When it comes to making money online, affiliate marketing is one of the most appealing
business models there is. Why? Simply because it allows you to potentially make a large
amount of money from home without having to trade your time for cash.
Affiliate marketing is not easy and anyone who thinks otherwise is in for an unpleasant
surprise. Likewise, it isn’t a ‘get rich quick scheme’ and it does involve a lot of work.
That said though, once you’re set up with your affiliate marketing business model, you
can earn a steady stream of passive income – potentially indefinitely. Passive income
simply means that you’ll be earning money while you sleep and while you go on holiday.
While the initial set-up may have involved a fair amount of work then, it eventually
becomes self-perpetuating to the point where you can stop working and continue to sow
the seeds of your labor for years to come.
And while affiliate marketing isn’t easy, it certainly is easier than a lot of other business
models. That is to say it is easier to understand, easy to get started with and easier to
execute. While it might involve some trial and error, the initial stages often actually
amount to little more than copying and pasting existing businesses!
Affiliate marketing can be the answer that you’re looking for then. The only caveat is
that you need to go into it with realistic expectations and you need to be smart about
how you approach it. With the right know-how and with access to the best marketing
‘secrets’, you can hack this setup and start earning a lot of money very quickly. That’s
where this book comes in: read on and we’ll examine the powerful strategies you can use
to get the most from affiliate marketing.
Before we go any further, let’s quickly recap on what affiliate marketing is. There a good
chance that those reading this eBook/report will already have a good understanding of
the concept but for those who don’t, this basic explanation of the business model will tell
you everything you need to know…
Being an affiliate marketer is like being a salesman on commission. In other words, you
get paid some of the profit from a product as an incentive to help the product creator to
sell it. This is the same method that a door-to-door salesman would use but the main
difference is that you’ll be selling your products over the web. This essentially gives you
the potential to reach a far greater audience of buyers and to sell a far bigger amount of
products. So instead of selling Sky TV to three people a day, you’re now able to sell an
eBook to 10, 20, 100 or 1,000 people daily depending on how good you are.
At the same time, selling digital products like eBooks (which affiliate marketing often
revolves around) means that there are no overheads for the product creator. There are
no associated manufacturing costs, no storage requirements, no packaging, no
delivery… and that means that you’re getting almost 100% profit from the sale price to
split between you.
Better yet, because digital product manufacturers are able to scale their operations so
easily, they’re often willing to offer 40, 60 or even 75 percent of their profits for each
sale. Sometimes they even offer their marketers to use the marketing materials they’ve
already created: things like e-mails, blog posts, landing pages and more. They’re happy
to do this because any win for you is also a win for them. This is how it’s possible to
create an online business by simply ‘copying and pasting’ someone else’s business!
As an affiliate marketer then, your job will be to find products you can sell – probably
these will be found on affiliate networks such as JVZoo and Clickbank. After that, you’ll
then be given a referral link that you can use to recommend the product to people. If
someone buys the product through that link, they’ll go through a redirect that will store
cookies on their computer and the sale will be logged as having come from you. You can
then withdraw your cash at your leisure.
The skill of an affiliate marketer then and what ultimately will allow you to thrive, is the
ability to reach the right audience and to make the product sound desirable. This will
ultimately be achieved through a combination of PPC (pay per click advertising), SEO
(search engine optimization), email marketing, social media marketing and other