You have heard the buzz word Affiliate Marketing and you have had a look online.
Affiliate Marketing is the fastest growing online opportunity, millions of people make an income out of it.
Where there is money to be made, you always will find scammers who will take your money. I will show you how to learn about affiliate marketing the safe way and how you can avoid the scammers.
Let's take a look and explain to you what affiliate marketing is. The definition in Wikipedia states:
Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate's own marketing efforts.
So what does this actually mean? In reality 99% of the time you get paid for the result! This means you need to bring in buying customers! The result is more sales for the business that you are an affiliate off!
Simply said you have got a business with products to sell, you got customers that want to buy the product and you direct them to the business to buy that product. You earn a commission over the sales of the customer.
You might say to yourself "Why should I do affiliate marketing?". Let's have a look at why affiliate marketing is the best opportunity to start an online business.
Now if you have a look at what it takes to start a conventional brick and mortar business, the cost involved, legal paperwork, employees, insurance, etc. In my opinion, there is no comparison!
Even with other online opportunities, like online shops, dropshipping, etc, affiliate marketing is the best way to start online.
How to learn about affiliate marketing will give you the knowledge on how to get started and what to avoid.
Unfortunately when there is money to be made people will take advantage of the ignorance of others.
As we normally say knowledge is power. So having said that let me show you some red flags to watch out for.
Be aware that since the take of, of the internet in 1998 Google search engine has had many updates. These updates were mainly to stop people from cheating the search engine and getting ranked on top.
This has let to many people online trying to sell this knowledge to others to make money out of it that way. Google has shut the door and this knowledge is obsolete. The only way to rank yourself in Google is to work with the guidelines google gives you.
If you try to abuse the system and get lucky and find a way to do it. Google will shut you down in the end, your income will drop from one on the other day to nothing.
There are many scams online where the whole purpose is for others to buy in to keep the system going. The people who started the system are the once making al the money. The people at the bottom lose out.
Red flags with these scams are the earning potential that they show, and all the hype and showing off, that surrounds these scams. Don't fall for it.
A semi pyramid scheme is the multi-level marketing organisation, that pushes product and uses a pyramid structure to organise their payouts. Don't fall for this, not completely illegal, but very hard to get some income out.
There many online businesses that have got a structure of a sales funnel built into there business.
These businesses are not illegal but they will try to squeeze as much money out of you as they can.
This is how they operate, they will get you in with a teaser a free gift of training, when you go through the training you see you are learning and get excited and then they sell you up into the next level of the funnel. This process is not made clear from the start.
Which causes a dilemma with people because they already have invested their time and money. So for them to continue they have to buy into the next level. It is constantly moving the carrot forward.
Yes, you can make money out of these systems but personally, for me, there are way better options and better value for money. I have been in a system like this and you can read my review here if you are interested.
Don't fall for this one, this is probably the oldest trick in the book. I have fallen for this one myself, where the guy basically was selling the idea of how to scam others by doing the same as he was doing.
Sometimes I just wonder, why people are so fascinated with scamming others. For me, I get more joy out of helping others achieve their goals than to try and steal from them.
I believe in the good other people and helping others makes for a better world. It is all about setting the right example so others can follow and do the same.
One of the things you can spot a scam by is the way they show you income, fasts cars, big houses, holidays etc.
They will hype it up and tell you that you too can have that and I guess you can but many of these systems work on the momentum of hyping people up to join or they will miss out.
Let me tell you one thing I have learned, never let any amount of money cloud your vision, never jump in because you feel you will miss out. If a business opportunity is a good one, it will be good today, tomorrow, next year and 10 years down the track.
So it is better how to learn about affiliate marketing and to avoid the scams.
I have seen many people that start affiliate marketing and basically don't understand the core principle.
Here is what they do, they become an affiliate of a business. They think that they need to market the product to everyone to be successful.
What you need to realise is that when you market to people you want to market to the ones that are interested and ready to buy. Most people have many things on their mind, that are more important than buying what you are marketing.
You need to be in the right place and at the right time. Marketing to everyone is marketing to no one. It doesn't work and it will cost you a lot of money on advertising costs.
So how can we do affiliate marketing the proper way? We use niche markets, markets that have got people that highly interested. We position ourselves on top of the Google search engine with purposely written posts that target that audience.
We offer them value and trust in the post and build a relationship with them, so over time, we can make suggestions for products to them. When they buy the product we get a commission.
Now to be successful in affiliate marketing you need skills!
Skills are probably one of the things they teach the least in our conventional schooling system.
Schools are usually focussed on knowledge, they have knowledgable teachers that can transfer the knowledge to you but they don't have many skills to back up the knowledge.
It is like having the knowledge to bake bread, doesn't mean that you can actually bake bread. Knowledge is the start, a skill is putting knowledge into practise until you become good at it. Mastering a skill can take years of practice.
The following are skills that you require to do affiliate marketing.
You don't need to be a professional writer. Most people have got reading skills that go from year 8 to year 14.
That means you don't need to write in a highly complex form of language like some scientists, politicians or lawyers are doing
It is not about impressing people, it is about making it easy for people to read and understand what the message is.
If you write to complex, use too many fancy words, too many abbreviations and people will get confused and stop reading.
So the key is that you develop your own easy writing style that connects with your audience. I can hear you, you are thinking I am not a writer!
And you are right, you are not a writer yet! I wasn't one either you know, I didn't let it stop me from learning and practising and becoming skilful at it.
To be honest with you, it didn't take me that long. And you probably have a huge advantage over me, English is not my native tongue! So don't be selling yourself short, also you, my friend can master this skill.
The days are gone, where it took real programming skills in HTML to program your website.
By the way, HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language if you didn't know that. It could take you up to a month to create your website shell then.
Nowadays it only takes minutes to create a website shell. It takes a bit to put your content on your site. Many facets have been automated and things have been made simple for us.
So the important skill for a website to master is the designing skill. Layout, spacing, font sizes, colours, conformity are very important. Again something you can learn, practice and master.
You need this skill to determine your niche market that you want to target with affiliate marketing.
This is not a real hard skill to learn and there are special tools that help you with this. You can read more in my post "How to learn keyword research?"
I am not talking about wasting your time here by just being on facebook, twitter and Instagram.
You can use social media to promote your affiliate marketing business.
Again we are talking about skill here, you need to be careful, not to spam people, else you will be banned.
It is a subtle way of getting people interested by posting your blog post links on social media. And get people to comment on social media and on your post.
Finding affiliate products that you can promote for the niche market that you are targetting. Again not a hard skill to learn there are special programs that will help you do that.
It is important that you are open to learning new knowledge and practising to require the skills, teaching the skills will allow you to master them. We can all learn, practice and teach. This is something we naturally do.
Just having basic computer skills and knowing your way around. The ability to learn and use new programs is essential to your online business. Most of us have got basic computer skills already.
The ability to help others with problems will open the door to many sales. This is one of the skills you need to master and if you do you will become successful with affiliate marketing.
Solving problems for others or helping them solve the problems will lead to trust and authority. Ultimately it will lead to sales.
When you start your own business online or offline your mind can play tricks and you start overthinking things.
This causes you to procrastinate and lose focus on the things you need to achieve for your business to grow and become successful.
That is why mind skills are important so you can recognise when you are doing it.
So on your way how to learn about affiliate marketing, you need to require the skills to master affiliate marketing.
It is a process that you need to follow to become successful and some people will be quicker than others to pick it up.
It is like learning a language, everyone learns it but some learn it quicker than others. The key is not to compare yourself with others and allow yourself to learn it.
There are many tools that can help you do affiliate marketing, here are the main tools that you need.
Not all places are equal, there are many web hosting companies out there. Price isn't always the best indicator of what is a good, mediocre or bad web hosting company.
Your website is your authority, your brand over time. It is your foundation for your affiliate marketing business. The website allows you to create a sustainable income over time. The more unique content you got on your website the better you will rank and the more traffic you will get.
Over time your website will provide you with sales every day, building your website on a solid hosting platform is crucial.
Not all keyword search tools are equal. You want a keyword search tool that tells you how many searches there are per month, how much traffic you can expect and how much competition you have got.
Blogging is your main activity to get customers to your website, it is organic traffic. It is important that you minimize your spelling and grammar mistakes. I myself am getting better at writing now, I used to suck at it!
So I am over the moon that they have got tools now to assist me with my writing.
This tool is a must to look for profitable affiliate products that you can promote in your niche market.
This tool you need for seeing how well your affiliate links are working. There is a great tool that Google provides for this. Just caution, when you starting out and you haven't got much traffic coming to your website yet, don't get into the habit of over analysing allow it some time to grow first.
Yes, you can create your own affiliate marketing business by yourself. It is not impossible but it is easier to get help from people that have gone through the same process and have built their successful affiliate marketing business.
I would be great if you could learn from the people that have the skills already.
Sure you can go and find many of these things online that we discussed above. Yes, it is doable!
There is a platform that has been around since 2005 and they offer a great product for a great price.
I use it myself, this website runs on their platform. Their support and help are excellent.
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