Hi there, I’m Stella – aka Stella741. I would like to teach you how to earn a living online with a few simple strategies….
In the current economic climate, more and more people are searching for alternative ways of earning a living. Due to the lockdown worldwide. The traditional way of doing business has been superseded by working at home online to keep businesses going.
So any company that has an online presence has a headstart over let’s say a traditional rented shop. As the non-essential shops had to be closed for at least 2 whole months between March and 15th June in the UK.
One way of earning a living online is by affiliate marketing. With a few tools, your time and a solid consistent work ethic.
How I Started Affiliate Marketing
It all began in the summer of 2006, when I stumbled upon Clickbank – an affiliate network that hosts thousands of products for affiliates and vendors. It was and still is, very easy to join.
After choosing what I later realised was a very hot product to promote, money started flowing into my Clickbank account within 3 days. In my sleep.
The product I was promoting taught people like myself, how to create Pay-per-click ads for Google. (PPC for short).
I followed the instructions and within 3 short weeks, had made $500. Which Clickbank paid on time. Needless to say, I was hooked. I spent up to 14 hours a day tweaking my ad campaigns in search of the winning ad that would draw traffic to the product I was promoting “Data Entry Bank”.
By the end of the month, it occurred to me that if I added £50 to my Google Ads account, I could make even more sales.
However, the next day, there was a big fat £0 in my account. And the next. Surprised, I checked Data Entry Bank for some news. And there it was – due to unforeseen circumstances, Data Entry Bank, along with lots of other Clickbank products promoting Google Adword Strategies, were pulled from Clickbank.
Just when I had put in an extra £50. Which I lost.
I was very disappointed and spent the next few years trying to duplicate my success with other Clickbank products. but did not find another ‘hot’ product to promote. Ever again.
Another thing was – I’d heard from other successful affiliate on forums such as Warrior Forum and Digital Point, that having your own website with an optin form to collect emails was essential. “The money’s in the list” was a very hot topic.
However, back then WordPress and Social Media was in its infancy so unless you knew how to code – these methods of building a site and sharing content were difficult to do.
I tried many Shiny Buttons and other affiliate programs from networks good and bad. I made some money sometimes. But most of the time got scammed and lost money.
By 2017 (Yes – 11 years later!!) I found a program that would train me how to build a WordPress site, affiliate marketing and email marketing. Plus excellent support. I am still with them today. They are free to join as a Starter Member and even as their Premium Membership does NOT run into thousands of pounds like many programs online.
I discovered other people like myself could make a successful living online just by following the step-by-step training. And even made some friends because we support and encourage each other so much.
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What is Affiliate Marketing?
This is one of the easiest online business models to do and it basically work like this:
- Promote other people product through a product link
- Get paid a commission whenever anyone buys the product from the link you are promoting.
Benefits of Affiliate Marketing
- You don’t need to create a product to sell
- No customer service to deal with or even product returns
- No need of product stock
- No traditional overloads like rental space, lighting, water and electricity bills as your business is online.
- All you need is an internet connection, a computer, a WordPress site and a traffic building system.
- You can get started by building a website in 3 simple steps.
- You get paid a percentage ranging from 4% to 75%, depending on the affiliate network whose products you are promoting.
- You only need to promote 20 products to be successful.
For example, as an Amazon Associate, you get paid between 4-10% commission on any purchase a customer makes by clicking on Amazon product links on your site.
For Clickbank products (and there are thousands) you can get paid as much as 75% commission. You can even get paid by the same customer over and over again, if they buy a product that has a recurring monthly bill.
If, for example, the product is worth $200 and the recurring bill is $97 a month. You can see how this adds up over the course of 12 months if the same customer stays as one.
So, basically – affiliate marketing is brilliant for newbies and more experienced marketers who want to scale up their profit margins. This is also how I made my first sales online. And why I am so passionate about it.
The lesson I have learnt is not just to put my eggs into one basket by only promoting one product. If you promote 20 at once, if one product is pulled, you still have an income from the other 19.
So How Do I Drive Traffic To My Site?
You can drive traffic by posting regular content at least every other day and become such an authority on your chosen niche (subject) that Search Engines trust you for creating original and interesting, relevant content. This is called SEO Marketing.
By using Social Media Platforms
Such as Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.
All you need to do is become an expert on one platform before branching onto another – as you have to engage with your chosen platform’s audience, you will see that the bigger your audience, the more time you spend engaging with them
You might have to outsource the Social Media engagement to a Virtual Assistant who understands your style of speech and can schedule and create posts that sound as if they are coming from you. You will oversee the Virtual Assistant’s work and pay her according to her output and time. This could be an hourly rate.
By sending traffic to an optin form on your blog or site landing pages. You give interested visitors an incentive of a free bonus in exchange for their email address. You then use an autoresponding service like Aweber to send out automated emails that you have written to your visitors.
You then build an engaging relationship with your subscribers who can turn into repeat customers as time goes by.
Creating regular video content for Youtube with your site link in the description box, will attract plenty of traffic to your site. The more regular you post videos, the faster you will grow an audience. Remember you need good lighting, quality sound and clear, clean speech for your videos to be of good quality. Wearing clean clothes for presentation purposes, is also very important. Dress right for your audience.
What is a Niche?
A Niche is a segment of market that you are passionate and know a lot about. To the point that you can create content every day for at least a year. And whose related products you promote as an affiliate.
The Top 3 Niches are:
Wealth – Being earning a living doing XYZ online or offline
Health and Fitness/Losing Weight – This can range from diets eg, Paleo, Atkins, Cabbage Soup, to Yoga, Pilates and Hip Hop Tabata exercises to gain core strength or tone muscles. Recipes and meal plans are often featured on Youtube videos to raving fans.
Relationships – Personal Development & Mindset, Spirituality and Dating – are all examples of Niches you can create a site around. The more you know, the better.
How to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing
While there are many programs that teach you affiliate marketing, very few programs offer raining programs with adequate support from their technical team if you run into problems.
We are mostly taught the How and Not Get Help when we get stuck during any part of the online money-making process.
Which is why I recommend you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate Training Programme which offers both excellent step-by-step training that a 14 year old can follow. PLUS excellent technical support and training by more experienced Wealthy Affiliate members.
Wealthy Affiliate also has a referral program that is called the Affiliate Bootcamp – 70 lessons that are specifically focused on you becoming a successful Wealthy Affiliate. As all of the successful affiliates say in Wealthy Affiliate – “Just follow the training step by step. Do the tasks one by one without skipping ahead. And success will follow.”
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Who Wealthy Affiliate Membership is For:
- People who want to put in consistent effort when it comes to site creation, content creation and sharing on a specific social media platform. You are building an authority site which search engines (eg. Google) will learn to trust and so put your site on the first page of Google.
This happens when you post at least every other day for at least a year. Traffic will come to your site and sales will result.
2. People who are dedicated and want to apply their training. Obviously, just reading the training and watching the videos is not going to bring any money in unless you do the work and tasks involved.
Benefits of Wealthy Affiliate
The main benefit is that you will learn and retain everything there is to know about affiliate marketing. The training will stick in your mind and if you do not understand a part of the training, you can ask questions or get an immediate answer in the Live Chat section of Wealthy Affiliate site.
Trainings by other more experienced Wealthy Affiliate members, are also free for you to learn from. You can ask them questions by sending a private message to their personal WA inbox on their profile.
What I’ve Learnt So Far
- How to create a site in 3 simple steps that take only 5 minutes to do
- How to create content that converts into sales
- Email marketing
- How to set up a Child Theme (a copy of your site). If I had not learn how to create a child theme before accidentally deleting my site, Site Support would not have been able to regain my site. I would have lost 3 months of hard work and effort. As well as peace of mind!!
Tools and Resources I Use
After a year of being with Wealthy Affiliate, I use the following:
- Thrive Architect
- Pinterest social media platform
- Tailwind – to schedule and post pins for Pinterest up to 5 months in advance
- Screencast-o-matic – a video creation and editing tool for uploading to Youtube and my site
- Depositphoto – for uploading various relevant photos to my posts and pages.
Affiliate Marketing Needs to Be Set Up as A System
- Where you need to check all pages and posts are grammatically correct.
- You have relevant copyright free images and photos
- You choose a suitable theme for your niche
- You create regular content – whether it be email copy (writing) or content for your sites.
- You regularly share your posts to your chosen Social Media Platform
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