Updated: Nov 17, 2022
37 Points Every Beginner Affiliate Marketer Need To Know:
[few of these are based on my personal experience, while others are based on success and failure stories posted, viewed, observed, and heard across many platforms across the Internet, also taking into account of pro-affiliates viewpoints or success secrets]
"Do you know this? - Affiliate marketing as an industry is now worth $12 Billion a year and is expected to grow by 10% in the next few years, contributing to about 15% of the total revenue made through ALL digital marketing" - JVZOO [Global Affiliate Network Platform]
2. Working on your positive mindset will undoubtedly help you succeed in this online business. Of course, this applies to all initiatives, regardless of the area in which one chooses to operate.
3. To be successful in affiliate marketing, you must have a business mindset. Prior to your business taking off, expect to lose some money. This is a hard truth!
4. There are ways for using affiliate links in the process, not just copying and pasting them. This will not work the way you think!
[If interested, access these 81 Affiliate Marketing Related FAQs and Answers to see if they may help you move forward as an Affiliate Marketer with confidence]
5. In a post-pandemic world, affiliate marketing is one of the top 5 good side hustles.
6. Affiliate links are hated by social media sites or platforms.
7. Accounts that spam with affiliate links on social media are restricted or banned.
8. To work in the Affiliate Marketing internet business, the first step is to learn about it. The majority fail in this first step and suffer later!
9. You may get started with Affiliate Marketing as easily as joining the Amazon Associate program to get some hands-on experience. [There are affiliates who have an online business built that is making them recurring income using Amazon Products and Ad Neworks.
10. To work in Affiliate Marketing and to promote your affiliate products, having your own website or blog, or niche site is recommended. Your initial investment should be on this if you are serious to grow in this business.
Blogging is the preferred route experts suggest that helps in building an audience or followers, proving subject expertise, and also promoting affiliate products in the process.
11. Affiliate networks like ClickBank and Digistore24 are great for newbies or beginners or newcomers. These networks provide various niche products to choose from, allowing you to promote what you're passionate about.
12. In this business, building your own e-mail lists is critical to your success. You can promote your affiliate products using e-mail marketing methods. So, lead generation is crucial.
13. The success of Affiliate Marketing relies on the use of paid advertising marketing methods and paid online technologies (examples: landing page builder, email automation system) from earning potential perspective.
15. As much as possible, deliver value to the audience in order to win their trust, which will aid in the development of your personal brand.
16. While promoting affiliate products, using an affiliate disclosure/disclaimer is required by FTC requirements as a professional practice.
17. Unless your website or blog is optimized using SEO strategies, Affiliate Marketing on free traffic has a moderate success rate. So, SEO is important for long-term success. This is one of the top ten skills that businesses want to hire or use in a post-pandemic environment.
18. If one is serious about working in the Affiliate Marketing online business in the long run, learning Content Writing & Content Marketing, Copywriting, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) skills are highly recommended. Of course, you can learn over the period as you get adjusted to the affiliate environment.
19. When you are working at a solo or individual level, identifying and working in a specific affiliate niche yields better results. It would be good if niches are connected if you opt for more than one. Only if you have a team with subject knowledge can you target multiple niches.
20. When it comes to Affiliate Marketing, consistency is crucial. The results are slow in the initial months and years (sales). Efforts should keep continuing to gain momentum for success. If you have a good budget, you can speed up your chances.
21. Paid advertising marketing with a low daily or monthly budget will yield poor outcomes. So, don’t waste your money. Upskill your knowledge if you want to use such strategies.
22. Consider starting an Affiliate Marketing online business on a full scale only when you are earning a sufficient amount of money to support your monthly and family obligations.
23. In any type of online business, getting good traffic is always a challenge. From a long-term success standpoint, focus on SEO strategies. In simple words, SEO is about getting people to visit your website or blog by giving them what they are looking for (i.e., the information/content they are looking for).
24. When affiliates don't see any sales or can't generate enough sales and commissions over a period of time, the majority of affiliate marketers quit at this step. This is less likely if you are consistent with your learning and implementation.
25. Without a budget or investment in this business, success in Affiliate Marketing is a rare occurrence or a stroke of luck. Even though organic or free traffic strategies work (through social media groups), the results most of the time are not satisfactory. The results in such instances can be improved by building a personal branding factor.
26. You must attempt, test, and learn which marketing methods are effective for you until you find a successful plan that will result in a significant increase in sales and commissions.
27. There is no such thing as a machine or software that can assist you in obtaining high-quality free traffic. Mastering traffic generation will involve your own efforts and paid ads to boost the chances to get quality traffic while you learn and implement. Things get better through tests and trials.
28. Follow the mentor or experts who are already successful in Affiliate Marketing and learn from them. Inspire from them and work with your own creativity.
29. In the make money online niche/affiliate marketing niche in YouTube Channel, the content presented in 6-7/10 videos isn't authentic. They just show off to gain audience views on their channel. It is entirely up to you to find a mentor who resonates with you and guides you. Guidance is a must in the initial stage of the journey.
30. If you wish to advertise affiliate products through Social Media platforms as part of paid ads or free traffic-based promotion/marketing, use a secured landing page.
31. Before an affiliate may be approved, some affiliate programs require that they establish their own website or blog to understand the commitment to the business.
32. Affiliate marketers generally use platforms like Canva, Pixabay, and Pexels to create marketing assets or images, or creatives as part of their promotion and advertising. There are many tools/softwares available to affiliate marketers which can be tried (via free trial) for a few days before one can purchase.
33. Depending on the services you use in Affiliate Marketing online business and the billing frequency you specify, you may be charged monthly or yearly maintenance fees for using your website or blog, e-mail marketing automation system, landing page builder tools or software, and any lead generation tool.
This is one of the main reasons why many affiliate marketers fail because they can no longer afford these to continue. While you can still work without them, your earning potential will be limited.
34. In Affiliate Marketing, a casual approach does not work. You'll need a set work schedule and a clear commitment to get things done.
35. At least two social media channels should be used for affiliate product advertising.
36. Google and other search engines generally favor affiliate sites that include a detailed review of the products or services being promoted, with real images, short videos, statistics, demonstrations, step-by-step instructions for use, and other creative methods that assist the audience in making an informed decision after reading your review.
37. Overall, when compared to other online business methods, Affiliate Marketing has the best-earning potential. To end with, slow and steady wins the race.
"The most successful affiliate marketers [in 2023] will be content creators and relationship builders first and foremost" - JVZOO [Global Affiliate Network Platform]
Can Affiliate Marketing make you rich? - FAQ
Yes. If you want to become rich through affiliate marketing, you must be prepared to work for years with consistent efforts.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online, but it's not a get-rich scheme. If you want to make money from it, then you need to put in the effort and take responsibility for your own performance.
I genuinely hope that the knowledge I've given you here will aid in the success of your online affiliate marketing business.
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