How to be successful with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is not a new concept, sure it’s a trendy word right now and it seems like everyone is doing it even your aunt Martha,
But let’s take a second here and think about what affiliate marketing is really at its core,
It’s basically having a person (you) sell or recommend a product to another person,
Just like how a billboard on a busy highway promotes a product or how a commercial tries to make you want whatever it is that they are selling,
You now become that billboard or that commercial by word of mouth or by your interactions with other people, whether that is in person or on the internet.
So how do you do affiliate marketing I hear you say,
Tip Number 1 is finding a specialized niche, usually a niche that you have interest in or even better have a deep knowledge of said niche,
For example, a niche would be like, let’s say footwear, and your specialized niche is sandals
Or another example is if you like fishing and you specialized in spearfishing, and you can make videos or blog post talking about spearfishing and even promote and review what is the best spear to use in spearfishing
If you know spearfishing you’re probably rolling your eyes at me right now because I obviously have no idea how to spear fish! But hey, I’d love to learn if you make a video showing people like me how it’s really done,
And that could be your start to affiliate marketing,
Tip number 2 relates to the first part, it’s about buying and review products that you use and that you truly want to recommend,
A product that I love are headphones and no I haven’t made any videos reviewing headphones but I do recommend headphones to friends and family whenever it comes up in our conversations, I tell them that if you are looking for a headphone with good bass go for this one or if you want a really good headphones that has noise cancellation then go for that one, by the way, if you’re interested in the headphones that I’m talking about, i added them below
But I digress, tip number 2 is reviewing things that you really love and use and would recommend to a family member or friend, and if you create a video showing that you actually have the product you are trying to sell that works to your favor, you start to build trust
Which leads me to tip number 3,
Creating trust with your audience, let’s get one thing straight, nobody and I mean NOBODY wants to be sold to, it’s annoying and you know, you kinda look like a you know what, that said there are other ways and more subtle ways of selling to your audience,
First is try to build some sort of relationship or rapport with your audience, show them that you are genuine to what you are saying and to who you are,
Don’t pretend to be someone that you are not, so many people including myself have been burned time and time again by trusting these so called financial gurus and to be honest I’m kinda tired of it,
It down right sucks and it makes you feel defeated about affiliate marketing, but I don’t give up because I love affiliate marketing and I wholeheartedly believe that this could lead to a life that you always wanted,
I am still not there, but one day I will be and I won’t have any regrets because I gave it my all and I’ve fallen off the horse so many times that I can barely remember but every time I fell and wanted to give up, I dusted myself off, got back up on that horse and tried again,
This is who I am and I know I don’t have the credentials to tell you how to do something because I am still learning just like you are but I want to be the voice and help anyone that is close to giving up, I’ve been where you are and we can do this together,
Trust me and I will do my best to in teaching Affiliate Marketing as best as I can and if i stumble feel free to tear my a new one in the comments, I’m only human but I’m trying
Tip number 4, is to keep on learning, I spend countless hours watching and reading about Affiliate Marketing, about How to grow a business, about bettering myself and I am still looking for more information because there is always someone out there who knows more than you and if willing to give you that information and all we have to do is take the time and learn from those who’ve been through it,
I don’t have much money, but I do have a lot of time and with that time I try to cram in as much information as can take and make it into a video format for usually myself so I can listen to it and for anyone who is willing to listen to my voice and to what I have to say,
I want to give everyone a chance to learn about affiliate marketing and hopefully fall in love with it like me, so take the time during the day and just learn something that you didn’t know the day before. I usually take public transport to go to work and this commute is about an hour and a half and I take that time to watch youtube or if you don’t have the data, download audiobooks before you leave and listen to it, you would be amazed how fast and how much you can actually learn by just listening.
You can also go to thrift stores and take a look at their book selection, you can find some amazing books that will help you better yourself,
Whatever you do, just take a moment in your day and learn, if you are serious about this write “I’m going to learn” in the comments below and let’s see how many people are going to do it!
And tip number 5 is finding a mentor. A mentor can help you get to where you want to be faster. They’ve been through what you’re going through and they made the same mistakes that you are making and they can help you why showing you what works. But, you have to do some research before you find a mentor, it should be someone that connects with you in some way. Have a similar view and most importantly is that they are already where you want to be. Go with the mentality of “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” A successful mentor has successful students, find out if their students are actually following that your potential mentor is saying and if it is working for them. You will know when a mentor is not for you, listen to that voice in your head, sometimes it can be too good to be true but you must also take into consideration the facts. Don’t fall for big money dreams or get rich quickly, think logically if what they are preaching is not bs.
When you do find a mentor that you believe in and that it ticks all your boxes, then don’t be afraid to take the plunge, experience is going to be expensive. Don’t go in there with a cheap mentality because all you will get is cheap insights. Real knowledge, and when I say Real Knowledge, I mean the type of knowledge that you sacrifice countless nights for, that you spend thousands of dollars to learn, the type of knowledge that you had to turn down nights with your friends or loved ones because you knew deep down this is going to change your life.
That type of knowledge is priceless and if you find a mentor who is willing to teach you that knowledge for a couple hundred dollars, is that too much to ask?
These are my 5 tips to be successful with Affiliate Marketing.
These are the two headphones that I mentioned.
Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones – These are my everyday Headphones as they are amazing when I take my daily commute to work. They have amazing noise cancellation as it helps me focus when I’m writing.
MPOW Thor Bluetooth Headphones – these are my second favorite headphones, I wear these when I go to the gym or when I go for a walk in the morning they are lightweight and can hold a charge for days. I’ve dropped them countless times and they still work, they don’t have good bass compared to the Cowin E7 but they are perfect for podcast or audiobooks. Best of all, you can buy this headphone and the Cowin E7 and still have money left over compared to if you bought a Beats by Dre or Airpods.