Once you’ve decided to get started in affiliate marketing, there are two ways you can choose to build your business:
1. Slow and steady, with minimal cost. There are several affiliate marketing companies out there that will teach you step-by-step how to do this. My top two recommendations would be Wealthy Affiliate or Affilorama. Both are great. You can read my review of Wealthy Affiliate HERE, and my review of Affilorama HERE if you’d like more information about starting affiliate marketing without spending money.
2. The fast way, but with additional costs. (These costs are easy to make back once you’re up and running.)
The method you choose depends on how much money and time you can spend, and how fast you need to see results.
If you’re wanting to see results FAST, and you’re prepared to spend a bit of money to get the ball rolling faster, keep reading to get the most straightforward way to accomplish this, step-by-step.
What is the Fastest Way to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing?
Step 1: Create a One-Page Website
I see a lot of newcomers get bogged down with creating big websites with lots of content. The difficulty with that is that not only do you need to create all that content, but you also need to figure out how to put your website together.
So instead of creating all that extra content, you’ll just create a one-page website.
The only thing you’ll have on your website is a page telling people to sign up to your email list. We call this kind of page a “squeeze page.” You basically give them just two options: subscribe, or leave.
Step 2: Give Them a Good Reason to Subscribe
In order to encourage people to subscribe to your email list, you offer them an incentive on your squeeze page, like a free book, a podcast, an exclusive video, a free report, etc.
The job of your squeeze page is to make people really really want this. So you need to make it irresistible. Tell them all the excellent things they are going to learn. Tell them how it will help them. Build their curiosity with mysterious bullet points like…
- Discover the top 5 things you should never do…
- The 7 steps to…
Add an enticing picture of your incentive. If it’s a book, turn it into a 3-d book image so that it seems more valuable.
You can also say that your bonus “normally sells for $47″ (or some other dollar figure) to give it more value. Make people feel like they’re getting something really incredible for free.
Step 3: Connect Your Page to an Autoresponder
An autoresponder is an automatic-emailing service. When someone comes to your page and enters their email address to receive your book/bait, the autoresponder is what captures their email address, and automatically sends them the stuff they’ve been promised.
To get it working on your website you need to sign up with a company like AWeber or GetResponse. (I personally use AWeber). They will give you a snippet of code to add into your website that will do all the hard work.
Step 4: Add Emails to Your Autoresponder
Your autoresponder can send emails to your subscribers at regular intervals. You pre-load them into your autoresponder, and any time a new subscriber joins, they’ll start at the very beginning of your sequence (in AWeber, this is called a Legacy Follow-Up Series).
You can use this to automatically send emails promoting affiliate products. When one of your subscribers clicks on a link in your email and buys one of the affiliate products, you’ll get the commission.
The longer your subscriber stays subscribed to your email list, the more chance that they’ll buy something, and the more valuable they can be. So find the right balance between giving them enough information to keep them happy, but also enough promotions so you’re making sales.
A word of warning: This system relies on your subscribers growing to trust you and your opinion. These emails should be well-written and not just full of fluff, and they should do a really good job of encouraging people to check out the affiliate products.
(If this sounds hard and slow, keep reading: I’m going to show you how you can get these emails pre-written for you)
When your emails are set up correctly, they will just sit there, automatically emailing your subscribers, and automatically making sales for you. And because you’ve already got your squeeze page and “bait” encouraging people to sign up, all you have to do is get visitors to your page to start getting subscribers and making sales!
Step 5: Getting Visitors to Your Page (the fast way)
Here is where the, “You have to spend money to make money” part comes into play.
You need quick traffic so that you can start making money. The easiest way to do this is to approach other websites that already have a big list of subscribers, and pay them to send out an email promoting your website and your book/bait.
This is called a “solo ad.”
There are directories of websites that sell solo ad slots, but the most effective way to do this is to just go out there and look for websites who might be interested in doing this for you.
They might not always advertise that they do this. In fact some of the best ones might not even know what a “solo ad” is. (These can be good because their subscribers won’t have been exposed to hundreds of other offers already, and they may be more responsive.)
If you’re not going through a solo ad directory, here’s what to look for:
- Websites that have a newsletter list. You’ll be able to tell because they’ll probably have a sign-up form somewhere on their website.
- Websites where you can contact the site owner. Look for an email address or a contact form that you can use to send them a message.
- Websites that attract the kind of people who you are trying to attract. If you’re a weight loss website, you just need to find a website that has a large audience of women. Easy. If you’re a “dating advice for men” website, you want to find a website that attracts a lot of men. They don’t need to be exactly the same topic as your website.
Contact the website and ask if they do sponsored emails. Once you’ve got this set up with your solo ad provider, the next two steps will happen quickly, and automatically.
Step 6: You Get Subscribers
A solo ad provider sends an email to their list, and some of their subscribers will click through to visit your website and sign up for your bait. Boom! You’ve got subscribers.
Step 7: You Get Commissions
As these subscribers sign up to your list, they’ll start receiving your scheduled promotional emails. You’ll start seeing commissions.
It may take a while to make back the money you spent on the solo ad in the first place, but since subscribers tend to stay subscribed for a long time, you have many opportunities to make money from them.
Step 8: You Leverage Your List to Earn REALLY BIG Commissions
The best thing is, once you have a reasonable sized list, you can start earning big money from product launches and promotions. There’s always a lot of buzz around new product launches, a lot of special discounts, and a lot of money to be made by affiliates.
You can email your list telling them about a new product that’s launching, or a new promotion that is running, and you’ll earn commissions for anybody who buys. This is how most of the big marketers make their really big commissions. In some niches it’s not uncommon for an affiliate with a particularly large and responsive list of subscribers to make 6-figures over the course of one weekend.
Can you imagine earning 6-figures in one weekend? This is only possible if you have a good subscriber list.
Why is This Such a Great Way to Get Started?
- You don’t need to build a big website. You just need one page. This cuts out a lot of the work for a newbie.
- You don’t need to worry about creating lots of articles. You just need to create the content for the emails. (Or you can buy them ready-made. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to do that.)
- You don’t need to worry about researching keywords or building links to your site. You don’t need to wait for Google to notice and start raising your search engine ranking. When you pay for your visitors, you skip this whole step.
- All you have to do is get somebody to subscribe to your email list, and the emails do all the selling for you automatically. It makes your job a LOT easier.
Recap: What You Need for This System to Work
- A one-page “squeeze page” style website (web hosting, a domain name, and the actual page set up on your website)
- Some “bait” to encourage people to sign up
- Text / images / headlines for your squeeze page that “sell” your free item (ie, make people really really want it)
- An autoresponder service subscription like AWeber or GetResponse.
- Emails for your autoresponder sequence — at least enough for 30 days (10 – 15 emails), and ideally up to a year’s worth.
- A solo ad provider to email their list promoting your website.
You can do this the way I did, which was to sign up for affiliate marketing training with a variety of different companies and learn, step-by-step, how to create each step of this system. But believe me when I tell you, the process was long and difficult. I’m happy that I accomplished it and now have my own internet business, but I so wish someone would’ve told me an easier and faster way before I spent literally years and tons of money learning how to do it myself.
I’m very excited to tell you that there’s a product called AffiloJetPack, which includes all of the steps of this system already created for you. It is the absolute fastest, easiest way to get one of these “money making machines” up and running.
Does it cost money? Yes. Am I about to give you my affiliate link to purchase it? Yes! Am I going to pussy-foot around what the cost is and try to reel you in? No! The cost for AffiloJetPack is $997. I’m giving you my affiliate code which offers it as a discount so you’ll get it for $747 (here it is – click HERE). I can tell you from my own personal experience, that this is WAY cheaper than what it cost me to set up my affiliate website (the website you’re on right now). If I could’ve purchased AffiloJetPack way back when I started affiliate marketing, I could’ve saved myself thousands of dollars, and thousands of hours of my time (I’m not exaggerating). So to me, spending $747 to have the whole thing set up for you is a no-brainer.
But it gets better.
With AffiloJetPack, not only do you get everything you need to set up a money-making affiliate website in the way we’ve been discussing in this article…you also get everything you need to set up FOUR MORE! That’s a total of FIVE money-making affiliate websites that you’ll be given the material to set up when you purchase AffiloJetPack. It’s really unbelievable. Is there any way I can express to you how valuable, fast and easy this is? God, I wish someone had told me about this years ago.
Here’s What You Get with AffiloJetPack:
- One-click website setup, with a squeeze page already created for you.
- Free hosting for that website for one year.
- Three “bait” ebooks you can use to entice subscribers.
- Text and headlines promoting that book: You can just add the text into your squeeze page.
- One year’s worth of relationship-building emails with promotions for affiliate products already built in: 90+ emails, all professionally written.
- Easy integration with an autoresponder: One-click uploading of all your emails, so you don’t need to spend hours copying and pasting.
- All this material for five websites (choose from 18 guaranteed profitable niches) — so you can build FIVE of these money-making machines.
I can tell you that building these websites from scratch would typically cost you at least $2,000 per site. With AffiloJetPack, you get 5 websites for $747. That’s less than $150 per site. Any way you look at it, it’s a tremendous bargain (not to mention way easier and faster than doing it yourself).
You Can Choose What’s Right for You
Remember that it’s totally possible to make money as an affiliate without spending a ton of money, if you’re happy to put in the time and effort. But if you want results quickly, this is the fastest, easiest way to get started.
Please comment below if you have questions. I’ll reply! Debra 🙂