3 Steps To Starting An Affiliate Marketing Business

Affiliate marketing is a business model that’s been around for decades. It’s popular because it is such a simple way for people to make money online.

There’s no complicated set up, no expensive start up costs, no products to source or create, no customers to deal with, the list goes on and on.

You partner with a company, promote their products and receive a commission for each sale you make. The most sales you can make, obviously the more money you also make. People have made millions of dollars just from promoting other peoples products.

Yes, this is a SERIOUS business model!

With affiliate marketing, you just need to find quality products to promote and put those products in front of people who would be interested in buying. That’s pretty much it.

So let’s have a look in more detail at the 3 steps you need to put into place:

1 – Find Quality Products To Promote

You have a few choices when it comes to deciding which products to promote.

There are huge companies and affiliate networks out there that allow you to join and promote a wide range of products. Companies like Amazon, eBay, ClickBank, JVZoo all allow you to promote hundreds of products by simply having one account with them.

The other option is to find individual affiliate programs. These are typically set up by stand alone companies who only sell their own product(s).

There are positives and negatives to both of those. But the main thing is to find a product you like the look of and get started.

Before making that final decision, look for reviews on the product and product owner. Head over the Google and search for reviews that people have left online. This will give you a good idea of whether it’s something you want to put your name behind or not.

2 – Find People Who Would Be Interested In The Product

This is often referred to as ‘driving traffic’. There are dozens of ways to do this, some are totally free and others will require you to pay for them. It all depends how much time you have and if you have a marketing budget.

Paid Options

The paid option can be done through many different ways, including:

Facebook Ads – You can create ads on Facebook and show them to relevant audiences to the product you are promoting.

Google Ads – The same can be done with Google. Just create your ad and choose which keywords you want that ad to be shown for in their search engine results.

YouTube Ads – YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the World, so there are potentially millions of people waiting for information about what your product solves.

Network/Display Ads – These are usually banner/image ads that you choose to show on other people’s websites.

Free Options

Many people prefer to get started with getting free traffic. Whilst it might not be as fast as paid traffic, you can get started for zero cost.

Here are a few ways to do that:

YouTube – You can create videos based around the niche your chosen product is in and post them to YouTube. Share information about that the product does and what solution it provides.

TikTok – The same can be done with TikTok. Create shorter videos and upload them to the platform for free.

Instagram – You can add images and videos to Instgram, again base them around the niche your product is in. Add a link in your bio section which takes people to the affiliate product.

Facebook – You can post in relevant Facebook groups about the product and the problem it solves. Some groups allow you to include links but if not, just share information and become an authority and people will reach out to you for more information.

3 – Have A Conversion Strategy

The fastest way to start getting people to see the affiliate product, is to provide them with your direct link. When they click on it, they go straight to the affiliate product website.

But that is not the smart way to do it. Mainly because you have no way of following up with them again. If they don’t buy at the first time, they will be gone forever.

The smarter way to do it is to collect people’s email addresses, so that you can follow up with them many times after. This will lead to more sales and more money in your bank account.

So how do you get people’s email addresses?

The first thing you need is an autoresponder. This is a piece of software that allows you to build a list, set automated email sequences and be able to send out an email to your list at any time you want.

They are incredibly inexpensive and most of them also provide you with free lead capture pages, often called squeeze pages. Some popular examples are Aweber, Getresponse and Active Campaign.

The second thing you need, once you have your autoresponder, is something to give away. This can be a free report, free video, free training or anything that will provide value but also be related to what you are promoting.

Many affiliate programs will have these for you to use. If they don’t, you can search for PLR products based around your niche. These are products that you can give away for free. Just check the license of them to be sure.

And that’s it, you give something away, collect people’s email addresses and have an automated series of emails that get sent out to everyone that signs up.


Those 3 steps are all you need to build your own affiliate marketing business super quick. You can literally get started today, have everything set up in the next hour and then you can begin getting traffic to your offer.


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