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The Affiliate Program In Amazon: Everything You Need To Know

With so many of the more complicated ways of making money online out there, the Amazon affiliate program provides an opportunity to just about anyone looking to earn a sustainable living online.

And this is without having to first finish a course on aerodynamics. (just kidding) (about the aerodynamics i.e).

As one of the Big Four technology companies alongside Google, Facebook, and Apple, it has impacted on the life of a lot of people in various ways.

What exactly is this program about?

Amazon affiliate program

The affiliate program in Amazon also known as Amazon associate program is a means by which you can earn money through referrals.

I have come across more than a handful of people who have a genuine interest in working the Amazon affiliate program into another stream of sustainable income, but they didn’t know how to go about it.

Despite the many tales you might have heard about how tedious working the Amazon affiliate program is or even basically signing up, it really is a lot of easier than people make it out to be.

In this article, we will be touching on everything you need to know about working the Amazon affiliate program, from the sign-up stage, up until getting paid in the program.

That being said, let’s get into it.

How To Sign Up for The Amazon Affiliate Program

Step 1: Create a blog or website

To get started with the Amazon affiliate program, the first thing you need to do is to create a blog, website, app or a YouTube channel.

It’s also a smart idea to have the site pre-populated with some content related to the kind of products on Amazon you would like to promote.

While creating your website, page, or channel, put into consideration the kind of content you will be creating, who your target audience is and how to drive traffic to the site.

Step 2: Initiate registration on the Amazon associate homepage

The next step is to visit the Amazon associate homepage and click the “Join Now for free” link (yep, it’s totally free to join).

Amazon affiliate sign up | Affiliate Program In Amazon: Everything You Need To Know

You will be given the option to log in to your account if your account, since you are just about to sign up, click on the “Create your Amazon account” button below the page.

On the next page, enter your name, email address, and password and click on “create your Amazon account”

Next, you are required to fill in your information, to create an account.

Your name, address, and phone number are needed.

 

 

Fill in your mobile app URLs and websites where you intend to promote your affiliate links, Amazon display ads and display banners. You have the option of adding up to 50 of such links.

 

 

Step 3: Create your Store ID

You are then required to provide a store id, and also provide more information on the websites and apps you intend to promote your affiliate products with (what they are about i.e).

Provide some information on the kind of affiliate products you intend to promote.

I usually advise to choose product categories you are passionate about, and are related to your websites and apps.

Step 4: State your traffic source(s)

Finally, you are required to give some information on how you typically get traffic to your websites and apps.

This would include your traffic sources, how you earn an income from your websites and apps, how many people you get to your website in a month, and how you build links to increase your website reach.

After the above steps are completed, you are required to click the call me now option.

You will receive a call from Amazon, and then you will be asked to enter a 4-digit pin.

Then enter the captcha and hit finish.

At this point, your account is set up and ready for you.

Next, you can enter your payment and tax information, or you can do it later.

You can now head over to your dashboard area, and create your very first Amazon affiliate link.

Amazon Affiliate Links

These are the links through which customers can access the Amazon website and buy products they want.

To be able to get these links on your website or blog, you must first register to join the affiliate program in Amazon.

There are different types of Amazon affiliate links that can be used on websites and blogs.

Some of the better performing and converting links include

  • Basic display product links.
  • Enhanced search box.
  • Search widgets.
  • Enhanced display product links.

Some less popular links include the slide show and banner link.

How to Create Your Very First Amazon Affiliate link

When the final step of setting up your Amazon affiliate program account is done, you are directly taken to the dashboard page.

On your dashboard, you have all your accounts information and, a section to create your affiliate links.

While creating an affiliate link, you can go the direct route of using the product link tool, or you can use a third-party tool called sitestripe.

Using the product link tool

On your dashboard, click product linking, and then click product links.

After clicking on product links, you will be redirected to another page that lets you manually search for a product of your choice to create an affiliate link for.

Amazon affiliate links

Go ahead and search for any product of your choice.

You can search for the general term of the product like say sneakers, or you can search for the exact type, kind, brand or make of the sneaker you are interested in.

When your affiliate product search result gets back, and you have settled on a product, go ahead and click the get link option that’s next to the product you have chosen.

Next, your link will pop up in HTML format.

Most people copy and paste this link as it comes on their website, but you can do so much more with it.

You can add image, text, or image and text as you customize the affiliate link.

You can also change the color scheme of the ad to complement your website.

Using sitestripe

With using sitestripe to create your affiliate links for the Amazon affiliate program, you are able to create said links directly from any Amazon product page.

Once you have set up a sitestripe account, and you are signed up for the Amazon affiliate program, the tool will always be visible at the top of any Amazon product page you visit.

To do this, click on tools from your Amazon affiliate dashboard and select the sitestripe option.

On the sitestripe page, enabled should be displayed, if it’s not, you should turn it on.

Amazon sitestripe

Then, simply go to any Amazon product page and create links of your choice right away.

This tool lets you create affiliate link types like native ad, plain text, a link embedded or a text plus image ad.

When you have settled on an affiliate link type of your choice, the finished link would pop up in a box, allowing you to copy and paste it on your website or to share to any of your social media platforms.

Whichever way you decide to go to create your affiliate links is totally fine.

Pros and Cons of The Amazon Affiliate Program

Pros

i. Signing up and getting accepted into the program is quite easy, unlike some other affiliate programs.

You can get everything set up in no time, and even begin to promote your affiliate links and earn top commissions in no time.

It could take from a few minutes to a few days to finish everything.

ii. It is a great way to earn a sustainable income without doing too much.

Amazon is an eCommerce giant, literally everyone who uses the internet knows about Amazon or even made a purchase or two in the past.

iii. It is very easy to find products you are already good at promoting or just passionate about in this affiliate program.

Over 3 billion items are listed on Amazon, hence, you would never run out of things to promote.

iv. You can earn in more than one way with your affiliate links.

Let’s say that your affiliate link is for a pair of boots from xxx brand, and one of your website visitors clicks through to purchase said pair of boots.

After purchasing the boots, let’s say that your website visitor decides to buy something else aside from the boots you have an affiliate link for, you also get a commission for these items purchased and all the items they purchase with your link for the next 24 hours.

v. With Amazon’s superior skill at upselling, by suggesting more interesting products to customers, your website visitor is likely to make more purchases.

Cons

i. With the Amazon affiliate program, the commissions can get mighty low.

Yes, it is possible to earn a good income as part of the program, but for some categories, the commissions could run very low.

The luxury beauty products and products in that category are great, but for other categories like the video games category and others like that, the commissions could run really low.

For the former better-paid category/categories, the commissions could run up to 10 percent.

For the lower commission categories, the commissions could run as low as 1 percent.

ii. Due to the Amazon associates’ program operating agreement being very regularly added upon and tweaked, it typically gets difficult for most members of the program to understand and work in accordance with.

Due to their inability to stay up to date with these updates and changes, they typically become non-compliant with one thing or the other and could run into trouble with the program.

iii. Promoting your affiliate products via a website takes some work.

If you are someone who wouldn’t have the time to create suitable content for the website, aren’t a great writer, can’t afford to outsource the writing to someone on your behalf, or just couldn’t be bothered with creating content for your website, you would run into some problems.

For a good conversion rate on your affiliate links marketed through a website, you need high-quality content.

Getting Paid in The Amazon Affiliate Program.

When it comes to getting paid for your efforts promoting affiliate products on behalf of the Amazon platform, it isn’t immediate.

All your commissions are paid every sixty days based on each calendar month.

Yeah, I know, this might be a little snag for some people, but if you put in the effort and the resources into promoting your affiliate products, and your commission amount runs into a substantial amount, it really is worth waiting a few weeks for.

You can receive your commission payments in various ways including a direct deposit, getting a cheque or an Amazon gift card.

Something you should keep in mind regarding the payment option of your choice is that they all have their individual payment threshold.

This means that you might need to meet a minimum commission earning to receive in one way, but need to meet another amount as minimum to receive payment via another method.

Below is a highlight of the various minimums you have to meet to be able to receive your payments.

1. By direct deposit:

When you decide to receive your Amazon affiliate commission payments via a direct deposit, the Amazon platform would require you to furnish them with your banking details.

These details would include your bank name, your account number, and any other banking information that would make for a seamless transfer of your commissions to your local bank.

With a direct deposit, you need to meet a minimum commissions threshold of $10 before Amazon would send your commissions to you.

2. By cheque:

If you decide to receive your Amazon affiliate commissions via a cheque, you would be required to furnish the Amazon platform with your mailing address or a mailing address that you would prefer for your commission’s cheque to be sent to.

You need to meet a minimum commissions threshold of $100 + $15, which is the fee for the processing of your cheque. (pretty steep eh?)

3. By Amazon gift card:

If you choose to receive your Amazon affiliate commissions payment via Amazon gift cards, the platform simply sends you gift cards that are worth the value of the commissions to be paid to you, to the primary email address that is linked to your Amazon affiliate account.

You need to meet a minimum commissions threshold of $10 before Amazon would send your commissions to you.

For some people, receiving their commissions in bits is ideal for them, but for others, letting it accumulate is what’s best.

You should choose a payment method that Is best for you and your needs.

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Tips and Tricks on How Best to Promote Amazon Affiliate Links Through Your Website.

There are more than a handful of ways to promote your Amazon affiliate links and earn a decent amount of commissions without a website.

But if you are interested in the best ways to promote your links via a website and skyrocket your earnings, then ensure to take this part very seriously.

1. Only promote things that you love, or at least find interesting

Before you set up your website or blog where you intend you promote your links on, and even before you sign up for the Amazon affiliate program, you need to think long and hard about the niche of products you intend to promote.

It is very important to go with a niche that you love, like, are passionate about, or even somewhat knowledgeable about.

When you choose a niche that isn’t just random to you, it gets easier to create high quality and suitable content to help promote your affiliate products.

It also helps to keep you going even when you aren’t breaking even at your endeavors.

If it is a niche you love or strongly believe in, you are more likely to not give up and keep going rather than if it were a niche you decided to go through with just because.

Dedicating some time and effort into the niche you have your eye on, could also help you discover If it is a niche worth going with in terms of the commission rates.

Yes, it might be a niche you love, but what if the payouts are very low, how do you make the program a source of sustainable income?.

These things matter in the long run, and should not be overlooked.

2. Keep the people pleased: excellent content is key

When it comes to marketing your Amazon affiliate products via your website, having the right kind of content on your website is key.

Some people usually go the route of throwing together some haphazard article or product review, laced with keywords, and that’s it.

To them, all they need is to have a desirable keyword concentration within their articles.

Okay, let’s say that it works.

The keywords came through and you ranked for a few.

What next?

The viewers are now on your website, how are you supposed to keep them interested long enough to even learn about the affiliate products you are banking on them to buy and earn you a commission?

It doesn’t have to be an Einstein’s secret that you write about on your website, it could be just about anything.

Whatever it is though, you have to ensure that it is engaging enough to get people to trust you, or even stay long enough on your page to make google think that your website is worth ranking.

If the bounce rate on your website is high (i.e., the rate at which people bail from your website), this could very well compromise your ranking.

Ensure that your content quality is high enough to have return readers.

3. Speak from a place of an informed perspective

Creating content-based on products is also another great way to make more commissions from marketing your Amazon affiliate products.

If your website has reviews on popular products or products that people are interested in, more people are likely to visit often to read your opinion on the product.

This is because they believe that you are speaking from an informed perspective.

When writing product reviews to help market your Amazon affiliate products, you have to ensure that you don’t actually try to sell the product to your readers.

Instead of raving about how great this product is, you should try to write from a place of open-mindedness.

Write like someone who has some experience using said product, and let your readers decide on their own if they would like to purchase the product or not.

A product review should have your affiliate links included there at strategic positions.

Do not copy and paste from someone else’s website because you don’t have the time to create your own original content (this usually comes with dire consequences).

Try as much as possible to post as often as possible, it’s a great way to connect with and stay connected with your readers.

4. Make a link localizer your new best friend.

A link localizer is a tool that helps to redirect your foreign readers to the right site for them.

With marketing anything on the world wide web, you are definitely going to come in contact with people from all over the world.

Though Amazon is worldwide, it does have different sites for different countries.

If someone from a country different from yours visits your website, and uses your link to try and make a purchase, by means of the link localizer, said foreign reader would be redirected to the Amazon website that caters for his or her country.

If you do not make use of a link localizer, you might lose out on a lot of prospective commissions, as these foreigners are typically unable to make a purchase from the Amazon website that caters for your country.

You can localize all your links, make money from mobile traffic, save hours with fast and friendly support while also making money from all Amazon stores on auto-pilot mode using a service such as geni.us with a token fee.

A word press plugin like EasyAzon can also provide these features and overall increase your potential earnings from the Amazon affiliate program.

These sites can handle your account dealings and make you more efficient and productive.

5. Ensure that your website is user friendly

Nothing helps to ensure that people exit your website almost immediately after they visit and never return, like a website that is unruly and difficult to navigate.

I have been on so many websites that were littered with so many ads, that I couldn’t even see where any of their navigation options were.

Yes, ads are important to earn an income with your website, but it is important to include your ads in moderation.

Your ads should be placed in strategic locations where they can easily be seen by your readers, but also do not get in the way of navigation.

Your readers are likely to get irritated with ads all over the place and bail before you even get the chance to convince them to click through your affiliate link and make a purchase.

Both your content and the overall look of your website should be top quality, and help to keep your readers on your website long enough to take whatever action you want them to.

Making Money On Amazon

It may seem like Amazon products get to enjoy a lot of extra publicity with this program but you can also be enriched through this initiative.

This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

There are various ways in which you can gain from this program.

For every product bought by accessing the link on your site, you can earn between 1% -10% fixed standard program fee rates.

The commission depends on the type of products with fashion, beauty products, and home furniture having the highest rates.

Even if the customer ends up buying another product instead of the one on the link, you still get to earn.

So having a link on your blog or website provides the opportunity for a potential customer to get any product he desires and for you to earn accordingly.

Your total commission amount can be viewed on your affiliate dashboard page and is available to be withdrawn through the bank account you registered your affiliate account with.

How to Promote Amazon Affiliate Links Without a Website.

Yes, it is true that traditionally, employing a well-structured website would be the way to go with regards to making a sustainable income from the Amazon associate program.

But, you can still make money out of the affiliate program in Amazon without a website.

Believe it or not, with the right structure and marketing strategy in place, you are well on your way to the big bucks.

Now, with a website, you can do so much more than just making a daily profit from the Amazon affiliate program, like by further monetizing said website.

But, going the no website route, and using alternative platforms like Medium, YouTube, LinkedIn etc does come with its perks.

A Good example is easily connecting with your target market with all the free internal traffic you get with these other platforms etc.

Below is a step by step highlight of how you, your friends, family, and just about anyone, can promote Amazon affiliate links and make money from the affiliate program in Amazon without a website.

1. Pick the niche of your dreams

We talked about choosing a niche in how to promote Amazon affiliate links through a website section but will like to dive deeper into it.

I am a firm believer in making money doing something you love.

Not only does it make work fun, but it also helps you keep going even when things aren’t so great.

When it comes to choosing a niche to work with in the affiliate program in Amazon, it is best to choose a niche you are passionate about.

Big on fitness? Focus on that! Pumped about tech? Focus on that!

Most people choose to work with multiple niches at the same time, but working with a specific niche is excellent for:

  • Being a trustworthy go-to for whatever it is you are promoting. If I sell just skincare products, people are more likely to trust me and my recommendations, than if it were selling every single thing. In the case of the latter, people would just see me as chasing a profit, and not really caring about providing value or quality.

This way, when you give advice during your content marketing, people would take it, as you are being perceived as some kind of authority. 

When it comes to the right niche for the Amazon associate program, there is more!

Apart from being passionate about a given niche, below are a few other factors you need to consider when choosing the ideal niche for the affiliate program in amazon.

Does your competition pack a punch?

Take it from someone who knows this first hand.

Trying to break into a niche that has a ton of high reaching competition, is not a practical move to make.

When it comes to beauty, fitness, and niches like that, the competition is typically tough.

The search results for a niche’s long-tail keywords gives you an insight into what your competition is like.

If the results come back with big brands topping the list, it will be tough for you.

If the results show mostly smaller affiliate websites, then, that’s the niche you should consider for your marketing endeavors.

Is your niche a high ticket one or Nah?

When choosing a niche, one that pays at least 4% and over is excellent.

Also, selecting a niche that carries products that are more highly-priced is also best to go with.

Products that cost between $50 to $700 dollars are excellent picks.

The issue is, whether your niche carries high ticket or low-ticket products, they both have their pros and cons.

Low ticket products may sell quicker, but they do not bring on a tangible enough profit.

High ticket products may ensure a substantial amount of returns, but the sales conversion is usually way lower.

The key would be to find products that aren’t too expensive or cheap.

Does your niche carry products that require a basic how-to tutorial?

If your niche carries products that people typically search for a basic tutorial on how to use, tips, and stuff like that, this would be a plus for your endeavors.

If people are making a ton of how-to searches for the types of products carried by your niche, you have the opportunity to write a ton of product-focused tutorials, that would ultimately help you rank your website on google.

This will also give you the opportunity to present more product offers to your website visitors.

This part is crucial for your endeavors in the Amazon associate program to be a success!

2. Keyword research

Doing keyword research is one sure, but affordable way to rank for the niche-focused keywords that would ensure that you ultimately connect with your target market.

These keywords would be used to write and structure content like articles and blogs that are related to your niche.

Instead of just randomly writing on topics you fancy; you can focus your articles on keywords that resonate with the products you are trying to get people to buy.

Affiliate Program In Amazon: Everything You Need To Know

Due to the high level of competition in terms of ranking for a keyword, it is better to try and rank for long-tail keywords or key phrases rather.

A keyword typically is a word or at most two words, but with long-tail keywords, you have up to three or four keywords grouped together.

Long-tail keywords do bring on lower traffic to your website, but they are also typically keywords that have less competition.

This is usually an ideal plus for the affiliate program in Amazon.

There are so many ways to find long-tail keywords, which include the use of both free and premium tools.

SEMrush is one of the most popular keyword research tools, Ubersuggest is also a good one and it’s free.

Basically, it gives you a highlight of keywords that your competition ranks for, and also provides a break down of the data associated with said keywords.

Armed with the information SEMrush or Ubersuggest provides, you can target and rank for lower competition keywords, by employing great quality content that have great optimization.

3. YouTube, medium, LinkedIn, care to pick your poison?

At this point, you understand that if you aren’t using a website you own to market your Amazon affiliate products, that you would have to opt for one of the numerous free content publishing platforms like YouTube, LinkedIn, medium, etc.

I bet you probably have decided which you would prefer to use already, but if you are still trying to decide if to use other platforms other than a full-on website, below are some benefits of using alternative websites.

  • Their own internal traffic accompanies them
  • Ranking for keywords is easier
  • You are given preferences by search engines, as you are operating from a high-ranking authority website.

4. Do the content creation and on-page SEO dance

Just like promoting Amazon affiliate products on a website you own, producing content with top-notch quality at all times is how you should play it out.

Most people don’t think the quality of the content matters, but that is incorrect.

The quality of your content affects your quality of traffic, rankings, and even the commissions you receive.

The more engaging the content you create are, the higher the user engagement.

High user engagement is key to getting on the google search engine’s good books.

Also, it is important that you create a good number of articles a month to really get things going.

Work out your on-page SEO

On-page SEO means the tweaks you can make to ensure that your content is well optimized to meet search engine standards, to help connect you with your target market ultimately.

These tweaks should be done:

  • Ensuring a keyword density of between 1 to 3 percent
  • Optimizing your pictures
  • Internal linking
  • Structuring your content with h1 to h4 tags
  • Restructuring your URL
  • Including meta tags etc.

5. A little traffic boost wouldn’t hurt, right?

Though the alternative platform you choose to use comes with bountiful traffic, getting a head start from referral traffic wouldn’t hurt, yeah?

While you wait to rank on whichever platform you choose to run with, you can get some level of boost from social media traffic.

A good example is creating a YouTube channel that is centered on your desired niche, then sharing your video links on your social media accounts.

If the quality of your content is stellar, things could begin to happen for you in the positives quickly.

By posting in Facebook groups, and related forums, could get you a decent stream of traffic, that could even lead to conversions.

Running a few ads on Facebook or Instagram wouldn’t hurt either.

6. Now we wait

Nothing good comes easy, right?

The same thing applies here.

After you have gotten your content, on-page SEO, and your alternative platform right, the next step would be for you to pat yourself on the back and relax.

It may take months for your content to rank on google.

So, in the meantime, you can relax and keep sharing your content on your social accounts.

Your Amazon affiliate commissions will begin to come in big in no time.

7. Link building

There are a ton of ways to build links, but when you are a beginner and don’t quite understand the technicalities of intricate link building; there are two easier steps you can take.

i. Social media links

Being active on a number of social media platforms where you garner a decent following over time does help your link building endeavors.

With the daily shares you get on various social platforms, your link building journey begins.

ii. Guest posting

Armed with great quality content, you can get features on high ranking blogs and websites.

It is great to try and reach out to and get acquainted with bloggers who run blogs that center on or have relations to your niche.

Sometimes, some blogs accept a form of payment to have your content posted on their blogs and websites.

Each content you submit as a guest post contains a link that takes readers back to your YouTube, LinkedIn or medium page.

Also, with guest posting, you can get a stream of traffic, which can also lead to conversions.

To ensure that the websites you intend to submit your content to for guest posting are high ranking, you can use the SEMrush website to collect their web ranking data.

8. Remarketing and Email Marketing

We have to be realistic in everything we do in life, and even more in business.

If you plan to make the Amazon associate program a highly profitable and long-term business, you have to give it your all.

Giving it your all in this case also involves investing a little more time, money, and effort into your marketing endeavors.

Typically, email marketing is king when it comes to marketing your affiliate products of any kind, but this is usually way easier to do when you have an actual website.

It is quite tricky to build a profitable email list without a website, but it can be done.

There is a highly detailed article on how to easily build a profitable email list here.

Without a website, the next best thing to do would be to create a single opt-in page to collect emails to build your email list with.

Getresponse and Constant Contact are excellent tools to send email drip sequences, which helps to build the hype for your affiliate products, and ultimately get them to make a purchase, and ensure you a steady stream of income.

Armed with a good number of emails on your email list, there are a ton of ways you can monetize the said list.

Apart from marketing your affiliate products to the list, you can also rent it out to other email marketers for added income.

Owning a responsive email list is such a powerful money-making tool.

You can promote just about anything to the individuals on your list overtime for added income.

You have to be creative with the way you plan your email broadcasts, so, the individuals on your email list do not unsubscribe to your list.

Conclusion

It is possible to earn a sustainable income from the affiliate program in Amazon, without a website, but you need to give it time.

Apply the steps and tips highlighted in this article diligently, and with time, you will see great results.

8 Things Every Amateur Blogger Needs To Do To Become Professional

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Do you want to leave the amateur blogger status and become a professional blogger?

Having thousands of visitors flood into your blog because they cannot get enough of the amazing content you feed them with every day.

To make money from Adsense and affiliate marketing?

To have real people engage and interact with your posts in the comment section and not just you sending replies to yourself?

If you’re reading this – there’s a pretty good chance you’ve wanted to become a blogger at a point in your life. There’s a good chance you even started blogging but, like plenty before you, couldn’t sustain it.

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As an amateur blogger, there are so many things you want to have instantly like a loyal following, making money from your blog, etc. Often times, you forget (and this is a universal thing here) the most important thing they teach in Blogging 101.

It’s to put in great content first!

* * * * * *

John is watching the Bartender as he pours him a drink in the pub with dim light.

Few people ever come to this pub.

“You know, Jim (for that was the bartender’s name), how come nobody ever reads my blog?”

“Same reason people hardly come by here”, Jim says.

“We are trapped in a parallel universe with limited engagement?”

“No, we are amateurs”

* * * * *

Some of your favorite blogs that you wake up every day to read generally have one thing in common.

They create content that keeps you glued to your screen!

Nobody ever comes back to a blog to check out an advertisement they saw there – or come back for affiliate links – but they will come back for great content.

If you are an amateur blogger, there are certain mistakes you will make and it will not be because you are different, or you can never be a professional blogger, it will be simply because you are an amateur.

Below, I will show you some of the mistakes you are making or have made as an amateur blogger and the things you should be doing instead to carve a successful career from blogging.

What you might find difficult to understand is that your favorite bloggers went through this same learning curve. They were once amateurs like you. But they did the hard part and persevered and are now reaping the rewards.

You can do the same.

No pressure, but you can do the same. Let’s show you how.

The 8 Things Every Amateur Blogger Needs To Do

Here’s the list of 8 things every amateur blogger needs to do to become professional.

1. Place Emphasis On Building Your Writing First

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You have to understand that your content is what makes you stand out.

This right here is the biggest reason many people never make it to the elite level in blogging.

There’s not enough effort to write and create better content. By identifying your writing system, you can perfect your skills in line with your blog goals.

So what should be your writing system on a blog?

It’s pretty easy, subjective, and down to three things: niche, target words-per-day, imitation

(i) Niche: People start up a blog, most times, without even knowing the demographic they are writing for. They just open a blog and write random things without any direction. This is a mistake.

You need to know who your content is for and develop your writing skills to match that community.

This ought to go without saying, but here’s a reminder nonetheless:

Writing has a set of universal rules and regulations that govern it but to achieve a level of skill in a specific niche, you simply need to learn its way of writing.

If you are an amateur football blogger, there are certain methods that you can write to make your content sound like a real football conversation. Also, precise vocabulary and phrases will help you to achieve that.

Since writing as a whole can be vast and overwhelming, by focusing on the writing style of a particular niche, you can arrive at a top level of writing in a short period.

(ii) Target words-per-day: Nothing like a traditional to-do list to remind you of the important things you have to sort out for the day. By setting targets of how many words you can write every day, you will improve your writing simply by consistency.

Since there’s no pressure, you can start as small as you want and then increase your target as you improve on your writing.

Furthermore, when you are consistent in writing every day, you will soon discover your blogging time. This is the point when you are more inspired to write than at any other time.

Most bloggers have one. Blogging time is the most productive period of the day and it is important to maximize that time as much as you can.

(iii) Imitation: One of the best ways to improve writing in a niche is by studying the works of accomplished bloggers in that niche. Study their creative process and uniquely use a similar style on your blog. To become accustomed to the writing style of a person or group of people, you must read a lot of their content first.

So to be a great blogger, you must, first, read. Sounds cliché.

2. Self-Host Your Website

Have you tried to discover a world where you control your servers?

If you would like to take your blogging to the next level, you must self-host your website (and this is not up for debate)

What is a self-hosted website?

A self-hosted website is one that allows you to gain access to your website servers and files.

It’s a website that operates with your own set of rules. The benefits of having a self-hosted website are infinite but here are few of them:

Your very own Domain name:

Ah, how refreshing. Let’s not even go into the details of how depressing it is to see websites with “wordpress.com or blogspot.com” to follow domain names.

It’s a huge letdown.

Having a self-hosted website eliminates all of these and gives you a proper domain name of your choice with a classic and professional “.com or .org” ending to follow it.

Control your website:

By operating a self-hosted blog, you can monitor, customize, and optimize your blog in any way you please. Your themes, plugins are expressive and full of options.

You can view the analytics of your blog performance on a grander scale. Not to mention that the storage capacity of a self-hosted website is determined by you – so you can have as much storage as you want to protect your files.

Monetizing and Advertising:

On a self-hosted website, you can control the full extent to which you can maximize advertising on your blog through mediums like affiliate links.

As you can see, the benefits of a self-hosted blog are pretty great.

As a starter, it’s not a bad idea, to begin with, the free-hosted websites like WordPress.com, blogpost.com, etc.

But if you become comfortable and simply lose interest in taking the step forward and self-host your blog, you won’t take the needed leap in your blogging career.

Finally, if you think self-hosting is scary because of all the tech stuff, you can have platforms take care of that for you. WordPress is one great place to self-host your website and you get to be the king still.

3. Start E-mail Marketing Early.

email marketing

You may not see the importance now, but in time, you will.

Another top amateur move is to ignore having a working e-mail strategy.

One of the best ways to utilize your blog and retain unique visitors is by creating an email sign up form that will be present on every page and post in order to build an email list.

Visitors who come to your blog for the first time can sign up with simple information like name and email and voila, they are trapped forever in your blogging world of awesomeness.

Yes, don’t stop spamming (kidding, don’t spam) them with regular emails of the new posts you have put up on your site.

As an amateur blogger, you simply may not understand the horror of losing a unique visitor. No, it’s unacceptable! And the best way to keep them coming is through your email marketing.

If you are also operating a blog that advertises products, you must be skilled in email follow-ups. It’s the best way to show your readers the new products available and why it is important to have to buy them.

4. Be Willing To Invest

amateur blogger

There’s a lot of work involved in blogging, from building your blog, to growing it by building white hat backlinks through guest posting and other means and most importantly by writing and uploading high-quality content regularly.

Trying to do everything yourself can be painstaking and overwhelming, you really do not need to put yourself through such torture.

Numerous times in this article, focusing on writing content has been emphasized. This is because it’s a no-brainer! You simply must have great content.

There are so many ways to fill your blog with top-level posts and improving your writing is one of them, but you have to admit when you are not in the position to write content for your blog and look for alternative routes.

Attention! Huge spoiler alert incoming:

Ever wondered how top bloggers come up with an impressive number of great content every day to satisfy the cravings of their huge following? It’s by investing in freelance writers.

Another mistake amateur bloggers make is in their reluctance to invest in outsourcing some of their blogging needs and that includes but not limited to hiring writers to help create quality content for their blog.

You have to understand that, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you may not be good enough as a writer.

Or you simply do not have the time to write for many hours every day. I know. Saving the world and all the other things you are doing makes it hard to sit down and write.

However, you can always have freelancers write your blog posts for you in the most professional way you can think of.

You are happy and your readers are happy. That’s a win-win right there.

In a world where so many top organizations and blogs put out more content than ever before, there’s a thriving market in the freelance industry.

This makes it tricky to find legitimate and professional writers that won’t mess up deliveries and disappoint you with below-par writing.

This is where Fiverr reigns supreme. Asides from the fact that Fiverr’s aggregation is undefeated, it has a strict policy on screening freelancers in a wide range categories to follow its rules.

The best writers with fantastic reviews on Fiverr didn’t just come about by mere happenstance, they are people who have spent years quietly behind their computers – writing fantastic articles for bloggers and organizations. The reviews are a testament to how good a writer is.

You can search for specific qualities you require in a writer and you’ll find them on Fiverr.

Upwork is another amazing freelance site, just like Fiverr, where you will find the most professional freelancers around.

So if you simply do not have the time to write posts on your blog, or you are not that good as a writer yet, you can always invest in freelancers to do the job for you. Humanity has moved on.

5. Have A User-Friendly And Attractive Website

amateur blogs

If your website features are dull, have bland themes with disturbing pop-ups everywhere, lots of readers will find it annoying.

One of the keys to having a self-hosted website is so you can control the beauty and interface of your blog. It’s insane to think you have the power to have a unique theme that will make readers fall in love with your blog and choose to ignore it.

There are lots of good options for you when investing in a good theme. One is the amazing Thrive themes.

What makes thrive so unique is because it is the complete package!. Eight thrive themes plugins exist on WordPress to optimize your website experience. The Thrive Architect page builder is one of them and it’s my personal fave.

The thrive theme is also a great deal when it comes to pricing as it will offer you a lot more for less. It also comes with features that make it great for bloggers who hope to monetize their blogs.

6. Use social media to your advantage

amateur blogs

Irrespective of the type of blog you run, social media will always be one of the top platforms that’ll help you get to the top of the blogging ladder.

Great content is not enough to get the job done. Sometimes, all it takes is for your target audience to see a tweet, a pin on Pinterest, Instagram story, a video on Snapchat, Tiktok, or a Facebook post to get them to love your work.

It’s that simple!

Moreover, more visitors will come trooping in if you can get top influencers to repost your top-notch content.

But like other points on this list, you have to be ready to put in the work and think of a brilliant social media strategy, especially if your blog advertises products.

Getting a social media handler or a social media management tool are great ideas.

7. Work on your site’s SEO strategy

amateur blogger

A rookie move that many amateur bloggers make is to leave their work to fight for the top spot on search engines. Your guess on what will happen if you do this is as good as ours: it usually won’t end well.

As we mentioned earlier, your content can give you a competitive advantage and propel you from being an amateur blogger to a pro. But if you want to improve your amateur blog’s traffic and popularity, then you’ll have to work on your SEO strategy.

This includes, but not limited to, doing the following things:

  • Looking for and using the right keywords to match your blog’s content
  • Researching what your competition is doing right and following suit
  • Backlinking to authoritative sites but not that of your competitors
  • Using the right title tags and meta description

Remember that you want to become a professional blogger and not an SEO expert. You can outsource the task and focus on what you want to be great at. But what you should not do is leave your blog to rot in the fifth result page!

8. Be consistent

Staying true to the work and fun involved in blogging is another thing you should do if you want to shed off your amateur blogger skin.

Without persevering and being consistent, how else do you want your audience to be loyal to your brand?

Only a handful of things we’ve listed above will work if you aren’t committed to the process. So, if you want to leave the amateur blogger level, then you must go all-in.

Conclusion

People don’t become great bloggers overnight. They undergo a journey of perseverance, consistency, commitment, and sheer will. As an amateur blogger, you must learn a lot about that.

So one last tip.

All of the things we talked about above will only have a good effect if you have the passion for it.

Too many people go into blogging without the passion for it. They just do it to seem cool.

Well, from where we are sitting, we have no idea how, you as an amateur blogger, will navigate this blogging journey of patience, commitment, consistency, and hard work without having passion as the foundation. Good luck trying that.

But if you have the passion for blogging and you are ready to take that step, then the above will make your journey easier.

Welcome, this is the crude interlude.

A Complete Beginners Guide On How To Start A Successful Blog

start a successful blog

Getting a hang on how to start a successful blog can be one small step for success, then when the blog is up and running it could be one giant leap for business.

The internet has changed the way we traditionally do things, it has changed the way we think, the way we live, and the way we interact.

With the internet, you can share your ideas with billions of people around the world with little or no stress.

Through cyberspace, creative content can be shared with billions of people at the click of a button.

how to start a successful blog

The question most cyberspace novices ask is “how can I be seen, how do I get people to see what I have to offer?” Perhaps they can also say, “I’ve got this great idea but I don’t know how I can get it across to this audience type.”

If you constantly ask these questions, then the best decision to take is to learn how to start a successful blog.

By starting a blog, you will be able to share your ideas, influence people, create new trends, and spark a mental revolution in the way people perceive the concept you’re shining a light on.

Why It Makes a Whole Lot of Sense to Learn How to Start a Successful Blog:

For starters, you are treated as an authority figure because you have the resources your blog readers are looking for.

They have this perception that only successful people talk about challenges and proffer solutions.

If you have a business and you are looking to expand, you can easily automate your blog to serve your business.

By doing this you’ll have a business synergy that permits you to take on other tasks while you rake in profits from your business.

By owning a blog you have the freedom to discuss and give your opinions about numerous topics to your blog readers

People become passionate and loyal to blogs.

I know someone who amasses a large blog following because people rely on every bit of information they get from her blog.

They trust her and they jump on whatever business offer she has because they deem it genuine.

If you can establish this level of trust to your blog readers, then you’re on course for a huge reaping.

Through your blog you can give your personality, product or service the exposure it demands.

You can influence people’s lives through your blog.

It could be by you fighting for a just cause, human rights, or whatever.

Through your blog, people will have a safe space to fall onto for inspiration.

Great minds think alike.

Once you own a blog and its tailored to a particular niche, you will find experts (who see you as a competition or friend) flocking around you.

This will help you build connections and broaden your business horizon.

In the end, owning a blog is a whole new level of fun.

You’re going to learn tricks, see the world, meet people, and make new friends from your blog.

Before I go on, I want to ask you a few questions:

  1. Do you think my blog makes sense?
  2. Do you want to learn how to start a successful blog now?
  3. If you own a blog, will you monetize it?

If your answer to these questions is YES, then let’s get you to the next phase.

I will be teaching you the steps I took to create my blog, please feel free to follow the procedures in this guide to create your blog.

Before you learn how to start a successful blog, please note that the internet is a huge resource bank for blog creation.

There are so many tools like this “tutorial” or “YouTube Videos” you can learn from to create your blog.

Please be advised that this guide highlights the BEST way to create your BLOG.

Through my experience, I have discovered that the best platform to create a successful blog on is WordPress.org.

Some might say “WordPress.com is the best platform,” please heed my advice and use the former.

There’s a huge difference between both domains and I will highlight what they are.

WordPress.org & WordPress.com (differences)

WordPress.org

Through WordPress.org people who wish to start a successful blog can self-host their blogs.

What do I mean by self-host? By self-hosting your blog you can choose your domain and host.

Every content you put into the WordPress.org platform is yours.

Pros

  • Monetized .org blogs are given high priority status by blog readers
  • Affiliate networks give more consideration to WordPress.org websites and accept their requests against people who own WordPress.com blogs
  • You don’t run the risk of losing your blog abruptly

Cons

  • WordPress.org is not a free blog platform

WordPress.com

One major disadvantage of WordPress.com is that you do not have rights to the content you post on the platform and you will be issued a sub-domain rather than a proper domain.

You run the risk of losing a blog on the WordPress.com platform and this can cause great harm to your business.

I had this experience in the past, I lost a WordPress.com hosted blog, and it took me some time to recover from the loss.

Pros

  • WordPress.com is a free blog platform

Cons

  • Monetized WordPress.com blogs are not given high priority status by blog readers
  • Affiliate websites give less consideration to WordPress.com blogs and frequently reject their application requests
  • You run the risk of losing your blog abruptly

Expatriate advisory: “Under no circumstance should you get a free blog” if your goal is to have a successfully monetized blog.

If you do this, you won’t like the results later on.

Spend some cash, make that small investment and reap the rewards in a not so distant future.

What Is WordPress?

There are numerous blog platforms on the internet like Blogger.com, Tumblr, Wix or Weebly, these are great but I will show you why you should choose WordPress.

WordPress is an online website development company that provides a platform for people to build blogs or websites and also create and manage content within their blogs or website.

Users of WordPress enjoy an intuitive user interface and they can easily customize their blog appearance through theme customization.

WordPress, unlike other platforms, offers its users numerous plugins to choose from to enhance the outlook of their websites.

They also run updates for existing plugins and release new plugins for their users.

Verdict: Considering the little details I outlined here, WordPress is the best platform for building blogs.

Draw your conclusion, after reading all these details do you think it’s the best website for you?

If major private brands use WordPress, then what’s your excuse?

This brings us to how to build your WordPress blog.

How To Build Your WordPress Blog

So let’s get right to the steps you need to take in order to set up your WordPress blog.

1. How To Choose A Domain Name

Before you go about the business of creating your domain name, you need to understand what a domain name is.

A domain is a name you will ascribe to your website.

If you want to learn how to start a successful blog this is the first thing you need to learn.

For instance, savvyincomegenerator.com is a website or domain name.

When choosing the name of your domain please consider the following factors

  • Don’t create a long domain name
  • Domain names should be something that people can have in their memory e.g www.xyz.org
  • It should portray what your brand stands for
  • It should be spellable
  • Ensure that you research the availability of the domain name on social media. You can use Namecheckr to run this search query, this is useful if you want to expand your audience to social media

There are many name generating tools that you can use to generate domain names for your brand if you’re experiencing trouble in creating a domain name for your brand.

They are:

2. How To Choose a Domain Extension

After choosing a domain name, the next step is to choose a domain extension.

Tons of extensions are different from the .com extension that you can choose from.

Some of them are:

.tv

.co

.blog

.xyz

.net

.online

.info

These extensions have become very popular with blog creators and there is no rule mandating you to stick with the traditional .com extension.

Through the above-listed domain extensions, you can create a more engaging domain name that will command respect and fascinate your audience.

Once you visit the Bluehost site, this is the first page you will see.

Enter the domain and check for its availability.

3. How To Set Up Web Hosting

So you have chosen your domain name and domain extension and you’re eager to run a successful business on your website.

The next step is for you to pay for the domain hosting and name.

Please note: This is an important detail you must pay attention to when learning how to start a successful blog.

What is hosting?

Hosting is the torque that drives a blog or website.

Think of it like a child learning to walk on his feet.

If the child’s feet are shaky, the child will trip over and fall, but if the feet are rock solid, that child will conquer the world.

Bluehost is a very good web hosting platform.

Disclosure: I’m an affiliate and earn a commission from Bluehost if you make a purchase through my link. Thank you.

They have great technical support and they patiently walk you through the ropes of hosting your domain.

Here are the procedures you need to follow to host your domain on Bluehost.

Please click here to be redirected to the Bluehost Home Page

When the Home Page opens, click the “Get Started Now” Call-to-action button in green color.

Bluehost web hosting

Once you click the button this page will appear

Choose your preferred payment plan.

For the sake of this tutorial, we will be going for the basic plan and If you’re going for the basic plan price of $3.95 per month, you can spread out the purchase over 36 months and make full payment of $142.20 (it’s cheaper this way) or go for a one year plan which costs $71.40.

4. How To Check The Availability of Your Domain Name

Blue host domain selection

Website domain providers consistently run name availability checks for clients.

To check if your preferred domain is available, please input the domain name into the box with the description “Create a new domain” then click “Next.”

5. How To Purchase Your Domain Hosting Plan

Once you click the “Next Button” a page for you to input your contact information and selecting the duration of your price plan will appear.

Bluehost payment

The next step is a prompt for you to input your payment details, ensure that you read the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions, then click “Submit.”

Once you have completed the purchase of your hosting, you will receive an email notification from Bluehost with your billing & account details.

Now your account is live! You are ready to conquer the terrain and rule your world. It’s time for you to slay some dragons!

6. How To Install WordPress

Now that you have successfully purchased your site, the next step is to download and Install WordPress to your device.

The next requirement after purchasing your web hosting and domain is for you to log in.

To log in, you’re required to choose a password for your new Bluehost account.

After you have created the password, you’re free to Login and explore your domain. When you log in to your Bluehost account, you will find the page below.

Click “Skip this step” and you will find other pages requesting to help you set up your site. Continue clicking on “Skip this step” and WordPress will be automatically downloaded for you when you get to the final step.

7. Visit Your WordPress Dashboard

After WordPress has been automatically downloaded for you, you can log in to your WordPress account and customize your site. To do that, click on the WordPress tab.

Doing that will automatically connect you to your WordPress dashboard from your Bluehost account.

8. Choose A WordPress Theme

Choosing your WordPress theme is pretty basic so you should not spend too much time trying to get a hang of it.

By default, the latest free theme on WordPress would already be installed and activated for you.

The theme you choose to use on your blog matters a lot and none of the free themes on WordPress is good enough for you to customize your site.

To conduct theme installation move your cursor to “Appearance” then select the “Themes” prompt.

Thrive themes has an array of high definition premium WordPress themes that you can choose from. You will be provided with the installation guide in your Thrive themes account which is quite a simple process.

9. Building and Launching Your Blog

This isn’t hard. Once you’re done with customizing your account, the next step is to launch it for people to experience what you have to offer.

Remember, first impressions are lasting impressions.

Launching a successful blog

10. So What Is The Next Step?

So your blog is live now and you’re wondering what the next step is? It’s pretty simple.

If you recently purchased a space for a grocery store, won’t the next step be filling up the store’s shelves with groceries? Yes, it sure is.

The next step to take is to plump up your blog with content and topics that are relevant to your brand and you can participate in some online classes to learn more on how to start a successful blog and how you can monetize your blog.

Wealthy Affiliate is one of such training program I highly recommend and you can get started for free.

You can also read my blog post on amateur bloggers and learn how to avoid some costly beginners mistakes.

Conclusion

If you own a business that provides unique products and services, and you’re looking to expand your audience, then starting a blog is the smallest or largest step you can take for the success of your business.

People who run successful business blog niches are often seen as authority figures.

People who have questions about their business models frequently seek guidance from successful blog owners, on how they can solve the problems and challenges they are faced with, in their businesses.

They do this because they perceive that the blog owners they’re seeking guidance from have successfully gone through these challenges and they can proffer solutions to them.

At the onset, I had no reason for starting this blog, all I wanted to do was to share my life challenges and how I solved them.

I never knew that my blog would turn out to be an experienced resource for people seeking solutions to their daily challenges.

So you might ask yourself, “does it make sense to own a blog” or you might say, “I don’t think I can gain anything from owning a blog.”

Wrong! Owning a blog is the leap of faith your business needs, it makes a whole lot of sense.

How to Create An Email List From Scratch: Step by Step Guide

how to create an email distribution list

Learning how to create an email list is essential because the marketing landscape today is largely digital and as a business owner, it is of absolute importance that you join the digital bandwagon if you want to grow and succeed in business.

For a lot of people, digital marketing revolves around brand awareness and marketing campaigns on social media channels.

Sure, social media is an important aspect of digital marketing but the problem here is that with social media, you don’t own your accounts. You just manage the content on your account.

And as it often is with social media accounts, it could be suspended, hacked or blocked.

Point is, with social media, nothing is truly yours and in the event that anything goes wrong with your account, regardless of how large a following you had built or how active your account had been, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

That is why as a business owner, you need to build and develop a medium through which you can reach your customers and target audience without total reliance on any social media platform.

This is where email comes in.

Did you know that there are currently about 3 billion email users in the world? In addition to its gigantic user base, email marketing has been proven to be the most powerful, profitable, and effective digital marketing tool with a rapid user adoption rate.

As such, it goes without saying that as an online entrepreneur, if you are going to work with any digital marketing strategy for your business, then it should be email marketing.

However, before you proceed with your email marketing tactics, it is necessary to create and build an email list first.

An email list is simply the list of people subscribed to your newsletter.

You have their email addresses and you can send them email updates on new products and services, promotions, offers, and other notifications.

But growing your mailing list can be difficult, especially if you don’t know how to build up on your subscribers in a fast and efficient manner.

Fortunately for you, I’m here to help.

Below, you will find the steps on how to create an email list from scratch and ways you can grow your mailing list in order to help you set your business on the right path.

  • Get an autoresponder

Have you ever sent a mail or subscribed to an email newsletter and gotten an (automated) email response/feedback almost immediately regardless of the time of the day?.

Obviously, the business owner or digital marketer is not the one sending out those feedbacks, that is the job of a software known as an email autoresponder.

The autoresponder like the name implies is a software designed to send emails to your subscribers automatically and if you want to create an email list, you will need one.

Some of the widely used autoresponders in the industry include Constant Contact, GetResponse, and MailChimp.

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These applications can allow you to create and customize your email sign up form and provide you with a URL that you can embed in your blog or website, share to social media, and other channels where your target audience is likely to be.

Once you integrate an autoresponder in your email marketing, it becomes a lot easier to manage your email list and stay connected to them. In this post, we will be discussing how to create an email list using Constant Contact and GetResponse autoresponders.

How to Create an Email List Step-by-Step Using Constant Contact

Constant Contact is a great email autoresponder that can help you create and maintain an email list. In 2019, it was rated the best email marketing platform by WPBeginner, thanks to its excellent customer support, ease of use, and powerful tools.

However, creating an email list with it is quite simple, even if you are with no prior experience. When you decide to choose Constant Contact, all you need to do is create a profile, add contacts, and create an email campaign to get going.

1. Create a profile with Constant Contact

Create an email list from scratch

This is the first part if you want to create an email list with Constant Contact.

To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Sign up with Constant Contact

To get access to Constant Contact’s amazing features, you need to sign up with Constant Contact. To do this, click here and register to enjoy a 60-day free trial.

Constant contact signup

Afterward, you’ll need to subscribe to any of its plans. Note, you can either subscribe to its email plan, which starts at $20/month or its Email Plus plan, starting at $45/month.

If you want to save money, you can also make a six- or twelve-months advance payment. With that, you can get up to a 15% discount from the actual cost price.

Step 2: Log in to your Constant Contact account

Next, you need to log in to your newly created account. Enter your login credentials and click login on the page. When you do, you’ll arrive at the home page of your account.

Constant contact login

Step 3: Edit your profile details

You need to automate the features that appear inside your emails. As such, click on “My Settings” in the top right corner of your homepage.

Then, under the Manage tab, you can edit your organization name, logo, phone number, website, and privacy policy.

You can also edit your profile to identify yourself so your readers can know who is trying to get across to them. To do this, fill in the “From Name” field with your preferred name. Note, this is who will appear to have sent the mail.

You can either turn on or turn off the “Permission Reminder” segment. And it helps you include a short message at the top of the mail.

Although this is optional, we recommend you turn it on as it can be useful. You can utilize it to call for action or remind your readers of the importance of your e-letters.

2. Create a contact list

Next, you need to add a list of contacts to Constant Contact. These are the people who will be the recipients of your future email campaign. Note, you can add them through three methods.

  • First, you can copy then paste them into Constant Contact. To do this, navigate to “Contacts,” then “Add Contacts” and select whether you’ll use individual input or group input.
  • You can also import the contacts from a spreadsheet. Usually, Constant Contact is compatible with XLS, .CSV, .VCF, .TXT, and .XLSX. Also, to avoid errors, you should format the sheet and ensure the email addresses are in a column while other information in a separate column.
  • Finally, you can integrate with a compatible third-party application such as Gmail, MailChimp, and Microsoft Outlook. And to do this, click on the Integrations tab then follow the guide there. Also, note that you need customer’s consent to add them to your list as Constant Contact is permission-based.

3. Create an email for your marketing campaign

create an email list using constant contact

After arriving at your homepage, you need to begin an email campaign on Constant Contact.

To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Create a campaign

Navigate to the top of your page and click on “Email Marketing.” Afterward, a tab should pop up. Click “Create” on the tab to get started.

Step 2: Define your email campaign

You need to define the particular email campaign to get going. Select a name and enter it in the “Email name” field.

Don’t worry; your recipients won’t see it as you decide what they can see later. Instead, it is to enable you to identify a particular campaign effectively.

So, pick any descriptive title or the date of creation to identify it. Then click “Next.”

Step 3: Design a template

email design template

Now you need to pick a template that will appear before your visitors. To do this, you have three choices.

First, Constant Contact comes with some inbuilt templates. You can quickly scan through its directory and pick any model of your choice.

Constant Contact also allows you to access these templates by their category. Simply navigate to the left-hand side of your page and click the category links.

Second, you can customize your template and upload it to Constant Contact. All you need to do is click on “Use My Own Code” located around the left part of your screen and follow the instructions.

Although not all formats are supported, Constant Contact supports XHTML and HTML.

Thirdly, you can request that Constant Contact design a custom template for you. Click on “Let us create it!” It should take around four weeks to get your model ready.

So, if you’re short for time, you might want to consider any of the two options above. Also, it’s is not free, and you’ll be charged based on your template request.

After picking the template of your choice, click “Next.”

Step 4: Select a subject line

Now, this is the stage where you decide what your readers can see as the subject of your mails. Pick a theme that best describes the purpose of your email. Navigate to the upper-right part of your screen to do this.

Step 5: Enable a webpage form of your email

Again, while this is optional, we recommend that you turn it on by ticking the checkbox. This ensures your readers who can’t access your emails in the mobile format can view it through a webpage version.

If you tick it, once you send a mail, it creates a webpage version automatically. And this version remains active for 30 days.

Step 6: Enter “From Email Address” and “Reply Email Address”

Also, you can include the “From Email Address” and “Reply Email Address.” The input in the from address will appear as the sender of the mail while the reply address will receive replies from your readers. Click on the drop-down menus to do this.

You can also include and verify additional email addresses for your use. All you need to do is click “Verify More Email Addresses” under the drop-down menus.

Again, ensure you use a private email address, so your emails don’t keep going into the spam folder of your recipient.

Step 7: Enable “Forward Email to a Friend”

Next, underneath the Forward Email to a Friend tab, tick the box “Forward Email” so you can forward the link directly to your mail. Also, in the sent email, tick “Subscribe me!” After, click “Next” to save your inputs.

Step 8: Edit and rearrange your email

Now, you can edit your mail to suit your preference. You can change the fonts and colors by clicking the “Global Colors & Fonts” tab by the left. You can also use the “Advanced Features” tab to edit the text version and style sheet.

You can also rearrange block – headings or sections – to your preference. You can copy, delete, or edit the text of the block to suit your needs. Once you finish, click “Save & Continue.”

Step 9: Pick a contact list

You need to pick a contact list that’ll receive the email. Now, click on any of the contact list created above by ticking its checkbox.

This way, all the contact on the list will receive the email. You can also tick more than one contact list. Afterward, click “Next.”

Step 10: Finalize the mails

create an email from scratch

You can either decide to share the mail immediately or schedule the e-letter for later delivery. If you choose to send later, you need to input the specific time and date that you want. Afterward, you can click “Finish.”

Note, you can also access stats about the effectiveness of your marketing campaign. All you need to do is click on the “Reporting” menu on your homepage. You can then select the specific campaign and see how well you’re doing

Benefits and Tools Offered by Constant Contact

Although these steps seem quite long, it’s worth it as joining Constant Contact comes with cools perks and tools. They include:

1. Free trial

Constant Contact offers you a free trial – 60 days – when you sign up. You don’t need to pay a dime or input your credit card details as long as you’re from the US or Canada.

This way, you can see first-hand just how much value Constant Contact offers to your marketing campaign.

2. Excellent customer support

One of the benefits of choosing Constant Contact is access to award-winning and superior customer support.

For instance, upon signing up for your free trial, Constant Contacts helps you navigate through the platform either through an email or a phone call.

Also, it provides fast and detailed answers to whatever questions you might have on how to maximize the platform and its features.

3. Fantastic and flexible templates

Yes, with Constant Contact, you also get access to more than 100 mobile receptive models. Even more, there’s also a feature that allows you to “Brand Your Email.” 

With it, you can personalize your template to reflect the colors and images of your site. And all this in seconds.

4.Compatibility with various email types

A great advantage of choosing Constant Contact is that you can apply it to practically most email types. This wide range of email types includes recurring newsletters, event registrations, A/B testing, classic, coupons, basic automation and autoresponders, polls, and surveys.

5. Email automation

Apart from this wide range of email types, Constant Contact also provides you with an excellent automation service. It includes automation from contact triggers such as clicks and email opens.

You also get access to abandoned cart campaigns such as WooCommerce and Shopify and autoresponders.

6. List management

If you’re worried about an extensive list of contacts cut across different categories, Constant Contact got you covered. It allows you to categorize and segment your contacts with tags, even on a targeted email list. This way, you can effectively target your email campaigns.

7. Quick list building

Another advantage of choosing Constant Contact is getting access to a vast array of list building tools. It allows you to integrate a sign-up sheet on your website.

You also get access to a Facebook app that will enable people to join using an email opt-in sheet.

Even more, it supports text-to-join functions, and you can always add new contacts at in-person programs using your tablet.

8. Design testing

Errors in your mails can be a total turn off for your readers and, as such, ruin your campaign. Luckily, Constant Contact also allows you to avoid it.

It has a tool that will enable you to preview your emails in mobile and desktop versions and even for a specific recipient.

Even more, there’s a feature that allows you to check for errors in the mail. This way, you can avoid grammatical mistakes in your campaign and present a flawless message to your readers.

9. Lead Ads

You’re also allowed to lead ads when you choose Constant Contact. It supports Instagram, Google, and Facebook lead Ads.

10. Applications and Integrations

Another excellent benefit that Constant Contact offers is compatibility and integration with a wide range of apps and platforms.

It is compatible with popular platforms like Shopify, Eventbrite, Outlook Desktop, Office 365, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, Google, WordPress Plugin, Quickbooks Online app, Facebook, and Salesforce by Cazoomi.

Even more, it provides the Constant Contact mobile application that enables easy and fast mobile email marketing. There’s also a ListBuilder App, so you can easily engage in tablet sign up. There’s also a banner that you can add to your resource page.

11. Report and Analysis

Another fantastic benefit – perhaps the best – that Constant Contact guarantees are access to a standard and comprehensive summary of your campaign activities. It allows you to track bounce, click, standard open, unsubscribe, and spam rates.

Also, you get access to more in-depth analysis such as click heat maps, open click lines, opens by device, and most compelling subject lines. You can also compare campaigns, so you know what’s working and how to apply it.

How To Create An Email List Step-By-Step Using GetResponse

Once you have chosen to use GetResponse as your email autoresponder, to create your email list, you will need to;

Sign up for an account on GetResponse.

All new members on GetResponse are given a 30-day free trial where you get to use the services for free after which you can decide to subscribe.

Next, log in to your account. GetResponse will automatically create your first mailing list for you. You can view this by clicking the “List” button at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

How to create an email list

To create your own first list, click on the “Create List” button and you will see a page like the one below.

How to create an email list

Give your list a name using the format in the list name column and hit the “Create” button.

create an email list using Getresponse

While on the new page, click the drop-down button on the create tab and select “Create Form”. Then, you will be taken to the “List Builder Wizard”.

For the next step, you will be required to select your preferred sign up form template. This is the template your visitors will sign up with, so choose a simple and sleek template.

Getresponse sign-up form

Next, design your sign up form, you can do this using the drag and drop features.

Once you are through with the design, click on settings and select the list you wish to connect the form to and click “Save” and then click on the “Publish” button at the right-hand corner of the menu bar.

The next question you will be asked is “Who will publish this form to your website?”

If you want to receive a URL that will enable you to share your content to various platforms, select “GetResponse will host my form”.

If you have a functional blog or website where you want to place the form, select “I will install the form myself”.

Congratulations! you have now successfully created your first email list.

For the next stage, you will need to craft the welcome message that your email subscribers will receive when they sign up for your newsletter.

To start, go back to the “Create” tab and this time, select “Create Autoresponder”.

Create an email list with Getresponse

Type in a name for your autoresponder, and select a list.

In the “On Day” section, type in zero, this way, new subscribers will receive the welcome message and any other type of offer that comes with the subscription immediately they opt-in.

The next step is to scroll down the page and click on “Create New Email”

Then fill out the fields for “Message Name”, “Subject” and “From” under the Autoresponder Settings.

The “From” refers to your name and email address.

Having a private email address is recommended if you intend to do email marketing the right way and reduce the chances of your emails entering the spam folder of your leads.

So if you have a public email address such as gmail.com, yahoo.com, or hotmail.com, then my advice is that you should sign up for a private email.

Once all the relevant fields have been appropriately entered, click on “Next Step”.

Select a template and enter your message, you can choose a pre-designed template or design one yourself by clicking on “Start from scratch”.

Click on “Next step” when you are done with the message.

Finally, click on “Save and publish”.

You can always create and add more autoresponder messages to the first one just by following these steps. This way, your subscribers will always receive your emails as designated.

Conclusion

If you have an online business offering products and/or services, then you should definitely create your own email list.

It can be challenging to build your email list and convert leads to customers but it is something you have to do if you want to get more customers and grow your business.

Moreover, the impact of a successful email marketing campaign far outweighs the cost of building up your email list.

Stock Photos That Don’t Suck: 15 Free Sites To Find Free Stock Photos

stock photos that don't suck

The relevance of interesting, high-quality images in website and blog content is now widely recognized, and it is not unlikely that you’re also aware of the fact that using stock photos that don’t suck on your site can significantly increase your overall online outputs.

It’s a good thing if you can always create the photos you need by yourself, but you’ll agree with me that this is not the case for the majority of bloggers and website owners out there.

Again, while there are several free stock photos online, many of them truly suck, and you’ll soon get to discover that you can’t really captivate an audience with such.

The good thing, however, is that there are a few online sources that provide great stock photos, for free.

What this means for you is that you can now enjoy using free top-notch photo inputs for your blogs and websites, without risking been banned or restricted by the search engines or having your site looking like an amateur blog.

Now, since you may not be able to readily tell which sources fall in this category, we have come up with a list that should help.

The following are some fifteen online sources where you can easily find free stock photos that don’t suck.

Although some of these sources may not look like the everyday online photo sources you know, the fact that they provide great value stock photos at no cost is something remarkable.

15 Places To Find Free Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

1. Pixabay

Pixabay

From over the years, many blog and website owners, have come to significantly rely on what the Pixabay platform has to offer.

Asides the fact that you’ll always get good quality stock photos, the website is also noted for its wide range of photo options.

Currently, Pixabay provides well over 1.5 million stock photos, with an ever-increasing catalog.

This makes it one of the quality stock photo sources, with a huge option base for users.

Another good thing about the website, is that photo contents are fairly spread out across several niches.

This means that you’re likely to find those images that suit your purpose and type of business, no matter what it is.

All photo contents can be easily downloaded, and you get several pixel options to choose from- for each photo.

2. Gratisography

Stock photos that don't suck

Gratisography is another valid source for impressive free stock photos, this year.

It is particularly a top photo source choice, for contemporary blogging and online marketing of all sorts.

If you need to show something that sufficiently draws the viewer’s attention- while also effectively conveying the message, then this platform has a lot of meaningful photos for that.

Gratisography is where you get those funny and strange eccentric images, that could immediately develop a website visitor’s interest and make them read all that you have to say before they know it.

What’s more? Users are allowed to pick just what they need, without even giving photo credits to the website or some other persons.

3. Pexels

PexelsWhen you come across the photo catalog on Pexels, you’re likely to heave a sigh of relief- especially if you’ve always had to use stock photos that suck.

Every stock photo on Pexels is top grade, and they all match contemporary photo requirements for blog posts and web content.

Since all images on this website are CC0 licensed, intending users can make use of them for almost all internet activities- including online sales generation purposes.

Something important about this service provider platform is that the photo logs are always updated. For instance, over a thousand new HD stock photos are added every month, meaning you can always get something new.

If you think one or two videos would also help your blog or website mission, then you could get a whole lot of templates from here too.

4. Photogen

Photogen

This is another great platform for sourcing free stock photos.

Photogen is a delight for users, as it provides an organized array of stock photos of all types and categories.

Hence, you would find a significant amount of all of landscape nature photos, corporate business and industry photos, world cultures, concepts, etc.

The website is very much easy to use, as all you need is an idea or general category of the images you want. Once you have this, proceed to search them out on the website’s search bar.

Like the other platforms on this list, Photogen also guarantees you high-quality resolution stock photos.

And of course, you’re free to use the photos for your business or personal purposes- without fear of harassment of any sort.

5. Flickr

Stock photos that don't suck

Flickr is a great stock photo source, that cannot but be on this list. Currently, it is one of the most popular website sources for free stock photos of almost all the categories you can think of.

With over six billion free stock photos to choose from, there’s almost no way you wouldn’t find something that matches well with your peculiar activities or goals.

Considering its high volume of stock photos, this platform gives you a relatively wider option that you may not find with other free stock photo sources.

The website is easy to use- as you don’t even need to register before downloading picture files.

However, you may necessarily need to create an account, if you wish to enjoy the full benefits of using the site.

There are a number of features that facilitate the sharing of photo files between different users on the platform, and you’ll surely be impressed with what you see.

6. Stocksnap

All stock photos on Stocksnap are CCO licensed, high quality, and of course free.

The platform has served well for a lot of bloggers and website owners everywhere in the world, and it’s likely going to be a favorite for a long time.

The Stocksnap images are just great for increasing your blog and website user retention, and for showing the right level of professionalism that your online business needs to have.

The categories are quite a number, which makes the website useful for all types of online users.

Whether it is the minimalist type of photos, or the very detailed and sophisticated ones, Stocksnap bring them all up- when you hit the search button.

7. New Old Stock

new old stock vintage photos

This platform is known for its high-quality vintage stock photos. As such, if your blog or website is into provoking nostalgia, then you should try out New Old Stock vintage photos.

It has a fantastic collection, hundreds of thousands of fresh pictures. And this includes photos of notable people and places of the past.

Although you’ll need to sacrifice the high resolution and clarity, you’re used to with regular pictures. You’re getting the best quality available for that feeling of authenticity you so desire.

It has a straightforward interface and labeling. You can easily navigate the site and download the images without needing to create an account.

8. FreeStocks

Free Stock

You’ll most likely get overwhelmed when you get on this site. And this is thanks to its wow number of amazing photos. You might even doubt whether it’s free thanks to their quality. However, don’t sweat it as it’s free even for business use.

The great thing about FreeStocks is its large amount of categories. As such, regardless of your niche or need, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for you. They are also perfectly arranged, so you don’t have to stress finding the right category or stock images.

Even more, don’t need to sign up to download. Just hop in on their site and immediately get access to an impressive collection of stock photos that don’t suck.

9. PicJumbo

stock photos that don't suck

Another must-see platform for stock images that don’t suck is PicJumbo. It offers hundreds of amazing photos that you can incorporate into your blog or website.

There are also hundreds of new pictures each day. You can be rest assured knowing that you get access to new choices each time you’re on their page.

You also get to navigate its interface easily. And thanks to its ‘more images like this’ function, you can quickly get access to related images of your best choices. It also has a vast catalog, one of the best for vintage stock photos.

Like most platforms on this list, you also don’t need to subscribe to get access to its large reserve of free stock photos.

10. Unsplash

unsplash

This is another excellent stop for free stock photos that don’t suck. And with over 50 000 images to pick from, it offers some fresh options.

Aside from offering excellent stock photos, it also has an interface that’s easy to use. You practically don’t need to create an account to enjoy its vast collection. All you need to do is get on the site and download the photo of your choice.

It also fits in perfectly for use in your blog or website thanks to its flexibility. It allows you to download the images in different resolutions based on your needs.

Another fantastic thing is that it offers both vintage and old-school stock photos, which you can easily access through its search bar.

11. iStock

istock

Although iStock is a paid platform, it also offers free stock photos of exceptional quality. Even more, they are of considerable quantity spread across the diverse niche. This way, regardless of your needs, you’re most likely to find something suitable.

It also allows you to enjoy these images for both business and personal use. And you can easily download them on your device by merely subscribing to the platform. Don’t worry; you don’t need to pay for this subscription.

You also get access to fresh and free illustrations and videos. This way, you can spice up your blog or website when the need arises. Their platform is also pretty straightforward to use.

12. Getrefe

Getrefe

You’ll be shocked by the beauty and artistic imagery that’s up for grabs on this platform. And at that for free.

Getrefe offers high-quality images depicting people’s interaction with tech. And it just doesn’t take all or any pictures on its site. Instead, it provides only pictures that look natural so you can brighten up your blog or website.

It offers these pictures in high resolution. And you can use them for both personal and commercial use.

13. Burst

This is another excellent place to find free stock photos, and this is all thanks to Shopify. Yes, the popular Shopify. And this platform houses millions of amazing images that are perfect for blogs and sites. In fact, it’s intended for business uses than most popular sites.

It has an extensive collection of pictures that ranges from arts to animals to business to cinemagraphs and city, among others. It also has a group for new photos, so you don’t get bored out by your choices.

On this platform, you get access to high-resolution images that ensure your blog or site doesn’t suck. You can also easily download them without having to create an account or sign in.

14. ShotStash

You have to be on the site to appreciate the amazing free stock images that ShotStash offers. It provides a wide range of options for creative professionals thanks to its broad category.

ShotStash also keeps your options fresh thanks to its daily additions. They also provide unique pictures. This way, you can ensure you’re easily identifiable if you decide to apply it to marketing campaigns.

It offers high-resolution pictures in business, tech, art, food, and nature, among others. And it has a handy search bar that allows you to explore them with ease. You don’t even need to create an account to get access.

15. Pikwizard

It has a fantastic library that comprises over a million stock images that don’t suck. You don’t have to worry about royalty or ban from commercial use as it’s free. You don’t even have to credit them when you use their pictures.

It also has a straightforward user interface led by its search bar. So, you can easily use keywords to search for excellent pictures across different categories.

It only offers pictures of high quality. And you can download them easily without having to create an account on the platform.

It also has a design tool where you can edit these pictures. And although you’ll need to sign up for this, it’s free. This way, you can customize the images and make them unique and fitted to your needs.

Summary On Stock Photos That Don’t Suck:

Although all of the listed platforms are great places to find the best free stock photos that don’t suck, it is possible that you may find one website to be more useful than another.

Basically, you can try them all out and see which one matches your style more, or you can always compare images from all of the platforms.

If starting a blog is your next project, check my article on how to start a successful blog.

You will get a complete guide on how to build a successful blog or website from scratch.

Clickbank Affiliate Marketing: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners

If you keenly wish to subscribe to passive income, then Clickbank affiliate marketing is the way to go and this in-depth guide will walk you through how to achieve it with less difficulty.

There are several affiliate networks on the internet but Clickbank is unlike the typical traditional affiliate network based on its simplicity, large collection of products, high commission rate, and newbie friendliness.

What Is Clickbank?

Clickbank is an affiliate network for digital and information products with over 21,000 products and affiliate commissions can be as high as 75%.

Clickbank for beginners

You can make a killing on Clickbank if you are a blogger or an online entrepreneur who wishes to promote digital or lifestyle products.

Whether you are a newbie who wants to venture into the world of make-money-online or an experienced marketer who wants to skyrocket his earnings, Clickbank has got you covered.

How To Get Started with Clickbank Affiliate Marketing

Signing up as an affiliate on Clickbank affiliate network is completely free and pretty much a simple 3 step process.

You should be done and dusted within a couple of minutes.

Step 1: Fill in your personal information

Clickbank for beginners
Clickbank for beginners

Make sure to complete all fields, click on the “Continue to terms and condition” button and accept the terms and conditions otherwise you will be unable to move to the next step.

Step 2: Complete your profile

The next thing you need to do is to click on the “Complete my profile” button and fill in all the required details correctly.

Clickbank sign up

These details include your full address and payee name.

Click on save after entering every detail correctly.

Step 3: Create your account

You will be taken to the account creation page after you are done with step 2.

Click on the “Account” tab at the left-hand side of the page and create an account as an affiliate by selecting the affiliate account option and entering your preferred username.

Then hit the “create account” button.

You can then go to your account settings and input your bank account details to receive payment.

Congratulations!

You are now signed up to one of the largest affiliate networks in the world and ready to get started with Clickbank affiliate marketing.

To officially get started with Clickbank affiliate marketing, you need to find the right products to promote on the Clickbank market place.

The products you should be promoting should be niche specific.

A niche here could be a field you love, are passionate about, or have a high level of knowledge on.

A niche is referred to as a category on the Clickbank market place.

After finding a profitable niche, the next thing to do would be to find the right products in that niche to promote.

Finding The Right Products on Clickbank Market Place

You should understand that there are usually so many products in one category and finding the right one that can guarantee your commission is what you’d need to do.

Clickbank market place

When you select a category on Clickbank market place, you will be taken to a page with a variety of products, the first thing to do is to look at the initial selling price of the product and the average selling price.

What you need is a product that would have an upsell.

So if the average selling price is higher than the initial selling price, this means the product would have an upsell and you would make more money when a buyer purchases an upsell.

The second thing to do is to check the gravity score of the product.

This would let you know how many affiliates have made sales promoting the product in the past weeks.

Products on Clickbank’s market place are sorted by category by default, use the drop-down button to change it to gravity.

Clickbank affiliate marketing

A product with a high gravity depicts high competition but at the same time, it shows the product is converting well, hence you stand a good chance of making good sales if you stay on top of the competition.

I wouldn’t advise you to promote products with a gravity score of less than 30.

The next thing to look out for is the product sales page.

Check if the product has a sales video explaining how it works or what it does.

A lot of people respond to sales videos a lot more, so be sure that the product has one.

Clickbank affiliate marketing

Next up, look at the affiliates page to see the resources the vendor has put in place for affiliates.

You’d need to be sure they’d give you materials like banners, email swipes, product images, pre-sell content, videos, articles, and other resources that would help promote the product.

You would want to choose products that are meeting serious needs or solving problems.

It would be disastrous to make lots of money and have a huge chunk of it taken back from you a few days later because the customers returned the product and asked for a refund.

So make sure all of the above instructions are followed when choosing products on Clickbank market place and you will be on your way to making money via Clickbank affiliate marketing.

Creating Hoplinks

Once you’ve decided on what products to promote, you would need a hop link for each one of them.

A hoplink lets Clickbank know which affiliate brought a customer to a vendor’s site so the affiliate would be paid accordingly.

Click on the promote button next to your choice of product. Usually, another window would appear that automatically carries your User ID.

Clickbank affiliate marketing

Insert your user ID if it’s not automatically inserted in the first column and you’d be asked to insert a tracking ID in the second column. Do this if you want to track how your link is performing with a specific traffic source.

When that is done, hit the Generate hoplinks button, and another window will appear with your automatically generated hoplink for the product.

Copy the link and keep it somewhere safe.

This will be the link you will be promoting, and if anyone clicks on it and makes a purchase, it will be tracked and you will get a commission for the sale.

Strategies For Promoting Clickbank Products (Making Money on Clickbank)

After you have created your Clickbank account, selected products to promote and created hoplinks for the products, the next step would be to promote the products in order to make money of off Clickbank.

In this section, we will be discussing various ways of promoting Clickbank products in order to make money on Clickbank. And most of these strategies will be ways through which you can promote your Clickbank affiliate links for free.

 1. Paid traffic

There are lots of strategies that could be used to make money on Clickbank as an affiliate marketer and buying traffic is the quickest of them all.

Sometimes you may need to spend money to make money fast and that is what this strategy is about.

This strategy often involves doing affiliate marketing without a website.

Many newbies get burnt implementing this strategy because they approach it in an amateur way by sending paid traffic directly to their Clickbank hoplinks.

Clickbank for beginners

The reason this approach is wrong is that most people don’t get to make a purchase after seeing an offer for the first time.

So, chances are, most of the people that saw the offer through your link won’t make a purchase instantly and there’s no way you can follow up on them because you did not collect any of their information, hence you have lost them for good and money spent on ads wasted.

The professional way of doing this is to first collect the emails of your audience and build a mailing list before showing them the offer.

Doing it this way means you will be able to follow up on them through email marketing if they don’t get to purchase the product after seeing it the first time.

Collecting their emails also mean you can promote other offers related to the initial one to them and make more money without spending more to acquire new leads.

You will need a landing page software and an email autoresponder to implement this strategy professionally.

There are several sources of paid traffic and here are some of them:

  • Solo ads: This is basically purchasing clicks from vendors with large email lists. You pay to receive a certain amount of clicks from their audience and they send you the clicks often within 24 to 48 hours. Udimi is a trusted platform where you can find verified solo ad vendors in different niches.
  • Social media PPC: Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram do pay per click advertisement. When you set up an ad on any of these platforms and your ad is approved, you will pay for every click you get from the platform.
  • Search engines: People go to search engines like Google and Bing to search for information on different subjects, and you as an affiliate marketer can put your Clickbank offer that is answering some of the specific questions people within your niche are asking in front of them through these search engines and get quality leads that could result into sales.

Regardless of the paid traffic source you are making use of, all clicks must be sent to your landing page first, and not directly to your Clickbank hoplink.

2. Banner Ads

Clickbank affiliate marketing (Banner ads)

Another strategy is banner ads. This strategy is best used when promoting Clickbank products through websites or blogs you own.

Most Vendors on the Clickbank market place provide banners which their affiliates can use for their campaigns.

You will need to attach the appropriate Clickbank hoplink to the banner and place it on the sidebar, header, footer of a page within your website or blog, or in the middle of a blog post.

When someone clicks on the banner, they will be taken to the vendor’s sales page and when they make a purchase, you will earn a commission for the sale.

3. Content Marketing

Clickbank affiliate marketing

This is by far the best way to do Clickbank affiliate marketing or any type of affiliate marketing.

Content is king in marketing and the more you help people solve their problems through the valuable content you provide, the better your chances of making good sales.

Content marketing is typically an indirect form of marketing where you put value before sales.

This strategy involves wrapping your offer around valuable content that resonates with your audience.

Your content and the Clickbank offer must be congruent.

You can do content marketing through an affiliate website or blog, on your YouTube channel or social media.

4. Product Reviews

Something else worth doing is product reviews.

This is somewhat related to content marketing and it’s beginner-friendly.

You should search for products good enough to promote using the criteria discussed above and do reviews on them.

It is important you buy the product and make use of it first.

Discuss your experience while using the product, tell your audience how it works, and the pros and cons of it.

You will need to be brutally honest with your product reviews in order to win the trust of your audience.

People will only buy products you recommend if they feel they know, like and trust you, so it’s important to win their trust through honest reviews.

You can do product reviews through blog posts on your websites or through videos on your YouTube channel.

Click here to learn how to write reviews that sell.

5. Promote Clickbank Products Using eBooks

Another effective yet not so saturated means to promote your Clickbank products is through eBooks.

It’s an electronic book that you make available to people across the internet. It’s usually centered on how to undertake an action in a particular niche. For instance, it could be on how to train a dog.

To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Create an eBook

You need to create an eye-catching eBook. However, the trick is in inserting your affiliate links within the eBooks. This way, everyone who buys your eBook can see your link and possibly use them.

However, creating an eBook can be quite stressful, especially if you intend to write it yourself. This may take weeks but may be worth the time and effort depending on what you need the eBook for.

But for promoting Clickbank hoplinks, you can decide to do this without the hassles of creating the book from scratch.

Instead of creating the eBook manually, you can easily create them automatically. Luckily, you don’t need to look too far as Sqribble brings this service to your doorstep.

It has over 50 great templates coupled with more than 300 layouts of styles. There’s also no limitation to the number of pages you can create. Even more, it is easy to use and adaptable to 15 niche class.

You also don’t need to write anything as there’s an entire content waiting for you. You just need to select your niche and get access to the eBook in minutes. Then, you can edit it and include your affiliate links strategically.

Step 2: Create a fantastic cover

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Further, while the eBook’s content is essential, you still need a fantastic cover page if you want to excel in Clickbank affiliate marketing using this method. Trying to perform this yourself is cool and quite easy if you have the skillset.

But if you are not so comfortable with designs, you don’t need to worry about manually designing one as you can easily have a freelancer do that for you on Fiverr. Fiverr offers a professional design service where you can request for an eBook cover.

You can also specify your budget and the required delivery time. You don’t need to worry about the category of your book as Fiverr provides services for a wide range of types.

You can get a great cover design for as low as $5. Click here to get started.

Step 3: Sell the eBook

Next, you need to sell the eBook on an eCommerce site, for example, Amazon and eBay. However, it would be best if you merely sold the eBook at a giveaway price.

This is because your significant income will come from the use of the affiliate links within the eBooks. So, rather than sell for $20, a price tag of $1 is more effective.

To boost your sales, you can also sponsor your eBook on eBay. This way, your eBook receives priority during searches.

Once again, the idea is that with each purchase, you increase the likelihood of someone opening your link. And, in turn, purchasing through your link.

6. Promote Using Social Media Platforms

Social media platforms need no reintroduction as they have taken the world by storm.

The good thing about them is that they are another effective means to promote Clickbank products without a website and for free.

Usually, all you need to do is post your link and drive traffic to the Clickbank offer through any of these platforms.

However, it is usually smart to engage in pre-selling. This is because it helps you establish a great relationship with your prospective customers.

For instance, you can always offer them materials, eBooks, and tips for free.

Once again, you can utilize Sqribble to create these eBooks automatically and offer the eBook to your audience through a landing page.

Afterward, you can then utilize social media platforms to send traffic to the landing page.

Using a landing page as a bridge between your Clickbank affiliate links and the social media platform is the best way to promote your affiliate offers on social media.

Popular social media platforms that offer you excellent marketing options include Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Using Pinterest to promote Clickbank products

Pinterest is an image-sharing network that allows you to pin images to boards and convey messages. It has more than 300 million monthly users as of today. You can create pins and expand them into boards over time.

Also, thanks to it being similar to the more popular Google platform, it’s a great option to promote Clickbank products. And you can do this through various means.

You can easily create pins on your Pinterest profile and include links to your product and site there.

Then when people search for such products, Pinterest directs them to you. All you need to do is own an account on Pinterest and regularly creates pins and, subsequently, boards.

You can also do this with or without a blog. All you need is an affiliate link and a Pinterest account. Open my detailed guide on how to promote Clickbank affiliate links on Pinterest for more information.

Using Instagram to promote Clickbank products

Instagram is a video and photo-sharing network that allows users to share media with limited followers or the general public.

It also allows its users to accumulate followers. And thanks to this feature, it’s a great tool to promote Clickbank products.

Usually, you can employ your Instagram profile to promote Clickbank products in two ways. First, you can easily create and grow a theme page on Instagram.

Then after accumulating considerable followers, you can post your products and advertise them.

This is a smart choice, thanks to the ease of accumulating followers. However, the downside to this is that you have got to have a good hang of Instagram. This is because you can only post pictures and videos with short tags, and you must be able to maximize it.

The second option involves purchasing shoutouts from other more prominent Instagram pages. Although it will cost you, it comes cheap, and it’s very effective.

You can pay as less as $40 to get featured on accounts with more than 400, 000 followers.  In turn, they display your products and page on their page, thereby driving traffic to you.

Another variant of the second option is the Instagram ads. You can quickly partner with Instagram and have your products publicized for you. As expected, you’ll need to pay a specified sum.

Here’s a complete step by step guide on how to set up your Instagram page, grow your audience, and make money promoting Clickbank products on Instagram.

Using Snapchat to promote Clickbank products

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Snapchat is another platform that is efficient for Clickbank affiliate marketing, thanks to its rise to stardom. It supports a 24-hour story capacity that allows individuals to display content chronologically.

It also has the Discover segment that every Clickbank beginner can take advantage of.

All you need to do is display ads in a short form on the Discover segment and utilize it to promote your Clickbank products. Similarly, you can post details about your product offering on your Story segment to tease followers and increase potential buyers.

However, you’ll need a large following to explore this option. Although it is quite challenging, you can get over it using creative techniques.

For example, you can easily promote your Snapchat profile on your other social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Learn more about making money on Snapchat by clicking here.

Using YouTube to promote Clickbank products

Another great social media platform for Clickbank beginners is YouTube. It allows you to upload videos of yourself to the public and have others watch and comment on it. You can even create a page and have other users subscribe to it.

Also, YouTube is the largest video sharing platform in existence, and this makes it an excellent tool for Clickbank affiliate marketing.

All you need to do is create exciting and engaging videos centered on your niche. You’ll usually need to use relevant keywords if you want your content to rank high.

Then you can post it on your channel and use it to drive traffic to your Clickbank products for free. However, you should know that it takes consistency to explore this opportunity fully.

As such, you’ll need to prepare content regularly, give reviews, guides, and how to your page subscribers.

It’s a great option as it allows you to post your content, taking as much time as you need.

Alternatively, you can resort to YouTube ads, which is similar to other social media ads platforms. All you need to do is pay a cost-effective sum and then have YouTube drive traffic to your Clickbank products.

It is a good option, thanks to YouTube’s popularity and niche-specific promotion.

Using TikTok to promote Clickbank products

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TikTok is a video sharing platform that has taken social media by storm in 2020. It allows short comedy, lip-sync, talent videos, and short dance. It has an increasing number of users, which makes it best suited for affiliate marketing.

All you need to do is open an account focusing on your product’s niche and then upload fresh videos on your profile. Then, you can promote Clickbank products through various means. First, you can easily promote your products directly to your viewers.

You can also include your Clickbank affiliate links on your profile and drive traffic to your products. Alternatively, you can also utilize TikTok ads to drive traffic. And although you’ll have to pay, it is cheap and profitable.

You can view my detailed guide to know how best to use TikTok to make money.

Using Facebook to promote Clickbank products

Next is Facebook, a social media platform with more than 2.5 billion monthly active users. It connects various individuals and allows them to own profiles on it.

It is also an excellent means to engage in Clickbank affiliate marketing. And you can do this in various ways. First is the popular Facebook ads function.

This may not be a fantastic option for Clickbank beginners that are yet to master Facebook ads, don’t have the budget for ads or the budget to outsource it.

If you are prepared to go this route, all you need to do is register to have your Clickbank products advertised for you. You can then easily reach millions of people and route traffic to your landing page.

Alternatively, you can easily send traffic directly to your affiliate offers or site using a personal Facebook account. All you need to create an extensive friend list and then post your products for marketing. You can also use Facebook groups to push your products.

However, this process can be quite hectic. You’ll need to post reviews and articles that catch your readers’ attention. And this must be done regularly, so you don’t lose customers.

Doing Effective Social Media Marketing

Although social media networks provide an excellent opportunity for affiliate marketers including Clickbank beginners, to promote offers, it can be quite challenging. And these challenges arise in content distribution, scheduling, and analytics, among others.

This is where a social media network software comes in. It allows you to make, then store contents for your social media networks. You can then schedule them and even edit them before the delivery where necessary. It also provides top-notch analytics so you can gauge your marketing reach.

If this sounds interesting as it should be, you can try out PromoRepublic. It is a great choice that provides uninterrupted and excellent service delivery.

Also, regardless of your type of business and business size, it gives a customized service that guarantees you a competitive advantage.

You can schedule months ahead, and select a specific time for different contents. You can also recycle a useful post later on. And all this comes cheap.

With as low as $49/month, you can access all these perks across up to ten social media accounts. It also comes with a free trial. Click here to start your free trial.

Clickbank’s Payment Methods

You may be wondering how you will get paid after putting in the work and made some commissions. You can receive payments from Clickbank in four different ways:

First Payment Method: Cheque

This is Clickbank’s default payment system. It will be mailed to the address you entered in your account.

Second Payment Method: Direct Deposit

Direct deposits at no extra charge for those in the U.S and other select countries are made available by Clickbank. Direct deposits often take 1-2 business days to reach your account.

Third Payment Method: Wire Transfer

Wire transfer is available for countries that are not covered by international direct deposit.

Payment may take up to 5 days depending on your location.

Fourth Payment Method: Payoneer

You can also receive your payment from Clickbank using the Payoneer Mastercard. This is an international money transfer service you can get for free.

Conclusion 

Making passive income on Clickbank as an affiliate marketer is real and it can actually happen for you even if you are a beginner if you follow all the steps discussed in this post and do your assignment well, but the journey wouldn’t be entirely smooth.

There will be ups and lows but you will get it right eventually if you stay consistent.

How To Do Affiliate Marketing Without A Website Or Blog: 8 Effective Ways

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You probably have an idea of how affiliate marketing works and have decided to start an affiliate marketing business.

Found a couple of good products to promote, but you don’t have a website or blog and you are wondering… is it possible to do affiliate marketing without a website or blog?.

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The answer is YES! and in this post, we will be discussing a number of ways you can promote affiliate links without a website successfully.

If you are completely new to affiliate marketing, you will find my blog post on How To Start Affiliate Marketing for Beginners helpful.

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online because you don’t need to create any product or fulfill orders for products and services.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a business model whereby you promote other people’s products and earn a commission once a purchase is made through your affiliate link.

There’s another type of affiliate marketing where you can earn commissions when a specific action is taken such as opt-in to an email form or sign up for a free trial for a product or service.

This type of affiliate marketing is called pay per lead affiliate marketing and it’s a form of cost per action marketing.

Finally, there are pay per click affiliate programs you can join without having a website where you earn when people click on your affiliate links.

8 Ways You Can do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website or Blog

1. Landing page/ Sales funnel

A landing page is a single page that can be a stand-alone page or a page within a website.

A sales funnel on the other hand involves a landing page and some other pages that take leads through a buying process.

It’s pertinent to see a sales funnel like a physical funnel, wide at the top and narrow at the bottom.

Wide at the top containing lots of people you are attracting (traffic) and narrow at the bottom with a smaller amount of people that have made a purchase or taken the final action the funnel is designed for them to take (customers).

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There are 3 reasons you need a landing page or sales funnels to do affiliate marketing without a website.

i. Email Marketing: An email list is a must-have if you want to make decent commissions online as an affiliate marketer, like the saying goes “the money is in the list”.

You need to collect emails of targeted leads within your niche and the only way you can get their emails is through a landing page.

ii. Higher sales rate: Using a landing page for affiliate marketing ensures a higher sales rate compared to a website or blog.

Landing pages are built for conversions, page visitors will get fewer distractions because a landing page or sales funnel is tailored to make people take a specific action at a time.

iii. Higher sign up: A landing page produces more sign-ups. For example, if you are doing PPL affiliate marketing and generating leads for a company, you will be able to get lots of sign-ups for the company and more money for yourself by using a landing page.

When using a landing page for affiliate marketing, cost per click advertising or free traffic generation strategies can be used.

To use this strategy, you will need a couple of tools which includes:

  • A landing page/funnel builder
  • An email autoresponder

If you will like to use this method, Builderall, and Getresponse both have landing page/funnel building software and affiliate marketing compliant email autoresponders built-in.

With them, you can capture your leads’ information and do email marketing effectively.

I use Builderall to build all my stand-alone landing pages and funnels, Thrive architect for the ones within my WordPress websites.

The Builderall software has two packages, the premium package, and the Funnel club.

This funnel club has different done-for-you funnels with lead magnets in a number of niches that you can use in promoting affiliate offers.

2. YouTube

You can take your affiliate marketing business to YouTube if you prefer creating video content over written content.

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Create a YouTube channel and discuss topics that are relevant to your niche audience. Your topics must always be centered around what your audience is interested in and the problems they need help in solving.

You will make good commissions on YouTube if you produce content that is useful, helpful, and full of value first and then advertise products that complement the valuable content you provide.

Another way to earn affiliate commissions through your YouTube channel is by providing product reviews, people value other people’s opinions and they naturally will want to know what yours is.

For example, if you are in the weight loss niche, you can make a review of a weight loss product you or someone close to you have made use of and ensure to include in your video that the link to the product is in the description so your viewers can make use of it to make a purchase.

You can also include the links to other products, for physical products, you can include your affiliate links to work out gear or equipment from Amazon Associate and for digital products, Clickbank will be great.

Another example is marketing tools such as the Builderall affiliate program.

The best way of promoting this type of product is to do a walk-through of the program.

Shoot a video and record yourself logging into the program, discuss the feature, benefits for marketers, the things you like and do not like about the product.

People like this a lot because they will get to have an idea of what they are going into before parting with their money and if you are the one to show it to them, they will love you for it!

While using the YouTube strategy, showing your face is a powerful way to connect with your audience, but if you are camera-shy, you can still do well without showing your face in your videos.

I know some successful affiliate marketers that don’t show their faces in their videos.

They do this by doing video screen recording or using video animations.

Invideo is an awesome free tool for the production of high-quality videos with images without showing your face.

While Doodlemaker is a powerful video animation software that makes creating high-quality and interesting animation videos easy.

3. Create an E-book

This method does involve you taking some time to write some quality content. It’s very helpful to you as an affiliate because it brands you as an authority.

The e-book to be created should be about 15 to 35 pages, has to be centered around a specific topic related to your niche and you should include your affiliate links within the content.

Your e-book shouldn’t be just an e-book loaded with affiliate links, you should provide enormous value within the book and then recommend products that back your theory.

For example, if you are in the health and wellness niche, your e-book may be titled, “7 fruits that can improve your immunity against cancer”.

Within the book, you may have a list of 7 fruits and how they help improve the body’s immunity against cancer but then recommend products like supplements containing the right blend of the fruits.

You can create a high-quality e-book quickly without coming up with content or typing anything using software called Sqribble.

4. Use Medium.com

Medium.com is a platform for writers. Writers are called contributors and are allowed to post their work on Medium.

This website can serve as an awesome way to do affiliate marketing without any website investment. How?

Medium has a lot of this fantastic internet thing called authority. By “authority,” I mean Medium’s website or domain authority.

Website authority is the best way to measure how strong a website is in terms of a specific area, subject, or backlink profile.

This platform has the power to boost your ranking on Google’s SERPs to the first page. That means more traffic and more conversions.

Because Medium is such a well-known and trusted website, all you have to do is post articles about your affiliate product and let Medium help you climb up the SERPs.

There are four steps to making full use of Medium’s capabilities.

Step 1: Sign up for a free account on Medium.com

To get started, you need to register for a free account. You can sign up through email, your Google account, or Facebook account. Whichever one you are comfortable with is fine.

Step 2. Choose a niche

Like any blog or website owner, you’ll need to choose your niche. This will ensure that your content is focused on a specific subject.

You can build yourself up and become well-known in that niche. Your status as a contributing writer on Medium.com will allow you to do affiliate marketing without website investment.

Once you’ve chosen a niche, select a few affiliate programs within or related to your selected subject and run with them.

Step 3. Do keywords research

If you want to rank high on Google and also get a good amount of traffic to your offers, you’ll need to find out the best keywords to use in your articles.

You can easily do this by researching some competitors in your niche. That is, just research competitor websites in your niche with a keywords analysis tool.

You can also do this by researching keywords that are quite popular within your niche. By doing this, you can get an estimate of the search volume of those keywords, and their SEO difficulty.

These tools can be either free or paid, but you can do more with paid tools than free ones.

However, to find keywords, a free tool like Ubersuggest gives you a bit of help with regards to keyword research.

While paid platforms like, Mangool gives a 10-day free trial and has all the tools you need for complete keyword research and SEO analysis.

With the help of Medium, useful content, and some focused keywords, you can quickly start making money from affiliate marketing without a website or blog.

Step 4. Create content

Creating value-packed and interesting content around the keywords you have researched is the next step of action.

If your content isn’t interesting enough to captivate your readers, they may leave before they even see your links.

That’s depressing and something you do NOT want to happen, so you have to create good content.

For your strategy to work, you will need to have excellent articles. But if writing isn’t your thing, you don’t have to do it yourself.

You can outsource your articles on freelance platforms like Fiverr.

You can even get high-quality stock photos to spice up your content for free.

Once you’ve found a way to create engaging content, post as regularly as possible.

If people can expect excellent content from you consistently, you’ll definitely start to create a name within your niche. And with that name comes authority.

NOTE: When creating content with affiliate links on Medium.com, you have to put up a disclaimer in that article to let the readers know that you may receive compensation if they buy something through the link.

This is one of Medium’s rules for affiliates publishing on their website. Failure to do this can get your account on Medium.com suspended.

5. Hubpages

Hubpages is another awesome platform for content writers that are not ready to build a website or blog just yet but wish to get started with affiliate marketing.

You won’t need to worry about building a site from the scratch or purchasing a domain or hosting because Hubpages is hosted on the Hubpages website.

The downside of doing affiliate marketing using this strategy is that unlike having your own self-hosted website or blog, you do not own the content hosted on Hubpages and it can be taken down at any time.

6. Done-For-You Affiliate Marketing Systems

This is by far the easiest and quickest way to get started with affiliate marketing without building a website or blog from scratch.

A done-for-you affiliate marketing system is most times an automated sales system consisting of already built landing page/sales funnels, web pages, and professionally written email follow-up sequences.

You will also be given access to the tools needed to build a custom-made sales system for yourself if you want to.

With these systems, you can do affiliate marketing and make good affiliate commissions without actually getting yourself involved with building the platform you are using for your business because that part has been taken care of for you.

Some of these systems also come with done-for-you traffic campaigns.

You will be charged monthly or yearly to get access to these systems, but it will be money well spent when compared to the time you will spend building everything out from scratch all by yourself.

The 12-minute affiliate system is a done-for-you affiliate marketing system I recommend for the execution of this strategy.

7. Social Media

Affiliate marketing without a website in 2021 is also possible thanks to the considerable growth of social media. You can now use your accounts on social media to promote your affiliate products. Even more, you can now create a business account on them.

Using your Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok accounts, you can share pictures, videos, and in turn, links about your affiliate products.

Promoting affiliate products on social media is a great way to start affiliate marketing without website investment.

And if you’re looking to exploit this option, TikTok is quite useful. In fact, various individuals currently earn hundreds of thousands of dollars on TikTok without owning a website.

All you need to do is create an account and build a profile. Then, you can use your account to promote your affiliate products. You can learn more about monetizing your TikTok account without showing your face.

8. Promoting on online communities and forums

There are thousands of forums and groups online, where people with similar interests exchange ideas and opinions.

And these online communities can be the marketplace where you engage in affiliate marketing without a website.

In case you’re wondering how to engage in affiliate marketing without a website through this means, it’s simple.

All you need to do is find communities that align with your niche. Then, you can join them and post products relating to the common interests you all share.

Note that this only works by aligning a community with their interest.

For instance, if you belong to a fitness community, you’ll be making a mistake if you decide to promote tech products. The best thing would be to sell sporting gear.

However, before you start posting, it’s better to establish yourself as an active member of such communities. This will lend more credibility to your posts, leading to more conversion.

For instance, if you have endeared yourself to a group, they’ll be more trusting and willing to explore your affiliate products.

Quora is a great example of a forum through which you can market affiliate products without creating your own website.

Through this platform, you can make money selling affiliate products by first providing answers to questions of members of the community and then recommend products through which they can get a complete solution to their problems.

You can create your community as well. And you can create a Facebook group or use the board features of Pinterest to do this. You can then invite others to join.

And since you are the creator of the group, you can determine the purpose of the group and what is allowed. You can click here to know how to promote affiliate products on Pinterest without a blog/website.

However, always remember to abide by such communities’ rules when it comes to promoting affiliate products.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to do Affiliate Marketing Without a Website or Blog

It’s not just enough to know these great options; you’ll need to implement them. And this generally involves a step-by-step process. To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Pick a niche

The first step in engaging in affiliate marketing either with or without a website is to pick a preferred niche. And this is because, while you can target various niches simultaneously, it’s not the best option.

It’s always preferable to select just one niche and then build your reputation within the niche. However, remember to choose a niche you’re passionate about. And one that you have an understanding of issues within it.

Also, it’s usually best to ensure that the niche is profitable. This means that various products with good affiliate commissions must be available in that niche.

And such a niche must be reasonably competitive. Also, there must be multiple affiliate programs that don’t require a website within the niche.

Then, if your niche satisfies these requirements, you can go ahead to the next step.

Step 2: Sign up with affiliate programs that don’t require a website

As an affiliate marketer, your goal is to market affiliate products. And this is only possible by joining an affiliate program.

However, some affiliate programs require you to own a website. As such, they are a no-go area for you. You need to find affiliate programs/networks that don’t require a website.

And popular options include Clickbank, Shopify, Builderall, Fiverr, eBay, among others.

Pick one or more affiliate programs within your niche and sign up to be their affiliate marketer.

Promoting affiliate products on Clickbank might be a great way to start since Clickbank is an affiliate network with a vast list of affiliate programs that don’t require you to have a website to join.

Step 3: Choose a promotional method

Next on the list is choosing a promotion method. And these methods include what we have tagged “ways you can do affiliate marketing without a website or blog”.

All you need to do here is select either one or more of the promotional methods above.

However, always remember that your product category might influence your promotional method.

For instance, if you’re in the finance niche, it might be best to use YouTube or E-book compared to social media platforms. And this is because people are more likely to look for information about finance in those places.

However, if you’re in the fitness niche, social media might be a better idea.

Step 4: Market your offers

Next is to market your offers. You have already chosen a niche, you already joined a program, and you have your marketing option specified.

All you need to do at this stage is to promote your offers to your final consumer. And depending on your promotion method, this will involve various things.

For instance, if you choose Snapchat, you’ll need to create videos. And then find top-notch keywords that focus on your niche and product.

Then, you can upload your links on your Snapchat account. And then direct your followers to click your link and make purchases. (You can click here to know more about monetizing Snapchat).

However, regardless of your promotional method, you must keep certain things in mind. And this is particularly useful if you intend to create content such as videos or pictures. These considerations include:

  • Be unique and creative

You’ll need to ensure your content stands out, especially if you decide to go through social media. You can always use hashtags to achieve this. Ensure you only post high-quality videos and pictures also.

  • Stay Consistent

You’ll also need to stay consistent. Since you don’t have a blog or website, you’ll need to keep your followers and community interested in your page. Hence, you can’t just disappear on them. So, always be available and follow the progress of your efforts.

Final Note on Affiliate Marketing Without A Website

Now you know of different ways to do affiliate marketing profitably without building a website or blog but having a website or blog is crucial to your long-term success in affiliate marketing.

With a website or blog, you will be able to reach out to lots of people within your niche and provide value to them consistently and your hard work will be rewarded with passive affiliate commissions if you do it correctly.

It takes a bit of time to do affiliate marketing through a website correctly and to see tangible results, so it should be seen as a long-term game.

Getting things started without a website or blog gives faster results.

Regardless of whichever way you decide to follow, you need hard work consistency, and time in order to make things work for you in affiliate marketing.

That’s it, guys!

I hope you find value in my suggestions.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners: An In Depth Guide

So you have heard of affiliate marketing or you are just hearing of it for the first time and you wish to know what affiliate marketing for beginners entails?. This in-depth guide will walk you through the whole process.

Affiliate marketing is a business model that gives you the opportunity to earn commissions by selling the products and services of other companies.

It’s a great way to run a full-time business from home or supplement your income while doing a full-time job.

A large amount of affiliate marketers earns $5,000 to $100,000 per year and the extremely successful ones earn millions.

How Affiliate Marketing Works

Basically, how affiliate marketing works is that you have access to a niche audience through your website, email list, or social media channel and some companies want to reach the people who are in your audience.

These brands and merchants set up their own affiliate marketing programs or join affiliate marketing networks so that you have access to their products and services for promotional purposes.

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When you join affiliate programs and networks, you receive a commission for generating sales for affiliate partners’ goods and services.

You may also earn a fee if your audience takes a certain action such as joining a company’s free trial program.

You earn money, the merchants or brands generate more sales and the product buyers get access to quality offerings they might not have known of without you marketing it to them or bought without your influence.

Understanding affiliate marketing for beginners means you need to learn how to execute effectively the 5 basic steps involved in affiliate marketing.

How Affiliate Marketers Make Money

When researching potential affiliate partners, you’ll want to pay attention to how you’ll earn money. Most affiliate programs pay on a percentage of sale basis.

For example, if a person clicks on your affiliate link and purchases a $200 product and your commission fee set by your affiliate program is 50%, you’ll receive a $100 ($200 x 50%) commission for the sale.

With some affiliate marketing programs, you’ll be paid on a pay per action basis, this is called cost per acquisition (CPA) affiliate marketing.

You may be paid if someone uses your affiliate links to sign up for a newsletter or joins a free-trial program. For example, Amazon Associates’ bounty programs pay $3 for every Prime free trial sign-up.

The 5 Steps In Affiliate Marketing For Beginners:

Below are the 5 essential steps you must follow in order to start a successful affiliate marketing business as a complete beginner.

1. Find Your Niche

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A niche is a subset of a larger market. For example, health and fitness is a general appeal market while weight loss is a subset or a niche of the broader health and fitness market.

Weight loss for women within the ages of 45 to 55 is a narrow niche.

When getting started with affiliate marketing, you want to choose a niche that is small enough to target a specific audience and at the same time large enough for you to make good money.

It’s best you focus on a niche that you have considerable knowledge or expertise on or that you are passionate about.

The reason you need to choose a niche you are enthusiastic about is because your enthusiasm will sustain you through the ups and downs of the affiliate marketing business.

Tips For Finding A Profitable Niche

To find out if a niche has the potentials for profitability, you will need to do some research on the web concerning your niche.

Search for competitors, products, and services related to your niche as well as discussions on social media channels.

You can get a clear idea of the needs of the audience in your niche by joining groups and forums related to your niche on social media.

Below are some tips for finding a profitable niche:

  • Conduct keyword research: To find what people within your niche are searching for on the web, you can conduct simple keyword research using free tools such as Ubersuggest and get more in-depth analysis with paid tools like Semrush.
  • Research existing product and services: Find out product and services that your niche audience is already buying and then explore affiliate programs that represents those offerings.
  • Look for top influencers: Almost every niche has successful influencers, learn what these top influencers are doing well and what they are not doing so well because the things they are not doing so well are potential opportunities for you.

Smart affiliate marketers including experienced and affiliate marketing beginners find success by positioning themselves as experts in a small niche.

For example, you could be passionate about tent camping in the pacific northwest or love discussing Texas wines, if you can find relevant topics and affiliate products to share with your narrow audience, you could be well on your way to earning a great income through affiliate marketing.

2. Research Affiliate Marketing Opportunities Within Your Niche

Researching opportunities

Once you have found your niche, it’s time to move to the next step on how to start affiliate marketing which is selecting the best products within your niche and finding affiliate networks and programs to join.

Selecting The Best Affiliate Products Within Your Niche

Selecting and matching profitable affiliate products for your content is a continuous process. It’s also one of the most important steps of making money in affiliate marketing.

Selecting inferior or poor converting products to promote can render all your marketing efforts in futility.

Also, you have to be choosy about the products and services you want to represent because your reputation is on the line with each recommendation you make. A bad reputation translates to bad business in affiliate marketing.

When learning how to start affiliate marketing, you’ll spend a good amount of your time signing up for programs, searching for affiliate partners, and networks for the right physical and digital products for your niche audience.

As you become established, you’ll continue this process to curate new products and services to promote and connect to your content.

The good news is that once a post is up on your site, every time someone makes a purchase through your affiliate link, you earn a commission.

That’s called passive income. Once you are done with the hard work of embedding affiliate links within each post, you can sit back and earn passive income for months or even years to come from those links.

Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs are free to join and they come in different sizes and shapes. Popular merchants that offer affiliate programs include Walmart affiliate program, Target affiliate program, Fiverr affiliate program e.t.c.

Since you will be marketing to a specific audience, you need to join affiliate programs that have offers that best serve your target audience.

Affiliate Networks

Affiliate networks are providers who give you access to a large number of merchants within a proprietary network.

Networks give affiliate marketing beginners access to a wide range of merchants and brands that offer affiliate programs.

Individual merchant program terms and payouts are administered by the affiliate network so that you don’t have to track and account for several independent programs.

Below are some affiliate networks:

  1. ShareAsale
  2. Clickbank
  3. Amazon Associates
  4. eBay partner network
  5. CJ Affiliate (formerly commission junction)
  6. FlexOfferS

3. Build Your Affiliate Marketing Platform

Affiliate marketing platforms

Your affiliate marketing platform is simply the place(s) you plan on posting your affiliate links for the product and services you are promoting.

The most common way of doing this is through a website or blog. Many affiliate marketers also go the no blog route or use social media networks to do this.

Affiliate Marketing Through A Website

A website is an essential part of many successful affiliate marketing businesses. Once you have a self-hosted website, you have complete control of your message and brand.

Your website can serve as the home base of your affiliate marketing business.

It’s important to note that when you post an affiliate link on your site, you must prominently display a notice somewhere within your website that you may get a commission when readers click on your affiliate link or make a purchase through it. Failure to do this can land you in legal hot water.

The best website platform for affiliate marketing is a self-hosted WordPress site. WordPress platform is free to use, so your only cost of owning a WordPress site is hosting.

You can set up a WordPress website with Bluehost as your hosting provider for as little as $3.95 per month.

Once you have your hosting in place, setting up your WordPress website is fairly straight forward.

You will experience a learning curve if you are completely new to website building but the curve is not too steep. If you are in need of a quick start, you can follow a WordPress site set up guide which works you through the whole process of creating a website or blog.

If you have a tight schedule or simply not comfortable with the idea of getting it done yourself, you can hire the services of freelancers on platforms like Fiverr to have it built for you.

You can also invest in blogging books and learn everything you need to know about blogging if you wish to go the blogging route.

Affiliate Marketing Without A Website

Affiliate marketing without a website or blog basically involves different strategies deployed to make money online through affiliate marketing without doing it through your privately owned website or blog.

There are a number of effective strategies that you can use to do affiliate marketing without a website.

Some affiliate marketing beginners start by amassing following on social media platforms such as Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

4. Create Affiliate Content

Content creation

Once your affiliate marketing platform is created, whether it’s your self-hosted website or a social media channel or both, it’s time for you to start creating high-quality content that compliments your niche.

Regardless of the method deployed, you will embed affiliate links within your posts or promote it through images. Most affiliate marketers use both options.

Below are examples of various types of content you can use to promote affiliate products or services:

  • Product reviews: Honest product reviews where you include multiple perspectives tend to be very popular with readers and converts well if done correctly.
  • Recipes: If you are in a food-related niche, you can create posts that include affiliate links to cooking gadgets, cookbooks, ingredients, and more.
  • Do it yourself and how-to guides: You can create a do it yourself (DIY) and how-to instructional contents and include affiliate links to products needed to complete the project.
  • Giveaways and discounts: Some affiliate programs and networks provide giveaways, discounts, and other savings deals for you to promote in your content. Ensure to look for these when researching products to promote.
  • Fashion and style posts: If your niche is fashion or beauty, talking about the latest trends and linking to related products is a smart way to earn affiliate commissions.
  • Banner and sidebar ads: Virtually every affiliate program provides a variety of ads that you can insert into posts, header, sidebars, and footer sections of your WordPress website.

5. Marketing Your Affiliate Offers

Promoting offers

We have discussed that you can begin affiliate marketing with either a website or without one or through various social media platforms.

Marketing your affiliate offers is about driving traffic to your offers.

Most affiliate marketers use multitudinous approaches to promote their affiliate offers.

Here are some other ways you can market your affiliate offers:

  • E-mail marketing: You will need a tool called an email autoresponder in order to use this strategy. You can sign up for a 30 day free trial with Getresponse, or other email marketing services and build an email list via your website or social channels. Then, use email marketing to send informative content containing your affiliate links to your subscribers.
  • Video marketing: Youtube is a great platform you can explore if you wish to promote affiliate products and services through video marketing.
  • Guest posts on high-traffic blogs: You can offer to write a guest post on high authority websites in order to increase traffic to your own blog and social channels.
  • Paid search ads: Google and Bing lets you create ads that can drive targeted traffic to your website. Most social media networks offer paid advertising also.
  • SEO for organic search: Search engine optimization (SEO) is a marketing tactic that helps you get targeted traffic to your website, which in turn helps you make money. You may want to use an SEO plugin, and the most popular one is Yoast SEO.

Conclusion

To get started with affiliate marketing, you need to understand the principles behind all the 5 steps involved in affiliate marketing for beginners discussed above and also to implement them.

Getting started with affiliate marketing without a website gives quicker results but having a self-hosted blog or website ensures stable passive income in the nearest future.

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