Learning How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business would be beneficial for you because it is important nowadays to create other sources of income, e.g. affiliate marketing, e-commerce, etc, due to lack of job stability, negative effects of trade wars, etc.
Did you know?
Average Americans will work for the rest of their life just trying to pay off their debt?
According to thebalancecareers.com, the median wage in the United States in the first quarter is $47 060. Interestingly,
To put that into perspective, American companies who has a debt ratio of 60% will have a hard time to borrow money from a lender! That makes me wonder why banks allow normal citizen to have a debt ratio of 80%+ Crazy!
For those who are wondering, a healthy debt ratio is under 30% or lower. If you want to plan to apply for a mortgage, then you should at least have a 43% debt ratio.
Now, I’ll admit I am not an accountant nor an economist so some might say my claim is probably not accurate but the bottom line here is most Americans will be working for the rest of their lives just trying to pay off their debt!
There is a different solution to this high debt to income ratio some of which are the following:
- Budget your income and stay within your limit
- Get promoted
- Get a part-time job
- Start an online business like AFFILIATE MARKETING
Overview of Affiliate Marketing Business Strategy
In this article, you will learn how to set up your affiliate marketing business using Amazon and affiliate program and Pinterest.
There are 10 Steps in my “Start an Affiliate Marketing Business Using Amazon and Pinterest” strategy and these steps are the following:
1. Choose a Market Category/ Niche
2. Sign Up For a Pinterest Business Account
3. SEO-Optimize Your Pinterest
4. Grow Your Pinterest Followers Strategically
5. Create a Blog
6. Register for an Amazon Associates Accounts
7. Write a “List Article” and/or a “Review article”
8. Create Pinterest Pins and Publish It
9. Rinse and repeat steps 8 to 9.
Affiliate Disclosure – I am an Affiliate of many products promoted on this website and may earn a commission if you purchase something.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
If this is the first time you heard about affiliate marketing, I recommend that you watch the short training video created by Wealthy Affiliate by clicking the infographics below or just read it. It pretty much tells everything already anyway.
How To Start an Affiliate Marketing Business?
1. Register to Amazon Associates
The first thing you need to do is to find an affiliate partner. There are different kinds of company that offers affiliate programs, but in this strategy, you will use Amazon.
I want you to use Amazon’s affiliate program because of the following reasons:
- Amazon sell thousands of products so you can advertise a product that you already used or know about
- They have items on every market category so you can choose a niche that you already love
- It is easier to write a “product review” or “product list” post than “how-to” post or any other type of blogs
- It is more compatible with Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Strategy
Note: You can read my tutorials on How to Create an Amazon Associate Account if you don’t have one yet.
2. Choosing a Market Category (Niche) to Specialize In
The next thing you need to do after registering to Amazon Associate is to go to Amazon’s shop by category section and choose which product category you would like to focus your blog on.
Tips On Choosing a Niche
Choosing a niche for your affiliate marketing is easy but tricky. Easy because you only need to consider two things. Tricky because you need to balance your choice.
Here are the things you need to keep in mind when choosing a niche:
- Choose a niche that you are passionate about or knows a lot about it so you can easily write contents.
- Make sure the niche have a reasonable amount of customer
3. Sign Up For a Pinterest Business Account
So far you have an affiliate program which will be your primary way to monetize your blog.
You also now have a niche (market category) which will be the topic of your content. Now you need a platform to advertise your contents and that platform would be Pinterest!
Reasons why using Pinterest is great for your affiliate marketing:
- Pinterest users are proactive shoppers which means it is much easier to make a sale on Pinterest
- Pinterest contents last longer… way longer. Pins are usually get passed around over and over again which means you get a lot of impression for less effort. Basically, the higher the impression = more potential customers
- Pinterest contents go viral. Even if you have only 1k followers, your Pins still has the potential to reach 15k to 20k people and even more. Again, more people able to see your Pins = higher your chance to make money!
- If you need more convincing on why Pinterest is the best social media to use to market your Amazon Affiliate blogs/ then I suggest that you read 3 Reasons Why You Should Have Pinterest for Business
How to Set Up Pinterest for Business Account
To create a Pinterest for Business account, you simply need to go to their site and follow the instructions.
You can also visit “How to Set Up a Pinterest Business Account” if you need a bit more help in setting up your Pinterest for Business account.
4. SEO-Optimize Your Pinterest Based on Your Amazon
In case you don’t know, Pinterest is not just a social media but also a search engine. The best “visual” search engine as a matter of fact.
Pinterest being a search engine gives you a lot of advantage in terms of marketing.
For instance, instead of randomly advertising your blog to random people (which would result to low conversion rates), you can SEO-optimize your Pinterest so people who are interested or ready to buy the products you are advertising will find you (now that is a higher conversion rate)!
So how do you SEO-Optimize your Pinterest?
First things first!
Hopefully, you have already chosen a niche (market category) for your blog by now because you will need it to SEO Optimizing your Pinterest.
You need a niche because you will have to research niche-related keywords. Once you made a list of keywords, you would then use those to name your username, title your Pins and Boards, and write your Pin descriptions.
Here is an example:
After doing step 2, you decided that you will focus on Amazon’s Arts, Crafts, and Sewing Market Category.
What you would do next is to think of words related to Arts, Crafts, and Sewing Market Category and use those words in your username, Pins Titles, Pin Descriptions, Board Names, etc.
I know this task looks complicated especially when you are a beginner. I mean, how would you know what words are related to Arts, Crafts, and Sewing right?
If you have absolutely no idea how to come up with niche-related keyword, start with these strategies.
- Browse what products are sold in Art, Crafts and Sewing Category and use the product’s name as primary keywords
- Type Arts, Crafts, and/or Sewing in Pinterest’s search bar
Use Google Search’s autofill to get ideas
5. Strategically Grow Your Pinterest Followers
Yes, Pinterest is a wonderful visual search engine, but don’t forget it is also a social media! That means your followers can see the Pins you posted so the logic is
the more followers you have = higher the impression
higher the impression = higher chance of link clicks
clicks = traffic
higher traffic = higher profit
Here are the two ways you can grow your Pinterest Followers Strategically:
6. Create a Blog
Your job as Pinterest marketer is to create Pins that will give your followers an idea what to buy. Your followers can save your Pins into their board for later use or they can clicked the Pin if they are interested to learn more about the idea you’ve shared. If they click your Pin, they would be re-directed to your blog, company website, e-commerce site, and/or affiliate partner’s site.
Now, in a perfect world, it would be great if you can create a Pin and directly put your Amazon affiliate link to the Pin’s destination link so your followers will be redirected to Amazon when they click your link.
Unfortunately, reality is a bit complicated because some says you are not allowed to use your Amazon affiliate link directly on Pinterest while others says you can.
As far as I know, you can directly use your Amazon affiliate link on Pinterest but with restriction. If you want to learn why I believe you are allowed to directly use your Amazon affiliate link in Pinterest, read my article, “How to Add Amazon Affiliate Links On Pinterest”.
For now, let me teach you the safe way of Starting and Affiliate Marketing Business Using Amazon and Pinterest.
The safe way of doing Amazon affiliate marketing business is to write a “list article” or “review article” (more on this later) of products found in Amazon. In order to do this step, you would need to set up a blog.
If you have no idea how to start a blog, here are your two options:
Option 2: DIY your Blog
7. Register to Amazon Associates
By now, I am hoping that you already have chosen a niche/ market category and have an idea of what items you will advertise and how you will write your articles about these products.
I am also hoping that you have an SEO optimized Pinterest and you are growing your followers.
Lastly, I hope that you have your blogsite set up.
In this step, you will have to register to Amazon Associates.
Registering is easy.
All you need to do is to go to their website and follow their instructions.
I need you to register to Amazon Associates so you can generate affiliate links which you will use when promoting your products.
As stated earlier, affiliate links are important because they will track your sales, therefore, this is the way to track whether you get a commission or not.
8. Write a “list article” and/or a “review article” featuring the product in your niche
In this strategy, you will be writing a list or review article about the products in your niche found in Amazon to earn money. It will be necessary for you to write high-quality articles in order to convert your readers into customers.
I know. Maybe some of you think you don’t have what it take to write a blog or you are not good at grammar.
If these are your excuse then let me tell you that those are my excuses too.
English is my secondary language, my school papers are littered with grammar errors and you probably already noticed it already that this blog has a lot of grammatical errors as well.
I tell you this. Who cares?
Your goal in writing a blog is to help someone in need, not to submit a perfect grammar article. Of course, you must still try to write readable English. Good news though. There is are lots of tools on the internet such as Grammarly to help you with your English grammar or you can also enroll in Shaw Academy if you really want to improve your English!
Now let us move away from Grammar and let me tell you how to write a good list or review article.
When writing a Review Article you need to write the following:
- Present the possible of the problem your ready has (Note: Adding images, charts or graphs help)
- Show how the product solve help the problem
- Tell your readers what will be the benefit of the product to them
- Include some social proof (screenshot of product reviews)
- Call to Action (Ask them to buy the item/ where and how to buy the item)
When writing a List Articles
- Tell what the product is used for
- How the product will benefit them
- Call to Action (Ask them to buy the item/ where and how to buy the item)
Review vs. List Articles
In case you are wondering what is the difference between the two articles, review articles are written to review a single product. Since you only have one subject, you should write about 600 to 1200 word-article about the product.
On the other hand, you are introducing more than 5 products in list articles so the description for each product should be brief yet engaging.
You can write a List Article then write a Review Article for each item on the list. If you do this you will give your readers an option on what to buy and you will help them learn more about the product that they are interested in. By doing this, you will greatly increase your chance to convert your reader into a customer.
Just make sure that your Review Articles are linked to your List Articles and vice-versa so they can find it.
9. Create Pinterest Pins and Publish It
Alright! We are now in our final step.
Now that you have written your article, the only thing left is to drive traffic to your articles. To do that, we will use social media marketing and Pinterest is our preferred social media this strategy.
Hopefully, you have around 4k followers after 4-6 months and you have around 20K+ monthly impressions!
Assuming you have done those, what I would want you to do now is to create a set of Pinterest Pin (maybe 3-5 Pins) every time you finish writing an article. Of course, you would paste your article’s URL on the Pin’s destination link.
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9
Yes, that is it. That is all you need to do to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business!
The great news is you only need to to set up your affiliate accounts, Pinterest and blogs once. So all you really need to do is to repeat steps 8 and 9. In other words, just write blog posts over and over again and promote those blog posts on Pinterest.
Here is an even greater news! There will come to a point where you will not have to write anything or as much anymore because your articles will get good amount of traffic and will continuously going to generate commissions!
But, as a brand new site, aim to write at least 100 Amazon affiliate blog post and create at least 3-5 Pinterest Pins for each post. Aim to finish it within 6 to 12 months and I can guarantee you that you will be making money passively for the rest of your blog life.
What Did You Learn/Love About This Article?
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