The Easiest Way to Get Started With Affiliate Marketing | A Step-by-Step Guide

The Easiest Way to Get Started With Affiliate Marketing | A Step-by-Step Guide


– Affiliate marketing
is one of the best ways to make money online. Instead of creating your own product, dealing with your own customers, you can sell other people’s
products and services and make money. But how do you get started? How can you start seeing results fast? Hi everyone, I’m Neil Patel and today I’m going to share with you the easiest way to get started
with affiliate marketing. (digital tones) Before we get started, make sure you subscribe to this channel and if you’re on YouTube,
click the alert notification. That way when we release
more videos like this, you’ll get notified. Step 1, define your traffic source, what are you good at, in other words? Are you good at SEO? Are
you good at paid ads? Are you better at JVs, which is joint ventures if
you’re not familiar with, in other words that’s
another form of partnerships. What version of marketing are you good at? Because based on that, that’s going to vary how
you do affiliate marketing. For example, if you do SEO
you got to pick one niche. If you do joint ventures and partnerships, again you got to do one niche and focus all your energy there. If you do paid ads, you
can do any niche out there as long as the payouts are high enough because you got to buy that traffic. Once you figure that out,
that’ll help you with Step 2. The second step, defining
your target audience. What is the niche you want to work in? Now, most people are like, “I want to be in the niche
that pays me the most money.” You don’t do well as
affiliate marketer in that. Why? Because after awhile you give up, you hate what you’re
doing, you’re just like “I don’t want to spend a ton
of time and energy doing this.” You want to focus your
efforts on what you love because what you love
is what you’re going to create better content on,
better marketing campaigns, better ad traffic,
you’ll get more creative. You’ll be the expert. You’ll also notice that you
make a huge increase in revenue when you do something you know versus something you have
to learn from scratch because when you don’t know industry, you don’t understand a niche, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes, waste a lot of time and lose money compared to focusing on
something that you know. Now that you’ve done that, the next step for you is to find products that are a good fit for your audience. Now, most people do this by just googling. That’s a really inefficient way. There’s actually already
affiliate sites out there that showcase products. And the products they
showcase are the ones that tend to be the best performers not only for the publisher,
but also the advertiser. So, by looking at these affiliate sites, you’ll know what tends to work because their top offers
tend to be the ones that make the most money. Now, some of these sites
are JVZoo, CJ Affiliate, OfferVault, Click2Sell, CommissionSoup, ShareASale and FlexOffers. Checking out those sites will
give you a good understanding of what works and what
doesn’t work in your space. I would recommend going after the products that are popular on these sites cause that means affiliates
are making a lot of money. If you pick the products that aren’t that popular on those sites, that usually means affiliates
aren’t willing to promote them because they don’t generate
them enough income. Next up, you need to build your funnel. So, let’s say you have SEO going, right, and you have this traffic. Starts with content, then
you want to collect to email and you can collect to email through Hello Bar or any tool out there. You want to create a lead magnet. You can’t just use these tools. You’ve got to actually have a offer. So, email in exchange for a ebook. Then, once you have their
email, drive them to a webinar. That webinar allows you to sell that product or service to those people. You can also, for all the people who don’t convert in the webinar, follow up through an email sequence and sell them through text-based. Combining a webinar through
text-based sequences, you should start getting
sales from your SEO traffic. Now let’s say you’re leveraging paid ads, it’s hard to convert
through a straight sell so what you want to do is
first create a landing page that educates and really
provides a ton of value. But that landing page,
not only providing value, you’re talking about the product in there and then you’re driving people to that product page where they can buy. Ideally, you should have some testimonials and case studies within that
educational piece of content. If you don’t, you’ll find that you won’t generate as many sales. Now, you could also do
another thing in which, for all the people that don’t
convert and are about to exit, collect their email, again you
can use tools like Hello Bar, have a lead magnet, offer a free ebook or anything like that, drive them in through a webinar sequence and also you can follow-up
with them through email again and convert them on products and services. That way, the paid traffic that’s leaving and not converting right then and there, you can still get them to convert over the next two or three weeks. Now, if you’re monetizing
through JVs and partnerships, the best way to convert
is to cohost a webinar. Get other people who are
influencers in your space along with you being on a webinar, selling a product or a service
converts extremely well. It’s the easiest way
through JVs and partnerships is to just focus almost all
your effort on the webinars. Now the last step I have for you is increase the lifetime value. Most affiliates, they drive conversions, they collect their money and they’re like, “Woo-hoo, that’s it.” Well, you already have that list. Why aren’t you continually selling to those people campaign after campaign? Why aren’t you continually
adding value to them and not always selling? So then that way when you
have the next product to sell they’re more likely to buy
cause you’ve helped them out. If you just sell to
them every single week, eventually they’re going
to drop off your list. But if you help them
out majority of the time and then sell to them
one-tenth of the time, they’re much more likely to convert. And the other thing that
I would recommend is add upsells and downsells. Once they buy one product, upon checkout, why can’t there be upsells and downsells? It’s an easy way to generate more revenue. If the website that you’re pushing doesn’t have upsells and downsells, force them to have it or let
them buy from your website that product or service that
other people are fulfilling and then add in your own
upsells and downsells. It’s a great way for
you to make more money. Now, if you need more traffic
to your affiliate site you can always check out my
ad agency, Neil Patel Digital. And if you enjoyed this video, like it, share it with others. If you have a question,
leave a comment below. I’ll answer it. Thank you for watching.

48 thoughts on “The Easiest Way to Get Started With Affiliate Marketing | A Step-by-Step Guide

  • What traffic source has worked best for you when it comes to affiliate marketing? Is it SEO? Is it paid ads? Is it partnerships? Let me know in the comments below.

  • I have a Facebook page about Quotes, and I have almost 3k likes and my page growing very well. Now I plan to make a site for my page. Can I start affiliate site on quotes topic? I am very happy if you help me to take the action.

  • Most of these tips work well when you sell a digital course or a product that pay a decent commission, but how about the majority of the physical products that only pay the affiliate $10-15 per sale (for example, many of the products sold on ShareASale)? I can't imagine doing a webinar for those. Also, since you are only an affiliate, you can't add upsells since you don't own the product.

  • I’m a lifestyle blogger. I don’t have any one particular niche. I understand this is broad and wide but every blog I have a variety of affiliates that correlate to the blog topic. I also do not do ads and find people actually thank me for that and will use the affiliate links more because if it. Thanks N, you always deliver ❤️

  • I think the sales funnel and email list is too old and not working that good now a days I tried google ads with email list and fb ads but didn't work that well. I think now a days fb page subscribers and push subscribers are good. Using a chat bot can also be good. Any input on this?

  • Nice tips. I'm motivated to start my affiliate website again. It was a high income website for me.

    I quit after the affiliate company kept on changing rules then they say cookie policies change then they say no conversions recorded etc.

    But I will give one more try.

  • I love your passion for pushing out content Neil ! Dedication — I enjoy how you hop around topic to topic it gives me a good indication on what topics to touch on and will perform best ! Neil one of the best ** I look forward to speaking to you one on one one day**

  • Affiliate Marketing is false god! Learn a real skill and start a side business…and be active not passive. The best way to protect yourself for an economic downturn. My small business earns me $50K a month 💵👊

  • Hi ! How much does it cost to upload the Affiliated program for us to generate income. People just talk about how good it is to sell your own product but the cost of creating a webpage and to do the business cost a lot of money. Here in MALAYSIA not many are well versed of such programs because they are not IT savvy especially middle management. What's your advice please? Thanks

  • I am a newbie and I want to learn from .you. Do you have courses on the Internet or possible address you send us learn from.them. ?
    I am a beginner. I want to learn from you

  • Hey Neil Love your content! I want to start a blog but i am confused in two things. I have friend who's a gym trainer which can sell more due to these strategies but, i on the other hand, love digital marketing (I am not an expert just started a month ago). What blog should i make then or should i make both on one website?

  • Who Neil! Great video. I did a similar thing for my email list a few weeks ago. Would you mind if I add this video to it? It would help both of us and the readers! Maybe I should interview you for my Podcast!!! Thoughts?

  • Great value as always Neil!

    I do agree on everything you say.

    Altough i think building your audience is the most difficult and time consuming part of the process.

    Is there a way to streamline the process of building an audience?

    In my opinion it takes about 2 years to have a big enough email list and a large enough audience to actually start selling products to or do affiliate marketing and get results.

    Is this true in your experience?

    Thanks in advance

  • Hey Neil! You were much more calm and less loud in this video, fantastic!
    We always come back to your channel because you are a great source of great content.
    I always feel up to date after watching your videos or after listening to your podcast!

    Question:
    I am starting out an affiliate website where I will be reviewing marketing courses and Ill be driving traffic through youtube and instagram (Im an e commerce manager who also what people to stay up to date on SEO).

    Do you have any top 3 short tips on how to avoid the most common pitfalls when starting out?

  • I'm a struggling affiliate marketer and I think I'm lucky to fall on this video. I'm going to implement your techniques right away.

  • Using a funnel is the best way to go, building that list. A lot of the times, people don't buy on the first time around. When you lead with value first by giving them a free PDF for example,,, one, they are opting in to get the free piece of information, so you are winning right there. Then like you said, try to get them on a webinar through the invitation of email marketing…. But you must always lead with value! Great video Neil

  • Affiiliate marketing is my nemesis. Being in the personal development field I have such a hard time finding decent products to promote that will actually bring in a decent commission. As it stands now, Amazon books are selling but the commission is peanuts. I'm lucky if I make $10 a month. This was a great video! Thanx Neil.

  • My best source has always been partnerships and consultancy clients. But felt that these sources aren’t enough, so I’m ‘working’ on my SEO on Youtube. Haven’t really created solid blog content right now. Also trying out webinars and webinar recordings. Thanks Neil, solid content you’ve got another new subscriber! 🙂

  • Hey Neil, your tips are usually really well made. I'm almost always confused as to why someone would dislike it. Anyway, keep blogging and you have been inspiring me to get started, keep pushing, and not give up on my online business, and wider entrepreneurial and investment dreams. Many many thanks!

  • Really good advice regarding the products that sell on sites like JVZoo etc. Here's some advice for your followers, Neil: In my experience, books (as in hardbacks/paperbacks) don't sell through affiliates. Trust me on this one! Thanks as always.

  • Hello Neil. Thanks for your great tips, I have been able to make few sales using your methods. Please I'd like you to outsource some writing jobs to me, so that I can get some money to survive while building my affiliate marketing business. I created an upwork account but I haven't been able to get jobs there.

    Thanks in anticipation of your positive response.

  • Great info!!! I was actually able to quit my job after 7 months doing affiliate marketing. Now I love to show others how I did it. It's like, paying it forward!

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