If you were as enthusiastic as I was when you began your online adventure as an Affiliate Marketer. You probably would have paid anything to get a tutorial on how to succeed with affiliate marketing. I know I would have. Having some guidelines about the pitfalls and knowing what not to do, could have helped to cut through a ton of wasted time and effort.
But, of course that is not the case. Each and everyone one of us, who are risk-takers, venture into the unknown with the best intention; with our fingers crossed and hoping for the best outcome. Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to start a home business with no money. You can sell other people’s products or even your own without keeping inventory and needing to have employees.
When I decided to do affiliate marketing, I knew I needed help to even know where to begin. So, my research led me to Wealthy Affiliate. Becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate was like going to affiliate marketing university. I knew something about marketing but there was so much I didn’t know and I was in for a pleasant surprise.
There is so much that I love about working online but being able to receive knowledge from experienced marketers to help me run my business was more than I dreamed possible.
Besides, why re-invent the wheel. Right?
So I realized that others probably need some guidance and hopefully I can help with the following tips.
Please keep in mind that these are just some of the lessons I’ve learned to help improve my online business. You probably have a few of your own. Please feel free to share them in the comment section.
Let’s get started.
Mind Your Business Not Your Hobby is How To Succeed With Affiliate Marketing
Many people get all excited when they first start out expecting to make lots of money right away and thinking that the business will run itself once you set it up. And when that doesn’t happen, they are discouraged and give up. They might even say they were scammed. This doesn’t work! I can’t believe I fell for this and wasted my time.
But the reality is that they failed because they don’t put enough time and effort into their business. Many are not willing to take the time for proper training. They also fail because they have unrealistic income goals.
It is their fault because they did not work it like a business but like a hobby. But they didn’t spend any money to get started so….nothing to lose. If you were trying to start a brick and mortar type business would your attitude change? Yeah, I think so. Sure, you stand to lose lots of money.
One of my mistakes was thinking that I could put in a few hours a week and by some miracle I would become an instant success. I found that when I didn’t work on my online business I would fall behind and would not keep up with the latest updates and training and after awhile had to make the decision to commit and do whatever it takes or just QUIT!
Obviously. I didn’t quit. I was determined that to succeed with my affiliate marketing business. No looking back! My goal is financial freedom and creating a lifetime income for me and for my family.
Align Yourself With Proper Training
The majority of people who get involved in Affiliate Marketing don’t know what kind of training they need to get started. So, they may fall prey to scammers or individuals who may charge for inferior training or no training at all. I remember signing up for marketing programs only to be left on my own to figure things out or being sent to view videos that were very confusing.
I soon found out that there is NO SECRET to earning money online. And there is no such thing as you pay for one-time push button set and forget money making website. But if you are new like I was, you are gullible and will believe the scammers and you will lose tons of money until you learn your lesson.
This will never happen to me again since I have found the best training on the internet. I will never be scammed again!
You have to put in the work and the time!
My advice to you is take your time and visit my favorite buddy Google and do careful research on any company or product. I usually will spend a day or two carefully considering future projects or companies. Reviews are my favorite since the are pretty thorough and quite complete. The author will usually give you an honest rating too.
Make sure that you align yourself with the best up-to-date training possible.
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Build One Business At A Time – Finish One Niche Site Before Starting Another
When I started building my first Niche Website, of course I was also reading what other marketers were doing. Nothing wrong with that. But many marketers believe that if one website to make money is good, several are better.
Again, I thought If I can work on two sites at the same time, my income will increase. Never imagined that I would have trouble staying focused and being thorough with my online businesses.
It soon became clear to me that there is tons of work when building a website. Not only did I need to write good quality content but the amount of research for each post was time consuming. I was neglecting important tasks that needed daily attention by taking short cuts. Not cool!
Taking care of multiple sites at once can be overwhelming if your time management skills are lacking. Something is going to suffer when you try to serve many masters. I miss calculated the amount of time I would need to devote to various tasks and soon I was doing the bare minimum for my businesses.
Just build one business at a time. Finish one Niche site before starting another is sound advice. Focus your energy and attention until you start making a profit and then continue until you are making enough money to begin working on another site.
An added benefit is that I am getting my practice and experience now so I can be better prepared for any future niche websites I create. I read somewhere that it only takes one successful website to make you a full-time income.
How to Succeed With Affiliate Marketing With Good Quality Content
Part of the reason I would lose my focus when I first started in Affiliate Marketing was that I needed to write good quality content that takes time to research and put together an outline, and find good images to use etc. Well, in order to create a good quality website business that gets tons of traffic, you need to create an authority site that people want to return to time and time again.
I started to realize and understand why book writers go off to write so that they can have peace and quiet. You need to have chunks of time so you can create and think. That was very lacking in my household for a long time. You see I have a sick and was also raising a rescue puppy I found at the beach who required lots of attention and care.
I love writing my own content but I am an all or nothing type person. And if I can’t devote the right amount of time, I procrastinate. Well, it’s the truth. It happens to all of us. We get distracted and our writing suffers.
The search engines including google love sites that provide value to the readers.
You can write lots of garbage content just to fill your pages, but that will not bring sales. Your Affiliate companies like Clickbank, Amazon, or what ever products you promote will not bring in your traffic. That is up to you.
Your content will bring in the traffic. The Search Engines and the readers are looking for unique content. So you need to be different from the tons of thousand affiliates writing blogs and trying to promote products. I know that sounds scary. But, nobody said it would be easy!
Getting started is easy but you need to do the work and write about what your readers are hungry for. If you feel passionate about what you are doing and your business, you are that much closer to success.
Be A Product of The Products You Promote
Whenever I see product reviews and the reviewer admits to not owning the product or using the product it makes me weary of this person. I wonder how an you know what is good or bad about this item and how can you expect others to believe what you are saying?
You need to know your products inside and out. For example if you are promoting a particular Email Marketing System be sure you are using it. All the products I promote on my affiliate marketing site I also own and use. Credibility is very important when you are so visible online. When a potential customer has a question, you need to be able to give all the pros and cons. Most people appreciate it when you are honest with them.
How to Succeed With Affiliate Marketing and Recurring Affiliate Revenue
Along the lines of promoting, I think it is also important to promote products that will help you to achieve the income levels you are looking for. In other words, do your homework and look for affiliate companies that offer recurring revenue income.
Something else to consider your favorite affiliate sites are not guaranteed to be around forever. You need to be sure that you can replace income should some of your income streams dry out. I recommend that you build a strong foundation of recurring revenue income.
So, that you can have peace of mind no matter what happens you can keep receiving whatever income you are accustomed to.
Wealthy Affiliate is an example of one of those companies. It is a membership site where customers pay a monthly fee. So as long as a customer is a member you as the affiliate marketer will get paid.
There are too many products out there which are one time sales so you have to work harder to find another sale. So don’t be afraid to go after higher commission products which can grow your business faster. Which would you rather promote?
Schedule Your Tasks for the Week
Do you use a daily calendar or a to-do list? I don’t know about you but I have a lousy memory when it comes to remembering what I was planning for a certain day. I need to write things down. So, what do I do on a daily basis? I make sure I’ve itemized what things I need to get done.
I am very blessed to be able to work whenever I want. There are many times my day will get out of control so maybe I can get things done at night for a few hours until bedtime. Other days I am able to work during the earlier part of the day. But, no matter what I make sure to always work on my online business.
The best plan for me is to do certain tasks on the same days of the week. For example, on Mondays I do keyword research for my posts for that week. Tuesday and Wednesday, I write content. Thursday and Friday I do some house cleaning on my site. I also do miscellaneous tasks on the weekend as time allows. I am also always looking for additional ways to promote my business and affiliate products to review.
It is so much easier when you can break things down into smaller segments and a schedule helps you with that. Making a list or schedule be sure to put tasks in order of importance and tackle those first so if your day goes haywire, you will feel like you accomplished something.
A Positive Mindset Will go a Long Way to Success
Well this is one of my favorite topics. As a firm believer in The Law of Attraction, I am convinced that we create our own reality. This is true in our every day lives as well as in creating our businesses.
To build a business of any kind takes hard work, determination and perseverance. Sometimes the challenges can be overwhelming and they can make you think about calling it quits. You just need to remember that if you push through, the reward will be many.
The beginning of 2016 was a difficult year for me. Too many things were going wrong in my personal life. So you can imagine that I was not in a positive mindset. I lost the desire to do those things which I most enjoyed. It was clear to me that my thoughts were negative and I suddenly stopped caring. Your self-talk can make you successful but it can also destroy you. So be careful with your self-talk. Remember to take time to show gratitude for the everyday things. We have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. I know hard to believe – right?
What do you want your thoughts and self-talk to be?
(You can read more about mindset here)
Include Your Story in Your Content
Writing these posts are very enjoyable to me. Whenever possible I like to insert my experiences and a little something about myself. If you read my other posts, you will see that this is true. We are affiliate marketers but that doesn’t mean we have to be constantly selling.
No one likes to be pitched too. When our tone is conversational, the reader will be more at ease and will spend time reviewing your products and your website.
You will come across more credible when you talk as if you were right in front of them. Let some of your personality shine through. I am always honest when asked about my experiences in affiliate marketing and with Wealthy Affiliate.
You must never be too forceful trying to oversell your products. Wealthy Affiliate for me is the reason I have learned how to succeed with affiliate marketing by giving me the tools and the skills necessary to be the best in my profession. Being a Super Affiliate Marketer is my main goal and I have everything I need to be one!
Patience is a Virtue Which Few of us Possess in Great Quantity
Have you ever noticed how lots of people start new projects or make resolutions like for New Year’s Day and within a few short weeks they lose interest or move on to something new? It must be something in us that makes us have a short attention span. We are easily distracted when new shiny objects are presented to us.
But, you know in your heart that the only way to be successful at anything is by staying on course and keeping your eyes on the prize. If you want something bad enough you can have it but you will need to work, don’t allow anyone to discourage you and know that if you don’t quit you will succeed.
There are days when I have trouble coming up with ideas for content or it seems that I am being constantly interrupted. When that happens then I take a break or put off what I was doing until another day. But the important thing is to begin again and to not let your impatience get the better of you.
I know deep inside me that I am on the right path and as long as I remember all the tips I have included on how to succeed with affiliate marketing in this post that only good will come from my efforts.
Do something every day towards your business goals and you will eventually reach them. Just never ever QUIT!
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