There are marketers who have only ever made money from affiliate marketing as their business. They have no product that they own. They get a percentage of the selling price of products that other people own.
1 As said, you don’t need to be creating your own product. Also, you have a vast range range of products to choose from. Part of the reason is that you don’t need to keep to one niche. You can be selling in many different niches or sub-niches. Although, at first, it’s best to focus on one in which to learn doing affiliate marketing, then move on to others.
2 Because you don’t have your own product, then you don’t have to be dealing with the whole sales operation. The product owner does that, including having a successful sales page you send people to. That’s your basic marketing: getting people to the sales page so the owner can convert them to buyers.
3 The owner’s sales page converts to a buyer and then also deals with payment procedures. They have your commission sent to you. If they work through Clickbank, for example, and the product is a recurring payment one, then you’re sent checks by that company like clockwork. And that could be from a range of products.
4 However, it is best to have a website you own. You include information, reviews, and ads on your site from where you send visitors to the requisite sales page. If your host lets you have lots of domains as part of your hosting account, you can have different domains fitting the different products you market.
5 There’s no need to try to sell the product yourself once people arrive at your website, as the product owner will do that with their sales page. Your job is to pre-sell it, especially if you have used it yourself and can give personal experience of its qualities. Actually buy and use the product yourself when you’re able to. This gives your pre-sell more credibility.
6 The main task you’re involved with is getting qualified traffic to your site and specific page. You might not be able to use a domain with the product name in it as it might be used by other marketers or the owner themselves. Having your own domain means you can send your visitors straight to the pre-sell page. If you use Adwords test 2 or 3 at a time, gradually dropping the less successful ones, and increasing the most effective ones, so you end up with the best ad for a particular product.