David Sharpe bio

Everyone wants to make money online, and there are several ways to do that. Yet, if you don't have time to create a product or offer a service, it might be rather tricky.

That's where affiliate marketing comes in!

As an affiliate marketer, you can start making money by advertising products for other companies. You make a percentage of each sale that comes from someone clicking your link and making a purchase.

You can even make money while you're sleeping. Affiliate marketing is the dream for so many people.

Be sure to keep reading for our guide on everything you need to know to become an affiliate marketer.

Choose Your Platform

If you're asking yourself, “how do I become an affiliate marketer?” The first step is choosing your platform.

Affiliate marketing works on nearly any social media platform that you can gain a following. Some people find success on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, even Facebook.

Yet, one of the best places for affiliate marketers is starting a blog. A blog with your own domain can cost a small amount each month, yet with affiliate marketing, you'll find that it pays itself off in the end.

Even amateur blogs can make money doing affiliate marketing. Don't think that because you don't have astounding photoshop skills or HTML skills that you can't be successful. There are ways that you can use the skills and equipment that you do have to make a fantastic blog and start making money.

One of the biggest things you need to know in the online marketing world is that you need to disclose when you're using an affiliate link. In fact, the FTC requires you to do so. You'll need to make sure that you let your audience know that you make a commission from the purchase, but it won't cost them any extra money.

You Need a Niche and Target Audience

One of the best things about becoming an affiliate marketer is that you can promote products that you like and enjoy using. You'll be creating content all about these products, so you're going to want to make sure you pick a niche that you're interested in.

Finding your niche is critical because it will help you decide the type of audience you will attract.

Ask yourself a few questions when trying to find your niche. What are you most interested in? What are you passionate about and could persuade people into buying?

There are tons of different niches that people choose when affiliate marketing. You could pick technology, sports, beauty, home interior, or so much more! Be sure to pick something that suits you and your interests. That way, you won't get bored when looking for more products and creating content.

Find the Right Programs

The most significant part of becoming an affiliate marketer is finding the right programs to join so that you can get paid.

You'll have a better idea of the programs you need to join after you know what products you want to promote within your niche. There are tons of different affiliate networks that you can join even as a brand new affiliate marketer.

One of the easiest programs to get into is the Amazon Associates Program. All you need to do is sign up and link all the social media channels that you will be advertising on. Once you're approved, then you can search Amazon and get personalized links for the products that you want to promote.

Other affiliate networks will offer additional products that are not from Amazon. Make sure to do your research and see which programs fit the products within your niche the best.

Make a Schedule to Post Quality Content

If you know anything about digital marketing, you know that it is going to take time and dedication for you to grow an audience. One way to ensure that your content will eventually take-off is by creating a posting schedule for yourself.

Take Zeb's story, for example, he is an affiliate marketer that works for only three hours a day. That's because he has created a schedule for himself in advance and knows exactly what kinds of content he wants to post and when.

Another thing that you should think about when posting content is that it is about quality and not quantity. You want your audience to read your blog posts and be persuaded to click on your links to make a purchase. Yet, if your writing isn't persuasive, then they might click off or not want to buy anything.

You might think you can make a post feature tons of different products and hope that one sticks. Yet, if you create a piece of content with value, more people will be likely to buy the products you recommend.

Get More Traffic to Your Blog

The best way for affiliate marketers to get paid is by getting more traffic to their page. The more people that see your content and your links, then the better the chance of them purchasing from your link.

Yet, how do you get more traffic to your blog?

By using digital marketing methods! By combining SEO, email marketing, and social media marketing, you'll start to find more traffic coming to your website.

Some people even invest some of their money into paid ads. When they do this, they can ensure that their target audience will be exposed to their ads and find their blog.

You won't be able to put affiliate links into a paid ad, but you can link to your landing page to attract more traffic to your page.

Becoming an Affiliate Marketer

Your journey to become an affiliate marketer won't happen overnight.

It is going to take time and effort to build up an audience and promote the products that people are going to want to buy. Yet, once you do, you'll find that affiliate marketing is one of the best passive income sources you can find.

If you want to start becoming an affiliate marketer, then we have the tools to help you. Be sure to check out this free video to learn how to make high ticket commissions and supercharge your earnings

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