Just like many other people affiliate marketing is how I have created a steady stream of income. There are many people that use affiliate marketing as a second source of income; I on the other hand can truly label myself as a full time internet marketer.
This has been a 6 year learning curve, but it has been worth every minute. Internet marketing can be considered a “hit and miss” type of business. This is something that takes certain skills, mindsets, and a financial investment. The truth is most new affiliate marketers waste the majority of their start-up budget on things that don’t work and have proven to be unnecessary for their success.
Here are the only two things you need to know to be a successful affiliate marketer:
1. How to Generate Traffic
2. How to Choose the Best Offers to Promote
In order to make this clear I have to share my story. Being new at affiliate marketing, I put a lot of money into software and other products that promised me success that I never received. “Buy my program and…” Don’t get me wrong, I am not against people educating others on how to become affiliate marketers; I am doing the same thing. My issue is people getting away from the core principles that helped them become successful in affiliate marketing. If you do choose to spend money on a certain course, just make sure that it actually teaches things like SEO and other techniques to help you generate traffic to your links. Although we all like a good pep talk here and there, it’s not worth spending your money on. Ok back to the information you really want.
Getting the Traffic You Need
With affiliate marketing traffic is the life of your business. This is more important than what you’re selling. How is this true? It’s simple, a lot of times you make your money off the traffic and not always from the sale. Where can you generate traffic? There are things called organic searches, Google Ad Words, Email Marketing, YouTube and more. No matter what platform you choose, be an expert at it and learn all there is to learn.
How Do You Know What Offers to Promote
When you have a solid plan on what you are going to promote it will help you increase your success as an affiliate marketer. There are some products that will have a bad conversion rate no matter what you do. Pick products and offers that create solutions to people’s problems. This requires that you pay attention to the conversations people are having and the things they are complaining about. Finding products that create solutions to these problems are things you know are sure to sell.
So to recap the big secret to affiliate marketing success is to find out what the people need, and promote it by generating traffic. Traffic and a solid product equals affiliate success and the ability to carry my title as a full-time affiliate marketer.