One of the easiest ways to make money in the online world is through affiliate marketing, and, it’s not near as hard to get started as you think!
Affiliate Marketing | A Guide for Getting Started
Passive income can be an amazing stream of income for ANY business and the only true version of passive income is affiliate marketing. Why? Well, because you literally do nothing but share products you already love and make money for doing so! OMG, you’re going to be an affiliate marketing genius after this.
What IS Affiliate Marketing?
In it’s most simple form, affiliate marketing is the process of making a commission for selling other people’s products.
Picture this: You LOVE home decor and every time you share a piece of your home, people on social media ask you where you got that couch or those candle holders; Instead of just sending them the link, you can send them an affiliate link, it’s not extra cost or trouble to them to shop through that link but you, in turn, get a commission if they actually purchase.
So, how do you get started?
Seriously, it’s easy, I swear.
Step 1: Make a list of the 10 top softwares or retail stores that you love and would want to share links for.
Example: I LOVE using ClickUp, a project management service, so they would definitely make the list of things I would want to affiliate for. In the example above where you are sharing home decor, maybe you love Target.
Step 2: Do a search for the affiliate programs for those 10 places/stores.
This can be a little bit tricky because there are three possibilities here:
- They don’t have an affiliate program.
- They have an affiliate program directly listed on their website and managed by the company itself..
- It requires an application.
- You can instantly be an affiliate.
- They don’t have an affiliate program directly through their company, but they use a 3rd Party Service like RewardStyle.com or Shareasale.com to manage their affiliate program so you have to apply to be an affiliate through that management company.
Step 3: Start sharing the links!
Depending on where you are with your audience size and what your end goals are, this can look so different.
You can share links via social media to friends and family or even followers, you can infuse affiliate links into your existing blog, podcast, or YouTUbe content, or, you can even run ads to your affiliate links.
I won’t sit here and say that you can start today and be raking in the big money by tomorrow because, since most affiliate income commissions are so small, the larger the audience (or people going through your links) the more money you’ll make.
Don’t let that discourage you. Start now, start infusing links into your content or your everyday conversations and, before you know it, you’ll be an affiliate marketing rockstar!