On- and offline people ask me all the time what I do for a living.
“I build websites, create awesome content, drive traffic and monetize the attention by referring to high-quality products and services, aka affiliate marketing.”
What’s the next question?
“Can you teach me how to do it? I want to profit, too!”
Usually, I refer to this website, because I created it exactly for that reason.
In this article, I’ll give an overview and show you how this very simple process works.
Let’s get going.
4 Steps to Make Moolah ($$$)
The process I’m following with each of my websites is this:
- Choose a niche
- Build a website
- Attract visitors
- Make commissions
That’s it. That is the complete process of how I make money online through affiliate marketing.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Leonardo da Vinci
Let’s go through each step one by one.
Step 1: Choose an Interest
First thing, you’ve got to choose a niche. This is an important decision and not to be taken lightly as you’ll spend a lot of time researching in and creating content for that niche.
Almost any topic or niche can be profitable. I’ve seen crazy people making bank in the weirdest niches.
Don’t make the mistake and try to find “the untapped niche”. This is not an intelligence contest nor do we try to become the next Facebook. You don’t need to be a genius in order to make money online, so please don’t overthink this.
If you have a passion or at least an interest for your topic, that’s usually a good starting point.
Even if you don’t find great affiliate programs for your chosen niche, you can potentially make good money through other ways of monetizing your website.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here and jump to the next step.
Step 2: Build a Website
A couple of years ago this was a big thing. How times have changed…
Don’t worry about the technical stuff even if you’ve never build a website before. This step has become very easy thanks to developments in technology and open source projects like WordPress.
All you need is a domain and website hosting.
Don’t over-complicate this step. Today, all it really takes to start a website is pressing a couple of buttons.
There’s no need for gimmicky tools, website builders, funnel software or other marketing automation tools at this point.
Step 3: Attract Visitors
Now this is by far the hardest part, but it’s not complicated at all.
As of this writing, according to internetlivestats.com there are more than 4 billion people online.
And if you are not hiding in a cave somewhere remote (hey, how are you reading this? Please consider the environment before printing out my website! 😉 ), you noticed that the attention of practically every person out there is permanently on their smartphone.
People are consuming content on their smartphones all the time.
Think of the online world as the the biggest and most crowded shopping street ever built.
This is exactly where you want to open shop, put billboards and signs everywhere and give it your best.
Plus, imagine that you know exactly what people are looking for and wanting to buy, before you even put inventory on the shelves. Yes, that’s what google’s search data is telling us and the reason why we want to perform solid keyword research.
Step 4: Earn Revenue
Yep, now we’re ready to earn some nice commission cheques!
We’ll monetize the attention we get by recommending excellent products and services. As long as we don’t have our own products in the chosen niche, we’ll refer people to other companies and their products.
These companies are very happy to work with us affiliates as we’re providing them with new customers!
Ready to take action?
Now it’s your turn.
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Your Online Business Dude