How Affiliate Marketing Works
In this lesson you will going to find out exactly what Internet marketing is and how it all works. As seasoned affiliate marketers we can tell you that when it is done right you can make a great deal of money all by working from the comfort of your own home. Throughout this post you will get a good idea of how affiliate marketing works and get a great idea of how to get started.
You will probably already be aware there is a great deal of hype around affiliate marketing and at the same time there is a great deal of bad advice, bad products and bad “gurus” who leave people in the wrong direction. However with this training you will realise that earning a full-time income through affiliate marketing is a distinct reality. We have both done it, trained others to do it and now we can train you how to do it.
So How Does Affiliate Marketing Work
For those of you that don’t know the principle behind affiliate marketing is very simple. You get people to buy products or services from certain vendors and you get a cut of the sale. This is standard business practice even in the off-line world. Imagine a travel agent, they sell flights on behalf of the airlines and for everyone they sell they will get a percentage commission. Affiliate marketing is just another way of bringing the off-line world into the digital age.
The problem with affiliate marketing is much of the training you will find revolves around finding digital products from the likes of clickbank, building a site to promote them and getting a cut of the commissions. Okay you will get a high percentage, sometimes as much as 75% of the sale. But there is one major drawback with clickbank 90% of the product on their are crap.
What people seem to forget is that you can buy almost anything online. Most products will have an affiliate program from some vendor or other. Granted if you sell physical products to the commissions tend to be smaller however never discount this as it is a viable business opportunity. If you can drive enough traffic to people buying something for a small markup it can turn into a lot of money.
One thing you will find out about affiliate marketing and it is something that surprised me when I first started and that is that people will buy almost anything online. My first online venture was trying to sell some dog training guide. I the time I made a god-awful website and still managed to sell a few copies because I put it in front of people who were desperate for an answer to their problem.
Why Would You Want to Be an Affiliate Marketer
There are a great deal of reasons why you would want to be an affiliate marketer. Don’t expect things to happen overnight, however it does not take too long to be able to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted.
Here are some reasons why I think being an Affiliate Marketer is a great business opportunity for almost anyone.
- Starting out as an affiliate marketer requires very little investment. You can actually get started for just a few dollars. A little investment here and there can help things along however it is not essential. The only real cost is in your personal investment of time.
- Affiliate marketing gives you the ability to be your own boss. You don’t have to answer to anybody and for everything you put in the rewards are all yours.
- You don’t need to be an Internet whiz kid just a little common sense goes a long way. If you can write in good English and you can put yourself in the position of the buyer then you will go a long way.
- If you choose your affiliate marketing to be entirely natural search then your income will be passive. This means that your website gets natural traffic through the search engines and people visit your site and a certain percentage or make a purchase. This is known as passive income. The reason being is that aside from building the site and making it rank you have to do nothing else. Of course we never advise just resting on your laurels.
- You can work when and where you choose. In the beginning you will probably end up working quite a few hours to make sure everything is up and running as it should be. But when you have built a sustainable business (and affiliate marketing is a business) then you can work as much or as little as you choose. We do warn you however that once the money starts to come in it is extremely addictive and you do end up working the hours of a full-time job. The difference is you end up loving your work rather than loathing it.
Can I Really Make A Full-Time Income From Affiliate Marketing
In a word yes. In fact after a little time he will find that you are earning considerably more than an average full-time wage. But it is like any normal business in the fact that you get out what you put in. We will hold your hand through the training and help you get a head start but if you are dedicated to what you are doing, work hard and follow instruction then you will certainly be able to build yourself a new life as an affiliate marketer full-time.
How Much Money Can I Make As An Affiliate Marketer
Don’t expect overnight miracles, but steady growth. A full time income could be achieved in around 6 months and in 12 months you could be earning a wage equivalent to an executive. The best part about internet marketing is that there is no limit to what you can earn. The best affiliate marketers earn millions while the even an average marketer can earn several hundred thousand a year. Affiliate marketing is totally scalable, this means that you simple rinse and repeat your formula for success. The only limitations are what you impose on yourself. In the long run you can aim to create your own products that people will end up promoting for you. The way to succeed is to create yourself a kind of business plan. Do not be afraid to set yourself targets for certain dates, you will find you will achieve much more this way.
Both Pobman and Myself have multiple income streams. Many of you know us from our SEnuke training, however what many of you do not know is that that is just one of our many ventures. I myself built up a pretty successful SEO company but I ended up closing the doors because my internet marketing ventures were paying much, much more and I didn’t have to deal with customers moaning about rankings dropping a couple of spots even though they climbed 100 the day before. In short I had a dream that I was determined to live, I found I could do that by marketing products and teaching others to do the same thing. I still consult to some large corporate companies which is basically teaching what I know for huge fee’s.
There are a great deal of ways to make money online and selling products is just one of them. The way I try to teach my students is to think of themselves as a product as well. In the long term you should be looking to promote yourself and spread your expertise. There are many internet marketing coaches who will command $15,000 from bluechips for a morning’s work. Okay, that is an extreme case however it is of course possible. Even our own inner circle meetups normally sell for around $5000 per ticket (max 15 people), we aim to hold them in fantastic locations where we spend a week enjoying the sun, educating, networking and having fun. We have a firm belief that we learn more in relaxed surroundings and our students think the same way too. We have never spoken of the inner circle at Zont before, however there will be more information on this coming soon as we plan our next event.