How Can You Start Affiliate Marketing With No Money?
The truth is that there are many ways you can start Affiliate Marketing with no money. However, while they will get you started, in time, you will need to invest money in yourself and your business to grow and achieve any meaningful success.
Affiliate Marketing is all the buzz these days – and with good reason. If you are willing to invest what is required, the life of an Affiliate Marketer will afford you the opportunity to enjoy an independent and personally satisfying lifestyle.
However, it is important to say again: IF you are willing to invest the required resources of time, effort, determination, resilience and money.
A trusted and experienced platform and community can help you go from novice to income-generating expert in 1 to 2 years.
There is no quick-fix way to earn like the gurus overnight.
Understand What Affiliate Marketing IS
As with anything else, you start at the beginning by understanding exactly what Affiliate Marketing is.
To many, it appears as simple as setting up a website or starting a blog post on the internet. The impression is that once this is done, visitors will arrive in droves and miraculously make your website or blog super profitable.
The hard reality is, that is wrong.
It just does not happen that way.
An Affiliate Marketer is paid commissions by an online retailer, for traffic or sales generated via your website (or blog) for their products or services. In essence, you are a salesperson for a product or service on the internet.
No Different To The Traditional Way
Think about traditional selling.
If you can get customers into a business and they make a purchase, you get a cut (commissions) for your efforts. You do not have to stock the product or deliver the service. You simply direct the customer to the store, they buy and you get paid.
On the internet, you can do this in many ways.
- You can make referrals via your own website.
- You can set up a web store in a particular area, for example, Health & Fitness, and sell products.
- You can share reviews of products and make recommendations to encourage people to buy a product or service.
- You can simply talk about your experience with a product or service and influence the purchase decision of your visitors.
Education And Skill Are Key
Very often I come across stories of people who have been caught by scams and schemes on the internet. It is similar to the brick-and-mortar world where people get scammed every single day.
What makes the internet a little harder to navigate is the absence of a human, real-time connection. Because of this, educating yourself and learning how to navigate in this complex environment should be key.
Think about your first day at school or university or the office. You don’t just dive in aimlessly, do you?
You take your time to learn your surroundings, the people, your syllabus, the goals and objectives, what it means to succeed.
The internet is the same.
You don’t just dive in and grab at the first thing that appears in front of you. You take your time, do your research, educate yourself and develop some basic skills to help you along.
Get Some Real Estate
You cannot refer, influence or sell on the internet if you do not have a presence.
The way to have a presence is to get some real estate and a website IS your online property. This is how visitors and customers will find you. This is how retailers and sellers will know you exist. This is how you will communicate with the four billion (4,000,000,000) people using the internet.
That is your market: 4,000,000,000 people around the globe!
Purchasing a website can be expensive though. Again, getting help to navigate this minefield and an opportunity to test the waters is important.
Your real estate should be located within a community that supports your learning, growth and development. A mix of seasoned, experienced and successful Affiliate Marketers who can be solid role models for you to be motivated and inspired by and aspire to become.
Build Your Inventory
So you have a solid understanding of Affiliate Marketing, you have joined a community that supports your learning and development and you have your real estate established.
Well, you have you build an inventory, right?
And on the internet, that means only one thing. CONTENT! CONTENT! CONTENT!
Not just any old content. QUALITY CONTENT! Without quality content, you have an empty store. There is nothing for your visitors to see. There is nowhere for them to go. There are no products or services to review or purchase. There is no commission for you to earn.
CONTENT is the engine that powers your website and having a platform that takes you to the profit-ready stage as quickly and as easily as possible is paramount to your success. How do you get CONTENT? You write it.
Who me?! Yes! You write it!
Keywords And Content
The right training is what will get you building engaging and profitable content.
Let me ask you a question.
How did you find this blog post?
You asked Google: “How can you start affiliate marketing with no money?”, right?
That question is called your keywords in the online world. You enter keywords into Google or another Search Engine to find something or to answer a question.
Once you use the right keywords, your article (blog post or content) will get indexed and ranked by Google and will appear in the results listing.
If your title gets chosen AND you actually provide the information needed, you stand a very good chance of earning income as a result of your post. By monetising your post, i.e., placing ads within your article, your visitor may click through and make a purchase.
Once they do make a purchase and you are an affiliate (seller) for the product or service, you get a commission.
From Probability To Possibilities
Now that you have a better idea of what is involved in Affiliate Marketing, there may be a probability that you want to actually give it a try.
I totally get that because it is exactly how I started. There was no certainty that this is what I wanted to do. All I was certain about is that I wanted to leave the traditional, corporate, 9 to 5 (and more) grind and create a mobile business.
For me, there was the drive and curiosity to discover possibilities. Thankfully, I found a bucketful of possibilities and today I not only enjoy an independent lifestyle but, I also have multiple streams of income and I coach and mentor other online Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs.
Our businesses reside in one of the oldest and most supportive online communities.
The Affiliate Marketer’s University
With an online presence of over 15 years and more than 2 million members around the world, Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is recognised as one of the best online learning communities for Content & Affiliate Marketing.
The training that is available in the WA community is unparalleled. You gain university-level education on everything internet related. SEO, Keywords, Rankings, Google, Bing, YouTube, Pinterest.
Suddenly all these words will make sense and have meaning to you. You will understand how to structure them and use them to start, build and profitably grow your online business.
Take your time and step up at your own pace. Master different areas – or all. It’s up to you. Your success will rely solely on your ability to invest the time and effort needed.
And, by the way, you can get started with no money. The first 10 lessons of the Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) course are free. During lesson 4, you will be building and launching your own website.
Closing Remarks From Affiliate Marketing Professional
Getting started, (now that I have walked you through how you can start Affiliate Marketing with no money), is easy. What you now have to determine is whether you have the tenacity, passion and resilience to become an Affiliate Marketing Professional.
Affiliate Marketing IS a profession. No different from becoming a Human Resources, Financial, Sales or Administrative Professional. It requires time, effort, study and of course, a financial investment.
Consider the first 10 free lessons as your probation. Once you decide that you want to pursue this profession, you can then determine what your investment will be.
Unlike a traditional job, however, Affiliate Marketing offers you unlimited opportunities to design and construct your income to suit your lifestyle and your needs. Even better, you can do so without leaving the comfort of your home or while travelling across the world.
The decision is yours!