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How To Sell Affiliate Products Online – What You Need To Know.

Ok so you want to know how to make money at home online but you don’t know where to start.

Thats fine, you have come to the right place.

But let me start by asking you a few questions first.

  1. Would you like to make more money than you are earning right now ?
  2. Would you like to be able to walk in to your bosses office and tell him you quit ?
  3. Would you like to be financially free to be able to do what ever you want with your time ?

If you have answered YES to all of the above questions then great, you are off to a good start.

The reason i say that is because as with starting up any business wether it is online or opening up a shop in your local high street it is not going to be easy and you are going to have to put in a lot of hard work at the start to build yourself a good foundation and give your business the best possible chance to succeed.

Some of you may already know what i mean when i say “selling affiliate products” but for those of you that don’t here’s a brief explanation of what it is.

When you sell an affiliate product to a customer you are basically selling someone else’s product to that customer and getting a commission in return.  Let me give you an example:

Lets say i find a company that sells T-shirts and i like the look and design of these T-shirts so i decide to become an affiliate for that company, i can then take their pictures and details and add them to my own website to promote to my customers.

One of my customers thinks hey i like that T-shirt and decides to buy it from my site, they go ahead and enter in all their details and pay for the product.

The order goes through to the T-shirt company and they despatch the product to the customer for you and send you your commission, job done and you never have to buy any stock or even handle the product, it really is as simple as that.

As you can see from the above example i have used a physical product here but you can use this same technique to sell digital products and services over the internet and you never have to handle the stock, information or provide the service yourself.

Sounds easy right ?

Well finding the products to promote is the easy part as there are thousands of companies out there that want you to promote their products or services for them and pay you a commission for doing it.

The hardest part of making the sale is getting the traffic to your website and convincing the customer to buy from you.

This is where the hard work comes in to play, as i said setting up any business is not going to be easy as i found out for myself when setting up my own Driving School business.

What You Need To Get Started.

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To be able to sell other peoples products or services online you are going to need a few basic things first to help you build your solid foundation for starting your new online business.

Niche – 

First of all you are going to need to decide what niche that you are going to target for your new business.

For those of you that don’t know what i mean when i say niche, think of it like this, lets say you decide to go in to the health niche as this is a very popular area to try and sell products and services but it is also a very large target market to try and tap in to.

What you need to do is drill down more in to a specific area of the health niche, you could decide to target people that suffer from back pain or women that are looking to lose weight via a specific diet plan, this way you can target a more specific market so that you can sell those products and services that these people are going to be looking for to solve a problem that they have.

Domain Name – 

This is going to be the name of your website URL, let me give you an example: my website is called Get Out The Rat Race and my domain name for the website is www.getouttheratrace.com, you are going to have to decide what domain name you would like that is specific to the niche that you have chosen to go in to.

Domain Names are not very expensive as you can get one for a full year for around £10 or less, ideally you want to get a .com as google will more likely rank this type of website URL in its search engine.

The hardest part of getting your domain name is finding a name that you want that has not already been taken by someone else.

Website – 

This is one of the most important parts of building your online business because without a website it is going to be a lot harder for you to build up a successful business.

Now you don’t have to know anything about coding as these days you can find software on the internet that does all of the work for you, all you are going to be doing is posting your content on to your website so that anyone that lands on your site can consume your content, helping you to build up some trust with that person who may then go on to buy some of the products or services that you will be recommending.

Autoresponder – 

This is going to be a very effective tool that will help you to get some contact details from the people that land on your website which is going to enable you to stay in contact with these people and help you to build up some trust with them.

By staying in contact with them you are going to be able to recommend the products and services that you are selling which is then going to turn in to sales for you and your business.

Building an email list is one of the fastest ways for you to start earning money from the affiliate products and services that you are looking to sell, the more people on your list the more money you are going to earn.

Traffic – 

You can build the most beautiful and stylish website that you can but without traffic going to your site you are never going to make any money at all, the more people that are visiting your site the more leads you are going to get to put in to your autoresponder.

Driving traffic is going to be one of the most time consuming tasks that you are going to have to perform to help you start making money online, there are various ways to drive traffic to your website which is a complete subject in it self so i am going to keep it brief here, the most important way for you to get traffic to your site will be through the content that you produce and publish on your site.

You can also drive traffic to your site via social media platforms such as FaceBook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter, you will also be able to use PPC which are the paid ads that you see on places like Google and FaceBook.  As you can see there is a lot to cover when it comes to driving traffic to your site.

Affiliate Products and Services –

Finding these is very easy as i have said above, there are literally thousands of companies out there that want you to promote and sell their products and services for them.

All you have to do to find these products is do a simple search in google for the products that you are looking to promote and see if they have an affiliate page for you to go and have a look at and sign up to their affiliate program, there are also various companies out there that have many different affiliate products in every niche that you can think of.

For example you could become a member at ClickBank but if you do a search on Google you can find lots of other companies that offer a similar service that ClickBank does.

Conclusion.

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So there you have it, the above is just a general guide as to what you are going to need to get yourself started when it comes to selling affiliate products and services online.

I could cover all of the above subjects in a lot more detail but this was not my intention for this blog post, all i wanted to do was give you guys and girls an idea as to what you will need to start building your own online business and to give you an idea as to the subjects that you are going to need to learn in a lot more detail if you are going to make your business a success.

I hope i have opened up your eyes as to how much effort you are going to have to put in to make ago of building your own online business, it certainly helped me to have a mentor and a training program for me to follow at my own pace with a great community of people all looking to achieve the same success as i wanted, so that i could ask any questions that i needed to find answers for.

Please feel free to leave any comments below or any further questions that you may have.

Mark at GetOutTheRatRace.com

 

8 Comments

  • Cool site. Helps me to focus on the site that I am trying to develop.

    • Hi Charlie, thanks for you comments and i hope that i can be of help to you on your own journey to building up your online business.

  • Hi Mark,
    Your site is very nice looking, organized and thorough. You have lots of good information. Wish you the very best. Sharon

    • Hi Sharon, thank you for your kind comments. If you ever need any help with your own website then just drop me a message.

  • Colton

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    Your #1 recommendation has truly changed my life.

    I’ve always wanted to create a living referring people to other companies products and services not only to help myself but the companies as well. It’s a win-win! 🙂

    Your #1 recommendation is super charged with all of the essential tools/services needed to take affiliate marketing to the next level.

    Thank you for this awesome post!

    • Hi Colton,

      It is great to hear that you have benefitted from follow the footsteps of others to create your own financial future, all the best and if you ever need any help feel free to drop me a message.

  • Hi Mark. You did a nice providing a list of tools needed for a new online business. The autoresponder is something I usually don’t see in other reviews. So it was helpful explaining what it is and the importance of having it.

    • Hi Tina,

      I believe that this will be one of the most important tools for anyone looking to create an income online. With a list of customers that you can keep in regular contact with you are going to be able to maximise the amount of money you can make recommending various products and services that you feel are going to help them solve a problem they have. I know there are lots of other ways to make money using a website but having a list will help you to keep your existing customers coming back for more.

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