Affiliate marketing is an amazing thing and with the right training and support, one can make a nice living completely online.
The problem with most people when they give affiliate marketing a shot is that they are simply lacking one or many pieces of the puzzle.
Through my 3 short years of doing affiliate marketing, there are several things that have propelled me forward allowing me to kick that 9-5 to the curb in just one year.
If you want to be successful online, there are many things needed, but with just a few key players, you will beat the odds.
Here are some things that have helped me get to where I am today, which I’m sure will help any of you who have failed in affiliate marketing or still trying to make it work.
Change the Way You Think
The start to any business starts with your mentality.
With affiliate marketing, things can be a little different as we are naturally skeptical to anything on the internet especially when it promises to make you money.
Then there are those scams that take our money, letting us believe that making money online is flat out impossible.
Forget about what you’ve seen, heard, or failed with.
Use that “failure” as a lesson learned and move on to your goal of actually making money online.
If you think or feel that nothing will work, then guess what?
Give it your all, forget about what anyone thinks, and focus on yourself.
If it makes you feel better, money is being made every single second online by some affiliate marketer, whether you want to believe it or not.
I do it and so do many others and I’m sure they all believed that money could be made online.
Money is being made online and a lot of it at that, so get that through your head and use this next tip to let you know that it is truly happening.
Get With the Program – The Right One of Course
I can’t even think of how many “ways to make money” programs are out there and how 99% of them are complete garbage.
I think I have tried about 5 different programs that claimed to show me how to make money online and little did I know that I was actually doing affiliate marketing.
The only reason why I didn’t know what I was doing is the simple fact that these products I was involved with was designed to make you money by promoting them.
Very much like a multilevel marketing business but without any tangible products or any real success.
IF you want to do affiliate marketing, it isn’t going to come with a 2 page tutorial if that’s what you’re thinking.
There needs to be a solid training on the foundation alone but there are many other things that needs a lot more attention, which is not usually covered in these so called “trainings”.
Failed online marketer.
Get Help & Support
We all want to do things on our own but sometimes we just need a little help especially within the online space.
Sure you can Google anything and find answers but having someone there to answer your simple questions is one of the reasons why some succeed while others fail online.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
I have failed many times in my online career, even after finding the right program but that didn’t stop me.
Just like anything else in life, learning is usually the main ingredient and that is exactly what you need to do if you want to make it with affiliate marketing.
Understand How Affiliate Marketing Works
Training and support is one thing but understanding what it takes to get from website to money is another.
Some of you might have started affiliate marketing and already failed without even knowing it.
You think that all it takes is a pretty little website with some affiliate links splashed here and there and voila!
Wouldn’t that be so awesome?
Well that’s now how it is and that is the first thing you need to understand with affiliate marketing.
Making money with affiliate marketing takes time and in most cases a lot of it.
Not only does it take time but it also requires you to put in some time.
Time to create the blogposts, time to build out your website, and time to maintain that site.
If you can understand that much, you will succeed with affiliate marketing.
Treat Affiliate Marketing Like a Job, Because it is One
Okay, you are the boss, we get it.
That doesn’t mean bosses can’t and don’t work.
As the owner of your online business, you are responsible for every single aspect of it.
That website isn’t going to build itself and that blog post isn’t going to write itself either.
If you want to get involved with affiliate marketing, you will NEED a website and you will NEED to create engaging content.
If you’ve come across some blog or product that tries to tell you that you don’t need any of the two, you can almost count on it being a scam.
Unless it’s regular e-commerce, drop shipping, or an actual online job, it is going to require affiliate marketing to make money online.
Before you can even make money through Amazon (link) or any affiliate program, they require you to have at least a website to get approved.
And if you don’t plan on investing into some PPC (pay per click) or other means of advertising then you might want to get used to creating content.
There are many things that are needed to succeed with affiliate marketing and these few will get your online business to where it needs to be.
If you ever thought about quitting, please rethink things and follow these tips as I’m sure it will lead you to success.
With a little patience and the right mindset, you will get further than most in the online world.
Get with the right program, apply yourself, and trust me, you will be yet another online success story.
Believe in what affiliate marketing brings to the table and most especially believe in yourself.
Affiliate marketing might not be for everyone but if you really want it bad enough, it can be for you.