Just What Is Affiliate Marketing?
I know when I first started my blog I had never heard affiliate marketing before. Didn’t have a clue. I mean, just what is affiliate marketing? I have come to learn that affiliate marketing is something in which I can make money. Who doesn’t like to make money, especially if you can work from your home? So, just what is affiliate marketing??
This is the definition of affiliate marketing:
It is a marketing arrangement between, let’s say a blogger and a retailer that pays you a percentage of commission, getting traffic and sales generated from your website to theirs.
Can Anyone do Affiliate Marketing?
Yes, anyone can do it. Anyone can learn to do affiliate marketing. As long as you have a laptop or PC, and are connected to the internet, you can do this.
In my short time of doing this type of work, yes it is work, and you DO make money, I made money this past holiday season. It is not a get rich, quick program. There is no such thing as a get rich quick program. Believe me, I know plenty of people who tried all sorts of programs that wound up being a scam and taking them for a lot of money! If you run across anything promising to make you rich, and quick, on the internet, beware because it is a scam. I mean, think about it, if there was a get rich quick program out there, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?
Most of the folks I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in the affiliate marketing field are from all over the world. And come from all walks of life. The most common are:
- A single parent raising children on their own
- Baby boomers
- Business school students
- College students
- Consolidate your debt
- Criminal employment (employment for those with criminal records)
- Disabled individuals
- eBay Sellers
- Enjoys working on computers
- Fast food employees
- Interested in computer programming
- Internet marketing residents
- Laid off
- Learning a new skill
- Low salary employees
- Minimum wage workers
- Office Workers
- Online survey takers
- Part-time employment
- People looking for a second source of income
- People with a mortgage or about to foreclose
- People with tremendous health/hospital bills
- People who are really in debt
- People who like to travel a lot
- Real Estate Investors
- Receiving benefits that are not covering living costs, or will soon end
- Remote jobs
- Retired individuals
- School teachers
- Second job seekers
- Seeking a new career
- Summer break jobs
- University students
- Unsatisfied with current career
- Vets retired and/or disabled
- Wanting to work from home
- Workers wishing to retire, but are unable to afford to at the moment
Above is a small list of those that can make this work. As I stated previously if you have internet and a PC or laptop, you are good to go. AND, you get to work from home! I know people that do this type of work, while they’re at work. Those that have a lot of downtime within their jobs. Particularly those that work jobs such as desk security, standby/on-call maintenance workers. telephone operators, etc. Others go to the mall, a coffee shop, even the beach, and still work. How many of you can say you do this with your current job?
Also, keep in mind that the above list is also people you can target with your affiliate marketing, depending on what niche you decide to go with. A target audience. I personally know folks that are making 5 and 6 figures, a year, doing affiliate marketing. And there are many other people out there that earn a passive income for themselves and their families with affiliate marketing. You too can do this!
Can Money be Made, Doing This?
The answer is YES. I have seen retailers offer anywhere between 3% (very low end) up to 60%. Some of these commissions are what you call recurring commissions. Example: If you set up a lifestyle website, including dating. You can team up with one or several of the online dating companies. There are more out there than I thought. When a member, goes to a dating site, by clicking on an ad from your website, and signs up to become a member, they will pay a monthly fee every month and you’ll get a recurring commission every month as well. There are a lot of affiliate programs out there where you can earn recurring commissions like that. One really can not go wrong with affiliate marketing. There are so many affiliate programs out there, I mean millions of them. In every category, you can think of. And each one offers different percentages of commissions.
How Often Would I Have to Work at This?
Some of the people I know still work full-time jobs, so the hours they can dedicate are limited. But that’s ok. That’s the beauty of this kind of work, you work around your schedule. But remember, dedication is key. If you dedicate yourself, you’re off to a great start.
Now, I’ve been nothing but honest with you so far and I’ll continue to do so. You will have to work. And stay with it. Focus on whatever it is you’re hoping to achieve by doing this–money, travel, new home, sports car, etc. How much money is up to you. What you put into your business determines how well you do. Just like with anything else in life. No matter what, keep at it, and anything is possible. I wish I had learned about this years ago!
I’ve seen people start out by making $1.66 a day or even a week doing affiliate marketing. Did that stop them? Oh heck no. If anything that fueled them to work harder. Now those very same people are making $3000+ a month. Some, even that much a week. Affiliate marketing can be very lucrative. But it won’t happen unless you apply yourself, and work hard.
It’s no different from wanting that promotion at your 9 to 5 job. You apply yourself, focus and work hard for it. Right?? But, sadly, that promotion isn’t always given to the person that works the hardest for it, and that is very discouraging. I know that feeling firsthand.
But with affiliate marketing, you’re in business for yourself. You are a business owner. You are your own boss. You are in charge of how far you go. Pick your own hours, but remember what I said, if you don’t apply yourself and work hard, you won’t get anything out of doing this. Realistically that’s how it is with anything worth having. Of course, unless you win this Wednesday nights Lotto!
Being successful, and getting to work from home, does it get any better than that? In fact, you can take your laptop anywhere you want, and work. Anywhere!!! I travel back and forth between Indiana and Florida. I take my laptop with me and I can work. If I stop at a hotel, I can work for a couple of hours. Or at least answer emails. I can work on my website while I’m in the waiting room of my doctor’s office. If I stop for a bit to eat, I bring in my laptop-most restaurants have guest wi-fi (free!) I call it riding my laptop!
OK, let me get back to the above question, how often would I have to work at this? I look at it this way. If I were working a retail job, making minimum wage working in Indiana, $8.25 an hour, and I put in 15 hours a week, I’d be grossing $124 dollars a week. That’s before they take out taxes! Not a whole lot is it? The more you apply yourself with affiliate marketing, work hard, as many hours as you can, the more you will get out of this. It is your business, wouldn’t you like to see it succeed? Wouldn’t you like to succeed? Decide today, that you’re done making the bigwigs rich, and make yourself rich.
I have known people that started building their website, making it look really good. Add a few articles/posts/pages, joined a few affiliate programs, and put their affiliate links on their pages, and then stopped doing anything else. They’ll get online, look at their site. Check how much is coming in with the affiliate programs they’ve joined, and then close that window and head over to Facebook. And they are actually surprised when they’re not making any money. I’ve even asked them, “when was the last time you wrote anything for your blog?” And they’ll say “I dunno, a couple of weeks.” If you put nothing into your business, your business will go nowhere. No different from a 9 to 5 job. Are you starting to see the picture here?? Dedication, hard work, and persistence can bring you what you’re after, money. If your motivation is travel, maybe to where your grandparents are from, let that be your driving force. Maybe you’d like to give your loved one that car he always wanted, go for it!Whatever will motivate you, to make your business successful, do it! Visualize it! Make a dream board, and place it where you see it every single day!
The freedom of owning your own business, working from home, being your own boss, can be an awesome feeling. As great as that feeling may be, it is nothing compared to financial freedom! I love saying that word, financial freedom. What would that mean for you????
To me, it means, that my husband can retire early. We can afford full coverage health insurance. Pay off our home up north. We could travel. We bought a home, which is paid for, IN FULL, in Florida. We are currently renovating it exactly how we want it to be. Six years ago, we never even thought about a home for when we retire! We wrote a bucket list, and although we have a lot to check off still, we have been able to check off quite a bit. For example, went kayaking last September–checked that off our bucket list! I had never been kayaking in my life. It’s a blast! We plan on buying our own kayaks this summer. I can afford to do that! We’ve checked off quite a few of the gulf coast beaches here in Florida-their all own our list.
But, I Don’t Know How to Build a Website!
You don’t have to know how to build a website. Like I mentioned in the opening of this article, I had never even heard of affiliate marketing. I had spent 18 months searching for jobs that I could do from home. I love being on my computer. Being disabled meant I had the time on my hands, but it also meant I had to find something I can do online, that would give me an income. That’s how I know firsthand about how many scams are out there. I know of one person that dished out $9000.00 and has very little if anything to show for it. I did not want to become another statistic. Heck, I couldn’t have afforded it. And that is why I searched for 18 months.
I even searched on Indeed, but nothing offered the freedom that I have now. I had to work in one state or city. No traveling allowed. I couldn’t work from a laptop it had to be a desktop PC. You had to have a landline phone, no cell phones, I couldn’t use WiFi, had to have a landline for the internet. Too many restrictions, for me. A landline? Not my laptop? Really? With my father getting older, I didn’t have the option of just being in only one state!
Anyone Can Learn and do This
I was online, and I honestly don’t remember what I was doing, but I came across a page that was offering a free starter membership. I instantly did research on it, Wealthy Affiliate. Then I went back and I read what they offered exactly. What was being offered for free? They offered me training. Real LIVE training. Training with videos. And if I got stuck, there is a Live Chat I could post my question in and those in chat would answer my question, almost instantly. I had a mentor. They taught me to build a website—took me less than a minute to build! You don’t need to know any HTML coding.
With a free starter membership, you will learn so much. How to build your website, which is going to be the foundation of your business. They teach you to understand how you can make money online, with your website. You will learn how to set up your website to be ready for search engines. Which is what will bring traffic to your website. Then you will learn how to write content for your website. Real, interesting, engaging content. Content is key for your website. And you don’t have to even know how to write, you will learn!! The videos explain to you, step by step–might I add, how to add custom menus to your website. The videos will teach you about keywords. Keywords are what a person types into a search engine. And it is what helps you to write your content.
I know this sound like a lot, but you can go at your own pace. One mom I know gets to work about 2 to 3 hours a night. And a half day on Saturday, but she’s learning how to own her own business, from her own home, while her children are in bed sleeping. She’s there for them if they should wake up for any reason. This can be done!
So What are You Waiting For?
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No credit or debit cards is needed. You do not have to give them your name or address, no personal information is asked of you. All you need is an email account. You give them an email address, login and begin your training. If you don’t like affiliate marketing. Or find that this just isn’t for you, that’s fine. You have paid nothing, yet you will walk away with some understanding of affiliate marketing. And that you can be successful with your website. And you have learned how easy it is to build a website! So, what are you waiting for?? You have absolutely nothing to lose. Click on the banner below, and just read what’s on the landing page. Read it and then decide for yourself.
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