How To Start With Affiliate Marketing In 2019 (With Free Traffic)
A Brief Introduction To Affiliate Marketing
What Is It, What can you sell using it, and How Will You Do It?
Chances are if you’re picking this up, you already have a good idea what affiliate marketing is. But just in case, I want to briefly talk about it.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is simply a way to make money by recommending a product that someone else created.
You earn a commission when you refer a paying customer to their product.
They handle creating the product, creating the sales process, and yes even the customer support.
Once you send a click and that person becomes a customer of theirs, your job is done and you earn your commission.
All you have to do is recommend people to their product and you make money.
What can you sell using affiliate marketing?
To be honest, you can sell just about anything through affiliate marketing.
Even Amazon and Walmart have affiliate programs. Meaning that if it’s sold on amazon or at walmart, you can promote it as an affiliate and earn commissions.
If you want to see if there are affiliate programs in your particular niche you can always just search “Niche + affiliate programs” and you will undoubtedly find that someone somewhere has set up an affiliate program for their training course, subscription service, software, or e-commerce store.
Sounds Great - But How Do I Get Started Doing Affiliate Marketing?
Well good news...this book is intended to be a guide to showing you how you can get started as soon as today, and using free methods that every single person has access to.
Here’s the basic overview of how you sell products with affiliate marketing:
Choosing Your Niche & Offer
You sign up for an affiliate program to promote a specific product or you join an affiliate “network” that has thousands of products to promote (Get a list of them here)
Getting Your Affiliate Link
The affiliate offer gives you a special tracking link that is unique only to you.
Whenever someone clicks on that unique link, if they go and buy the product, you will be credited with the sale and you will automatically earn a commission.
Getting Traffic To Your Affiliate Link
There are many ways to get traffic. Some require paying money for ads, and others require no money, but they require you to create specific content that gets people to click on your link.
In this guide I will cover the methods that do not require spending money on ads.
I will show you how to find exactly which kind of content to create, and show you templates for creating this template in a way that gets traffic and gets people to click on your affiliate links, regardless of your niche.
That’s pretty much it.Are you ready to start getting commissions for selling other peoples products? Let’s go!
Choosing Your Niche and Product
Method 1: Your Passion
Are You Fighting Against The Current?
One of the easiest ways to pick a niche for affiliate marketing is to simply follow your passion.
Now, this doesn’t mean to JUST follow your passion. The key is to align your passion with something that people are already paying money for.
For example...if you are reading this book, it’s highly likely that you are passionate about marketing, business and/or sales.
Guess what...that passion is worth a TON of money!
There are hundreds of amazing, high-converting and highly valuable products, offers, and affiliate programs available to promote in the marketing, business, and sales niches.
When I first started affiliate marketing, I thought I had to promote some weird obscure niches because the marketing niche was “too crowded” “oversaturated” and for some reason...I don’t know if you have this too...but I often like to make things harder on myself than they need to be.
As human beings, for some reason we are often programmed to fight against the current.
If you’re taking the time to learn about marketing period, you’re already doing something that very few people in the world will ever care to do.
And you can use all of these cool things you’re learning to help people AND make money!
That’s the beauty of going with the current.
Now, I’m not saying you HAVE to choose the marketing niche.
By all means, if you are obsessed with camping...you spend your weekends hiking, and you obsess about the latest nerdy camping gear...go into the camping and outdoors niche!
The point is that you can often choose something that you ALREADY have done a ridiculous amount of research, you already have knowledge that could benefit other people, AND you already have a good eye for products that are worthy of promotion in a niche that you yourself are in.
PLUS the way that you’re going to be getting traffic using the free methods outlined in this book will involve creating CONTENT.
And there’s nothing slower or harder than creating content in a niche that you’re NOT already familiar with.
It’s like….well, it’s like fighting against the current!
Try going with the current, and choose a niche that you’re already obsessed with.
Just do a double check that there are, in fact, affiliate products offered for that niche.
A couple quick notes on that:
1) - with amazon, all niches are possible.
With the amazon affiliate program you are free to promote physical products in literally every niche there is.
2) A simple google search will reveal lots of lesser-known affiliate programs
Search for “ (your niche) + affiliate program” in google and you’ll usually be shocked by how many programs there are that you would not have found on clickbank or any CPA networks.
Method 2: The "Big 3"
Method 2: The “Big 3”
Method 2: The “Big 3”
The Good Ol’ Time-Tested “Money Printing” Factories
If you don’t know which niche to pick...or, you don’t really care, then it’s time to turn to the “big 3”.
The Big 3 Niches in marketing are:
This includes things like:
This includes things like:
Make Money Online
This includes things like:
Men’s Dating Advice
Women’s Dating Advice
“Get Your Ex Back”
These are the niches that always have, and always will make the most money. If you divided up the “self help” sections of any bookstore or library, it will basically be these 3 categories.
No matter what, people will always want to know how to find more money, look and feel better (or get rid of health problems) and fall in love and find a relationship.
If you don’t have a particular niche that speaks to you, it’s best to choose one of these big 3 that you gravitate towards the most, and start there.
Method 3: Software
Help Yourself by Helping Others
One of the best places to start in my opinion with affiliate marketing is recommending software.
ESPECIALLY if you’re a beginner.
This is a “niche” in and of itself. Basically, you make affiliate commissions by promoting software and tools that other people can use in their business.
Some examples of this (and my top recommendations) are…
Funnel Building Software
Millions of Them Honestly - Just search “Plugin Name + affiliate program”
Email Marketing Software
This strategy is especially popular (and effective) right now in 2019 since Clickfunnels really did such an amazing job at building an amazing affiliate program and building an entire community around promoting their product.
The beauty of it is that even if you’re a complete beginner and don’t even know how to use the tool...you can create content as you learn.
Each time you learn a new tip, strategy or trick for the software...you can record a quick youtube video, or write up a quick blog post, or make a post on facebook, and there will be thousands of other people all over the world who are looking to learn the exact same thing.
This is one of the best ways I’ve found that grew my youtube channel.
I made a video called “How To Create Your First Clickfunnel In 15 Minutes”
It’s SUPER basic.
It’s definitely not fancy or anything “advanced”
And it takes about...well...15 minutes.
But it’s currently been seen by over 20,000 people and adds revenue, subscribers, and views to my channel daily.
The other amazing thing about promoting these tools is that you can feel 100% awesome about doing it.
They are legitimate and super helpful at solving peoples biggest problems so you can feel great about promoting them, and they convert very well to the people who are looking at them.
The other upside is that many of these softwares have the BEST commission model...they offer a free trial (which is very easy to sell) and then they have recurring monthly charges (and commissions).
I’ve had people who signed up for clickfunnels over a year ago that have paid me a commission every month for over a year!
Just for selling a free 14 day trial...pretty sweet!
If you want a more in depth list of softwares to promote, check out The Nomad Brad’s List of Hot Niches & Offers
The Importance Of Focus
The Man Who Chases Two Rabbits Gets Neither
The most important factor in winning at this game, especially if you’re just starting out, is one thing:
The only thing that will sustain you is getting early and frequent wins.
And I tragically have missed this lesson throughout my life and made the mistake of splitting my efforts too much between too many ideas.
Traffic sources, affiliate products, niches, products, etc.
If you want to generate traffic you need to put in some time to learn the right keywords, create some good content and get really focused on one thing at a time.
I just want to be honest with you...you will get your first commission and your first wins much much faster if you focus on just one niche, one product to promote and in the very beginning, one traffic source.
Ok, got that out of the way!
Researching Your Niche and Product
Find Out What People Want, And Give It To ‘Em
Ok, now you’ve chosen your niche and a couple good hot offers that you want to promote. Great!
So how do we actually get traffic to these offers and get people to click on your link...buy the products you recommend...and pay you commission?
Well, you’re going to have to create some “content” that will attract them to your offer and helps them to make a buying decision.
But...not just any content will do. And we’ll cover more about exactly which types of content to create and how to do it in a minute.
First, we need to find out what people in this niche are looking for, so we know what to deliver to them in your content.
Keyword research sounds really boring and hard, but it really doesn’t have to be.
Plus...keyword research is the #1 skill for becoming a master affiliate marketer.
It doesn’t matter which traffic source you’re working with…virtually all of them are built on some version of “keywords”.
What’s a keyword you may ask?
It’s simply the words that we use on the internet to get what we’re looking for.
For example, if you want to know more about dunking basketballs better,
You might go to google and type these keywords into the search box...
“How to dunk a basketball better”
Or go to facebook and type this:
“Basketball Dunking Coaching Group”
Or go to youtube and type:
“Baseketball dunking drill videos”
And that’s you sending out a signal to the internet that you’re seeking something.
Our jobs as affiliate marketers (or marketers in general) is:
To recognize that there is a demand by looking at the keywords that are being searched on these platforms…
Create some form of content that gets that person closer to their goal…
Offer the affiliate product as the ultimate solution to their desires (and thus, earning a commission).
So it all starts with the desires of the people in the niche.
So...how on earth do you know what people are looking for?
Well luckily, that’s the easy part.
There are dozens of tools that can help you with finding out what keywords people are searching for in any given niche.
They literally tell how what people are searching for the most.
Here are some of my favorite of my favorites:
It’s not really necessary to go into all the gory details in this book of HOW to use these tools in depth.
Here’s the basic run down of every single one of these tools:
Enter a keyword in your niche that you’re thinking of making content about
The tools spits out how much people are searching for that term
AND some other related searches that they’re also very likely to be searching
That’s pretty much it.
This is literally giving you magical insight into the minds of the people that are going to want to buy the product you’re promoting.
They are giving you the keys to the kingdom.
If you simply take those keywords and start creating content (which again, we’ll cover how exactly to do that in a bit)...you WILL start getting traffic, clicks, and yes...commissions!
It’s a lot simpler than I ever thought it was...or than you might have thought it was in the past.
What you want to do is copy and past the search phrases into a spreadsheet and organize them by topics.
These keywords and search phrases are going to be the fuel for you content engine! Which will be generating you traffic...clicks...and yes, again…(it can’t be mentioned enough)...commissions!
Affiliate Resource Tools
Now that you’re understanding EXACTLY what people who are in the market to buy your affiliate product are searching for, and what their desires are…
There’s another great resource that can help you really “pull it all together” and get a very clear picture on exactly what kind of content will speak to your prospects and get them super excited to buy the product you’re promoting through YOUR link.
Almost every affiliate product out there has some special resources available to you if you’re promoting their product.
Why is this amazing?
Because they REALLY want you to make money because it directly makes them more money!
So they give you the best tools they can to help you achieve that.
Many affilaite programs even have dedicated affiliate managers whose full time job is to help people like you learn how to better promote their product.
Where do you find these additional affiliate resources?
Well, if you’re promoting a clickbank product, you can find a link to the affiliate resources page next to every offer in the marketplace:
These resource pages can have an incredible amount of helpful tools to make your job as an affiliate easier…
A done for you list of keywords to promote
Pre-made banner ads and pre-written articles
Multiple landing page options
Email swipes to use in to send to an email list
Exclusive discounts, coupons, and funnels to use to promote to different audiences
Contact with their affiliate managers
Even if you’re not using clickbank, almost every affiliate program out there has an affiliate resource center, just ask the support team for that product or your affiliate manager for the affiliate network and they should hook you up!
How To Get Traffic To Your Affiliate Links (For Free)
Feed The Platform And It Will Feed You Back
Now you’ve picked your niche, you’ve picked your offer or handful of offers, now it’s time to start getting traffic.
The beautiful thing about starting this process in 2019 is that this is easier and (relatively) faster than ever before.
Am I saying it will be Easy? No.
Will it be fast by your current expectations? Probably not.
But it’s amazing that anyone has the chance to start from absolute zero and build real repeatable and automated income from completely free traffic.
So how does free traffic work?
Well basically, there once again are many places you can get free traffic from...but we’re going to focus on just 3.
I call these the the “3 Free Traffic Pillars” in 2019.
Well, because they’re the ones that have worked the fastest and the best for me so far, and I know how they work the best. So they’re the ones I’m going to share with you.
Which one should you start with?
Each of these traffic pillars has a unique style, but they all basically ask of you the same thing:
You are going to create content...and exchange that content for a piece of their traffic.
These are 3 of the biggest platforms on the planet. They own MOST of the traffic out there.
But they know that everyone is trying to get a piece of their precious traffic, and they won’t just give it up for free.
You have to feed the platform...and it will feed you back.
Don’t worry I’ll break it down step by step in the next section.
What Are The 3 Traffic Pillars?
The 3 traffic pillars are my top 3 traffic sources for free traffic in 2019 for affiliates.
The 3 Free Traffic Pillars:
- Are Totally 100% Free
- Can Have Explosive Growth
- You Can Talk About ANYTHING
- You Can Link To ANYTHING
- Once You Build Them, They ALWAYS appreciate in value
- They Power Each Other Up
- They Give You MULTIPLE affiliate linking opportunities
- Rapidly Build Your “Authority” In The Eyes of The Algorithms
They’re the ones that I’ve used and they each generate me new traffic...as in leads, sales, clicks, and commissions every day.
And the best part?
They actually play really really well together...and if you link them together strategically, they can each “boost” the others to get you more traffic faster...and even using LESS effort.
You can often repurpose the exact same piece of content on ALL the platforms
This is the super power method that leverages your time AND creates a whirlwind of traffic
So what are they?
- Traffic Pillar 1) Youtube
- Traffic Pillar 2) Facebook
- Traffic Pillar 3) SEO (Blogs)
I’m sure you’ve heard of all of them...since again, they own 99.99% of all the traffic in the world.
The question becomes...how can you use them differently...in a way that actually gets them to give YOU free traffic every day to your affiliate links?
In the next section I will show you how…