What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started
You might be wondering what all of this affiliate stuff is about. We’re here to help! In this article we’ll look at; what is affiliate marketing, and how to get started with our program and start earning money.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing involves earning a commission by promoting a product or service made by another retailer or advertiser. It is a monetization model where an affiliate partner, which is you, is rewarded a payout for providing a specific result to the retailer or advertiser.
Our Affiliate program is free to join, so you don’t have to worry about high startup costs. Done well, this performance-based opportunity can go from side hustle to profitable online business idea by netting you a healthy income. You only get paid every time you drive a sale. Earn 30% commission from all of the payments of any user that you bring to the platform..
It’s low risk
Since there’s no cost to join the YouLinkTo affiliate program, you can start making money with our service without any upfront investment.
Affiliate marketing also can generate relatively passive income through commission—the ideal money-making scenario. Though initially you’ll have to invest time creating traffic sources, your affiliate links can continue to deliver a steady paycheck.
How our affiliate marketing works
Affiliate marketing involves referring our service by sharing it on a blog, social media platform, podcast, or website. The affiliate earns 30% commission each time someone makes a purchase through the unique link associated with their account.
How to start affiliate marketing
Not too difficult, right? Just like running your own small business, becoming a successful affiliate takes dedication and discipline. Use the following step-by-step guide to start your affiliate marketing business.
Pick your platform and method
The first step is figuring out the platform you want to build your audience around. Every affiliate marketer has a different approach and platform. There are many affiliate marketing ideas you can choose from based on different methods:
- Niche topic and review sites. These are sites that review products for a specific audience or compare a line of products against their competitors. This method requires you to create content related to the review space and post regularly to draw in an audience.
- Digital content. Digital content creators include bloggers, YouTubers, or social media influencers. They create niche content that resonates with a target audience. The goal is to organically introduce niche products their audience will enjoy. This increases the chances they’ll buy and you’ll earn an affiliate commission.
- Courses, events, workshops. If you’re an educator, you can integrate affiliate partnership offers into your events.
No matter which route you take, authenticity and audience building are the two most crucial elements for affiliate marketing.
(If you cannot authentically connect with your audience, chances are you won’t have success in converting them into affiliate sales.)
To pick a platform and method, ask yourself:
- What platforms do you use the most?
- Which platforms do you understand best?
Starting with a marketing platform you’re comfortable with helps you create high-quality content. This can result in a stronger, more engaged audience you can turn into sales.
Talk to a product expert
Another option is interviewing others who use the product or service or even interviewing the person who makes or sells it. This can give your review more depth, creating a narrative for the reader.
Create a product tutorial
While your success with affiliate marketing can depend on the overall size of your following, another way to drive higher-converting traffic is by providing a tutorial on the offer.
People often perform “how to” Google searches, such as “how to save money for college” or “how to decorate a laundry room.” If you offer a tutorial that solves a searcher’s problem and clearly showcases the value of the product, your referrals will make more sense in context. You’ll provide the customer with a stronger incentive to purchase the product you’re recommending.
Find relevant search terms
If you’re promoting an offer through a blog post, research which keywords someone might use in a search engine to find an answer to a related problem. Google Ads Keyword Planner is a good tool that can help. (It’s free to use, but you’ll need to create an account.)