Table of contents
- What is affiliate marketing?
- How can you get started as an affiliate marketer?
- What are the benefits of being an affiliate marketer?
- Reasons why people fail at affiliate marketing.
If you like a shackle-free life where you are not confined to an office desk and chair, then the affiliate marketing life is the perfect fit for you!
The days of only making an income from your mundane 9-5 job is over.
You are already on social media, you might as well make money while you’re at it!
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a new type of marketing that is growing at an alarming rate. According to bigcommerce, Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate (YOU) earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products. You act as a virtual salesperson for said company.
The affiliate simply searches for a product they enjoy, then promotes that product and earns a piece of the profit from each sale they make. The sales are tracked via affiliate links from one website to another.
How can you get started as an affiliate marketer?
Becoming an affiliate marketer is an exciting career choice.
You can get can get a jump start to your affiliate marketing career in SEVEN simple steps:
- Decide on a platform you wish to promote the products/ services. These platforms can include Instagram, Facebook and many more.
- Choose your niche. This could be in an area of specific interest to you or you can pick an area that you feel most comfortable talking about.
- Find affiliate programs to join which aliens with your chosen niche.
- Create amazing content. Humans are visual beings. We buy with our eyes first before we actually open our wallets. So it is your job as an affiliate marketer to make your content as eye-catching as possible.
- Drive traffic to your affiliate site by advertising it frequently on your social media platform(s).
- Get clicks on your affiliate links by referring potential customers to the website using your affiliate code.
- Convert those clicks into sales.
What are the benefits of becoming an affiliate marketer?
There are many reasons why you should become an affiliate marketer, but to save us all time, I’ll keep it short and sweet.
1. IT’S EASY TO START
All you need to do is follow the simple seven steps that were mentioned above. The most important thing is that you feel at ease as to why you decided to start affiliate marketing.
2. LITTLE TO NO INVESTMENT
As an affiliate marketer, you are simply just recommending products to others. There are no production, creation or shipping costs. Yipee! The only cost you could run into is purchasing a product to promote it organically by using your personal experience with the product.
3. LOW BARRIER OF ENTRY
When it comes to applying for jobs, there will always be some sort of educational qualification or work experience needed in order for you to get the job. The best thing about affiliate marketing is that there are no specific requirements needed!
All you need is a laptop/smartphone to create and edit your content and the basic knowledge to upload your content and keep your profile up to date. Anyone can become an affiliate marketer without breaking their back.
4. GENERATE A PASSIVE INCOME
With regular jobs, you only get paid if you’re physically present. However, once you are settled and established in your affiliate marketing business, you will start generating what we call, a passive income.
You will earn commission on products you recommended months ago and your social platform is all set up so people can browse through your page and purchase other products as well.
This is how you can start earning money while you sleep. There is nothing better than waking up to a bank notification that money has been paid into your account!
5. BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Possibly one of the BEST reasons to become an affiliate marketer is that you get to be your own boss, which means you get to choose your own hours! No boss around to pester you about deadlines and best of all, no one to report to!
You get to choose where you work and what to work on. It is pure bliss as you have complete freedom over what products to focus on and how to market them. You can even switch it up a bit if it gets a bit tedious.
Having such freedom in the working environment is hard to come by and it is one of the main reasons why people turn to affiliate marketing. Obviously there are many more reasons why it is so beneficial to become an affiliate marketer, but I wanted to keep it short and sweet.
REASONS WHY PEOPLE FAIL AT AFFILIATE MARKETING
Everyone wants to be a success when it comes to affiliate marketing and it is very possible to do just that, but often we tend to make small mistakes that we are not even aware of.
Here are some very common reasons why you might be failing at affiliate marketing:
Choosing the wrong niche or product.
It is very important that you sit down and work out exactly what it is you want to focus on from the very beginning. This is the backbone of your affiliate marketing career.
Not having enough patience to see your results
It is important to remember that despite what it looks like, affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick program. Not by a long shot! It takes time to see the fruits from your efforts. The most important thing is to not stop working.
Failure to make valuable content
Valuable content is what gets your website traffic and in turn gets you commission. It is vital the you provide your audience with content that answers questions or gives clear information
In a nutshell, what I hope you will take away from this blog is that the affiliate marketing industry can be extremely lucrative if you know what you’re doing.
There is something for everyone. So just stick to your guns, work hard but most importantly BE REAL!
Oh, and don’t forget to have fun with it while you’re at it!
About the Author:
Hi there! My name is Tamsyn Ackerman. I am an intern at the IIDM who has a serious sneaker obsession. I am a very bubbly person who loves to read and write! I love spending time creating. Whether it be jewelry or content. Oh, and I am a Marvel comics stan!
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