Affiliate marketing can be a lucrative, fun and overall great business to be involved in, but it can also be very frustrating one if you don’t know how or where to get started.
Fortunately, there is a good solution to help you get started without spending a dime.
Benefits of Building a Website For Affiliate Marketing
Personally, I believe the best way to build an online business is with a website of your own. Why do I say this?
#1 You Can Leverage Tons of Free Organic Traffic
Traffic is the life blood of any affiliate marketing business, with or without a website. Without it you simply cannot succeed.
If you don’t have a website you’ll be relying on second grade traffic sources like solo ads, traffic exchanges and social media spamming. Those methods suck and won’t get you very far.
Of course, if you have plenty of cash to burn you could buy high quality traffic which does work well. Since you’re reading this though, I’m assuming that’s not the case. Building your own site positions you to drive tons of free traffic from major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
#2 Makes You a Better Marketer
The concept of value is at the heart of any marketing campaign, online or offline. With the website approach, you are forced to think about giving people real value as oppose to the whole ‘whats in it for me’ approach a lot of gurus are pushing.
The reason for this is because it’s very hard to succeed without genuinely helping people. For real? Yep. The highest ranking websites in Google are (mostly) those that work hard to help their audience with relevant and useful content. Spammy sites with thin content and affiliate links plastered all over the place generally doesn’t last very long.
#3 Establishing Your Brand
Having a website establishes your own unique presence on the web and allows you to brand yourself authoritatively. It shows people that you know what you are talking about and concretes you’re place in the online world.
It allows you to connect with and help your target audience which means you are better able to understand their needs. The better you understand your readers the more you can help them and ultimately the more money you can make as a result.
Quick Concepts You Need To Understand
Before I explain how to et rolling there’s 3 key concepts I have to explain or none of what follows will make sense. Building a website entails having the following 3 things:
This one’s pretty obvious. You need somewhere to build your site.
This is the name of your website is given to identify it, like a postal address. There are 2 types of these. One is known as a ‘top level domain’ and the other is a ‘sub domain’.
A paid top level domain looks like this: www.example.com
A free sub domain looks like this: www.example.siterubix.com
The underlined part changes according to whoever owns the top level domain. You are essentially ‘piggy backing’ off them. It is always better to go with your own top level domain name but a subdomain can be a great place to start or test out some ideas you might have for free.
In terms of price, some domain providers appear to be cheap then upsell you many additional extras as you go through the checkout process. GoDaddy is a prime example of this. Others charge more after the first year to get you in.
In general though, it costs somewhere around $10-$20 per year for your own domain name.
This is where your website files are stored and what makes it accessible to others. Without this no one could access it. The cost of web hosting varies from a $4 – $50+ p/m depending on your needs. The more content you publish and the more visitors you attract, the more you’ll want to consider premium hosting. Don’t stress though, I’m going to show you how to get all of this for free as promised!
Free vs Paid Approach
Pretty much the only disadvantages of starting for free is using a sub-domain and the capacity of the hosting you are given. Subdomains do rank well in the search results but it does depend on who you go through. Why? Because you’re inheriting the online ‘reputation’ of whoever owns the top level domain.
The way I am about to show you gives you a high quality and free subdomain with the ability to rank well in the search results.
The 4 Step Process Explained
Now that we have the basics out of the way and the reason this is a great approach, how do you actually make it work? It’s simple.
Step 1- Choose a Niche
A niche is a group of people you are going to help solve a problem. This could be anything from people looking for golfing tips to those interested in learning about mountain hiking. Whatever you are interested in is a great place to start.
If you like it, chances are others do too!
Don’t procrastinate on this though or try to find the ‘golden niche’. That simply doesn’t exist. People spend way too long on this but I assure you money can be made in ANY niche.
Step 2- Build a Website
This step is all about putting a website together. The cool thing is it’s super simple these days and anyone can do it. It doesn’t need to be some super shiny perfect looking website either. Some of the best money making websites are very basic looking and simple.
When it comes to affiliate marketing with a website, it’s about content- not bells and whistles.
You’ll learn how to ‘perfect’ it over time the more you learn. I’m always building and developing mine to further help my audience. Bottom line is don’t think it’s too hard and don’t try and get it perfect, especially at the beginning.
Step 3- Getting Traffic
You don’t need to become some fancy writer to do this either. I’m certainly not some copywriting guru and I see great results. All you need to do is share your knowledge about a particular subject with those in your niche.
Good keywords ==> Good content ==> Visitors to your website
Step 4- Making Money
When you have visitors, you can recommend high value products and services to them that they are already interested in. You are not trying to sell your visitors anything. Not at all.
You are simply sharing helpful content and recommending relevant products that already interest your audience to help them solve a problem. When people click on your recommendations and make a purchase, you earn an affiliate commission. To learn more about this process I recommend going through my free beginner tutorial.
That’s the overview, now it’s time to take action and start building your website.
To help you get started, I created a short video showing you how get 2 free websites, free hosting and a free sub domain to get started. I also show you how to claim 10 free lessons showing you how to implement the above 4 steps and put it all together.