook Pages that cater to one particular segment of people, like ‘parents who have kids ages 8-12.
- Email marketing campaigns and list building techniques that work in any niche.
Needless to say, we’ve got our work cut out for us! That’s a lot to cover in 30 days…
Each of those 3 affiliate marketing strategies incorporates some different skill sets, with the easiest being ‘content-based marketing’ or websites and articles. That’s what we’re going to start off with.
The other advantage is that content marketing is free! You don’t need any ad budgets or anything to get started (and you really don’t even need a website!)
Why Do Companies Pay Affiliates?
The simple explanation is that people and companies pay millions of dollars every day to folks like you and people like me to help them sell their stuff. These companies are smart. They know that the Internet is a big place and it’s way easier to pay you to market for them than it is to market themselves.
Plus, they know that your personal recommendation about their products means a lot in the eyes of the public.
Think of it this way.
You recommend a good restaurant to a friend. Your friend dines at that restaurant spending $50 on him and his family there. The restaurant, if they participated in an affiliate marketing campaign would send you a percentage, say 20%.
So that would be $10 in your pocket.
The same thing happens online, only it’s all tracked through affiliate networks! You send a friend (AKA lead) to a company. Your lead buys. You get paid!
Here are a couple typical affiliate marketing scenarios that you’ll see time and time again online:
- You recommend a TV on Amazon.com, using a special link. If somebody actually clicks that link and buys the TV you get paid.
- You can recommend an e-book for sale on Clickbank.com, and if someone buys it, you get paid.
- You recommend the audiobook service, Audible.com, to a friend on Facebook. Your friend signs up for their trial program and you make $25.
Best yet, you don’t need to worry about any of the tracking! Affiliate networks take care of all that for you, and you just collect a check!
Some Examples Of Affiliate Sites
Here are some examples of sites that make their money selling affiliate products. Each one is a little different but you’ll get the idea :0) We’ll be showing you how to create these puppies throughout the rest of the series.
Review sites are awesome. We’ve made a lot of money on them. There’s one problem with them though. Google doesn’t typically like review sites that ONLY have reviews. You need to mix in some content.
If you search Google for ‘best 3d TVs’, this is one of the top listings right now (and the dominate the search engines for tons of different categories). This review site, TopTenReviews.com is absolutely huge…
Content Sites And Articles:
The next example is a content site. If you search Google for ‘how to get your ex back,’ you’ll find this site, UncommonHelp.com. What you’ll find in clicking through is a long article, promoting a product on getting your ex back!
The third kind of site that kills it is ‘advertorials.’ You’ve seen these before in magazines and newspapers, but they work tremendously well in promoting affiliate products. Normally, you have to drive paid traffic to them and they can be used for the wrong reasons, but they still work. (
NOTE: When using advertorials, steer clear from fake claims and make it absolutely obvious that the prospect is reading and advertisement by noting it at the top of the page…
This site, HealthHeadlines has been around in a lot of different forms for at least 2 years now. The owners drive a tremendous amount of traffic to it.
Up next, we’re going to talk about affiliate networks, including the Big 3 that everyone gets started with. I’m also going to cut through a LOT of the pain of looking for something to promote by just showing you what works! We’ll be using that as a basis for the rest of this training!
The rest of the schedule will look like this:
- Days 3-14 – Setting up affiliate money making sites
- Days 15-21 – Setting up niche-oriented Facebook Pages
- Days 22-30 – Email marketing and list building strategies
By the end of Day 30, you’ll be a certified super-affiliate. Stick with me. Do what I tell you to do. You’ll be there in no time!
In the comment box below, tell me what you’re most interested in learning: Niche Sites, Facebook or Email Marketing and why!
Keep in mind, this training is being created for you daily, live… So if you have a question about affiliate marketing that I can answer in a later module, I’d be happy to do so.
Just let me know!