Affiliate Marketing for Students
If you are a student and looking for a part-time job to earn some money then let me tell you about something more profitable than that. Yes, I’m talking about affiliate marketing.
It is like an online job and you can make it your part-time and full-time job too. Interesting? So let me tell you more about it.
Starting an affiliate marketing business as a student is a great way to put some extra money in your pocket. The best thing about affiliate marketing is you will not have to work for 10 or 12 hours every day.
You can spend 3 to 4 hours per day on it so you will have time to complete your homework too:)
So let’s start.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is actually a business in which you make money by promoting others business products. You make a commission on sales.
Presently, the average commission is 15 to 20% but you can get more than this, depending on whose products you are selling.
Affiliate marketing is so beneficial as the better you get at it, the more money you will make. There are a lot of affiliate marketers earning thousands of dollars from affiliate marketing but it takes time.
Before getting started, you need to be aware of some things that I’m going to tell you now.
Basics of Affiliate Marketing
There are five basics of affiliate marketing:
- Affiliate networks
You will need to know about these five basics to get most of the affiliate marketing.
So let me explain them one by one.
As a student, it would be difficult for you to find the people who want someone to promote their product. So you should go for an affiliate who has a good knowledge of this all.
Who should know where to get the best deals. By this, half of your work will become easy.
As an affiliate marketer, you should always promote the things by which your customer gets some advantage. Don’t promote scam products.
It is very difficult to build your trust so you will have to build that by recommending only the best products.
When people will start trusting you then your demand will be high, many business owners would like you to promote their products.
The companies whose products you promote are your contractors. It is an obvious thing that promoting any company’s product will increase their sales but how will they hire only you to promote their products?
The answer is if your audience trusts you then they will buy your recommended products and in this way more and more contractors will reach you.
The contractor’s business will not be affected if your affiliate fails but your business will be affected as that contractor will never come to you again.
Traffic is the main thing in your affiliate marketing business. It determines your charges, more the traffic the higher the charges.
Presently, there are three ways to get traffic on your promoted product.
- Organic Traffic
- Direct Traffic
- Traffic Through Ads
Organic traffic means the traffic that comes directly to you by searching your site.
Direct traffic means paying for the ads to promote the products on other websites or pages.
And the last one, traffic through ads. It means connecting your contractors to the website or page that will promote their product.
So if you ask for my choice, I’ll go for organic traffic as if you have organic traffic then you will not have to pay for ads. But as it is difficult to build great organic traffic then you can go for traffic through ads!
Affiliate networks are the websites that will link you to the contractors. Affiliate networks are for the help of affiliate marketers as they find contractors for you.
Affiliate networks avoid you to contact each contractor and ask them if they need your service or not. With the help of these networks, you will have access to a lot of offers from different companies.
So just look at them, choose the offers according to your niche and earn!
These were the basics of affiliate marketing and now, let’s talk about how to start this business.
How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business
Here I will tell you how to start an affiliate marketing business, step by step.
1– Select your Niche
Selecting a niche for your affiliate marketing is the first thing that you will do. As a student, you can select niches like travel, health, study, blogging, gardening, swimming, and a lot more.
There are thousands of niches and you can choose whatever you want but there is a thing that you should know. The competition!!
You must select a niche with less competition and then it will be easy for you to grow.
If you select a niche that has a great competition then it will take you decades to rank on the top of searches.
You will be done with the first step of your business after choosing a niche that has less competition and great demand. You can use a tool named Google trends to check the number of traffic on a specific niche.
Now if you failed to find a niche with less competition then go for one of your interests.
2- Create your Website
You will have to create a website for your business. There are free as well as a paid ways to create a website. Let’s talk about both of them.
The Free Way
If you want to create your website free of cost then you can use WordPress.com but it will contain “WordPress.com” in your website’s name.
For example, if your website name is health then it will be like www.health.wordpress.com
If you use WordPress for creating your website then WordPress can delete your website anytime. So to avoid this, don’t post Ad banners.
If you are a beginner or student then WordPress is a good option for you.
You can also use Blogger, Squarespace etc for creating your website for free.
The Paid Way
In this method, you will have to buy hosting from a hosting provider. There are a lot of hosting providers available, choose the best one.
Here I am going to share a list of some hosting providers to help you.
- A2 Hosting
After you are done with buying a host, install WordPress.org in it and make your website look more attractive and beautiful with the help of different themes.
3- Select Products to Promote
You will have to choose an affiliate product before writing any article on your website. Your product must be related to your niche.
There are a lot of affiliate programs available but I would recommend you to go for the affiliate program of ClickFunnels or Amazon as they contain a lot of users and people trust them too.
So after selecting products, write articles about them.
Your articles should be informative and should have a maximum of 1500 words.
After writing the article, link the product to it. Didn’t get it? Let me try to explain it through an example.
Suppose your niche is about health then you can write an article about it and then add some links to health-related products.
So when anyone will buy that product through your link, you will get a commission.
I hope you get it now:)
But here’s a problem, Google will not show your website to the customers until you grow it and growing a website takes years. However, you can speed it up by using SEO keywords in your articles.
4- Get Traffic on your Website
There are 3 ways to get traffic on your website which I explained earlier (organic, direct, through ads). Here I am going to tell you another way which is totally free.
How to get free traffic on your affiliate marketing website
You can do this by using different platforms like YouTube, different social media platforms and Quora.
So let’s talk about them one by one.
You can get traffic on your affiliate marketing website by starting a YouTube channel. I know you are wondering “how”, so let me tell.
Convert the articles that you post on your website in videos too and put a link to your article in that YouTube video. So your YouTube channel and website will grow together.
If you don’t have the confidence to speak in front of the camera then I would suggest you to practice for it, it will save you money. Otherwise, you can hire someone to do this.
Social media have huge traffic, especially Facebook and Instagram. So make an account on these platforms and post your niche related photos and videos, use hashtags and grow them.
Put the link of your articles and YouTube videos on your social media accounts.
You can get great traffic from Quora too. You can do this by posting answers to people’s questions but your answers must be informative and according to the questions.
How to write an effective answer on Quora
Understand the question first and then start writing, your answer should be in 4 to 5 paragraphs. You can add links to your articles in your answers too.
So it’s done. I hope this article was informative for you.
One last piece of advice that I want to give you is never stop trying. It might take a lot of time but it will work!