Like all newbies in Affiliate Marketing, you are asking yourself “What the heck am I doing?”
That is an excellent question! What are you doing? More importantly, how much is everything going to cost?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of scam companies out there that will try to take advantage of the newbie Affiliate Marketers. Hint, if an Affiliate Marketing company is asking you to invest thousands of dollars with them upfront, they are probably scamming you or sucking you into a pyramid scheme. In order to prevent you guys from being taken advantage of, I rounded down the three most essential things that you need to pay for in order to be successful in Affiliate Marketing. They include an up to date computer, a fantastic Affiliate Marketing program to teach you the ropes, and a Domain name.
An Up to Date Computer = Gold
An up to date high speed laptop or desktop is essential in order to be able to begin your Affiliate Marketing business. Imagine, trying to watch an educational video on Affiliate Marketing and the video keeps stalling due to a slow computer! Worse, imagine trying to publish a post and having to wait several minutes for a picture to upload. Even scarier, try creating YouTube videos and having a hard time because your computer is too slow! It makes you want to punch the computer screen!
Unless you are great at computers, I would recommend asking a person that specializes in computer hardware for an appropriate computer. Explain to the Hardware person your specific needs such as managing a website, writing blog posts, creating YouTube videos, et cetera.
A computer is an extremely important investment. While it’s important to have a budget, don’t waste money by buying a less efficient computer. You don’t want to have to upgrade later down the line because you got a piece of junk. I was lucky, my amazing husband, works in computers and helped me pick a wonderful Lenovo laptop.
A Great Affiliate Marketing Program
If you are just starting out in Affiliate Marketing, it’s important to learn from the pros. Sure, you can do your own work through trial and error, but why spend so much time trying to recreate the wheel? Seriously?!
My favorite Affiliate Marketing Program is Wealthy Affiliate. Why? You do not need to be tech savvy. You can test out the program to see if it’s a good fit for you with free starter membership option. With that free option, Wealthy Affiliate will help you pick a niche for your business and have access of up to 10 lessons. You are taught the beginning steps on how to generate website traffic using search engine optimization and how to write blog posts. Also, you can build up to two business websites. How great is that?
If you decide to go premium, you get access to weekly training, all the lessons from Wealthy Affiliate, learn how to use pretty links, use Google Analytics, create videos, and get to build up to 50 business websites. It’s for the low price of $19 for the first month, and $49 after that. There are no upsells whatsoever so you can relax!
We are so lucky to be living in the 21st century with the Internet. Instead of going to brick and mortar stores, you can shop online. That’s why you need to purchase a domain name so people can buy from you. It costs around $10-$15 a year. Totally worth it!
All you need to start a successful Affiliate Marketing business is an up to date computer, an excellent Affiliate Marketing Program such as Wealthy Affiliate, and a domain name. I would love to help you get started! Feel free to leave any comments or questions below!
Looking forward to hearing from you,