Can you actually make decent money from affiliate marketing? If you’re not willing to read the rest of the post, your answer is YES! Affiliate marketing is much different from any other form of income. Other income sources require you to have money in the first place. They also require you to store, ship, or deliver services/products. Take the hands-on away from your income source, and simply refer people to products.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is basically a referral program. It is different from a referral program though, because you don’t normally just receive a flat fee of $5 or something like that. You can earn hundreds, or thousands off of one sale. You need to figure out what it is that you’re trying to promote, though. Multi-level marketing is somewhat similar, through companies like Le-Vel. I participate in multi-level marketing as well, and profit very well from these programs. That’s not what this is though.
Why is this available?
It’s available, because you’re giving them your personal word, not just some ad. You’re writing a blog post, or a social media post, telling people what you personally recommend and why. A word of mouth advertisement is much better than a picture, which actually makes no sense, because a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Word of mouth is worth a thousand pictures, so take that, history!
What’s the catch?
There really is no catch, but you’re on the right post if you want the truth about affiliate marketing. It’s not a get rich quick scheme, it’s not something you set and forget, even though it’s called passive income. Some get rich, some do pretty good, and some fail. How well you do is up to you. Educate yourself. Check out uDemy, you’ll find that they have many awesome options to train you on things like affiliate marketing, or other passive income sources. I personally train on PluralSight, but the common choice seems to be uDemy. I can tell you, I convinced my company to switch to PluralSight, from our previous training program, because of their awesome content.
Where do I get my links out there?
Social Media is a great source of affiliate link views. Find yourself a pretty picture to relate to it, or use one of the affiliate program’s pictures, and make an eye catching post about your affiliate’s product.
Blogging is very simple to get in to, if I’m doing it, you can to. You can get started with VIPFunnelCloud or Hosting24. While these are both great web hosts, I prefer VIPFunnelCloud. You get what you pay for, when it comes to hosting, and I can say for sure that VIPFunnelCloud provides an awesome set of features, included with your hosting at no extra cost. You also get a free domain, if you purchase one of the higher tier plans – and they’re cheap, for unlimited hosting. I use the top tier plan. From there, you can install wordpress with softalicious installer, and it’s magically ready to go. Code-free.
Word of mouth is another great source to get the word out there. Just the other day, I was talking to my co-workers about Keeper Password Manager. They were looking for a solution for all the passwords that they always forget, and Keeper is what I use, plus they have an affiliate program. They were interested, and I said “Great, I’ll send you a text message with the link, because there was a link to get 15% off if you order today.” Simple as that.
Where can I sign up?
Here are some of the Affiliate programs that I take part in:
Other great places can be found by a simple google search. If I’m trying to post about personal development in the area of time management, I search “Time management training affiliate”. And viola, I get an affiliate link. Make sure you keep track of your affiliate links, and usernames/passwords. That is the actual reason I use Keeper Password Manager, they help sort out things like that.
What is your plan?
What are you going to do? Do you need help? Do you have suggestions? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll help you out!