Affiliate marketing is changing the way we educate ourselves about the products and services we want to buy, and often, how we buy them. People are catching on to this shift in our buying habits and they are launching affiliate marketing businesses in huge numbers. But….. does affiliate marketing really work?
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you are most likely aware of amazon.com, one of the largest (if not THE largest) affiliate programs in the world. But, does affiliate marketing really work for the average, work at home, wannabe entrepreneur? What you are probably wondering is…….
Can affiliate marketing REALLY work for you?
It seems like everywhere you go online, you see ads talking about making a fortune online with little to no effort. People relaxing on the beach with their laptops in front of them. The ultimate work space right?
(In case you weren’t aware, electronic gadgets do NOT fare well at the beach)
But we all know what those images are supposed to imply so that’s really a non-issue. Of course, if this is how you want to spend your work hours, and you can afford to do so, then I say “go for it”! That’s what financial freedom is all about.
So, how do you bridge the gap between where you are now and achieving financial freedom from running a successful affiliate marketing business? One word……. the most dreaded of ALL the 4 letter words……..
That’s right, I said it. You are going to have to work for it. I know there are people out there claiming that they made $28,000 (or some ridiculous amount like that) in their first month………
BS! Unless you can create some bogus product claiming to show others how they can do that too, it’s not going to happen! This is a business like any other business.
If you want to have a thriving business, you need to be prepared to do the work before there is a business! This is why 95% of all start-ups fail. It’s not that people can’t succeed, it’s usually because they’re not wiling to do what it takes to succeed!
“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
– Thomas Edison
This statement is just as true today is it was when Thomas Edison first coined it. Maybe even more so today! There are more affiliate marketing opportunities today than there have ever been but few people recognize them.
How To Find Affiliate Marketing Opportunities
People tend to over-think or over-complicate the process of finding the right opportunities for them. You are very likely to be surrounded by profitable niches without even realizing it. To demonstrate this, ask yourself some of these questions:
- What do I enjoy doing in my spare time?
- What are my favorite hobbies?
- What am I passionate about?
- What products (or things) do I use on a daily basis? (This should be a big list)
- What products do I enjoy talking about?
- What would recommend to my friends?
These are just a few ideas and the answers to every one of these questions can lead to a potentially profitable online business. There are basically two ways to approach your business.
- One way is to find a product (or a category of products) to promote and learn how to bring potential customers to your site.
- Another way is to build a website based on a certain topic or area of interest, then find products or services to promote to your visitors who share those interests.
One approach is not better than the other and either way, you will have to learn to master certain skills. One of those skills is learning how to drive traffic to your site.
Once you have a steady source of traffic coming to your site, you have a potential business on your hands. Now, it’s just a mater of turning that traffic into buyers. To accomplish this, you need to create content that sells without trying to sell!
I hate selling!
There are people out there who actually enjoy selling but most of us (including myself) don’t care for it at all! That’s one of the beautiful things about having an online business. It’s the perfect platform to generate sales whether you enjoy selling or not.
How To Create Content That Sells Without Trying To Sell
As an affiliate marketer, your job is not as much about selling as it is educating. If people like you, trust you and feel like you have given them the information they seek, there are much more likely to follow you product recommendation.
The pushy sales tactics that most of us have come to despise don’t work as well in the online world. It’s too easy to just hit the back button. There is also a lot of competition online so winning the trust of your visitors is crucial!
There is quite a bit of psychology that goes into writing content that converts well. I cover that subject in much greater depth in my tips for creating quality content post.
Find Out If Affiliate Marketing Can Really Work For You
Affiliate marketing is the best opportunity to start a home based business that I have ever found. (And I have been looking for 25 years!) But, affiliate marketing is not for everyone. Unfortunately, many people have wasted a lot of time and money only to learn that this was the case for them.
That’s why I suggest you learn how to get started for free. I doesn’t make sense to have to pay good money upfront for something you’re not sure about.
You can learn if affiliate marketing is the right path for you with 2 free websites, video tutorials to get you set up and running and LIVE help from a friendly and professional community of online business builders.
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