Affiliate marketing is an amazing way that a lot of people can make a lot of money. You’ve heard the stories about people striking it rich, quitting their jobs, buying yachts, mansions, and working from the beach. The crazy thing is that many of these stories are true.
The truth about affiliate marketing is that people really have struck it rich and made millions simply by promoting other people’s products. What’s even crazier is that it isn’t hard to do! In fact, anyone can do it as long as they have a computer and an Internet connection.
Imagine if when you were a teenager, you started working on the computer. At that age, you had lots of free time. You went to school and then were off for an entire summer. If you had started working on affiliate marketing, instead of getting that job at the local fast food joint, you would have been a very wealthy college student.
Unfortunately, you’re much older now. That means you no longer have all the free time you did before. Your days are filled with obligations relating to work, family, living situations, and bills, bills, bills.
But don’t let that discourage you! You can still start making money with affiliate marketing. However, it will simply take longer, and you won’t be able to work for many hours at a time.
You’ll have to squeeze it in when you can and you’ll have to make a conscious effort to schedule it into your day. You’ll need to dedicate time, effort, and a little bit of money. If you do that, it is possible.
However, before you start, here is the truth about affiliate marketing and what you need to know.
Money Won’t Come Right Away
You need to understand that you aren’t going to make a lot of money at first. In fact, 90 percent of affiliate marketers make less than $100 each month. For your first year, you’ll be lucky to hit $50 a month.
Of course, the more time and effort you put into it, the quicker you’ll be able to increase your earnings. However, you need to make sure you aren’t stumbling around in the dark. You need to make a plan and stick to it. Take a look at the book Affiliate Marketing Expert for a great plan for success.
In addition, to increase your chances of making more money sooner, you need to focus on perfecting a few things before you begin to promote products. This will take some time and money, but if you want to get into affiliate marketing then you need to make the investment.
Website And SEO
The first thing you need is a website. You need a good website that converts and receives a lot of traffic. Now, whether you purchase your own domain name or try creating a blog on another domain is up to you.
You will have more freedom with your own domain name, but it will cost you more and you’ll need to make sure you have a good web-hosting provider. Building your website is something that you may need to pay to have done.
There are many freelancers out there that could help you with this. Fiverr is a great place to start.
Otherwise, you can do it yourself if you are willing to dedicate the time to learn how to do it. There are many great themes, plugins, and store builders out there that you can use. I highly recommend taking a look at them because they can make your life so much easier and really improve your website.
I have done reviews on many of them on my YouTube channel.
Once your website is ready to go, you need to optimize it so that it runs fast and provides a good user experience. You need to focus on Search Engine Optimization or SEO. Get your pages submitted to search engines so they can be indexed.
Make sure you are actively trying to build backlinks and ping them so that your ranking and authority go up. For more information on link submission, indexing, backlinks, and pings check out this article.
In addition, you need to make sure your links are getting shared to several different social media and bookmarking sites. All of these things will improve your site rank and SEO.
Find Products To Promote
Once you have that going, you need to start finding products to promote and featuring them on your website. Decide whether you are going to promote digital products, physical products, or both.
Then figure out which network you will promote.
Are you going to promote eBay, Amazon, Wal-Mart, or any of the other million vendors on the Internet? It’s up to you.
One thing to consider is that there are many great tools for Amazon affiliates to use. You can take a look at some of the best ones here.
When promoting and featuring products on your site, you need to make sure you have content on there as well as the products. In other words, make sure you are providing something of value for your viewers.
That could mean you post articles, entertaining videos, or review the products you promote. It’s up to you, but you need to have good content as well as the products. That will not only make your viewers happy, but it will greatly help your SEO.
Reality Of The Situation
Too many people out there think that affiliate marketing is a way to get rich quick.
They think that it is something they can easily do without any time or effort and that it will make them all kinds of money. Well, the truth about affiliate marketing is that it will take time, effort, and a lot of work.
It is a business that you have to build. How long it takes to build that business depends on how much money you want to make and how much money you are prepared to invest in the business.
If you are a quick learner and can implement everything in a timely manner then you can easily make a couple thousand a month after a few years. Of course, the more time you dedicate to it, the quicker it will happen.
It’s also important to realize that you are a beginner when it comes to affiliate marketing. That means you are going to have setbacks. There are going to be times when you realize that whatever you were doing for the last couple of months was incorrect.
You are going to make wrong turns and have detours. However, hopefully, these can be minimized through education. Therefore, you need to make sure you actively seek new knowledge and learn from people who have done it already.
I’ve made several wrong turns so you don’t have to.
Learn from this.
If you decide to get into affiliate marketing, the hardest thing will be getting through that first year. When you check your stats and see that you’re only making a few bucks you will question whether or not it’s worth it. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Stick with it and the commissions will grow. Remember, it will take time and effort because you are building a business. Don’t worry if you don’t know what all of this means right now. You will learn, and there are many great resources out there to help you.
The truth about affiliate marketing is that if you stick with it and actively further your knowledge, you will succeed. You need to have realistic goals and know that it isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It will take a lot of hard work and dedication.
You can’t expect to be an expert when you first start; you need to learn as you go. By putting the time and effort into your programs, you’ll be well on your way to making it in the very profitable and exciting world of affiliate marketing.