Affiliate marketing is actually pretty darn simple.
It basically just comes down to getting the right offer in front of the right target audience.
And if you do it right, you don't even necessarily need to be great at driving traffic, copywriting or conversions.
So, what are the main elements of affiliate marketing?
1) Select an offer
I suggest starting with an affiliate network rather than a site that has a private affiliate program.
This is better when you're just starting out since most affiliate networks and programs have a minimum payment threshold before they'll pay you out. That number is usually around $100.
So, since you're a beginner you might make a sale, but your commission might only be $10.
With a private affiliate program you would have to wait longer to get paid out, but with a network let's say you made ten $10 commission sales for ten different products...
That's a lot more achievable as a complete beginner to just sell one of a particular product in a month than trying to sell ten of a specific product.
Sure, selling ten or more of a specific product will get easier over time, but in the beginning it will take some time to build up that traction.
So, the first step is to select an offer.
2) Create some form of content to connect and promote that product or service to the target audience that would best respond to it
Some examples include: writing a blog post, making a YouTube video, or running paid ads on networks like Facebook or Google AdWords.
If you want to learn more about SEO (search engine optimization) so that you can draw in free organic search engine traffic to promote your offers I recommend investing in my course SEO Affiliate Domination.
And if you're interested in going the paid traffic route any course from my buddy Justin Brooke at AdSkills is going to be an excellent place to start.
And honestly those are the main steps.
Obviously once something works and is making you money you'll want to do everything you can to scale that up so you can make as much money as possible.
But don't overthink it in the beginning.
You don't have to be an expert in persuasion, sales, and psychology starting out - sure, you can learn those things to help improve your results over time.
But the most important thing to do is to take action and just get started.
You'll learn everything else you need to know along the way.