So we’ve started another year, 2018, hardly seems like it’s been 18 years since the millennium bug fizzled into nothing, George W. Bush was elected President after beating Al Gore, Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and the Dot Com bubble burst with thousands of DotComs going bust. And Harry Potter was in full swing with the publishing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the series.
There is quite a lot going on in 2018, February has the Winter Olympics in South Korea, which could prove interesting given it’s close proximity to North Korea and Kim Jong-un and Trump playing their own version of War Games. February also sees the start of another round of Middle Eastern Peace talks. Various elections happen throughout the year, Russia in March, possibly South Sudan in July, Brazil in October and US mid-terms in November. Here in the UK, Brexit continues to drag on, we have Local Elections in May and of course we also have a Royal wedding in May when Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle.
So all in all around the world it’s going to be a pretty busy year and tense in some areas!
But what about your year? What do you have planned?
For me, 2018 is going to be my best year so far, I’ve decided! It is going to happen.
I started the process last year to change career direction and move more into public speaking, in particular to hold events and seminars teaching self development, business and life success. My ultimate goal is to teach the principles needed for success in todays modern world to children and students before they leave school and university, all the knowledge and skills they are not taught in the current education system.
I have a long journey ahead of me and will be using Affiliate and Internet Marketing to initially fund my development and provide a living until the new challenge really kicks off.
Maybe you have also decided to change direction of simply just want to add another stream of income. Maybe you’ve already thought about Affiliate Marketing and are not really sure what it is, how it works and whether you can make money doing it.
If you have then this blog post is definitely for you.
So to answer the first question ‘What is Affiliate Marketing?’
Now if you’ve been around the internet for a while, you may already know this but for those of you who are complete newbies to this here goes…
Affiliate marketing is partnership between a web merchant and one or more affiliates where the affiliates share the revenue. The affiliate is paid a commission for referring clicks, leads or more often sales to the merchant and his/her products. The advantage to the affiliate is that he doesn’t have to worry about e-commerce, bookkeeping, or even customer support, but can still make money in a business where he doesn’t have the upfront costs of creating his own product.
So, do you have what it takes to be an affiliate marketer?
It is not easy to be an affiliate marketer. To be a successful affiliate marketer, you need to be acceptable to learning new skills on how to do affiliate marketing effectively if you are going to become good at it and make a profit. You need to learn how to listen to instructions and follow them.
You have to learn how to market the product or service you have decided to be affiliated with. Marketing is all about attracting someone to look at a particular product or opportunity. You should know how to market your chosen product effectively, as it will enable you to get thousands of visitors to your affiliate link which will hopefully transform into more sales. The best way to generate interest in your affiliate product is to build a simple website of your own, which you can use to promote the product. This means that you can provide more information about the product and become an authority on it.
Your own website also allows you to build a long term business by offering upsell products to your visitors. Your own website will allow you to become recognized as an expert in your field and making money will become easier over time. You can look for other ways to help your visitors and customers with interesting articles and posts about your chosen product or field. Many affiliate marketers become much more successful when they support their customers or online visitors and provide more value. Making a commitment to establish relationships with your customers and especially with visitors to your site can have a dramatic effect on your future success.
You should also be creative. The real key to becoming a successful affiliate marketer is to develop a good content based website, which provides value to your visitors first and foremost. You can use your content to provide recommendations to the affiliate products you are promoting without coming across as a sales person. You have to provide your prospects with good, quality content to keep them coming back to your site.
Don’t worry if you’ve never built a website before, there are many tools and platforms online now that make it very quick and easy to setup a website, which we’ll cover in a different post. Also don’t worry about the cost of setting up a website. Gone are the days when you needed to spend thousands of dollars on a web designer to do the work for you. Again if you don’t feel able to do the work yourself there are many cost efficient alternatives you can employ.
The next question might be ‘What can I promote as an Affiliate?’
The simple answer is ‘virtually anything’.
Ask yourself, ‘What products do you know the most about?’ and ‘Which products do you think you could do the best job of selling?’
Most people have a particular interest or hobby. Some people love books, some like music, and others like movies, even more people are into sports and traveling. There are also people who love to grow flowers and love pets. The list is endless but all these things help us to relax and forget our everyday problems and troubles and generally are common to many people.
Making money from a hobby could be a way to start making a little extra cash with affiliate marketing. Alternatively you could go online and do your own research for trends or problems people are having and then find affiliate products in the same niche or interest. Some popular areas are, Making Money, Pets, Relationships, Self Development, Golf and other Sports or Food.
Once you discover your specialty or interest, then you’ll need perseverance, patience, determination to get things going and continue to become profitable. All good affiliate marketers possess these qualities. You cannot be impatient and expect results immediately; too many online businesses fail due to impatience. You should also know your strengths and weaknesses, then build on your strengths and learn to develop your weaknesses.
The most important thing is to have a strong desire to succeed in affiliate marketing, because then you will do whatever it takes to become successful.