“Miles, can you actually make money from affiliate marketing?”
The simple, honest answer to this question is… 100% YES!
In fact, my wife and I have been in this affiliate marketing game for more than 10 years now… and honestly, it just keeps getting better. We’ve gone from making a measly hundred dollars a year, to a whopping six-figures-per year from affiliate marketing!
A lot of people think that affiliate marketing is complicated.
But the truth is actually the opposite. Anyone who is willing to do the work and put-forth the effort can make money as an affiliate marketer.
My wife and I are just two of the thousands of people out there enjoying the rewards of this lifestyle business.
Trust is actually the number-one thing to work toward, and I will explain why.
Trust is required for people to take action on your offers. If they don’t trust you, they are not going to be very likely to click on your stuff or sign up for anything.
Generally speaking, trust is built by creating and publishing more valuable content.
If you create content that will help your audience to solve their problems and get them closer to achieving their goals, you will be much more likely to build up that trust when the time comes to pitch an offer… because you will have already helped them.
As a general rule, you need to help them get results before you even show them any sort of affiliate link.
Provide a ton of value, and show them that you are here to actually help them. This is how trust is developed.
The thing about email marketing is that you have to know how to get conversions. You can’t just bombard them with offers.
You have to get people signed up for your email list by giving them the chance to opt-into it. Offer them a free course or ebook for signing up.
Then, you use email as the powerful trust-building tool that it is, and you deliver content that will actually help your audience with their problems.
Then, after 2, 3, or 4 weeks, you present a paid offer that will elevate their goals even more!
Make sure to include a storyline that explains how it will help them. Use copywriting to really sell it as something that will provide a ton of value!
Remember… when you are selling with affiliate links, you’re not trying to make a sale. You are actually trying to pre-sell the idea of this product, and then passing the customer on to the vendor for the actual sale.
But you want to warm them up to it by telling them how awesome it is, and by only recommending products that are actually going to help them.
If you’re just doing arbitrage, and sending people from Facebook ads to an affiliate link, bouncing them all over… you aren’t going to get many clicks.
You have to build that trust. Get them to opt in. Help them. Then, show them something that will help them even more (the offer). Warm them up to the sale. Tell them how this product has helped you and why they need to buy it to help them solve their problem.
How to Create Your ATM
Anyone can become an affiliate marketer. But if you want to walk away with 6-figure cash, you need to know how to nail down these three goals.
If you can meet these goals correctly, you can make bank in this business. I made this video to explain what affiliate marketing is not, understanding this affiliate marketing misconception cleared it up for a lot of affiliate marketing newbies.
Affiliate Marketing for Dummies Step 1 - Grow an Audience (Not a Niche)
First things first.
If you want to succeed at affiliate marketing, you need to work on getting those visitor numbers up.
You need customers!
And there are three things you have to have in place to make this happen.
Start Growing an Audience on One Platform
How do you connect with an audience, grow a business, and not get burned out?
You begin creating content on one platform only!
Try to crush Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and a website on day 1, month 1, year 1, and burnout will quickly occur.
The most valuable affiliate customers you can connect with are people that find you when they are looking.
Searching for a problem they need solved, an answer to a question they have, a what is the next step in “X” do I need.
Some people start with a blog, some start with YouTube or a podcast. Any of these will work.
This is where awesome copywriting really starts to come in. The better you get at copywriting, the better you will get at selling.
Your offer also needs to help your audience TODAY. Not next year. Not next full moon.
So create irresistible offers that will help them immediately. That is the goal!
Earn While You Learn - Affiliate Marketing For Dummies Success Plan
Now you know how affiliate marketing works.
But here is the biggest question...
Why affiliate marketing??
If you want to fast track your money-making journey, don’t possess a ton of skills from the get-go, and want to eventually create, present, and earn from your own products, then affiliate marketing actually ticks all of the boxes.
Affiliate marketing is THE fastest path to earning the kind of money that most people only dream of. And you can get started with it even if you’re not a pro on day one.
You can learn as you go, and earn as you learn.
The most important thing is that you focus on growing your audience and your email list… because ultimately, your list is your number one asset.
At some point, you’ll have the inspiration and time to create your own product, maybe not!
If you do, you can easily introduce it to your audience once the know, like, and trust factors are already set in place… because you will have been guiding your audience for quite a while at that point.
You will have used your presence and knowledge to solidify not only your expertise, but also your genuine concern and ability to help them solve their problems.
At this point, you will have been delivering real value for them for years!
And as you grow your audience and your list, you will also grow your income.
I want to start affiliate marketing in the Internet marketing niche. What offers should I promote, and how do I build trust as a beginner when I don't have any experience… only knowledge as a marketer?
This might be tough to hear, but it is true.
Do not even go into the internet marketing space if you’ve never made any money online!
I spent 13 years earning money online before I entered the how to make money online space.
Just like you wouldn’t try to climb Mount Everest with no training, don’t go into teaching internet marketing if you haven’t actually earned money doing it!
You need to master the skills before you can teach them.
If you really want to teach internet marketing, start with a different niche like these 9 internet marketers did. Make money doing it, practice for 3, 5, 10 years, and then start training people with what you’ve learned.
What do you think about a 90 day social media challenge while building up scripts and content, to then launch a 90 day WP or YT challenge?
I think it’s a waste of time.
You’re better off going straight into doing a 90-day challenge on your videos or on your blog posts.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is this.
“What is the easiest method for me to create content?”
Is it a blog post? Is it in audio format or a podcast? Or is it video?
Be clear with your content origination system, and really invest your time and energy into it. That’s how you deliver content more effectively.
Get excited. Be comfortable and passionate with what you are doing. Do what comes naturally. That is usually how you produce the best and most helpful content!
What themes would be great for blogging in wordpress for someone who is on a low budget?
If you don’t have a budget, you will want to go with free themes.
There are core themes that you can use if you have little to no dispensable cash. And one cool thing about these themes is that there are also upgrades available to give you cooler features later on.
Once you have a budget, though, you should really consider getting a Thrive theme membership.
They have the best themes on WordPress, hands down.
But stick with the freebies until you can afford to go with Thrive.
What type of affiliate site should a beginner start with? I don't have that much money to buy and review products. What other types of affiliate sites can you start?
I actually have a story that will help to answer this question!
Have you ever heard of Zappos?
Before Amazon bought them out, the Zappos owner started out by walking to the local shoe store and asking the owner if he could take pictures of the shoes and list them for sale on his website.
If you don’t have any money to get started, do it Zappos style! Be resourceful. Connect with store owners. Find products that you can offer on your own site for cheap, that could help people who are in the niche you want to focus on.
Create reviews for these items that would encourage other people to buy them.
You would be surprised by what you can do with a bit of creativity!
What is the best strategy to use when it comes to recommending products, presenting offers, and putting together a call to action?
When it comes right down to it, email is your best friend for this!
Email marketing can present its own challenges. But as a general rule, you just want to break the entire process down into manageable steps and go from there.
Talk about the next topic in your current email. Get people excited about your offer before they even see it. Help them to see what they need and what problems they are facing, even if they are currently unaware of these problems!
Tell them why this product will help them. Tell them how it helped you, and why you would recommend it.
Name all the benefits, then lead them to the affiliate product by giving them the link.
Tell them to click the link below and learn about the course or product that helped you!
That’s how you send your email with an effective click-to-action that will really compel them to take action.
Affiliate marketing is a gold mine that anyone who wants to make money from their computer should dig further into.
But it’s not an instant money-making machine.
You have to put in time, energy, and the right techniques to get it going the way you want it.
So apply the tips and tricks I have shared with you here. Cultivate trust and relationship with your audience, and always give them the value they deserve.
Nurture your customers by being genuine and authentic in solving their problems. Doing all of these things can really help you to guarantee your affiliate marketing success!
Let me know if you have questions, and we’ll get you set up on your path towards being an affiliate marketing pro before you know it!
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Miles is a full time internet marketer who sells information products and a niche membership program with his wife, Melanie. Together they have created a lifestyle business that allows them true location independence and this blog where you get to see behind the scenes and see how they have built their online business from scratch.