How many have dreamed of leaving their 9 to 5 jobs and just start earning money from their laptop? Imagine sitting in a nice café, sipping a cup of steaming espresso, and working at your leisure; or even better, on a deckchair by the hotel pool on some Caribbean island. Who hasn’t heard those words “making money while you sleep”?
That is affiliate marketing. You promote other people’s products by inserting affiliate links on your website. When your readers click on those links and buy something, you earn a commission. Sounds easy, right?
According to Pat Flynn, “Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting another company’s product (or service). You find a product, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
You can be very successful in this, even turning this into a full income.
Who Does What?
By now, you already have an idea how it works, but let’s go into detail. According to Wikipedia, there are four parties here:
- the merchant
- the network
- the publisher
- the customer
The merchant is the retailer, also known as the vendor, the one who sells the product. That could be any company that offers products and services. For example, Avon, or Art of Tea.
The publisher is the affiliate, the one who blogs on his/her website and promotes affiliate links of the merchant.
The customer finds the article, and if interested, clicks on the link and makes a purchase.
Is Affiliate Marketing Easy?
No, it’s not, but don’t let that stop you. It may not be easy and it may take a while before you start earning money, but once your income begins to grow, it will keep on growing. So, affiliate marketing sounds promising, but it is not a quick money scheme and it takes a lot of hard work, time, and patience.
If you are willing to put in hard work and time and if you have patience, please keep on reading. Affiliate marketing brings many rewards, and not just monetary.
How Do You Get Traffic to Your Website?
Ah, here comes the work. How do people come to your website? Usually, you type in a search in Google and then a list of links appears, all of them websites. There are tons of pages that feature websites. When you scroll down on Google, you will see that there are ten pages, and after those ten, many more will come, thousands of them. How many of those pages will you check? The first one, right? Perhaps the second one too. After that, that’s about it for me, unless I am very determined in my search 😉
As a website owner, your goal is to be on that first page on Google. So, how do you achieve that?
Let’s start with the beginning. First of all, how do you become an affiliate marketer?
- Set up SEO on your website
- Start reviewing products in your niche. Write useful content
- Write reviews about products that you know. You have either used them or you have done plenty of research about them.
- When you write reviews, make sure that they are helpful to the reader. List both pros and cons, and always be honest. You cannot build trust if honesty is not part of your website.
- Take part in affiliate training courses and webinars. The Wealthy Affiliate platform offers a plethora of affiliate courses, including twenty free training videos.==> Click here to see a free webinar: Case Study, Scaling Your Business for the Long Term <==
- Promote your website on social media and aim to get website comments. Those comments ensure that Google notices your site and it will increase traffic. Let’s break down how to boost traffic.
Let’s Talk About Time and Money
How much time it takes to make an income with affiliate marketing is entirely up to you. It depends on the work you put in to it. I would be lying if I gave you an exact time frame. How many websites are screaming “Start earning money in 5 minutes!”, “Get immediate cash today!” How many of them are scams? All of them. If you, like me, do your research online, you have probably come across several scammers. Quick money? Sorry, no, that’s just a pipe dream.
Building a business takes time. It is the same for businesses that are not online, for example restaurants, hotels, stores. They do not rise up from the ground in one day. It took years of investments to get those businesses built. The same counts for online work. You are starting your own business! How exciting is that?
If you want it to succeed, then you have to be prepared to dedicate time, work, and patience. You could start earning money within three months, or within six months. It is different for everybody. That is why I am not going to tell you a specific time frame, because I would be lying and that’s the last thing I want to do.
It could take months, a year, or even more, but if you stick with it, the money will come. Then when that first commission comes in, you know that affiliate marketing works and that you can really create a full time income with this.
This is why I said that it is not easy. It is not easy to stick with a plan, to wait for months, or more than a year, to reach a goal. In affiliate marketing, numerous people have given up, because it took more than 6 months, more than 7 months, basically more than the time they were willing to dedicate to it. If you’re up for starting your online business, you have to be aware that you’re going to be in this for a while. Just, do not give up.
See, the hard part lies not within affiliate marketing; it lies within yourself if you have your eye on the treasure chest instead of your path. As with all pirate stories, it takes time to find those treasure chests, doesn’t it? In the meantime, you should enjoy the journey.
Is It Rewarding?
Yes! It is. Besides the monetary rewards, there are plenty of other rewards too.
- You gain knowledge
- You meet other affiliate marketers who support you
- You may even meet future business partners
- You gain a following on social media and on your website
- You see your online presence grow on Google Search Console – pretty exciting, that one
- You develop new skills
- You improve your writing skills
If you would like to start, the platform I recommend is Wealthy Affiliate. It is an online platform for people who want to build their own business. The website hosting is superb, and so is online support. The online community is second to none, ranging from affiliate newbies to actual millionaires who help others succeed. You can ask questions, and search for useful webinars and training in the classrooms. There is a plethora of information available and you can build your own websites on WordPress within the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
When you sign up, the founders, Carson and Kyle, are available for any questions – your own personal coaches – and you’ll also get me as your coach. I am always available for any questions you may have.
Is Wealthy Affiliate free? Yes! Absolutely, and no upsells at all! That’s a relief, isn’t it? 😉 You can remain a free member for as long as you like, and you could also upgrade to a Premium membership at only $49 US per month.
If you have any further questions, please let me know. I will be happy to help.