You get reminded often that affiliate marketing is a long term project – not an easy get-rich-quick solution – which is very true. I started this blog a bit more than 1 year ago and I now FINALLY see that it is starting to pay off.
It has been lots of hard work, lots of content writing, and lots of SEO work. It can be tough to come up with valuable content that people want to read, and at the same time choose keywords that are competitive, so that your articles have a chance to rank on Google (and other search engines).
However, I would advice to not place too much focus on keyword research, and make it decide what you are blogging about. The articles can come out a bit “stiff and pale” if you do not have the heart in what you are writing about.
If you stay active with frequently posting new articles, and write relevant and interesting content, you are going to rank on search engines and be able to compete with other affiliates anyhow.
Try To Solve A Problem For Your Readers
Another thing you are taught in various affiliate marketing educations, which is crucial to becoming a successful affiliate marketer/blogger, is to always “solve a problem” for the readers. One way of problem solving is to offer well written product reviews, or reviews of programs, services etc.
At the time I started I felt that the review niche was a big over saturated, so I went in another direction working to “solve a problem” with providing tips on jobs you can do from home, and also how to get started with your own online business.
Another strategy I decided to go for that came natural to me was to be open and transparent with my mistakes, for example as an eCommerce seller (Amazon FBA, dropshipper, and online retail) to help others avoid those mistakes. People tend to appreciate transparency.
In the early stage of my blogging I did a lot of keyword research, but later on moved more and more away from the research and instead shared information about the issues I was facing on my journey.
Know that it will always be people out there that are running into the same problems as yourself, and they will – most probably – Google solutions on how to solve the problem. If you have posted an article about how you solved the issue, they will find your website.
The First Step Is A Website/Blog
There are so many ways to work with affiliate marketing, and so many affiliate programs out there that offer great commissions for you to market their products. The only thing that is a must for everyone that wants to get into this field is a website.
You Need A Website/Blog To Be Able To Market Different Affiliate
Programs And Products
Nowadays, there are many platforms you can use that offer pre-made websites that you can easily add your text content and images into. One of these platforms is Shopify.
If you are a bit more advanced in working with websites and understand a little bit of code, WordPress is a great option. Absolutely the best platform according to me. You can choose from tons of free WordPress themes, and use various WordPress plugins for extra customization.
If you do not wish to take the time needed to create your website/blog, I can help you developing your site. With my other business, Face It Design & Marketing, we offer web design, search engine optimization (SEO), graphic design, and social media marketing.
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What Will It Take For You To Succeed As An Affiliate Marketer?
The simple answer to this is LOTS of TIME and EFFORT! You need to prepare yourself that you are working towards a long term goal and not just for quick, easy money.
The time aspect is the most difficult as an affiliate. Many people expect too much too fast and get disappointed when they do not see results during the first year.
I am not saying that you will not see ANY results the first year, just that it will not be enough to live on at first.
The more you produce content, find more and more affiliate programs, and are monetizing your blog, the more you will make. There are some affiliate marketers that make over $10.000 a moth and that is what I personally aim for. The model above is a basic illustration of how affiliate marketing works.
Good Reads Before You Get Started With Affiliate Marketing/Blogging
If you want to check out a more detailed description of affiliate marketing, what it is, and what affiliate training program is the best, you can check out my article:
To find out the exact steps on how to make money as a blogger, you can check out this article:
A Red Flag!
I have to wave a red flag for a common mistake people make when they start out with affiliate marketing, which is a waste of time if you ask me. In many cases you may start out with an affiliate marketing training program to get the basic “know hows” to get started. These programs (listed in the article above about affiliate marketing training) are charging you a monthly fee to take part in their education.
The education is often good, but do not fall for the part where they suggest that you promote their program. Not only is this a waste of time, since so MANY affiliates are already doing this, but they do not have the decency to discount the monthly fees even when you market them for your life trying to recruit future affiliates. They get tons of visibility online for FREE and you get nothing to very little back in return.
I fell for this when starting my affiliate marketing journey, but I could not even get 1 person to sign up for the program. I spent hours and hours writing articles and marketing the program for NOTHING in return. If they had discounted the monthly fee during this time, it would be worth some of the effort, in exchange of free education.
If you think this business model may be for you, you are welcome to contact me for private coaching. I will help you get started building your online business as an affiliate marketer.
It is easy to get stuck sometimes and lose faith in the process, and this is when you need your coach to motivate and push you forward. Send me an email to email@example.com and I will get back to you asap.
Together we will reach success!
About The Author
My name is Stina Pettersson. I am the founder of Make A Living From Home and Get Happy e-Deals. I am the author of the articles on this site. Originally from Sweden, but love the warm weather in Florida where I now reside.
I help people to start their own online business and make a living from home. I am especially fond of helping people interested in eCommerce – Amazon FBA, Dropshipping and Online Retail to get started and make a good living from home.
I hope I will get the honor to help YOU achieving your online success.
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