The thousands of affiliate marketing jobs online represent an emerging trend in the marketing industry today.
In fact, people from all sorts of careers are making a switch towards virtual jobs. And why shouldn’t they? The perks that come with online careers are not only enticing; they are irresistible.
For one, the margin for profit is quite high. Some could even say that you can completely replace your desk job with an affiliate marketing program with little to no investment. Second, it is perfect for those who cannot imagine spending their days sitting in dreary offices. Whatever reason you have for staying home, a dependable online job can really bring in the cash.
There’s just one tiny problem: most people don’t know where to start. They may have this amazing product idea or a fantastic marketing strategy in mind. But it’s just too complicated to go about actually creating it, or finding out how to find the right affiliate program to partner with.
In this article, you will find the most important things you need to know about discovering affiliate jobs online, or starting your own affiliate marketing platforms from scratch. Depending on how much time, money, and effort you want to invest, you can choose either one! Let’s get started.
Does Affiliate Marketing Really Make Money?
It is a fact that about 81% of all brands use affiliate marketers to bring their product in the public eye. Audiences that they wouldn’t have been able to tap previously are now in their reach. In the United States, there has been a consistent 10% increase in affiliate marketing spending every single year. Some have projected that the gross amount can reach $6.8 billion in 2020!
The eCommerce giant Amazon has also played a role in enhancing the job market for affiliate marketers. A couple of years ago, the store started offering 1-10% of the product revenue to marketers. After that, the wave has been unstoppable. Some people have individually earned up to $7 million in retailer sales in just two months.
So to answer the question; yes, there is plenty of money to make if you step into the affiliate marketing arena. Other than that, there are several different benefits of affiliate marketing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Let’s make it super simple for those just starting out. Affiliate marketing is a way to market a product online in affiliation with your blog or webpage. You are not the product creator or seller; you only join hands with a brand and establish that you are able to bring more traffic to their site, or more sales for their product/s. It is fast emerging as the most efficient way to sell anything online.
All you need to do is own a blog, build an audience, and find an affiliate product they would be really interested in. Makeup artists, for example, are one of the most successful of affiliate marketers in today’s market. If this is a niche that you are interested in, there are many affiliate programs you can opt for in your beauty blog. Similarly, there is a product for whatever you’re into! Whether you have a fashion blog or one about ceiling repairs, there is no shortage of affiliate programs you can benefit from.
The 4 Participators
In any affiliate marketing alliance, there are usually three, but sometimes four parties involved. Here’s a brief introduction to each of them through the example of a clothing brand.
The merchant is the creator of the clothes brand, let’s call it Brand X. They are manufacturers and owners of the product. They have their own online store, and they also sell their merchandise through Amazon.
The affiliate, or publisher, is a third-party marketer. Whether it is a single person or an enterprise, this is where the marketing happens. Suppose that you have a Facebook page that routinely gives fashion advice or posts videos or vlogs about clothing. If Brand X thinks your online space can bring buying customers to their brand, they will offer you an affiliate program.
You will then create content featuring footwear from Brand X and convince people to buy it. And this can be done in a multitude of ways.
The next party in this equation is the consumer. This is the person that actually spends the money. When any one of your viewers approaches Brand X from your website, you earn a percentage of the revenue. The consumer or buyer is the most important piece of the puzzle. No consumer, no cash.
The network is not usually considered the main part of affiliate marketing. But it is true that sometimes, a network may act as an intermediary between the merchant and the affiliate party. Suppose Brand X sells its apparel on Amazon, which is, in fact, the biggest consumer network there is.
Instead of Brand X hiring an affiliate to increase their sales, Amazon would hire an affiliate for them. As an affiliate marketer or publisher, you will be in touch with Amazon directly. Because every sale for Brand X means another dollar for the network, it will do anything in its power to make more and more sales.
Searching for Ready-Made Jobs
We hope that the above explanation has made it easier to understand what affiliate marketing is and how it works. If you are a content marketer, there are two ways to find affiliate marketing jobs online. First, let’s look at the affiliate marketing jobs that you can take up without setting up platforms and finding affiliate programs.
There are several posted online every day on these freelancing websites that charge either you or the job poster a small amount of money. Some of them only charge a percentage of the fee when the two parties are connected and start working together.
Upwork is one of the most popular and successful sites for merchants and employers to connect with marketing freelancers. All you have to do is set up an account with your professional details and your experiences. Then you look for jobs!
New job vacancies appear every single day. So you should keep ‘bidding’ for projects you are interested in. Once an employer writes back, you can begin your affiliate marketing job without doing much at all.
This online job finder, called Freelancer, lets small businesses reach out to marketers online. As with UpWork, you can choose what kind of jobs you are most interested in. Once you find something you like, you can apply for the job. Don’t lose heart if you don’t hear back in a few tries. It may take longer than a month to get your first gig, but you have to be consistent!
3. People per Hour
‘People per Hour’ also lets you find affiliate jobs on its server. Like other websites, all you have to do is sign in and list your credentials. Again, you may not immediately get connected with an affiliate website owner who needs your content creating talents. But persevere, and we promise that you will find your spot sooner or later.
Just type ‘affiliate marketing jobs’ in the Find a Job section and scroll through the available options until you find something you like.
This job finding website also serves as the middleman for employers and freelancers interested in affiliate marketing. Sign up, and head over to the search section. Sooner or later, you will find an interesting job that you are willing to inquire about. Send a query and move on.
This may take its sweet time, but being present on more than one website and using multiple forums to look for jobs can yield faster results.
5. Hubstaff Talent
Hubstaff Talent is especially dedicated to affiliate marketing professionals. Joining this forum as a freelancer is as easy as entering your details on the sign-up page. Then you go ahead and do what we’ve told you many times over: search for the right keywords and find your next employer!
If you choose to do freelancing work as a fourth party, it can save you from a lot of hassle. All you need to do is communicate with the employer and follow instructions. However, this comes with a small price—a percentage of your earnings go to the freelancing website you choose. There is another way!
How to Create Affiliate Marketing Jobs Online
If working through freelancing forums does not seem like your kind of thing, you can also create your own jobs! It might seem like a daunting thing to begin from scratch, especially if you have never worked online before. We understand that the process can seem confusing to some.
Even if you are absolutely new to the affiliate marketing world, we can help you set up shop. Here are the steps you need to take in order to establish your own affiliate business.
1. Review Products of Your Interest
First things first, you need to begin by finding your area of interest. You can choose what industry you want to work in depending on various factors. If money-making is your top goal, you can check out what industries are leading in current times. However, if you’re more interested in staying in your niche, you can find products that suit your style.
You can choose any free online forum for these reviews. The most popular ones are YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram followed by other social media platforms and even independent websites! Some marketers choose to create web content by purchasing a domain name and using SEO and other marketing methods for traffic generation.
Whichever your medium of choice, your focus should be on boosting traffic, and bringing in recurrent visitors. The above screenshot displays a video from the YouTuber Maremi SmallArt where they are indirectly market products for Etsy. But affiliate marketing can also be done through blogs and photo accounts.
2. Collect Email Addresses
Once you have started up your channel, page, or website, the next step is gaining loyal followers and collecting their email addresses. Email marketing is a powerful way to market products in today’s climate. There are many ways to collect visitors’ email addresses. You can add a blank at the hello bar asking for the email, or you can use the exit gate which will pop up when they are leaving.
With emails, you can land directly in the potential customer’s personal folder. Once you’re there, you have reached the inner circle. The readers are likely to pay attention to your emails once you’ve connected with them. Most marketers don’t immediately start advertising; they first build a relationship with the prospective consumers of the affiliated product.
3. Find Affiliate Products
Once you have established your presence online and gathered subscribers, it’s time to find a product. Over time, you will have built a sense of credibility in the eyes of the followers. The next step is finding a brand that is interested in paying to you market their product. There is no shortage of products in the market. And if you’ve chosen your marketing niche wisely, you’ll have them lining up outside your door.
One of the best places to look is Amazon.com, which is the biggest self-sufficient affiliate network in the world right now. Websites like Clickbank, Rakuten (previously LinkShare), and eBay are also good alternatives. Just do some basic research about these networks and what benefits each of them can offer.
On Instagram, some ‘influencers’ tag the brands they are interested in marketing. When the brand receives the ‘@’ in their notifications, it gets the option to check out the reach and effectiveness of the blog. If they decide you are good enough, they might choose you directly without the need for a network.
4. Create New Content
Once you know the exact product you will be marketing as an affiliate, you can go ahead and start creating new content. This time, the content is going to specifically center on the product you chose to market. This can be the tricky part for some. You may know what you have to market, but do you know how? There are tons of ways, and all of them feature the link to purchase the product! Let us tell you about the two most common categories of affiliate content.
Educating the Audience
One way you can gain traction to your website is by creating good quality informative content. If the product you are affiliated with is a skincare mask, you could start a blog that tells people everything they need to know about skincare and its needs.
Within the blog, you will mention the affiliate product indirectly. Once the audience comes to believe that you are a reliable source of information, they will also trust your recommendations. This is indirect marketing that works over a longer period of time.
This is not to say that you should lie to your audience and sell them faulty products. One wrong suggestion and you could lose your credibility as fast as you earned it. Quality control of the product is essential for a continuously successful affiliate marketing blog or channel.
The other way you can publish the affiliated product is through direct marketing. If the product is a brand of coffee, for example, the title of an affiliate marketing blog for it could be “What is the Best Coffee Brand to Wake You Up in the Morning?”
Many brands and merchants prefer the direct marketing method for their products. This is because it works quickly and has a slower turnaround time. In a webinar, video, blog, or social media post that markets the product, you can share your personal experience with the audience.
This technique also works because it is built on the premise of being honest with consumers. You can talk about the product’s benefits and its drawbacks. You can also showcase its different uses and explain your history with the product. All in all, you help your audience get the most out of what they buy.
5. Pay per Click Advertising
The above steps are a sure-shot way to successful affiliate marketing if done well. They make take time to show results, but you are sure on your way. The next step in your marketing efforts should be looking into pay-per-click advertising. You can understand it simply as an online advertising model that makes the merchant pays the advertiser every time a user clicks on one of their online ads.
If someone finds the link to the brand’s product through your advertisement, you get a pre-decided sum of money from the seller. Once your affiliate marketing business is up and running, you can opt for PPC to give your earnings a boost
Many people dream about making money while they sleep, but only a few dare to venture forward. If you too have decided that you want to ditch the tiring desk job at the office and look for affiliate marketing jobs online, our beginner’s guide may be of help. Whichever way you choose to do it, just remember that earning money online can take plenty of time and effort to show results. And you really can’t fast forward that phase! Good luck with starting out.