Almost anyone can learn to make money with affiliate marketing. It’s not rocket science. All it requires is an idea, a little bit of technical skill (easily acquired) and some hard work. Hard work? Yes, we’re all adults here and we all know that anything that’s worthwhile requires work!
How I Define Hard Work
Since “hard work” is a relative term, I believe I should define what I consider to be hard work when it comes to affiliate marketing. For me, the hard part is applying self discipline. It’s doing the things that I know I need to be doing without a being on someone else’s time clock.
If you’re not used to being self-employed, maintaining focus and persevering when the outcome isn’t always clear can be tough. If you are used to being self-employed, affiliate marketing probably won’t seem like hard work to you at all. I’ve had many different jobs over the years. Some of them required pretty intense physical labor. Needless to say, affiliate marketing is a cakewalk compared to what I’ve done to earn a living in the past!
What Kind Of “Work” Does An Affiliate Marketer Do?
Much of the work involved with affiliate marketing is research and competition analysis. Researching what people are looking for and more importantly, how they search for it. The keyword tool that I use to learn how people look for information also makes it extremely easy to see my competition.
For this site, affiliatemarketingbasics.org, I look for popular keyword phrases with the words “affiliate marketing” in them. What you see above is a small fraction of the suggested keywords based on my search criteria. You can see the estimated number of monthly searches (according to Google) and I can see how many competing pages exist for that keyword phrase by clicking the “Competition” link.
I get unlimited free searches with this tool but it is only available to premium Wealthy Affiliate members. This tool gives you a huge, unfair advantage over non-members! Anyone can get 30 free searches with this tool. Learn more.
Working With Keywords
Once I have chosen the keywords I want to write about, I will use that keyword phrases in the title of my post and in the first paragraph of my article. Then I begin the work of constructing my new page. Effective web pages are not just written, they are built.
I have the ability to see first hand what profitable websites look like and how they are built. (Another unfair advantage I have by being a Wealthy Affiliate member) <– You can see my profile page there.
When I begin building my page, I will do my best to write quality content, break up my ideas with colorful H3 tags and use appropriate images when I can. People have become accustomed to seeing lots of imagery thanks to sites like Facebook so they are now almost a requirement when publishing content!
If you have done your keyword research and competition analysis properly, after 3 or 4 months of diligent building, you should begin to see some organic traffic. Learning how to monetize that traffic is a matter of trail and error and some experimentation.
For example, you may find that certain sections of your page have a higher click-through rate for Google ads as opposed to affiliate banners or vice versa. You will also probably need to learn how you can improve your “call to action”. A call to action is not always about selling. It can be just to redirect a visitor to another page or to gain a subscriber to an email list.
Once you have learned to develop an effective call to action, you can usually repeat it over and over again and you may even be able to apply it to other niche’s. This is how people make BIG money with affiliate marketing!