The internet is quickly turning from the unknown land of scammers to a land of opportunity.
Millions of people make their living entirely online, and new business models are still being
developed and gaining popularity.
Affiliate marketing is one of those business models, and lots of people are making up to 6 and 7
figures by the end of the year just by promoting other people’s products. Even more people are
complimenting their full-time income with affiliate marketing as well.
Now, affiliate marketing is often recommended as easy money. After all, once you set up
everything, you can basically just sit back and mind something else while your website still
It’s not entirely that way. Affiliate marketing actually requires lots of work and patience before
you get to that stage.
Still, it’s one of the most promising business models right now if you’re willing to put in the work.
If you’re deciding whether or not it’s the right choice for you, then you came to the right article.
Let’s take a look at the basics
If you want to make money off affiliate marketing, you first need to understand how it works. A lot of people think they just need to promote other people’s products, and that’s fundamentally true, but it’s not the be-all-and-end-all of the business model.
You first need to find a good opportunity. With so many options, it can be intimidating, but you want to start by finding a niche: from general to specific steps. Look for niches with passionate audiences that you’re knowledgeable about. You’ll make it a lot harder if you go for a unpopular niche or a popular one that you don’t understand.
Always go for reputable companies, and read your terms and conditions carefully before
Then, you want to build your online presence. The most common approach is to create a blog
around your niche, but creativity is a huge advantage. The only criteria you must meet is that
you can use it to promote your offers and link to the products. Implementing email marketing is
also a great idea.
Finally, you start promoting your products with valuable content that actually offer something to
your audience. You can work on your SEO if you’re using a website, invest in paid ads, build
your email list, etc.
Affiliate marketing is a huge advantage for companies because it frees them from focusing on
marketing. They can dedicate themselves to developing and improving their products while
affiliates sell them.
On the other hand, it’s also a huge advantage for entrepreneurs, because it frees them from
focusing on product development. They can simply dedicate themselves to marketing products
already manufactured and tested.
It’s basically a win-win situation, but it doesn’t mean it’s a way to make money without any effort.
A few considerations
A lot of people sell affiliate marketing as a “get rich quick” scheme. They usually do it to take
advantage of people wanting to make money with little to no effort; as I’ve said several times
now, it’s doesn’t really work that way.
The reason why it’s so profitable and sustainable is that, in the end, you’re still being paid for a
legitimate—and dare I say traditional—service. Affiliate marketers basically make up the
marketing department of a company.
Nevertheless, it also means you need to put in as much work as you would with any other
profession. The difference is what happens after your work starts to make money: you’ll start
working a lot less.
Still, building your website, writing your content, and marketing, in general, isn’t really seamless.
You’ll surely run into failure more than a few ways, and you’ll spend months working before you
start seeing good money.
However, once it starts coming in, you’ll find yourself putting in less and less effort every week
or month, until you’re writing a new article every couple of weeks or so.
Conclusion: a few tips
There are some steps you can take to make sure you don’t fry your patience building your business.
Yes, you need discipline and resilience if you want to succeed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your life a bit easier with some ideas.
Firstly, I’ll repeat a piece of previous advice: go for a niche and products you understand and enjoy.
There’s little point in promoting something you find annoying. You’ll just get frustrated, not give
your best, and come off as inexperienced since you didn’t bother to learn more about it. It’s also
a lot easier to motivate yourself.
Finally, go for products that consumers want but not a lot of people are promoting. It’ll make it
a lot easier to attract costumers if you’re not competing with a thousand other marketers offering
the same products.