Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to start making money online. By promoting an affiliate offer, you are simply recommending a product that provides value to others. This doesn’t require a lot of effort to set everything up. You can do this by directly promoting the affiliate offer or by sending traffic to your Squeeze page first to build your list. You can set up the entire funnel in less than an hour to get ready to start sending visitors to your offer.

I have seen many affiliate marketers (especially newbies) fail because promoting affiliate marketing products requires a few steps to be taken. If you skip one or more steps, the chances of people buying your recommended affiliate products are reduced.

That is why in this article I will highlight the 4 main steps required to become a successful affiliate marketer. Each of these steps is essential and all successful affiliate marketers take each of these steps into account.

choose your niche

This is the first and most important step to take into account. I can easily tell that if this step is not done correctly, everything else will hardly matter. You should choose a niche that has proven to be profitable and in high demand. This will definitely increase the chances that other people will buy your products or the affiliate products you recommend.

Not all niches are the same in terms of demand and profitability. This is a very common mistake that most marketers make. They think they can go ahead with any niche and start promoting right away.

The most profitable niches are Health, Wealth and Relationships. However, there are many other niches that are profitable and in high demand. There are five main factors to consider when choosing your niche:

Passion: It is much better to choose a niche that you are passionate about. This will help you continue to take action after each failure. Loving what you do is a great weapon for your business to be successful. However, this alone is not enough because you have to choose a niche that is also profitable.

Evergreen: When choosing a niche, ask yourself “Is it evergreen?” If you don’t know what an evergreen is, it means a niche that is always in demand and never goes out of style. Wealth, health, and relationships are great examples of evergreen niches. That’s because all the time people are looking for ways to earn money, be healthy, and find or maintain a relationship. Whichever niche you choose, it’s much better that it’s evergreen to keep benefiting from your products not just for a certain period of time.

High demand: This is the most important factor to consider for the creation of the product. The niche must be sued by others in order to make sales. No matter how good your product is, if it’s not in high demand, it will only generate few sales, but it won’t be a sustainable business that you can maintain and expand.

Specific: Choosing a broad niche will not bring you targeted traffic. This is because you did not make it clear which segment is your chosen niche. For example, if you make a product and only state that it is about wealth, this is a broad topic to talk about. Because wealth can be Internet Marketing, Forex, Real Estate, Physical Businesses and the list goes on. By just saying it’s about wealth, you’ll get traffic from all of these segments and most won’t need what you provide. However, if you specified that it is affiliate marketing, then more targeted people will see your offer and you are more likely to make sales and earn a sustainable income online.

digital product: When choosing a niche, ask yourself “Can I make a digital product out of it?”. Some niches or products are in high demand but cannot be turned into digital products. For example, t-shirts are in high demand, people buy t-shirts every day. However, if you make a Digital Product about it, will it be as in demand? Who wants to see or read about t-shirts? People like to use them. But Affiliate Marketing is a product that can be in high demand if it is done as a Digital Product.

build your platform

This step is a great way to promote yourself and become an authority. Using this step, other people see your work and know you know what you’re talking about, not just someone who’s only willing to promote products to make sales.

There are four big platforms to use:

WordPress: Every successful internet marketer today has a domain with WordPress installed. WordPress is an easy to use website building tool and most of all the easiest way to create websites today. It only requires a few steps to get your website ready to go live. You can create many types of web pages using WordPress, one of the most common being a blog. Internet marketers create a blog to create content that provides value to others and may also promote products.

Facebook: Who does not know Facebook? This website is ranked second and has over 1 billion active users. You can take advantage of this huge platform by creating a page that creates content that gets you tons of visitors who can turn to your existing customers. Your content will rank high because of the power of Facebook online. People like to search for Facebook Pages related to their needs and this creates a great opportunity that you can take advantage of.

Youtube: YouTube is the most popular video website on the planet, with visitors watching around 6 billion hours of video per month. The great thing about videos is that they create more engagement than text or audio. People enjoy watching videos and learn more from video tutorials than by reading reports or blog posts. This is a great opportunity for you to continue creating valuable videos on a regular basis. This helps you rank your videos higher and thus get more visitors to watch your videos.

tumblr: This is another social media platform that you can use to create blog posts. Tumblr is a popular platform to use and may even be your primary platform for creating your content and branding yourself.

grow your audience

This step is to get traffic to your website to build your business. As you know traffic is the lineage of any online business and without it there is no business.

There are many sources of traffic, but I will describe five powerful sources of traffic:

Social Media: This is a great way to get traffic online. Almost everyone uses at least one social media platform, which is a great opportunity to work. But this, of course, requires some work by creating content on a regular basis about things that other people need to know about.

Solo Ads: Click traffic for Solo Ads comes from people who open the email that the Solo Ads provider sends. This means that the Solo Ads provider sends an email to part of your list (depending on the number of clicks) with a website link that you provide.

CPAP: Pay Per Click stands for an Internet advertising model that drives traffic to a specific website. You create an ad (text and/or image) that, when clicked, redirects them directly to your website. If used correctly, you get very targeted traffic to your business, which increases the consistency of your sales and your income.

Blog: As we said earlier, blogs are very powerful in terms of branding and becoming an authority. You get highly targeted free traffic and get them to trust you and buy products from you because they have seen that you can provide value with every product you provide.

Youtube: Video Marketing is a very powerful weapon to use today and that is why you can take advantage of it. You can create some informative tips, product reviews, ongoing tutorials, and much more using the power of YouTube. You get highly targeted free traffic and people will enjoy watching your videos and learn from you.

promote products

This is the final step that monetization does. Do all the above steps not for fun but to earn money online. This step gives you a great way to get sales online, whether it’s selling your own product or promoting other people’s products.

There are five great websites that offer great products to promote:

ClickBank.com: This is one of the most popular affiliate websites online. It has products from almost every niche online that help you choose the niche you want to do your business in and choose products that are proven to sell.

clicksure.com: Similar to ClickBank.com and very powerful too.

warriorplus.com: This is another great affiliate website to consider, but only if you are in a money-making niche. All the products contain techniques to make money so if you are in a different niche you can skip this website.

JVZoo.com: Similar to warriorplus.com but with higher priced products in general.

Mucheye.com: This website is very useful because it shows products that have not been released yet. This allows you to be more prepared to promote the product of your choice and you will have less competition because most people promote released products. It shows products from warriorplus, JVzoo and some other affiliated websites.

Now you know the four main steps you need to know to become a successful affiliate online. This guide will help you know how to choose your niche, build your platform, grow your audience, and promote products.