One of the questions that crops in Quora on a fairly regular basis is ‘How difficult is it to start affiliate marketing?’ So I though I would address the answer in this post. Read on to find out the truth, and see if it’s something you could be doing now….
Traditionally affiliate marketing has been touted as one of the easiest ways to get started making money online, with all sorts of promises that you can soon be sitting poolside, sipping on an exotic cocktail watching the money roll in….
…Who wouldnt want this?!
Unfortunatley this is a bit of a myth, but there are some positives to be drwan from affiliate mareting if you know where to look.
The beauty of affiliate marketing is that it can be one of the easiest and cheapest ways of getting started making money online…
BUT don’t confuse this with it being an easy and cheap way of making money online, there is a difference!
Affiliate marketing can be very lucrative when the time, effort and right resources are put in to do it properly. Whilst the mindset and motivation to put in the time and effort is of vital importance, there is something else you need to do before this….
Affiliate marketing is not as easy as it usd to be, this is just an unfortunate fact, but things have changed as the internet has developed. But this does not mean that it’s impossible or ‘had its day’ it just means you need to be informed about the changes.
The best way to do this is to follow and learn from people who have demonstrated their success. There is no point in reinventing the wheel, if what they’re doing works, copy it but adding your own style or twist. Find these people on social media, get on their mailing lists, reach out to them and start building a relationship. Most people are happy to help where they can.
Choosing an affiliate programs that offer you the financial opportunities you’re looking for is vital. If you’re selling $20/$30 products for people and only getting a percentage as your commission from these products, you’re probably not going to be in a position to give up your day job any time soon (i’m just guessing that’s what your end goal is)! A good affiliate programme has lots of great opportunities and lots of support and training too.
If you’re serious about making it work, investing in a mentor is one of the best things you can do. I got myself a mentor a year ago, and have made so much progress since. My mentor actually explained to me the number one reason why most affiliate marketers fail, which was pretty insightful! I made a video sharing what he told me, which you can watch for FREE here and make sure you get things right from the get go!
Starting any online business is going to be challenging, but with the right mindset and guidance, affiliate marketing does not have to be difficult!
Please let me know your experiences and the challenges you have faced in setting up your own affiliate marketing business.