Like most anyone looking to make money online, you are probably wondering how to make money fast with affiliate marketing. This is a common phenomenon because most of us are impatient and are looking for the path of least resistance and a path that is instant.
But is this actually realistic?
Ask any “overnight success” how long it took them to succeed online and many 6 and 7 figure earners will tell you that their path to success was full of ups and downs.
Success and failure.
Small successes and big successes.
Small failures and big failures.
Most will say their “overnight” success took many months (best case scenario) or several years.
Unfortunately, too many affiliate marketers enter this industry hoping for a fast way to make money online – and that’s why they get sucked into those get rich quick schemes so often.
It’s easy to fall for the “push button” traps.
Granted, technology these days does make a lot of things online very easy and user-friendly…..”push button” if you will, but just because a system is easy to use does not mean you will earn money quickly.
You still have to work hard to build a long sustaining online business, no matter how easy the platforms are to use these days.
Affiliate marketing is the “easiest” business model because you don’t have to worry about product creation, product fulfillment, payment processing, customer service, etc.
Instead, all you have to do is recommend or refer people to a product or service and the owner of that product or service handles the rest and pays you a commission for the referral.
However, it’s a mistake to think that just because the products are already done for you, that you won’t have to do much work with affiliate marketing to make a steady income, because it takes a lot of work.
You still have to get eyeballs on the offer you are promoting.
There are two parts to a sales funnel: a good product and a marketing plan leading up to it.
With affiliate marketing, you don’t have to create a product – it’s done for you, along with the sales copy – you just have to find it.
But you have tons of traffic and list building tasks to do.
You need to become a student of your niche and understand what you are promoting.
Then directly try to reach out to those interested in that niche market.
One way you can find people that are interested in your offer is that you can then find those people in online forums.
Pay attention to their burning questions – especially the ones that keep cropping up.
Join those forums and contribute good, solid advice.
Get a reputation as someone who is an authority in that niche, but is generous with helping people, at the same time.
Then, you can point consumers to your squeeze page to get them on your mailing list or point them to your blog, where you discuss the subject at hand in depth.
At that point, you can offer whatever you are promoting.
It’s never a good idea to promote directly within an online forum or social media group.
You will get banned as a spammer, so don’t do it.
Instead, give tons of value in exchange for them visiting your squeeze page or website. Never offer direct affiliate links.
Gone are the days of pulling the wool over the people’s eyes, at least those who have been around the internet for any length of time.
But, building that trust and authority with people takes time.
That is of course, only one way to market.
You can also use other marketing methods. They all take either time or money or both.
So, again….nothing is fast with any kind of internet marketing.
Any online business takes time to build and even though the affiliate marketing model is the easiest and least expensive…nothing happens overnight.
The real secret of how to make money online is to devote yourself to being knowledgeable and helpful.
This will draw people to what you have to offer.
This does not happen fast, but it can create a long-term sustainable online business, which can pay you affiliate commissions for years to come.
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My Online Journey
You don’t know me. I’m not some flashy internet marketer with my name and face all over the internet.
Nope. I’m actually way too introverted for that 🙂
I’m just an ordinary person that had to figure out a way to make money online when I lost my job in 2008, due to health issues.
In the offline world, I gained several years experience in Customer Service, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and various other clerical type positions.
Much of it was drudgery, especially working in call centers.
I was good at my various jobs, but I did not enjoy being hostage to a cubicle and headset..lol 🙂
But, you do what soul sucking jobs you have to do, in order to make money to pay the bills.
As a free spirit, I always had the deep desire to break free from the cubicle-zombie-robot rat race world and have full control over my time, income and life, without having to have permission from a boss.
I was tired of being just another “number” that was expendable, no matter how dependable I was or how hard I worked (just to help build someone else’s wealth and make their dreams come true).
I wanted to create MY freedom…not just build it for someone else.
Unexpectedly in 2008, severe neck issues forced me out of the 9 to 5 corporate world rat race (before I was actually ready financially, which really sucked a lot and was pretty scary).
My neck issues got worse after years of being trapped at a computer, with little to no permission to get up and move around and stretch.
This is not good when you are suffering from old car accident injuries.
This was especially the case in call center jobs with low cubicle walls. They didn’t want you standing up, due to the noise while on calls.
And although losing my job and the paycheck was a less than pleasant experience, my goal was to be an online entrepreneur anyway.
But, I was forced to make it happen at that point…which was not ideal.
Wasted Time Dabbling
It’s better to have a 2nd income already coming in regularly before losing your main source of income, but I had no control over what happened.
I had already been “dabbling” in internet marketing, on the side, since 2004…basically wasting time.
I treated it as a hobby, instead of an online business.
I actually made a little bit of money with affiliate commissions and some advertising revenue, but it was nothing to write home about because I did not build it up.
If I had realized that my health was going to go sideways so badly in 2008, then I would’ve taken my online business “side gig” much more seriously.
I would’ve hustled, even while still working a full-time job, because 4 years would’ve been more than enough time to have built that online business into a full-time income.
Just an extra 1 hour per day consistently over that 4 year period…would have made all the difference.
So, after I lost my job in 2008, I was in a real bind for more than one reason.
I needed to get serious and stop dabbling and start hustling to make money online, but it takes time to build an online business that brings in consistent income.
I was out of time. My household went from two incomes to one and I needed to get moving.
The problem was my severe neck issues and the accompanying dizziness from nerve damage in my C1 Vertebrae, the Atlas.
So, this meant that I couldn’t exactly hustle like I needed to because being on a computer for hours each day at home is no different than doing it at a job.
I was no longer able to do this, if I wanted to not end up completely disabled or bed-ridden.
The years 2008-2011 were extremely tough in trying to heal, but with proper therapy, the worst of it got better, but it’s not 100%.
Even now in 2022, I still can only be on a computer so much each day, without causing flare-ups.
So again, if I had taken it all more seriously, then I wouldn’t have ended up with so many financial worries, when I lost my job.
I would’ve had something more substantial to fall back on during times that were difficult money-wise and health-wise.
Then, add in beating my head against the wall, jumping from one “program” to another and basically flushing more time and money down the toilet.
Losing my job made me act in desperation because I wanted to make something happen right now.
So, I ended up doing what a lot of people do, which is looking for a shortcut and something “quick” or “push button”…which is not realistic because it doesn’t really exist.
Then in 2012, I joined Wealthy Affiliate because it had the tools and resources I needed all in one place, to help me build an online business.
Fast forward to 2020, I joined The Home Business Academy to add even more great tools and resources to my online business arsenal.
I now use both of these resources to increase my income.
I enjoy making money online because I can work from anywhere and on my own schedule, while still being able to take care of my health.
You Can Do It Too
So, why do I tell you all of this?
I share all of this with you, so you’ll know it’s possible to make money online and have total freedom from the 9-5 grind.
It takes time to build an online business, but it’s worth it to build either a side-income to supplement your full-time job or replace your job.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation to me or you simply want to get ahead of things and plan for the future, your goal going forward should be to not waste any more time.
Whether you love your job or hate your job, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B to supplement your income or replace your income.
You never know what can happen with your job or even with your health.
Don’t waste time, like I did.
Just get started and keep going.
Do not dabble.
Take action now.
And most importantly, believe in yourself.
You can do it!
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