Can you make money with affiliate marketing? It is something you can start today with little preparation at no cost. So it is no surprise that many people falsely disillusioned by the whole affiliate marketing so easily. "I've tried it, but it's too complicated. There's too much to learn in order to earn very little. Plus I'm too busy right now, I might try again in the future."
Unlike any other businesses, you don't have to start-up at the 'startup point'. Signing up with an affiliate program, virtually, is all the 'preparation' is. When your application is approved, you're already good to go - start promoting products on seller's behalf anywhere and by any method so long as permitted by the agreement. Without having to take the important startup process - researching and learning - affiliate marketing is so easy for anyone to try light-mindedly then to give up.
The fact that many affiliate programs keep your affiliate status valid indefinitely probably does not help, either. You quit for now because you're not making any money, but you might try again in the future when you feel like it.
Successful marketers' primary focus is not on 'selling', although there are certain sales technique. The key is to focus on helping others. Because products and services are created and sold to solve problems (like food to stop hunger). And people continuously innovate to provide ourselves extra comforts (like gourmet food range or automatic parking system).
This is more so with affiliate marketing. We're not sellers, we are in fact at the opposite end, i.e. users. We need to help fellow users by giving advice and telling them your experience with the products. That will help sellers sell, and your affiliate commission only comes in as a result of that.
Forget About The Money
If you do something just for money, you'll unlikely to see positive results. People pay in exchange for a product or service when they feel the price is fair. If your mindset is simply about transferring money from someone else's wallet to yours, no healthy trading relationship will exist... Universe doesn't allow it, to put it spiritually!
Our own happiness and success are primarily dependent on giving and, only unselfish mindset can see what others really need. When you're able to genuinely help, that's when the money starts to come in.
You Have To Love What you Do
You won't go very far by doing something that you don't like just for the money. Although money can motivate you and you might see a short-term success if you're lucky, it's generally unlikely and it's definitely not sustainable.
Choosing a niche is very important with affiliate marketing to start with. You should be prepared to learn about the niche inside out. Means the niche should be something you love, something you're passionate enough to spend money yourself for and willing to research, hear other people's opinions by reading user reviews & comments continuously. Because people buy your 'absolute confidence' in your niche, and the only genuine factor to gain confidence comes from your passion!
Be Yourself And Believe In Yourself
You don't have to try to be perfect to gain trust from others. You certainly shouldn't try to be someone else rather than you. People see through you if you pretend. The only way to stay unique is to be yourself and be sincere. There are so many others, but you are the only one (stating the obvious!)
And more importantly, believe in yourself - if you don't believe in what you are or what you do, you will never believe in your income!
Negative Product Reviews
Helping others means that if you wouldn't buy a product, you tell your readers so, and tell them why. That's another way to gain your trust, but here's my dilemma. I'm a strong believer of the Law of Attraction and Positive Thinking. I don't personally like to pick up a scam product only to criticise from top to bottom. You always find positives in a negative element, but that's not always the right thing to do ("He's a murderer but has a very good heart!") So I choose to ignore scammers completely instead. Though if I had a bad experience by losing a lot of money to a scammer, I'd be prepared to warn others.
Never Stop Learning
Earning passive income through affiliate marketing is a great thing. Once you successfully refer someone to join a membership, you'll receive a recurring commission - monthly or yearly - as long as your referral keeps paying the membership fee. But you should never overestimate inviting words such as;
- Earn while you're asleep
- All-Done-For-You system.
It's not that easy! A lot of people are led to believe that affiliate marketing is "All-Done-For-You", simply join, never learn, fail... and simply quit. You need to keep learning - you need to keep analysing the referral traffic such as by using custom links and see where your referrals come from. (e.g. Via your website? Via your social media posts?) You also need to keep yourself updated with latest technique - whether the SEO if blogging, or copywriting if you're sending email swipes.
Can You Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?
Yes you definitely can, as long as you maintain your mindset genuinely to help others, and take the right steps to learn. In this way, you won't have to find money but money will find you.