This is an awesome post on what it takes to “make it” in affiliate marketing over on Eric Burnett’s blog…
Most of the Internet marketing courses focus on training affiliates, so there is much more information out there to get started with but even some of these courses teach myths that will hold you back.
The best part is, you can start off with any niche you want. For example, if your interested in the personal development niche, you can easily find a related affiliate program and get started.
Affiliate marketing is old but many people still assume that any form of Internet marketing is a scam. To be successful at this you need to get any notions about easy money out of your head and get into a business mindset.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of affiliate marketing success stories, and not one happened overnight. Making money overnight is not impossible for an experienced affiliate marketer but it is nearly impossible for someone who is new to the field.
When you become an affiliate marketer, you get the freedom to work from anywhere across the globe. The downside is that it is more work than your regular job, if you don’t outsource and have a good system in place.
When you’re doing a 9-5 job in a multinational corporation, you’re only answerable for the set of tasks that are given to you. But when you’re starting an affiliate marketing business, you’re carrying the responsibility of everything, right from generating traffic to minimizing the losses.
In business nothing beats having a plan. Affiliate marketing is your own real business. If you find anyone selling you a product that teaches you how to become a super affiliate ‘easily,’ stay away from it. Affiliate marketing is an incredibly simple and straight forward way to make money online, just be sure to follow the rules that are proven to work.
Most people wrongly assume that you need to have hundreds of blog posts or articles in order to compete. This is not true, or else all those affiliate marketers who make thousands of dollars from simple reviews would go broke.
What matters more than the quantity of the content here is how targeted it is. A common method that is used is to add dozens, or even hundreds of niche articles to a site and have a banner in place that links to the affiliate product.
Giving a personal and real review to your readers is a way to create instant credibility for you and the product, you will see better results like this. Your content has to be about the specific product you’re promoting.
Start the product introduction with a review then you can include other content that is related if you want. If your product is about empowering beliefs, then make sure it actually lives up to expectations.
Hard work is required in affiliate marketing, but not as much as some people make it seem.
Well, the real fact is that targeted affiliate sites don’t have much content to take care of. Your plan and system will keep everything in order plus you will have your priorities in order.
For example, if you write a review about a certain product, you can have that review up for a long time, unless the product owner makes some change of course.
All in all, the above myths regarding affiliate marketing don’t hold any water, so don’t get distracted from your main goal.
You tell ‘em Eric! Just keep moving forward. Slow and steady wins the race.