5 Simple Ways to Make Money In Affiliate Marketing

5 Simple Ways to Make Money In Affiliate Marketing

Can you make money in affiliate marketing?

You definitely can.

I do think that as long as you’re not expecting miracles to happen overnight, you can make money in affiliate marketing. How fast you make money will depend on a few things like:

  • the content on your website – Are you producing engaging content consistently? How many articles do you have in your site? Are you offering resources that are providing value?
  • your website’s user experience – Is your site easy to navigate? Is it user-friendly? Does it load pages fast or is it super slow?
  • your target audience – Are you looking the right audience? How do you connect with your audience?

If you’re just starting, just keep working at it and you will eventually see results.

Remember, if you have any questions or want to offer you own personal review or feedback, feel free to share any insights you have at the bottom of this page.

Affiliate marketing: Think about the big picture

Make money in affiliate marketing

Since you’re building a business, you have to remember that what you reap is what you sow. What you get out of it is what you put into it. I just want to keep it real and so I’m letting you know that there is some amount of hard work and focus involved.

As you start setting things up, it’s important to have a solid foundation.

At some point, your content will start getting ranked in search engines and you will probably experience you first sale. You will also notice your traffic grow.

Depending on how consistent you are, your sales will pick up after several months and your site engagement will also increase. Google, Bing and Yahoo will also index your site at a higher rate and your site will get more authority.

After a year, your traffic will start ramping up and you can also expect some collaboration requests from companies or other bloggers.

So just be patient and don’t give up, you will eventually be able to establish your brand and be an industry expert in your niche. When you’re satisfied with what you’re earning, you can then work on your online business full-time.

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Now let’s go over 5 simple ways to make money in affiliate marketing:

1. Choose your niche

People often find it hard to start because they don’t know what topic to focus on. Maybe because there’s so much to choose from so it’s kinda hard to narrow it down.

Here are some tips to help you out:

  • Follow your passion. I think it’s good to have some knowledge even if you’re not an expert. Are you happy to talk about that topic at length? Does it make you excited? Is it something you would like to learn more about?
  • Think about how you can help other people. How does your website add value to others? How will it address your target audience’s needs and wants? Does it solve a problem?
  • Use Google Trends. You can monetize hot trends and strive to be a key influencer in your selected niche.

Google Trends - Make Money in Affiliate Marketing

  • Look at different categories. As a start, you can look at different Amazon categories as you think of niche ideas. It might spark ideas and you can assess if it’s something you can write about.
Amazon categories - Make money in affiliate marketing

It can pretty much be anything that interests you.

It can be about gadgets, music, babies, weddings, fashion, home & improvement, pets, video games, or what ever tickles your fancy.

To be a successful affiliate marketer, I think it is also very important to understand your target audience.

You have to do your research. Consider gender, age, income, hobbies, interest, geographic location, among other things.

And then, once you’re happy with your niche and target audience, you can then think about the website you want to build. Just ensure that you are adding value.

2. Build your website

If you haven’t done a website before, you probably find it scary or you’re probably scratching your head because you have no idea about what to do next.

Look, I get it. I was in the same boat. When I created my first site, I went through an online affiliate boot camp that took me through it step-by-step. And I honestly had so much fun!

I liked choosing the name, looking for a nice website design and gradually building the site.

That means setting up your website and creating your initial content.

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Site Rubix - make money in affiliate marketing

A quick tip would be to make your website personable so that people would know that there’s a real person behind it. Also include your privacy policy and affiliate disclaimer. I think it’s important to make sure that you’re upfront to avoid any confusion and more importantly, to build trust with your audience.

3. Create quality and engaging content

Make money in affiliate marketing

Now that you have your website, it’s time to create content.

If you’re just starting out, I think you should have at least a few posts in your website before you reach out to some affiliate networks and affiliate programs. Some would like to see some content, site traffic, and a number of monthly views before they accept you as an affiliate. So it’s best that you check the eligibility requirements of the affiliate programs you’re eyeing before you apply.

Aside from having great content, you also need to ensure that you generate traffic to your site so that your target audience can read them.

You can do this using search engines or even social media platforms. Using the right keywords and SEO will also help immensely as it attracts the right people to your website.

Search engine optimization (SEO) means that your website visitors will find you when they search for information in search engines.

If you want to learn more about driving more traffic to your site, read about how to increase website traffic with SEO.

4. Don’t forget about email marketing

Make money in affiliate marketing

Having an email list allows you to reach out and connect with your readers again and again. This is great because you can let them know if you have anything new to offer and drive them back to your website.

Just make sure that you’re offering something with value otherwise, your readers will think you’re spamming them and they may unsubscribe from your mailing list.

5. Monetize your site by choosing affiliate products to promote

Make money in affiliate marketing

It’s important to select the right affiliate programs that are relevant to your website and your target audience. You don’t need a whole lot. You just the right ones for the problem you’re solving for your website visitors.

Here are some tips to help you out:

  • You can do a Google search: (niche) + affiliate program. This will help you gauge what’s out there and see if it fits your online strategy. You might be surprised to see that there’s actually a lot more than Amazon.
  • You can choose products that you already use. This makes it easy since you can really talk about your experience and how much you love the product or service
  • You can choose products that your will captivate your audience or address their need. There might be a new product that they are willing to try or something tried and tested that’s been around for a while. Think about how this will provide value to your readers. Recommend it if it’s a good product or service. Otherwise, forget it. Don’t risk losing your credibility and your website visitors’ trust.

It also helps to track your conversions. Look at the dashboard reports of your affiliate programs or affiliate network and see how you’re doing. This will help you know which products or services work better for your customers.

Bringing it all together

You can definitely make money in affiliate marketing. It even allows you to make money as you sleep.

Having said that, it takes work especially when you’re starting out and you may even feel overwhelmed at certain times. I think the key is to keep on learning so that you can be a successful affiliate marketer in no time.

If you are looking for the best affiliate marketing training, I strongly recommend that you join Wealthy Affiliate as a starter member for FREE.

For $0, you get access to the training modules, live video classes and video walk-throughs, you can build 2 websites, get a feel of the keyword research tool, and have access to expert help. It really pays to invest in yourself and learn as much as you can.

If you have any questions or any feedback, please leave them below and I will be more than happy to help. Hope you enjoyed reading this!

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10 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways to Make Money In Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Hi there, I just want to share that right now I my days are occupied with training about affiliate marketing. So far, so good though I am not yet able to publish my blog. For now, I am still in the process of getting to know the traffic, statistics and affiliate program registration. Believe it or not I am still navigating my website!

    Email marketing is also new to me and I would like to know more about it to incorporate it with what I am doing now.  Everything is not easy but we have to work hard. Thanks for your wonderful insight about this, I have learned something from you!

    1. No rush, MissusB. Take the time you need. I would suggest though that as you learn, start applying what you have learned. By focusing on small milestones, you will be more motivated to go through it since you will be able to see results as you go through step-by-step training. Don’t try to learn so much at a time so that it won’t overwhelm you. Think of weekly tasks that you can do and then start working on it. All the best!

  2. Nice and comprehensive article that is easy to read for anyone that just wants to start with affiliate marketing. For me the most important thing is to go with the right mindset as most people want to see results immediately and if nothing happens in 2-3 months they quit. This kind of work can take a few years before it really takes off, but I believe it is worth it in the end. By following the steps you’ve given, someone can make a solid start in this even if in the beginning things can be a bit overwhelming for most people. Thanks for the share.

    1. Agree with you. I think it’s good to have the right mindset in anything we do. If you think it will succeed, it will happen. We are a result of our thoughts. So if we stay positive, stay strong, and continue to believe in our future, it will happen. 

      Anything new can be overwhelming. Just pace yourself and learn. Eventually, it will all become second nature to you as you build the right habits.

  3. Affiliate marketing is already a simplified business model. I’m saying this because a lot of so-called ‘gurus’ try to make the topic more complicated. When in fact, they could just be simplified into 5 simple steps, just like what you’ve stated in this blog post. There are better things to worry about, the fundamentals should NOT be one of them!

    1. Life is already too complicated. And I really don’t like making things complicated so if I can help simplify things I would. Totally with you about getting fundamentals right, otherwise you will take so much time going back and fixing mistakes. Thanks Dominic.

  4. I also think making money online is very possible and like what was said on this post, it would depend on various factors such as the niche one decides to go for and also the audience one decides to target. It can also depend on the search volume of one’s target audience.

    I have found that affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online as it does not require the owner of the site to create the products but rather sell products that were created by others.

    It is one of the best ways to make money online and anyone willing to put in a lot of work can really succeed in this line of business.

    1. Absolutely, Jay. This is why it’s important to do your research and choose your niche well. That’s really your starting point. If you like what you do and you’re able to connect with your target audience, then you’re off to a good start. Affiliate marketing is a great way to have passive income and as long as you are willing to put in the work, you should be able to see results.

  5. Glad to come across this post. The five steps you are mentioning are essential. And I think one of the most critical step in starting creating a successful business is choosing a niche. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about google trends before, and I see now that my niche is not very trendy, maybe that’s why I am struggling a bit with my traffic. 

    In your blog, I found some excellent tips on how to improve my business, I am going to enhance the quality of my content, and as well I need to start doing email marketing (don’t know where to start – any tips?). I went through one more of your posts about how to increase website traffic. So l am ready to improve my business and finally make money 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your tips!

    1. Glad you’re now more ready to improve your business. On your niche, I don’t think it has to be trendy. I think the question should be, is it relevant. The more relevant your niche is, the more conversions you can have. Focus on your target audience and make sure you’re using the right keywords. Also, if it’s a new site, give it some time to generate traffic. 

      As for email marketing, you want to be able to offer something of value before people can trust you with their email address. Think about whether you want to provide an ebook, newsletter or other updates for them to want to be in your mailing list. And then you can look at automating the process. Just make sure that you follow through on what you said you will provide and do offer value instead of focusing on promotions. 

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