In today’s modern economy, large corporations are looking for smaller businesses to help them increase revenues. This can be done in several ways. First, by offering other vendors opportunities to sell on their website – Amazon has a good programme for this. Another option is to encourage people to become an affiliate marketer and sell their products.
Becoming an affiliate marketer can also be a dream for some people. It allows for you to work from home and earn a sizable income with the right tactics. Affiliate marketers can also enjoy low costs, but often they don’t do it for zero. You can read two success stories here and here.
However, there is the opportunity you can create and manage an affiliate marketing business with very little start-up funds if you are careful with your spending and know how to create compelling online content. Here is a quick guide on how to do it.
1. Create A Free Blog
This is, by far, the most important aspect as a new affiliate marketer. There are numerous places where you can get a free blog, but we really recommend WordPress. If you don’t like WordPress, you can also try Blogger – but be warned Google likes to cut services, and blogger could be replaced by Google+.
These free sites can offer you a platform to publish new content while also connecting to your social media platforms and affiliate partners.
2. Sign up For Free Social Media Management Services
Most social media platforms are free to use, but management can be more challenging. However, with a site like Hootsuite, you can manage up to three social media platforms from one screen. This helps you save time and see everything from one screen which is better for cross-promotion on social media.
3. Signup For Free Email Marketing Services
You want to earn a sizeable income then email marketing is going to be your new best friend. MailChimp is the perfect service as it allows you to have 2,000 contacts and 10,000 emails per month for free. Once you go past this level you should be earning enough per month from your email marketing content to justify paying for the extra emails and subscribers.
MailChimp is also a great email builder and can help you analyse your results.
4. Identify Your Niche And Partner
You need to know what your niche is. There are numerous options for you, which could include: DVDs, films, music, flat-pack furniture, software, or kid’s toys. Once you know what you want to write about, then you can select your partners.
The more partners you can have the greater the chance you can earn significant revenue. But be sure you can trust the merchant.
5. Get Going
Now you have everything you need to become an affiliate marketer. However, I should warn you, without investment, it will be challenging for you to generate significant returns. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It will be hard work and you might need to start more than one site to generate the revenue to have a full-time career, however, if this is the career you want, it can be a rewarding experience.
I wish you luck.