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If you have arrived here, it’s because you feel you need affiliate marketing help and, if you read on, I think you will discover, you may have found it! First, please empty your head of any notions of super yachts and tapping away at your laptop whilst reclining on a tropical beach, (if you ever had such notions).
As you may have already learned, affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme and it’s not easy. I came across a couple of interesting articles in two well respected UK newspapers, which you can check out here and here. When starting out in internet marketing, whether as an affiliate promoting other people’s products for commission, or selling your own products, there is much to learn. Some gurus will tell you that you don’t need to be technically gifted and that it doesn’t matter if you don’t like writing, as you can simply outsource everything and it’s all made to sound simple.
Although it’s possible, if you are starting out from your kitchen table, it’s unrealistic to think that you are immediately going to begin outsourcing everything. If, like many, you are technically challenged, owning a website you don’t understand and not confident working on and having no idea of how to create content will lead to failure and disappointment. There is a learning curve, even if, when you are successful, you decide to outsource tasks.
You will need to have an understanding of how to build and maintain a website and how to write interesting content which will hold your visitors’ interest and keep them coming back for more. Then there is “search engine optimization”, a topic, even the name of which can make the blood run cold and cause fear and bewilderment in equal portion, plus how to use social media, which can make some feel decidedly uneasy.
Whether you want to set-up an affiliate website to make extra cash from blogging in difficult financial times, or whether your dream is to work from home full-time as an alternative to the monotony of the daily commute to a work; it needs to be remembered that running an online business is still running a business, just with fewer costs as compared to a traditional shop, or franchise.
To succeed in affiliate marketing, you will need to be motivated, willing and able to devote time to it, just as with any other business. You will also need to identify one or more niches you are interested in and which have the potential to be profitable. You will need to build an opt-in email list and you will need to build a social media presence. Also, working at home can be a lonely business.
If you currently have a regular job, I would not suggest rushing to hand in your resignation. That can come later, if you so choose, once you are sure that making a living online is something you enjoy doing, have gained an aptitude for and are making enough money from, that you feel confident in making the change full-time. Only you will know how much money you will need, or want, to make, because only you know your needs and goals and whether working full or part-time online fits in with the other claims on your time. You may decide it’s not the lifestyle choice for you.
I don’t say these things to deter you, but to make you aware of the journey on which you are embarking and to give you a greater chance of success, if making a living online is something you wish to try. As when starting any business venture, there is no guarantee of success.
There are definite advantages to setting-up an online business, the obvious one being the cost. It’s far more expensive to run a bricks-and-mortar business, whilst being online has far lower costs associated with it. Also, as an affiliate marketer, you will never need to buy and store stock, never need to be involved in the nitty-gritty of processing payments, or handling distribution and postage of any item as all of that is done by the seller. You are your own boss, you choose when to work, if you need some time-off, you take it. If you want to work in your pajamas, you can. This is the beauty of the affiliate marketing world and the attraction for most people. People dream and some will think it sounds easy, but as with most things in life, turning dreams into reality takes knowledge, hard work, determination and patience.
So, you have the motivation, the patience, the drive and the time to devote to your online business, but you need the knowledge.
There is a well-known saying that “knowledge is power”. In actual fact, it’s incorrect. Only “applied knowledge is power”.
There are more e-books and training courses devoted to the subject of internet and affiliate marketing than you can shake a stick at, some of them good, some bad and some simply bewildering. You may have tried some, you may have enrolled on expensive programmes and may have had some early success, only for it to fizzle out in confusion and frustration.
You will stand a better chance of success if you follow a systematic, step by step approach with action to be taken at the end of each step. A system which enables your confidence to grow as your knowledge and ability grow. A system which not only includes great, experience based, step-by-step training, but which also includes a large forum of like-minded people from around the world, for additional help and support. A system which has its own built-in social media, (great for people for whom social media is an alien concept). A training system which is updated to incorporate the latest trends in online marketing.
I suggest you take a look at Wealthy Affiliate which is training I use.
Ultimately, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate comes in two versions:
The “Starter” version which is free and which you can use to create two affiliate marketing sites to promote products and start earning commissions, completely for free.
At Wealthy Affiliate, you will find a community of like minded people, all with the same aim, so you won’t have to feel alone any more!
Unlike some other training programmes where the word “free” means a “free trial” for a limited time period only, typically 30 days, with Wealthy Affiliate, the free “Starter” version is free without any time limits. Personally, I have never felt that 30 days is anywhere near long enough to properly try something out. So, you will be able to continue to use the “Starter” version of Wealthy Affiliate for free for as long as you want and you will never have to upgrade to the “Premium” monthly subscription version, unless you choose to.
You may find the “Starter” version especially useful, if you just want to try affiliate marketing, to see if it’s something you enjoy. If you discover that affiliate marketing is not what you had imagined, it won’t have cost you a penny, with this free internet marketing training. Also, with the “Starter” version, you won’t need to register a domain name and neither will you need to pay for hosting. Check it out for yourself by clicking on the link below.
The “Premium” version is available by a monthly subscription and, as you would expect, includes many additional features, such as webhosting for an unlimited number of your own domains, unlimited live support, unlimited one-on-one coaching, automatic website back-up, to name but a few. To see a simple table showing all the differences between the Free and Premium versions click here.
Many people actually choose to start straight away with the “Premium” version, as I did, simply because of the benefits of being “Premium”, whilst many who opt for the “Starter”, later choose to upgrade to “Premium”, having experienced some of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.
Also, unlike many other training packages and programmes, there are no endless upsells. The choice is between the free and the monthly subscription versions, so you are not going to be constantly finding sales letters in your in-box from a guru trying to persuade you to buy the next bright shiny object. Everything you are likely to ever need in terms of training is on site.
If you are undecided, why not try the free version of Wealthy Affiliate, take a look at the training and meet the community of friendly, like-minded people, trying to make it online, just like you and see for yourself?
With the free “Starter” membership, you will at least have the opportunity of discovering whether you like affiliate marketing and, for that matter, whether working from home is what you had imagined and you will be able to discover all of this without it costing you anything and without a time limit.
Whatever you decide, I wish you the very best of success with your future plans.