If you want to make money from home as an affiliate marketer, this takes commitment and consistency in taking the steps necessary to make it happen. Becoming an affiliate marketer is just the first step, but the true goal is achieving success as an affiliate marketer.
When you set out on a mission to become a successful online entrepreneur, you will be faced with the decision of which online business model to pursue.
This decision should be based on a mix of the profit potential you desire as well as your personal preferences for the types of tasks you will be carrying out.
One of the easiest, most lucrative, and quickest ways to earn a living on the Internet is by becoming an affiliate marketer.
This is because out of all the online business models, affiliate marketing has the lowest cost and lowest barrier to entry.
This makes this business model very attractive for those who would rather avoid costly MLM’s and other online business models that require much more investment.
However, not everyone who chooses a career in affiliate marketing will be able to earn a living at it.
This is not because the business model itself is flawed, but because many individuals fail to understand the proper strategy that will help them achieve the level of earnings that they want.
What Does It Mean to Be an Affiliate Marketer?
When you become an affiliate marketer, you are taking on the role of an expert and guide who is willing to take your consumers’ concerns and needs and steer them in the right direction to a product that will provide the solution they are seeking.
You are basically doing the research for the consumer and recommending the best options for what they need and want.
Affiliate marketers, in their most distilled form, are middle men between a consumer who has money to spend and a problem to solve, and the vendors who have created the solution in the form of a digital or tangible product.
Vendors recruit affiliates, or approve them when they apply, in an effort to get more eyes on their products.
It takes a lot of money and effort for them to organically attract (or pay for) traffic to their product sales pages.
That’s where you step in.
As an affiliate, you will serve a role in casting a wide net to bring more people to their website so that they can increase sales.
In exchange for your efforts, you will be paid a commission that is typically 10-50% of the sale, but not always.
There are some vendors who pay less and some who pay more.
You can even find products that you can promote and earn 75% commission on. This is especially true with digital products.
As an affiliate marketer, it doesn’t mean you do not have the responsibility showcasing your expertise as a niche leader.
In fact, you still have to prove to your target audience that you are a leading expert who can guide them in their decision making process.
It will be your responsibility to sift through the hundreds of competing products in the marketplace, and let buyers know which ones would be best for their purpose.
You can do this through blog posts, videos, email autoresponders, social networking posts, and more.
You should be honest with your readers and protect them from spending money on products that would not benefit them.
You have to have your ethics intact so that you are not simply seeking a commission, but instead take pride in becoming the go to leader people can trust.
Your Investment of Time and Money
With any business model that you are considering as an online entrepreneur, you want to look at both the time and money you will be spending in order to build your business.
The great thing about affiliate marketing is that there is a very low upfront cost.
In fact, there are ways to conduct affiliate marketing without spending a dime.
However, it’s always best to own your own digital space online. Therefore, purchasing a domain name and small hosting account would be wise.
You can get a domain name and hosting very inexpensively.
As time goes on, you may decide to build additional websites in other niche markets or outsource the creation of your affiliate content reviews.
These are costs you can incur at a later date, and pay for them by reinvesting your initial earnings if you want to.
Another place affiliates sometimes spend money is in purchasing and reviewing the products for their blog. This is not a requirement, but it can help you gain more trust with your audience.
This is not realistic though in some niches.
Obviously, if you are promoting fitness equipment, it would be impossible to purchase every treadmill out there to try it. This is why your research is invaluable to your visitors.
You are basically sifting and sorting the best options for them and recommending the products you have determined to be the best in the market at that time.
Digital products are easier to review directly yourself.
Sometimes, if you are reviewing a digital product, you have the ability to secure a complimentary review copy before the launch of the product to prepare your review.
Not every vendor is willing to do this, so you may have to shell out a bit of money if you want to personally check out the product.
Tangible products will usually need to be purchased by you, because most manufacturers will not send free items out to affiliates.
However, as your online reputation grows as someone who consumers are turning to for advice, sometimes companies may reach out to you and offer to send their products free in exchange for a review.
It all really depends on the niche you are in and if this is something they routinely do to get more exposure to their products and services.
Keep in mind that your followers are depending on you to maintain an ethical approach to your reviews.
If you are giving companies a positive review, simply because they sent you the product, then you are failing your audience.
You will lose their trust, which will result in your earnings diminishing. Because if your influence dwindles, companies will no longer want to send you products.
So, it is imperative that you be upfront with companies that your reviews will be honest and truthful.
It is also wise to mention that you were provided the product free of charge.
In terms of the time you will be investing as an affiliate marketer, you have much more control over this than you would in other business models.
If you were a digital info product creator, you would be working under a deadline for a launch.
If you are involved in an MLM or some kind of network marketing company, you are going to spend a lot of time recruiting and team building and coaching those people.
But as an affiliate marketer, you get to go at your own pace.
Of course, the more content you publish, the more you stand to gain in a shorter amount of time.
If you are only able to create two product reviews per month, it’s going to take you a long time to gain any traction.
Your output needs to be more frequent when you are first starting out to help get the ball rolling on your affiliate marketing business.
Ideally, you need to be reviewing products once a day, or several times per week minimum.
The time it takes you to create a product review will vary from person to person.
Some people are able to create a product review in five or ten minutes, while others may take hours to create and publish their review.
It also depends on what type of product you are reviewing and how you are doing it.
For example, if you are reviewing a tangible product, it may take you less time to discuss the features and benefits.
If you are reviewing a digital course, it may take you hours or even days to go through the entire thing.
You may not be one of those affiliates who are simply discussing what is in the product, but prefer instead to create a case study that showcases your experience with the product.
In this case, it may take days or even weeks to get the final results and publish your review.
With case study reviews, you may be publishing it in a series format, where a new segment goes live every day or multiple times per week.
Keep in mind though, that once you create a piece of content, it will remain out there for months and years to come.
So, essentially you can still be making money on content that you created once.
Now combine all of the content you have created over time and this is where your affiliate marketing business takes on a snowball effect.
It’s a lot of work upfront, but eventually it all takes on a momentum of its own and you couldn’t stop your online business from growing if you wanted to…short of removing all of your content on your website, blog posts, videos and social media. And why would you want to do that?
Finding the Best Niches to Earn in as an Affiliate
In any business model that you pursue online, you have to make a careful analysis and decision about which niche topic you will get into. Everyone has different priorities in terms of what is important to them.
Some people just want to stay busy and explore their passion and enthusiasm for a niche topic, with money as a secondary concern.
Other people have an immediate focus on the income stream, with their personal satisfaction for the niche not as important.
Ideally, you want to focus on a niche that provides both for you – a good influx of profits as well as a high level of appeal for the topic itself.
If you focus on the money only upfront, you will eventually burn out and feel very dissatisfied with your career and having to immerse yourself in that topic day after day.
There are so many different niches to choose from, that it’s almost impossible for you to not be able to find a niche that is both lucrative and personally satisfying.
Make a list of all of the topics in life that you enjoy to start with.
You might enjoy things like gardening, your cats, cooking for your family, getting fit at the gym, learning about and applying anti-aging efforts, making money online, traveling, etc.
You also want to include things that you not only enjoy, but that you have a great deal of knowledge in or at least would enjoy learning more about by researching.
It’s okay to list things that you are a beginner at, because part of what is wonderful about affiliate marketing is sharing your learning process and the products that helped you figure things out.
Next, you want to look at the niches that offer you dual income profits.
What this means is that you have the ability to bring in commissions based on the promotion of both tangible and digital products.
There are some niches that only provide for one or the other.
For example, if you are in the toy niche, it is primarily tangible items only.
But if you are in the motivation or mindset niche, it is mostly digital products such as books, courses, coaching and memberships.
Most niches provide the ability to earn dual commissions.
For example, if you are in the anti-aging niche, you will be promoting digital information products about how to get fit and stay healthy over the age of 40, and you will also be promoting tangible products such as at-home exercise equipment, anti-aging supplements, skin creams, and more.
You want to look at the ability to earn income from your niche topic for a long time.
Evergreen niches are those that will be around now and many years from now with no sign of disappearing.
You don’t want to target a topic that is solely trend based and has a high degree of trending downward quickly. While you might be able to make money in spurts like this, it doesn’t provide for the growth of a long term business.
You want to take your list of niche topics and begin looking at the various affiliate programs and products that are available for you to earn money with. If you have chosen a niche that has a few products, and not many sales, then that would not be a good fit for your business.
Start by going to Amazon and looking at both the non-fiction books and the tangible products that are available to the target audience for this niche.
You want to see how vast the product lines are, how many brands are competing for this target audience, and how many sales are coming in based on the number of reviews.
When you’re looking at these reviews, you want to make sure that there are enough products that are highly rated for you to promote. If you have chosen a niche where customers are hard to please and most products have a three star or lower rating, that may be a sign for concern.
Next, go to Commission Junction and ShareASale and look to see how many products you can find to promote their period.
When you’re done, go to ClickBank, Warrior Plus, Udemy, and JVZoo and see what types of digital products you can find to promote.
Make sure you’re looking at the commission levels of all of these to ensure that you will be making enough money with your affiliate promotions to earn the desired income you hope to achieve.
Once you have found a niche topic that looks to be profitable and one you feel you will enjoy being involved in on a day to day basis, go ahead and conduct some research for keywords and choose a domain so that you can get your affiliate site set up.
Creating Product Reviews That Can Earn You Commissions
When your website is set up for affiliate marketing, it will be time for you to start creating product reviews that will begin bringing in the kind of commission you are hoping for.
Being consistent with publishing reviews will help grow your income for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, search engine bots will be crawling your site and your rank will increase if they can see that you are keeping your blog fresh with new content.
In addition to that, human visitors will appreciate that they can come back to your site on a regular basis to find new information about products and a niche they are interested in.
The same goes when you create videos for your reviews.
There are many different types of affiliate product reviews that you can write that will earn you money.
If you are limited on the amount of information that you have about certain products, then you may want to create a list review.
This is when you have something such as a top ten list of products, where you name and hyperlink the product and give a simple one to two paragraph summary of the benefits and features the product has.
This is typically information that you can gather on the sales page or product listing. You don’t need any personal, hands-on experience with the product. But you do still need to recommend items that are rated well.
Another type of review that you can do as an affiliate is a thorough individual product review.
This is when you dive deep into a product to cover all of the features, benefits, and drawbacks of a product as well as discuss tips on how to use the product or maximize their return with it.
These are generally the kind of reviews that you will conduct through ownership or personal experience of the product, but not necessarily.
If you are willing to gather information from other sources that give you insight into the performance of these products without personally owning it, then you can create a thorough review for your readers.
You never want to mislead your audience and make them believe that you have personally tried a product, when you haven’t.
It’s okay to make recommendations based on the general marketplace availability of products, without owning each and every one.
Another type of product review that you can create is one that pits two products against one another.
This is basically a compare and contrast review, where the individual features, price points, and benefits are analyzed to see which product is an overall better buy and a final recommendation is made between the two.
Increasing Earnings Over Time
As time goes on, you will be able to level up with your earnings.
What started out as a simple and consistent publication of blog post reviews can transform into a multimedia empire where you are covering all bases with an audio podcast, video reviews, graphics and infographics, and of course, text.
If you want to grow your earnings outside of your blog, make sure you have a presence on all relevant social media networks where the target audience for your niche is active.
You’ll want to check out sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Pinterest, YouTube, and more to see if you can grow up following.
Depending on the social network rules, you may be able to link out to individual products from each item that you publish there.
However, always make sure you are driving traffic back to your website, where they can read the numerous product reviews that you have put up in detail with the links.
Your website is your home…your hub online.
It’s your own real estate online completely separate from the 3rd party rule of social media platforms.
One thing you may not have considered as an affiliate marketer, is that you can build a list of subscribers. This is not something that is reserved solely for digital info product creators.
As an affiliate, you can reach out to your loyal subscribers on a regular basis whenever you have a new product review ready for them to consume.
You will also be able to steer them in the right direction whenever you find out about a special discount or sale that they need to know about.
You can even create a lead magnet offer that entices people to sign up to your list. This could be a buyer’s guide or a tip sheet that helps them learn how to shop smart for the niche products they are interested in.
Once you have these people on your list, you can not only send them to your blog to consume the product reviews you have posted, but you can also make recommendations directly within the email itself, depending on the rules of the platform you are promoting.
So, as you can see, achieving success as an affiliate marketer is definitely doable if you put in the time, effort and work that it takes to have a long-term, profitable affiliate marketing business.
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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 build my online business.
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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