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Affiliate Marketing From Your Home: How To Get Started

When you first start learning about Affiliate Marketing, you become overwhelmed because of the amount of information available on the Internet. Affiliate Marketing isn’t a quick get rich scheme; it’s a gradual process to success, and you don’t have to have experience; you will be taught everything you need to get started step by step.

Affiliate Marketing from your home: how to get started is a step by step process that shows you how to get started building your website on a trusted platform. You can sift through mountains of information on getting started online. Still, it can be not easy when many affiliate marketers do not provide information or show you how to get there unless you sign up with them.

So, let’s get going; we’ll show you how to get started.

The Step-by-Step Process

Choosing the right hosting platform is essential for success 

Selecting the best hosting platform for your new website is a crucial activity before selecting your niche brand, product, or service that you wish to promote. 

When you start trying out a free hosting platform trial, always ask questions when you are unsure or want to learn more about a topic. When you receive an answer, take action on the knowledge because it will lead you to success.

Organise A Checklist Of Your Needs

When I searched for a hosting platform at the beginning of my new journey, I knew I could not do this solo until I learned more about affiliate marketing and setting up my website. I began to do did a self-assessment because I knew that if I wanted to make a success of what I was attempting to do, I needed to be part of an organisation that provided for my needs:

  • Training, Yes, training!
  • Set up my website step by step
  • Research tools that I will need
  • Help area in case I got stuck
  • Ask questions in real-time to natural persons, not through Artificial Intelligence
  • The support structure, people who can help me progress
  • Chat Area, even though I’m not good at verbal conversation, I do like to socialise at times

There is a checklist of my needs. 

What will your checklist be based on?

Setting up your account

After you have decided on which hosting platform, you will need to complete the form to set up your account. For instance, you can sign up for free at Wealthy Affiliate. Once your account has been set up at WA, Kyle will be directed to Getting Started Level One. You will learn about how an affiliate marketer earns money through the money cycle.

Money Making Cycle

The making money cycle shows how a potential customer lands on your website, clicks on one of your links and is redirected to your affiliate store (such as Amazon). Customer likes what they see, and makes a purchase. Your affiliate (Amazon)will then confirm that the customer purchased an item and made a sale. The transaction is credited, and you are paid a commission. The cycle continues with every customer.

How Affiliate Programs Work
Money Making Cycle

Creating Goals

As you establish your business, you will need to think about your goals. Creating a financial plan on

  • The amount of money you would like to earn so you can quit your job and work from home
  • How much money would you love to earn that will excite you
  • How much time are you willing to invest to achieve your goals

There will be other goals that you will want to add to your list.

Choose a niche brand, product or service 

Choosing a niche that you know about, experience with, even passionate about, or learn about that you can promote. You could choose something like a hobby: stamp collecting, electric train sets, dolls houses, quilting, ski clothing, sports shoes, all from the comfort of your home.

Another example could be the money-making area of finance: Credit card debt, personal finances, stock market products, getting out of debt or crypto money.

Niche Products

Construct your Website

Once you have chosen your preferred hosting platform for your website and decided on your chosen niche, you will be ready to start building your website.

Each web hosting platform will show you how to get started. I am a member of a fantastic venue called Wealthy Affiliate (WA); they ticked all my boxes when it came to supporting, training, webinars, and so much more. 

No other platform has done so much, but it is a good idea to do your due diligence and choose the one you think you will be comfortable about.

I was provided with two kinds of websites to choose from:

  1. Free website
  2. My domain
Create Free website with SiteRubix

The first one I chose, in the beginning, was on a free platform called SiteRubix. I called my new site, My Aero Gardening. I was thrilled with the way this was heading, so I transferred my website to my domain. 

Registering your domain

I became very enthusiastic and eager when registering my first domain name, which was so easy to do; I chose my website name for my URL myaerogardening.com. 

My first impression was WOW! My very own website belongs to me and not someone else.

Choose a Theme

Depending on your hosting platform and the choices are the best part of creating your website. There are thousands of website themes to choose from, but one of the most recommended that is lightweight is Generate Press on WordPress.

Choosing a theme

What you get

When you build your website and you become a full member of your chosen hosting platform, you will get

  • Your site’s performance will be fast
  • Protected from spammers and others who wish to harm you
  • Receive and Site SSL
  • Site support and 
  • So much more

Keyword Research

As you progress along with Affiliate Marketing, you will come across information on Keyword Rich Content. Below is a video where Kyle at Wealthy Affiliate shows you how to create keyword-rich content for SEO that will get you recognised by Google, Bing and Yahoo as an authoritarian on your niche and rank high using Jaaxy.

Creating Keyword Rich Content for 
SEO by Kyle

When your post has been indexed, it can drive more traffic to your website, and you will then have the opportunity to earn money.

Write rich keyword content

Now you can start writing your content using rich keywords. In the video above, Kyle already explains how to set this out. If you are still uncertain about doing an outline, Hitesh Sahni has provided a fantastic breakdown on how to do one click on the link below.

Share your post on Social Media

Now you have created your content; it’s time to share your post/article/page on social media for free:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Stay Keen
  • Twitter
  • Other

Adding your link to your articles will drive free traffic to your website, and that is precisely what you want to begin with; In time, you will start earning income.

Find Affiliate Programs to join

There are plenty of affiliate programs that you can join for your niche. Some you will know, and there are many more that you may not have heard about. Once you sign up and have been approved, you will receive a tracking link from your chosen affiliate:

  1. Amazon Associate Program
  2. C.J.com, known as Commission Junction
  3. ShareASale
  4. eBay Partner Network
  5. Awin
Climbing Upwards

and you will begin to drive traffic to your affiliate site through your post review on your niche and place a tracking link to promote your niche product so your customers will click and buy your product; you will then earn commission on the sale.

As you Progress with Affiliate Marketing

Now you are progressing forward and learning advanced processes on how to generate customers and earn a commission. You will learn a great deal on 

  • SEO and why it is essential to your website
    • Being active on social media and share your post content to attract more visitors to your website for free
    • Creating more content
    • Earning more money

Suggestions to help you become a successful Affiliate Marketer

  • Don’t overthink the process
  • Don’t overcomplicate things
  • Promote affiliate products that you know about, experience with, are passionate about or want to learn about
  • Be realistic, honest

Conclusion

You can bloom as a new affiliate marketer once you have learned and gotten past overwhelmed with the idea and information. Affiliate marketing is an ongoing learning process; you will learn something new every day. As a gradual process, step by step, you will learn so much about the importance of building trust and integrity for your website.

Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links on my website contain affiliate links, making a small commission on purchases at no extra cost to you. Thank you for taking an interest in my site and reading my posts. Click here to read my full disclosure.

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8 Comments

  • Norman Richards

    Affiliate marketing is a great way to make a full-time income while from the comforts of your home and this is what attracts so many people to his line of work but as you have pointed this is not a business where you can get rich overnight it takes a lot of time and patience to make this business work. What you have laid out is what is needed to get involved in this line of work. This is s step by step process, thanks so much for sharing.

    • Yvonne Bray

      Hello, Norman; thank you for dropping in and leaving a comment. I’m so glad you find the step by step process means to you and that you have taken on board that it is not a quick get rich scheme. I appreciate your lovely response.

  • Millie Zeiler

    Speaking as a fellow team member of Wealthy Affiliate, I know firsthand how helpful they are. Whether one is just starting out in the game known as internet marketing, or has been spinning in circles due to lack of knowledge, Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the “go-to” place!

    Moving forward doesn’t happen without direction! Wealthy Affiliate provides direction! I’m supposedly a “veteran” at affiliate marketing and I’ve learned how little I actually knew after first encountering the training modules and classes offered by WA. There’s a reason why the people who call themselves Wealthy Affiliates not only have that title as a member, but as a proven statement of where their success level is at!

    • Yvonne Bray

      Hello Millie, Thank you for your lovely comment, which I find informative and enlightening. I, too, have found that I keep on learning at Wealthy Affiliate. I learn something new every day from the owners, community and tutorials. We are provided with a wealth of information that is the best in comparison to the university.

  • Joseph William Stasaitis

    I very much like your step-by-step process of affiliate marketing, which is an excellent way to earn money from home. With the proper discipline, commitment and patience anyone can achieve success in this area. You have presented a very well outline way to get started with this tremendous opportinity. All the best.

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