By now you should be well aware how affiliate marketing works. But do you have what it takes to become an affiliate marketer? To get started with the business, you need to accept that affiliate marketing is a legit business. You also need to make certain commitment when you are running your online business.
Too many people become an affiliate marketer with the idea that they can make money online free or with little effort. You just need to refer prospects to the affiliate link. Simple isn’t it?
But is it really so?
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This is one of the heaviest commitments you need to make when you become an affiliate marketer. Let’s just ignore the initial setup cost because you can still promote the business with
- Free blogging platform
- Post your product review (research from Google) and affiliate link in your blog
- Publish some supporting articles
- Create and promote your own video with Animoto
- Publish free press release
- and etc.
But to really get your site being seen? That’s where you need to pump in the money.
Because when you are using the free methods, you are very limited to what you can do. Let’s take Animoto as an example. Because as a free user, you are limited to a 30 seconds video and the number of words you can put in. The worst part is that the Animoto logo will remain for quite some time when your video end. This is really bad for your own branding.
Even you can live with other company branding in your video, how are you going to compete for prospects view when there are so many videos on the internet? This is where you need hire talent to optimize your video description, submit your video to the video sharing sites and get the URL pinged properly.
So you see, when you become an affiliate marketer, you do need to buffer some budget for your business. But the good news is that there are many affordable channels for you to promote your business.
Some people become an affiliate marketer only focus on promoting as much affiliate link as possible. If you want to make money with affiliate marketing with less effort, you should start looking for product which provides upselling offer. It is even better if you can affiliate to product which upsell monthly subscription service.
Upselling works because customers have bought your initial offer and this make it easier for them to buy the upsell when the upsell compliments their initial purchase.
So when you become an affiliate marketer, try to look for product which provide upsell offer. If you are in the make money online niche, you can look for products which offer a cheaper entry price like an ebook and later offer upsell of monthly coaching with the merchant. Your job is to get the customers in and you will enjoy the monthly subscription commission for as long as they are in the training.
By the way, don’t think that upsell is difficult because many times, the merchant will do it for you.
Again, this is the beauty of affiliate marketing. Smile on that.
As mentioned before, affiliate marketing is a legit business. When you are in the business, sometime things will get challenging and demoralizing. This is when you need to dig deep down within and haul out your perseverance.
As a businessperson, you need to understand whatever you are going through is merely a process. A necessary process to get you where you want to be.
Sometime, it is hard to go on (especially with your wallet) when you don’t see things moving for your online business. It seems like some power high above just want you to stay in this struggling process…
Let’s look at it this way. If you don’t become an affiliate marketer, where do you think you can get the possibility of running your own business and achieve your financial freedom with affordable budget?