Is affiliate marketing worth the time? The answer depends on how you value your life. I'm not patronising you, it's just the truth. An affiliate marketing as you may know by now, is about promoting someone else's products for commission. Affiliates are essentially similar to shop assistants. Some choose the job because they love the brand, and they genuinely love to promote the products, while others purely work for money and hard-sell for more money.
If you were to compare these two jobs against each other, the advantages in affiliate marketing would be;
Of course there are some disadvantages of being an affiliate marketer. No basic salary. Working from home in pyjamas will turn you into a lazy ass... And possibly a creepy dumbo from social isolation... Go get a job and these problems will be solved easily though! Especially if you miss face to face interactions. And you can work online as an affiliate using your spare time.
But how is affiliate marketing worth it? Is it fulfilling as a career?
Build Your Own Brand - While You're Young!
So there are millions of affiliates in this world who promote someone else's products day-in, day-out. It's easy to become one (like me) but it's just one of great ways to live an easy life. Is this a career? I personally wouldn't say it is, but perhaps it is. Am I proud to be an affiliate marketer? Not particularly! So why am I doing this? Because I'm retired.
I'm 54 and my brain's rotting. My professional development days are over, and I'm happy this way. I value my family life, my love life, my pet dog, friends and vacations much more than anything else. I would recommend affiliate marketing to anyone who wants a freedom, no doubt. But I also admire those who have a big life ambition like I used to have. Affiliate marketing is worth it as a step to the freedom. But if you're young - when you get the freedom, it's great but don't just stay there. Try using your time to find bigger possibilities. Think of starting something of your own and build your brand, rather than being just an affiliate. Life's so very short, you'll soon die!
You know, people say "You're never too old to" learn, fulfil your ambitions, etc? I absolutely agree, but your physical capability will be so limited when you pass a certain age. You'll need to sleep. It will take you longer to digest information. So if you love the world of internet marketing, think about creating something that no one else's offering to stand out from the crowd! That'll be your brand, and your career. You'll regret that you didn't even try otherwise.
Famous Affiliate Marketers
Having said all that, there are already many affiliate marketers who make millions of dollars and websites with thousands of daily visitors. Each of them carries an affiliate as a brand in well-established way.
For example Jeremy Schoemaker. His website ShoeMoney.com is full of useful SEO tips and marketing advice, as well as motivational posts and case studies.
Pat Flynn who owns SmartPassiveIncome.com teaches not only affiliate marketing but email marketing and other online business strategies. His "The Smart Passive Income Podcast" covers all sorts of internet businesses.
John Chow is a real award winning affiliate marketer who's also published books and teaches the way to success at live events. He also has a huge number of followers.
These three marketers have all been successful in the business for 10+ years, and their main focus is no longer about promoting products but to share his knowledge in affiliate marketing itself and make a living from it.
Millions of bloggers are following this path (including myself!) - by writing about 'make money online' and promoting promoting related products at the same time as an affiliate.
How Is Affiliate Marketing Worth It?
It's worth it, not because it's a extraordinary way to make a living in my personal opinion, but because it gives you a freedom - time and financial, so you can focus on what you really want to achieve in life.