Can You Really Make a Living with Affiliate Marketing?
All the gurus say affiliate marketing is so easy.
If that’s true, why are there literally millions of affiliate marketers earning $0 month after month?
The thing is, affiliate marketing is NOT as easy as most gurus make it out to be.
You can’t just pick a product or service at JVZoo, Clickbank, Amazon, ShareaSale or Commission Junction and start advertising your affiliate link. I don’t care where you advertise — Google Adwords, Facebook, blogs or ad networks.
Do that and you will almost always burn through more cash than you earn in commissions every month. Unless you have very deep pockets you need to be a lot smarter about your affiliate marketing.
Over the years I’ve tried just about every affiliate marketing strategy known to man-kind. I now make a part-time income — mostly from affiliate marketing. I mix in a few other online income strategies as well, such as product creation and advertising income, but my favourite way to earn online is from affiliate marketing.
Today I’ll share some of my secrets with you.
Secret #1: Stick to Just ONE niche
I see far too many affiliate marketers build a site around “ebooks” and then try to sell ebooks via amazon or wherever, on all topics.
That’s a big mistake in my opinion. You need to stick to ONE niche that you know and like.
If your thing is knitting then build a site around knitting. Share your best projects. Share your worst screw-ups. Show them you’re human just like them. You can write all about it, make videos about it – however you are most comfortable sharing information.
Just don’t stray off the topic of knitting and try to sell affiliate products in the Internet marketing niche. Your audience will lose interest and see right through your sales pitch. But if you’re showing them how to knit a sweater, then you tell them you downloaded the pattern from x site, well, that’s different.
That’s how you make lots of sales over and over.
Here is how I started off – getting to know the basics and then I decided I just wanted to focus on driving traffic
in the beginning and I joined a very reputable program called Ignite to receive their extensive training and with this
training you also get to become an affiliate with them (Internet Profits) promoting Ignite to others, as well as their
ongoing support. You don’t even need to have a website or an email list to get going! Not only that but you will
actually earn while you learn! I have not heard of another training program that does this!
For a beginner this is ideal.
If you would like to check this out for yourself (you can keep your credit cards at bay 😉 then just pop your email
in and you will receive a brilliant free report bonus (in an email) which will have a link in it so you can reserve your
seat for the next available free webinar for this revolutionary system, which will
explain the whole Ignite program. It is pretty damn cool 😉
Just go here…. If not no worries at all! 🙂
Secret #2: Know what you are promoting – As in REALLY know it!
The easiest products to sell are the ones you use yourself. When I go back through all my affiliate promotions I can easily see that the top performers were the ones I really liked and used myself. Not always, but usually.
That’s why it is so important to promote stuff you would buy or have bought yourself. That way you can literally show potential buyers all the good and the bad of the product. That makes your promotions REAL and GENUINE.
Secret #3: Promote like you would to your parents or your mates.
As I mentioned, when you are doing affiliate marketing you are going to need to create some content around the products you promote. I’m talking about emails, blog posts, videos and well… ways to help potential buyers make a decision.
This is where many affiliate marketers go wrong. They go into sales pitches like a bad used car salesman.
Instead of doing that, you need to keep it real. Talk to them like you respect them, want to help them and can relate to them.
Talk about real world things. Inject a little humour. Keep it light and don’t pressure them. They’ll appreciate it and want more.
And yes, they might even buy from your link. If not this time, maybe next time.
Here’s an example of an email I sent out to my list a while back that generated a BUNCH
SUBJECT: This person spent 3 years on the crapper…
Can you believe it?
They looked back at the end
of their life and counted up
all the hours they’d spent
doing different things.
1 year scrolling thru the
2 years staring out of the
window wondering what
might have been
3 years spent on the toilet
Who is this person?
Yes – it’s a fact. Every one of
us spends an average of 3 years
of our lives on the toilet.
Crazy “shizzle” right?
Makes you think about all
the other things you might
be doing which are flushing
your time and money down
Seize the day.
This is not an exercise.
Either you want to be successful
and make lots of money online
or you don’t.
If you do then I can hand on
heart say this is the very best
opportunity available to you
right now (and you won’t be
flushing your money away);
You can check it out here http://tlbdigitalworld.com/lilguy
I went on to tell them about a great program I had been testing, and shared the affiliate link.
This type of affiliate marketing is not only more fun, it is more effective. More people will pay attention to you when you are not in their face screaming louder than the next guy about why they should buy.
Try this technique and I guarantee you’ll start getting better results with your affiliate marketing.
OK, let’s wrap this up…
As you can see from today’s issue, if you want to earn serious commissions with affiliate marketing, you need to put in some time and effort.
You need to be creative. And you need to take as many lessons from experience marketers as you can.
Follow the stuff they do that works. Copy them when you can.
In fact, you can copy 1 of my mentors (and online millionaire-so he knows what he’s doing!), Michael Cheney’s copy if you want to.
He has a brand new course where you can just copy & paste all his past “soft-sell” conversational affiliate promotions (like the one above) from the last year and all his future promos/products!
You can get all of them (hundreds!) along with a list of all the top programs he used them on. You can use them on the programs I promoted, or use them on your own stuff.
You can use them as email solos, follow-ups, blog posts and in your articles. Just use them! They generated a lot of great feedback and a ton of sales, and they can do that for you!
If you want to start generating full-time affiliate commissions in your spare time, this is probably the easiest way to do it without doing all the work yourself.
Disclaimer: If you do end up purchasing through the above links, I will receive a small affiliate commission but you will receive my SEO software white labels right-so you can personally use it and/or sell it yourself!
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