Affiliate Marketing does it work? Yes – absolutely YES!
Is the concept of selling someone else’s stuff to people you will never meet in countries you might never visit seems totally foreign and downright impossible to you?
If so I am here to tell you that affiliate marketing does indeed work. Why would vendors initiate affiliate or associate programs if they didn’t?
It is totally understandably if you want proof of earnings, it’s natural that you want to know how much you can make in what sort of time span.
The possibility of investing in yet another scam is probably of concern to you – I understand completely as I have had more than my faiur share of those.
These are all valid concerns so let me approach this from the backend.
Why Affiliate Marketing Does Not Work – for everyone …
From my experience those people that fail are the ones that quit too soon or have insufficient knowledge and training.
Internet affiliate marketing is a business and should be treated like one – open your doors and go to work for 8 hours a day.
Like all businesses it goes along the following lines:
- Learn how to run all aspects of a business – this includes the accounting side, marketing, production or supply, sales, tax, business laws etc.
- Create a business plan.
- Decide what your product will be.
- Recognise and understand your potential market.
- Open your business every day at the same time and work at it – consistency in any business is key.
- Create awareness within that target market and get them to look at your business.
- Solve their problems for them.
- Accept that there will be both good and bad days/weeks/months
Watch this short video from Neil Patel, one of the great affiliate marketing gurus.
Would You Start a Business With No Knowledge? … I hope not!
Obviously you are not going to leap into a business when you know little or nothing about running a business.
You can learn how to run a business by going to university or by learning on the job from others. Both these methods take time and require your attention to detail.
Once you have your “piece of paper” you will still then need to accept that at times things will not go smoothly and all businesses have aspects to them that you hate.
Here’s a conversation I had this morning with a young lady on FaceBook who is trying to promote Bitcoin mining to me (grammatical and spelling errors intentionally left in):
Her: Where are you from?
Me: New Zealand
Her:Have you heard of bitcoin mining before?
Me: Yes but never looked into it
Her: Do you have a bitcoin wallet
Her: First you need to have a bitcoin wallet for us to proceed. (Includes a link to Bitcoin for me to sign up at this point).
Me:I’m not proceeding with anything until I know what it is about.
Do you seriously expect me to just jump on board – even if it is only a dollar?
Please explain the whole thing to me for me to even consider it.
Her: Sorry Mr I tort you said you’ve heard of bitcoin mining. My condolences.
Me: WTF? I said I’ve heard of it but never looked into it.
Her: Okay. Bitcoin is a crypto currency, a form of electronic cash(money). It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.
Well bitcoin mining is a save investment where you get your profit after investing in 24 hours.
Me: What is the initial investment and how do you make a profit?
Her: With the help of our S9Antminer machine one’s it connected to our S9Antminer machine you can be able to see your profit for yourself grow.
This is our list of investment the minimum start up investment capital is just $100 you now be earning up to $350 daily.
$200 earn $900 daily
$250 earn $950 daily
$300 earn $1000 daily
$350 earn $1100 daily
$400 earn $1200 daily
$450 earn $1250 daily
$500 earn $1400 daily
Me: That does not make sense at all. Sorry to be so sceptical but I have to ask how I make that profit?
Why would you want me to join?
Do you get a commission for me joining?
Would I have to recruit others?
Can I spend my profit or take it is cash?
Her: Ones you make your withdrawal you send me my 10% for my commission of my good work.
You can be able to make your withdrawal thru your bitcoin wallet after 24hours of trade.
You do not have to recruit others just investment and withdraw your profit after 24hours of trade
The conversation more or less ended there.
I have no idea how Bitcoin works but it is pretty clear to me that this young lady has no idea about running a business and wants her results fast with minimum effort.
Affiliate Marketing Training Program … essential for success
Are there any registered universities that offer affiliate marketing training?
I should imagine there would be but ask yourself these questions:
- How long would it take?
- What would it cost?
- Would it guarantee me a job on graduation?
The average business degree takes 4 or 5 years at a cost of anything from $10,00 to $50,000.
And then when you graduate you would probably land a managerial position slowly working your way to a point where you feel confident and experienced enough to branch out on your own.
So all in all say 5 to 8 years from now.
Taking into account how fast the inline world is changing and growing that is an awful lot of opportunity time to miss out on.
There is another way to get the training you need in a matter of months – not years. With the correct training and support you could have a five figure income within 12 months a total cost of under $400 for the full year.
- No experience needed.
- No product required
- Work in your own time
- 24/7 support
- Limitless opportunities
- And there’s more ways to make a living from what you learn
See my review of Wealthy Affiliate University.
More Than Just Affiliate Marketing … opportunities abound
One of the interesting aspects of business are the amount of ideas that open up to you.
These ideas can be both a blessing and a distraction and it is important to stay focused on your core business plan.
As an affiliate marketer using Wealthy Affiliate as my home base I have learned to make money:
- Building and flipping websites – huge profit margins.
- Buying and flipping websites – fairly easy money for a quick and healthy return..
- Building sites for small local business owners – undercut the BIG players for a great profit.
- SEO strategies – companies pay a fortune for SEO services.
- Sourcing and selling keywords – helping clients understand what their customers search for and implementing a simple market plan.
- Hosting – host sites for businesses at a fraction of the price while making a big profit.
- Create your own products to sell online for a nice tidy profit.
Conclusion … or the start of something big?
Affiliate Marketing – does it work?
It sure does if you are prepared to work at it the correct way. And in order to work at it the correct way you need to understand some basic affiliate marketing techniwues and learn the skills to incorporate them.
If you are expecting a get rich quick scheme – then I am afraid this is not for you.
If you want a long term sustainable business then affiliate marketing could be the way to achieve your wildest goals.
When can you expect to start earning money?
That will depend on a lot of factors. The most important being how much time and effort you put in. Someone working 4 hours a week will take 10 times as long long as someone working 40 hours a week.
It’s not rocket science – its plain business sense.
How many hours a week can you dedicate to your business? Let me know below.
Feel free to ask me anything you like I will get back to you within 24 hours.