Becoming a successful affiliate marketer is getting harder and harder with so much competition online not worry, there are 3 things that are going to give you an edge and a fighting chance and they are:
- Too many people quit rather quickly
- There are a lot of tools you don’t know about that will help you make it and
- I am about to show you a proven way of how to become successful in this business.
I have to warn you, this is going to be a long post, but I assure you; if you have your thoughts set on becoming an affiliate marketer, then you are going to want to read this post carefully.
So put the kettle on, make some hot brew, lean back on your chair and let me show you the steps I took to become a successful affiliate marketer online.
Steps To Becoming A Successful Affiliate Marketer Online
Picking The Right Niche Is Always Important
If you want to have a fighting chance at becoming a successful affiliate marketer online, one thing you need to do right now is to pick a niche (which in other words is your website / blog topic).
Also, it’s important to make sure you pick the right one for you. The topic of how to pick the right niche is a complex one which you can see here but since we’re on the topic, let me tell you why I think it’s important that you do this step very careful.
One of the main reasons why I struggled at first because I had no idea what a niche was in the first place, and once I understood what it is and how to go about creating an authority site focused on one niche, I chose not one, but many, many niches that were just wrong for me.
Why were they “wrong”? The main reason was they weren’t niches, but rather I thought that they will make me easy money (which is never the case in any niche you choose).
This meant that for years, I was pedaling away at something I did not like and eventually had to give them up because I ran out if ideas, they were not successful and got bored with it.
This means that for years I spent an ungodly amount of money setting up websites, buying up plugins, premium themes, collecting subscribers and not to mention the hours I put down in this thing.
At the end of it all, it was a disaster and I had gotten nowhere and made absolutely $0.
Now this site you’re reading right now was the second blog I launched and (clearly) it didn’t fail.
The main reason is this: I love blogging, I knew what I was talking about, I was genuinely interested in learning more and more about blogging (as I was running my first one) and I had the patience to let it ride.
For the first 9 months or so; this blog got me nothing. Shittt.. have I made a mistake again and wasted a lot more time?
The answer was that no I didn’t’ because I had learned a lot about blogging and while there was (there still is) a lot of competition in this niche, none of the others could compete with me because I had my own views (and they had theirs obviously), so this gave me an edge and a drive to keep going.
Needles to say; here we are 4 years later nearly and this blog is now my biggest earner bringing in around 80% of my overall income.
So the lesson here is this; picking the wrong niche can mean losing a lot of time, energy and money.
But what if you happen to pick the wrong niche?
Well, then you get on with it and try again if you really want to have your location freedom business online.
The main step you have to do now is to simply go with your gut, look at what you like to read / talk about and experiment with it and go with that.
If you genuinely like it, I am sure you can make it through the initial learning phase and become a successful affiliate market in your own right.
Ok, enough positive vibes for now, let’s get on with this:
Knowing When To Get Out Is Also Important
If you pick a niche that you actually enjoy, but for some reason it’s just not working out, then do not be afraid of pulling the trigger and walking away.
This piece of advice contradicts with what I will be talking about next (patience) but there is no harm in walking away if that is what you want to do.
However; let it be for the right reasons.
If you have not made any money in your first week, that is not a reason to quit. If, however you go through a year without making at least some money and there is no hope in sight, then it is time to walk away.
*Please note that I also believe that every niche can be profitable and if you know what you are doing, any website, in any niche can make money in a year. That is why it’s important to know what you’re doing, which we’ll also be talking about later on in this guide.
Failure is, and will forever be, a part of your learning curve.
I know there are a lot of mistakes that I still have to do and that’s ok, I have learned from the past 5 years of experience online that it will, eventually, work out for the better.
Do not let one failed blog ruin your goals and dreams of being free, independent and running a successful business online. Take it in stride, be hard working but if you feel things are not working out, cut your losses and try again.
Ok, continuing on from the previous point here, I’m really trying not to deliver contradicting advice that will just confuse you before you even start.
Patience is really a virtue and if you can suffer the learning phases of becoming a successful affiliate marketer online then I have no doubt you will eventually get there.
I know I told you that if you see a niche or industry is not working out for you, the get out of it but that does not mean abandon your goals.
It actually means that you should now double down, learn from your mistakes and start a new project instantly (that very same day if possible).
I network and tutor a lot of aspiring affiliate marketers online through my mentorship at Wealthy Affiliate, and I work closely with each and every one of my students doing weekly and monthly reviews of their work.
The most common mistake I see these people do is not not having great content or not knowing what they are doing, but an ungodly lack of patience.
Some even make money and yet still decide to quit. I understand that after 6 months of constant work, making $1.30c is not something to be joyous about, but that is usually the starting point of the whole show.
Ever since I made my first dollar online, I have always managed to increase it month after month since then and I have been earning for around 4 years now.
Is it hard to suffer it?
You bet. But that is why you have got to have the right niche (so at least you’re enjoying what you’re doing), have a good understanding of what it means to become an affiliate marketer and then keep chuggin at it until those few cents you’re making a day become hundreds of dollars per day.
And believe me it does happen that way. Just take a look at how this guy started from month 1 making $0 and by month 12 he was making $10,000 a month. He breaks down his exact steps and his monthly figures as they keep growing and growing.
Picking The Right Products To Sell
Luckily, as affiliate marketers, we do not have to create, manufacture, promote or ship a product that we have created ourselves.
Coming up with a product that will actually sell well is a hard thing to do these days but affiliate marketing allows you to find products that are already selling well and then you can sell them on your own site to your own readers and make a commission of that product (given that the product has an affiliate program).
So, our business here is selling products that others have created and making money off that.
Where and how do we find products and how will we know if it well sell good?
There are many affiliate programs out there, and if you’re a beginner to all of this then I suggest you read a post I did a few months ago revealing the 4 best affiliate programs for beginners.
If you do not know what an affiliate program is, I suggest you read this post before you continue reading this one.
Now, there are good products to promote and bad product to promote and by that, I do not mean the actual quality of the product.
That is up to you and how you share your findings about certain products in your reviews (which we’ll be talking about next), but before you decide to promote a product. Look at these 2 main things:
Is the product selling well?
Amazon, if you decide to use their Associates program, will tell you if a product is selling well or not (Simply look at the ratings the product has and the reviews. More reviews = more people buying it.)
If it is, then it will be a good product to promote if it is related to your niche. Do not waste your time reviewing and trying to sell products that even Amazon can not sell. Amazon is a machine that has been finely tuned to generate over $136 billion in revenue a year.
If they are not selling, chances are you won’t either.
If, on the other hand you are promoting a product form any of the affiliate networks mentioned here, then all of them have charts that will show you the best selling products for the day, for the week, for the month and even for the year.
Any product on those lists is a good product to promote as it has been shown that it does sell well, it’s being promoted and people are looking to buy it online.
Is the product new?
Sometimes a product might not be selling that well yet because it’s a recently launched product; in that case it is ok to review it if you know what you are doing.
Whenever I want to do another review for my review site, I look at the daily charts and see what product has just launched.
When a product is launched, you should expect it to be being promoted everywhere, which means people are being told about it and the first thing most people will do is to look for this product online first,
If you can write a solid review about that product and have it ranked on the first page of Google as soon as possible (I explain how to do that easily here), then you’ve just landed on a possible gold mine and if the product is good, you should expect to start seeing some sales very, very soon (that very same day even).
Try Going For Recurring Commissions
This may not apply to everyone obviously, but if you are becoming an online affiliate for products and services that have a recurring fee connected with them, then you’ve just unlocked one of the biggest secrets of affiliate marketing.
Making a sale once is great, but making one sale and repeatedly get paid for that same sale (without extra effort on your part) for months and years to come is the holy grail of this affiliate marketing business.
I only came to realise how powerful this method is when I started promoting products that had recurring fees to them.
I promote Wealthy Affiliate (which is a training platform for bloggers), Aweber (which is an email management software) and a lot more other products that all require a monthly billing system to use them.
Every sale I make will continue to pay off for at least 5 months (from my own research and data), so making a sale once was actually making me 5 sales.
This is a secret that is not often shared but trust me, if you want to know the secrets to becoming a successful affiliate marketer online, this is something you should keep in mind.
Knowing How To Promote Your Products
Ok, there are a lot of way in which you can promote products and make money as an affiliate for them.
The mostly commonly used one which doesn’t work is posting on social media:
Posting affiliate links on social media is not a good way at trying this business because social media networks hate us, (yes they do unless you’re paying them for ads) and mostly likely, your affiliate links will probably get removed and you banned.
Not to mention all the spam you will be creating.
If you want to use social media for getting traffic to your site and to your reviews then that is fine and I would advise you to learn how to properly do social media marketing.
The majority of traffic from my site comes from social media. I get over 20,000+ readers a month from Pinterest alone so I am not trying to put you off social media, I’m only asking you to not post affiliate links on them as it will get you nowhere.
And to be honest; I like it that way. I’m happy to see social networks banning affiliate links as I do not want my newsfeed to turn into a retail store. Having said that, Pinterest recently did a 180 on that and have since start allowing affiliate link for some companies and for some affiliates.
The second way you can promote a product is through email marketing.
Now, email marketing has a lot of benefits sure, but it is not a quick fix for you to make commissions.
First of all, to have an email list that makes you money on a consistent basis, you’re going to need to have a sizeable email list.
Anything less than a 1000 people is not going to produce much results and if you do have a list that is bigger than 1000 subscribers, you’re going to have to learn how to properly manage that list while sending them quality information in a timely manner and knowing the “spam ratio”.
Doing Product Reviews
Now this is my favourite method which you can use to be able to build a solid affiliate marketing business online.
This method, which I have learned from my mentors inside Wealthy Affiliate is something that I first did not focus on because I never understood the power of doing reviews, but once I started doing them (lately on my review site 3HUNDRD.com), I have been getting so much positive results and boost to my monthly income that I just can’t deny the power of product reviews anymore.
Any you shouldn’t either.
Product reviews, if done well can get you ranked within seconds in front of targeted audiences looking for information online and you can also make sales rather immediately because the first step of the battle is already won.
Let me explain:
As affiliate marketers, we want to be able to convince people that this products is right for them, but with doing product reviews, you are already targeting people that have found out about this product and are only a few pushes away away from buying.
When somebody is looking for a review online, most often they are ready to buy or they are looking for information to justify their expense so once they land on your review, if you can do a good job at convincing them (which is not that hard seeing as they are already interested), then you’re in the money.
All it takes to complete this sale is:
- Find products that people want to buy,
- Write a kickass review of them,
- Get them ranked in search engines (ideally on page 1),
- Watch as your traffic numbers (and sales volume) starts to slowly increase.
Obviously this not as simple as it sounds (although it’s not hard either) but I do have a detailed guide on how to do product reviews where I go through everything I just told you.
Definitely check that out.
Doing product reviews is my favourite way to get new readers and new customers so if you’re serious about becoming an affiliate marketer online, this is where you should start.
Having A Strategy In Place
Affiliate marketing is a business and in the 28 years I have been on this planet, I have yet to see a business that succeeds without a plan, or at least a roadmap of how things should go.
You are no different and to make it as an affiliate marketer, you are going to need a plan.
The first step you have to do first is: get a website.
You just can’t do business online without a website so having one, even a free one for now, is good enough. Do not skip this step.
Second is getting traffic and although you do not need a whole lot to make money with affiliate marketing, you’re going to need some (and the more you have the more money you make).
Learn how to properly build your blog’s authority and search engine rankings through the use of quality content that you will be creating for your site.
These are not easy steps, but they are a must to have.
Getting traffic is the key that will unlock everything so again; learn how to craft content that gets you ranked in search engines and also utilize at least 1 social media platform which you can use to get even more traffic.
Third, is finding products and we already talked about this so I am not going to go into detail about it again here.
The fourth step is to have a content strategy in place (now this is going to need some explanation):
Creating a bunch of content in 1 week because you’re feeling inspired and then not posting anything for months is a sure way to kill your blog, your business and any chance you had to succeed.
Content is what brings in readers and readers are what make you money so do not neglect the importance of creating a great content schedule for yourself.
You do not want to burn out, and you do not want to just publish 1 post a month and that is it.
It has to be be consistent. I have a guide on how to create consistent content here but I’d also invite you to see this video tutorial on why is it important to create consistent content and also how to do it.
Obviously the last 2 I mentioned are vast topics in themselves so I won’t go into them here but you can see the links provided for more information.
Making Sure You Have A Backup Plan
One of the major realizations I came to in this business is from a story I have read from a fellow affiliate marketer which I am lucky to be in contact with.
The story goes as follows:
At one point in time, this guy was making very close to 5 figures a month from promoting a product which was selling very, very well and he was even ranked number 1 for the review of this said product.
One fine day, the company disappeared from the internet and his unpaid commissions along with his “successful” business disappeared in a single hour!
How would that make you feel if it were to happen to you?
Me I would shit my pants and probably do some other unthinkable things.
Yes, this is the nature of affiliate marketing; you are an affiliate for a product. You do not own it, you do not own the rights to it and you have no say when a company decides to stop selling / stop promoting the product you make commissions off.
That is why it is very important for you to have a backup plan.
There are a lot of ways you can make money online but since we’re talking about affiliate marketing here, I’d like to urge you not to build your whole business around 1 product or one company.
Now, I myself make the most of my earnings from one single monthly membership site and although I’m pretty sure it won’t disappear overnight, it still is something I have to fix.
That is why recently I’ve also start promoting a lot of other products which, in hindsight was a good idea as my main product is still selling and also the new products are earning me a nice chunk of change as well.
So for me, if the membership site I’m involved stops operating, I would still lose a nice chunk from my monthly earnings but at least not my whole business.
This is not something you may hear a lot of experts talking about because it rarely happens but that is why it is essential you take the time to pick a good product to promote and not just a flash-in the-pan product that is “hot” for 1 week.
I would not have realized this loophole in this affiliate marketing business if I hadn’t heard this story from my friend so I am passing it on to you just to be careful yourself and make sure you include a whole range of products that you review and promote so that your your business will always be safe.
Btw.. for those curious to know; my friend did get back on his feet and now runs a business that is making much more than 5 figures a month so don’t worry; whatever this business throws at you, if you just stay focused. you’ll be ok.
Diversifying Your Income
Continuing on from the last point. as I just said it’s good to diversify your income and not just focus on 1 thing or 1 product.
Make sure you learn about all the ways that you can monetize your business and it’s recommend that you have at least 2 going for you making you money.
Your product may not disappear but a dip in sales could happen on “hot selling products” so if you have multiple stream of income financing your business and your life, it won’t be that big of a deal.
Tools Needed To Become A Success Marketer
I am a huge fan of tools that help me run my business in a much more efficient way and also, help me be more profitable in this business.
Over the years I have tried many, many online tools and while not all of them were great, I do have a few tools that I keep using time and time again as I have found that they do either one of the following or both:
- Save me time or
- Save / make me money.
Those are probably the 2 things I am most interested in and anything that can help me achieve either, while not costing too much thus it remains profitable, I’m game.
There are many tools that I use so I won’t go through them all but my main ones would be:
- Wealthy Affiliate
- Thrive Themes (and plugins)
- Buffer and
- Various other affiliate programs.
These are the ones I use the most on a daily basis but you can find more great tools to conquer this business on this page.
Take some time to go through them and see if something catches your eye. Most of the tools on this list are free to use (or to get started with) so go ahead and explore.
I am sure you will find them to be useful for you wherever in the “affiliate” journey you find yourself to be.
The Mindset Needed To Become Successful Online
I am no Tony Robbins, but in this section I want to hopefully change a bit your perspective on what being successful really means here and how you can go about changing your mindset, just to make it that little bit easier on you.
You Don’t Deserve It:
What? WOW dude!
I see so many people that think because they took the first step, then it should all be laid out for them.
I even had people emailing me to start a business for them, then sell it back to them so they continue reaping the rewards.
Now why would I do that!?
My mindset is this; there is an opportunity here to make money and I am lucky to be alive during this era where information is readily available to solve any problem imaginable.
I am going to make it happen for me. I don’t want to be lucky and I don’t want somebody to give it all to me. I want to make it happen myself.
This mental process wakes me up on fire every morning and seeing success stories such as this one makes me want to do the work necessary to get there even if I don’t feel like it.
There Is Skill Involved In This:
Also, another common mental problem is that people do not realize that a certain level of skill is required to be successful in this business.
We are not born with natural abilities to be affiliate marketers, none of us are. It’s a skill that requires patience and dedication to learn.
How long do you have to wait to become successful?
For me, as long as it takes. I will happily work for 5 years non stop for nothing to know that one day I will have a business (like I have now) that will see me earning passive income while I am sleeping 24/7 for life.
It Takes Money To Make Money:
Affiliate marketing can be started with little to no money at all, that is true.
However, starting on a budget is one thing but to continue improving your business; you’re going to need tools and additional add ons to make your whole affiliate marketing business run much smoother.
I understood this when I heard John Chow (a pro blogger and a master affiliate marketer) talked about how much he spends in a month to run his business.
He spends around $5,000 just to keep up with all his content writers, managers, assistants, hosting, list management etc..
Sure he makes close to six figures a month, but people do not realise that once you start growing, so do your expenses.
Me personally I also have moved away from “running it all for free”. Nowadays, although I do not spend anything close to John’s $5K a month, I have expenses such as:
- A premium theme template subscription
- Aweber to run my email marketing campaigns
- Buffer to manage my social media accounts
- Wealthy Affiliate for tools, hosting and networking (amongst other things)
- Content writers for this site and my other one.
It all adds up, but I couldn’t be making money with my blog if I didn’t have these tools that help me run my life.
Also, might I add, that all that still doesn’t compare to running a real life business. Larger businesses run on thousands of dollars a month on rent and employees and they have no guarantee of making money.
Actually; I also know (on a personal basis) some affiliate marketers that pull in every month more than any branded shop on High Street can. It’s just the way it is.
The affiliate marketing business is open for business 24 / 7 / 365. There is just no stopping it and no stopping to how much you can earn.
Are you ready to become a successful affiliate marketer? Next we’re going to look at how you can start your journey and where to get the best training from (free of charge).
The Training You Need To become A SuccessFul Affiliate Marketer Online
We’ve already discussed how becoming an affiliate marketer is not an easy job and there is skill involved to making it happen (amongst other things).
Now, what if I told you that there is something that will make your journey much easier with the help of some amazing training that you can get started with for free?
This is where I have learned all that I need to know to get started and once I “made it” (i.e made my first sale), I also got the help I needed to scale up my profits to what they are now.
That place, is none-other than Wealthy Affiliate and it is with full confidence that I say this is the best affiliate marketing training there is available.
I know because I tried the major part of rest on my review site and it is still my #1 rated training course for bloggers and affiliate marketers.
As a Wealthy Affiliate member (you can see how to join for free here), you will get:
- 2 free websites that you can build your business on
- 2 training courses that will show you all you need to know about affiliate marketing
- Video tutorials for every step.
- Free keyword tool for your affiliate marketing research
- Live chat going 24/7 so you can ask questions and get instant help.
- Your own personal profile to network with other affiliate marketers
- Free hosting for all your websites
- The cheapest, safest way to register domains
- and much more.
You can read all about Wealthy Affiliate and why I think it is the best in the review I did for it.
The cost of this training is free (for the beginner phases of the training) so you have nothing to lose in trying it out.
I promise you this is the best you can get and I can credit all my “success” and future success also to WA. Don’t take just my word for it either.
Here are some testimonials from some students such as yourself and their success stories:
You’ve just spent the last 15 minutes or so reading this post so you know have the right mindset and the right knowledge to get started. However; Wealthy Affiliate will take it from here and turn you into a pro if you decide you want to be one.
Alos, I’m an active member on there and a mentor to many students so I will be in there to greet you in and show you around the community.
Just get in touch with me by leaving me a message on my profile page and I will get in touch with you asap.
I looking forward to hearing from you and seeing your own success story inside Wealthy Affiliate.
This is a journey that will lead you to unimaginable things and I am so happy you’ve decided to take action now.
I’ll see you on the inside. Till next time.
PS: Wealthy Affiliate is not a get rich quick thing so do not expect instant results. It goes in line with what I have shared with you here and that is patience and hard work. Let me know if you’re up for the ride!