Learning how to make money with affiliate marketing isn’t rocket science, it’s simply a matter of learning to take the right steps in the right order. Once you’ve learned how to do a task you’ll want to keep a record of it so you can refer to it later if you need to. Eventually, you’ll be able to put several steps together and develop a system that makes you money. Of course, there are pitfalls involved with learning affiliate marketing as well. Here are 7 things you should know before you set out on your affiliate marketing journey.
#1. Be prepared to work – A Lot!
I probably just lost half of you, but that’s to be expected. You see, there are no magic buttons that will make you rich overnight online, though many snake oil salesmen would have you believe so. Working as an affiliate marketer is HARD and if you do have the guts to stick it out most of you will have invested hundreds if not thousands of hours in front of your computer. That being said…
#2. You need to find a mentor – Asap!
Making money online as an affiliate marketer is no different than learning any other task. What would you do if you wanted to learn how to grow tomatoes? You’d find someone that knew exactly how to do it and learn from them by either getting a consultation or buying their book, right? Well, affiliate marketing is no different. You’ll want to find someone that’s doing exactly what you want to do and then learn from them.
#3. It takes money to make money
I’m not saying that you have to have $1000 to start out as an affiliate, but there will be a minimum of expenses in order to get you started and then ongoing monthly fees for hosting. Also, the myth about throwing up a website and instantly getting millions of visitors is a lie. You have to generate traffic to your website and although you may eventually get some free traffic from the search engines, most ways of generating traffic will either cost you money or time. Be prepared for it.
#4. Avoid online distractions!!!
This is probably the biggest dream killer of all time. Most people that first start out in this business are overwhelmed by information overload. They get hit with so many offers, opportunities, garbage, scams, etc that they never stick with one thing long enough to make it work and then they end up quitting. How much progress do you think you’d make in the “real world” if you started a new job every week? I can answer that for you. Not much. Find one thing and stick with it until you’ve made it work!!!
#5. Stay focused
This is similar to #4, but not exactly. What I’m talking about here is focusing on your work. When you are working for yourself it’s easy to goof off, procrastinate, etc, but it’s very important that you put in at least 1-2 hours 5-6 days per week on your business. This isn’t like a job where you’ll work 40 hours and get a paycheck. It may be 1-2 months before you begin seeing profits come your way so if you “dabble” at this you’ll likely fail because you won’t do enough work in the short term to earn the rewards. Trust me, if you do this right, once it starts coming in it will become a steady stream.
#6. Avoid offline distractions!!!
This is the second biggest dream killer – your friends and family. They may have your best interests at heart, or they may not, but they will suck the life out of you and your dreams, if you allow them to. My family was convinced that I was wasting my time and that everything I was doing was a scam. They just couldn’t imagine anyone making money without getting a “job” and working for a paycheck. I’m telling you right now that this is hard to do, but you’ve got to avoid them and avoid the topic at all costs or they’ll start to get inside your head. Affiliate marketing works – period! Some people will try to convince you otherwise though. Don’t let them steal your dreams.
#7. Take action!
This is another big dream killer. You can have a proven blueprint on how to make a million dollars sitting in front of you, but if you don’t learn from it and take action then you’ll never make one thin dime. You MUST take action and fail forward. You ARE going to make mistakes as you go along, but as long as you continue to take action and build your business there’s almost no way that you can fail.
You can learn how to make money with affiliate marketing, as I said before, it’s not rocket science. However, you must treat it like a business, keep learning, stay focused and take action! Good luck!