Hi there, today I’ve have decided to be guided by Quora for the subject of my blog post. As you might well know Quora is my #1 fave way of getting free traffic. If you want to know why then you can check out this blog post I wrote explaining it.
So the title of today’s post is a question that was asked on Quora about affiliate marketing and the body of the text is my answer, which incidentally I will copy and paste as a reply, fulfilling my Sunday goal of answering a Quora question and doing a blog post and saving myself a bit of time in the process!
When it comes to learning affiliate marketing there are so many courses, classes and programmes to choose from not mention all the ‘gurus’ and ‘experts’ out there claiming to be living the life of their dreams and bringing extraordinary amounts of money, it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start and who to trust.
Hopefully I can give you some useful guidance on how to tackle this.
The first thing to be clear on is whether you are actually looking for an affiliate marketing course or are you looking to join an affiliate marketing program or a combination of the two? A course is going to be something along the lines of a step by step guide telling you what you need to do. This will give you the information on how to do affiliate marketing, but you will still have to away and find a person, business or company who run affiliate programs, and speak to them about becoming an affiliate so you can put what you’ve learnt into practice.
An affiliate program is a company or business or person who have products to sell, for example like Amazon and run affiliate programs so that people can make money from selling their products, but they won’t necessarily teach you how to do this.
A combination of the two is something more in-depth that not only explains the process but gives you the opportunity to put the steps into practice and make money as you go, so they provide the education and the affiliate program in one bundle.
Once you’re clear on exactly what you’re looking for, you need to take into account that everybody is going to tell you that affiliate marketing course or opportunity is the best. You get past this by doing your own due diligence.
You will need to spend time looking into what is being offered, what it claims to do for you or give you and what evidence is provided to back this up. Although it has improved massively; affiliate marketing still has quite a poor reputation and is considered by many to be one giant scam. There is a valid reason for this which is that in the past it has been full of crooks offering you the world and not delivering once you have parted with your money. As I have said this has improved massively but there are still some scammy and unethical marketers out there who are only too happy to take your money and provide you with rubbish in return.
The great thing about the internet is that it makes it really hard for these people to continue to do this without getting caught. A couple of high profile companies have recently had their businesses shut down by the FTC in America for being accused of being scams. People will shout about it to anyone who will listen if they feel they have been ripped off. So it’s up to you to find out who is running the program you are considering and check them out. Contact them or their support desk, Google them and Facebook stalk them. An ethical marketer or company will be open and answer you and get back to you enquiries. People who have gone through their course or program will indicate whether it’s good or bad. Obviously no one can please everyone all the time so reputable businesses may have some disgruntled people, but if the evidence is overwhelmingly positive then take it on board. If you’re still not sure, keep investigating until you are. NEVER part with your money if you’re not 100% happy.
Other things to look for when you’re doing your due diligence is how long has this marketer of company been around, the longer the better is a rule to follow.
Also what are you getting for you money? Are you paying for a one of piece of information or is there on-going support? If you’re looking at the combination option, where you get the education and the opportunity to sell and make money as you go; on-going support is one aspect that I believe is a necessity. Affiliate marketing is an evolving business and an opportunity that helps to keep you up-to-date on an on-going basis is always better than one that doesn’t.
If you think about it, it makes sense that they should offer you on-going support as an affiliate marketer because every time you sell something they make money too. It is in their interest to help you be good and stay good at it. If a company or marketer does not offer this, you need to ask yourself why. I am not saying that all affiliate marketing opportunities that do not offer on-going support are bad, I am just saying do your due diligence.
So to get back to the question in hand, whatever answers you get to this question, you cannot just take them at face value. You need to first be clear about exactly what you’re looking for and then you need to reassured about exactly you’re getting for your money.
Obviously I have short answer and suggestion your question which you can grab here, but of course don’t just take my word for it….!
I’d love to know your thoughts on this. Is there anything specificlly you look for or feel is vital when looking at affiliate marketing oportunites?