Affiliate marketing can be a very rewarding business once you’ve got everything dialed in, but it can also be a bit frustrating to learn how to get started properly.
So in this article, I’m going to explain what affiliate marketing is about, and how to get started as a beginner, with your very own (free) affiliate website.
Overview of Affiliate Marketing With a Website
Affiliate marketing is a simple business model where you earn commissions promoting other companies products online. Basically, the way it works is companies pay affiliates, who join their affiliate program, a commission for bringing them new customers.
It’s a pretty simple business model overall, can be very lucrative. Not to mention, the startup and running costs are generally pretty low, and the money you earn can be fairly “passive” compared to many other business models out there. Because once you get an affiliate site profitable, it doesn’t take much to maintain depending on the niche you choose.
However, there are some important things you should undersdtand about affiliate marketing before rushing in to it:
- Being successful with affiliate marketing takes time and effort. Like anything worthwhile, you need to learn real skills and put in a consistent effort if you want to make it work.
- You can’t just spam your affiliate links all over the internet and expect to make decent money. You might make a sale here and there doing that, but to create a real business you need to give people value.
- Even though you can use a free website, and affiliate marketing is a low cost business model, you should factor in some costs as you build your business. But you only need the basics when you’re starting out, like a domain name, web hosting and some decent training.
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