There are six truths you need to consider, but more importantly you have to accept these truths if you’re going to make any money online as an Affiliate Marketer. Kind of like a hidden message, where the secrets get shared but not quite that well explained and people easily get misled by plain misdirection. Many of these miss directions are a result of assumptions so easily misinterpreted.
The first, and most important truth is your Mind Set – What I am about to share, will most definitely leave a bit of a bad taste, but unfortunately the facts cannot be ignored. Affiliate Marketing have a general Super Success rate of 3 – 5%, and all because of Miss Direction. You will Not Make Money the Next Day, and here’s why;
Now sites like Click Bank, with over 150,000 Affiliate Marketers and over 300,000 Products in any Niche you can think of, offers the buyer a 60 day no questions asked full refund. If by some miracle you succeed and get a sale the next day after starting (Which you won’t), you must wait out the 60 day agreement before your commissions are released to your account. So there goes the idea of money the next day, just not going to happen.
You need to approach Affiliate Marketing with a willingness to learn, because the really Super Successful Affiliate Marketers do make Thousands of dollars per day. But they all have their own Blogs, Websites, Email Lists, and eBooks, Articles, Pages, Groups, Forums, Communities and Videos and most importantly they have Their Own Products.
Yes, that’s how much work it is to stand out from an impressively large crowd. The only way you can do that, is to be recognized by the internet as a Professional. Think of your journey as starting college or university, because that’s the truth and you must work your way up the natural chain.
You need to do a Lot of Research before you even consider posting a single post, let alone create a blog or website. Yes you will need your own Blog and/or Website because most raw affiliate links will get your accounts suspended and even deleted. You will never find a Professional Affiliate Marketer share raw affiliate links, their links are cloaked within their own private domains.
Your mind needs to be set on learning instead of earning, because Affiliate Marketing is Not a Quick Way Out of your financial hardship. Quite the contrary because you must be prepared to learn and work harder than you ever have before, the key is Progress and Not Perfection.
The second truth is your Profitable Niche – Just randomly posting several affiliate links and infesting your social accounts with spam is exactly how Not To Make Money Online. You must find and target your profitable niche, but what is your Profitable Niche?
Basically anything you’re good at, and have a keen interest to. Which is why a hobby so often proves surprisingly profitable. Making money online is all about working from home and actually enjoy what you do, have a passion for what you do and research as much as you possibly can.
Your Profitable Niche is the corner stone from where your Keyword and Product Research are the first two building blocks. Without your corner stone your empire will not stand, because you need to be able to offer your audience something they will be interested in. And if you don’t even know who will buy from you, then how could you possibly know what to offer them?
Choose your hobby as your profitable niche, and if you don’t have one then think of something you would like to do and set your target on that. Should you choose the latter however, then you must learn as much as you can about that Niche.
Personally I was quite fascinated by the entire concept of making money on the internet, even though I had not the foggiest of idea what I was about to get myself into. But not a moment of regret because to my surprise I have quite a few achievements to prove an exciting journey.
When you have sufficient knowledge of your Niche, then you will be able to identify a common need much easier. And that will result in actual sales because you need to offer a solution to a problem, which also annihilates your refund rate because your buyer will actually use the product.
The third truth is Keyword Research – It’s all about targeting and it all starts with keyword research after you have decided on your Profitable Niche. Now you need to research the keywords that best describe your Niche, and then you need to save these keyword types each to their own folders.
Your research must be organised because it’s like a road map, from content to bookmarks you need to create folders and name them so you know what they are for. With Keywords for instance there are three Primary Groups of Keywords you need to focus on. They Are;
Short Tail (Primary) Keywords – These are single keywords that best describe your niche. Let’s choose a niche like “Professional Writing” for demonstration purposes, shall we? What describes the Niche, “Professional Writing” in more detail?
Keywords like Writing, Reading, Books, eBooks, and Publication all describe the primary niche perfect because those are all affiliations with professional writing. Best to concentrate on no more than five primary keywords or Short tail Keywords.
Long Tail (Secondary) Keywords – These are groups of keywords used in conjunction to make up a keyword search. With professional writing, one may consider eBook Publication, Professional Writing, Reading Books, Writer’s Block, and Writing Secrets. These are also the kind of keywords you will use with site and post titles for optimised exposure and ultimate sales.
Anchor Text Keywords – When a visitor lands on your site by following an anchor text, then that visitor is virtually ready to buy. Yes, because anchor text is the text that your visitor would be most likely to enter into their browser.
With “Professional Writing” such anchor text may be to the liking of “How to publish my eBook”, “Article Writing Secrets”, “Where to publish my Article”, “Want to make money with Writing” or even “How to write an eBook”.
So if your visitor want to know how to write an eBook, and you offer a course on doing just that… Don’t you think your visitor will be interested in your product? Just a thought… These things are important because this is exactly why over 95% of Affiliate Marketers end up making little to no money online at all.
The fourth truth is Your Product – Not only is it important to know what you want to offer your audience, you also need to know why. And this is why you need to know your audience and establish a common need. Once you have decided on a product, you have to know the product and its exact working.
The only way to do this is to actually buy the product you wish to promote, and test it for yourself. Only after this is complete will you know if it will be the solution to the need your audience are searching for.
If it’s a product, then follow each step precisely and do not try to avoid what you don’t particularly like or understand. Repetition plays an important role to achieving perfection. If it’s something like an eBook, then buy the eBook and study it in its entirety. Know your product and prove to your audience you know what you’re talking about.
Simply, the more products you test within your niche, the faster you will get recognized as a Professional. Once this happen people will start following your Blogs, Liking your posts, Sharing and Re-Tweeting your posts and THAT is where your Buyer Traffic comes from.
I am yet to come across the “Traffic Package” that generate actual sales, and I have purchased and tested more “Traffic Packages” than I care to remember. Why…?
Because if I share my expertise with my readers, then I have already practiced what I’m preaching and it allows me to create Factual Content. You’d be amazed at how fast you will create your own content given the right amount of knowledge.
The fifth truth is Your Audience – When your Niche, Product and Keyword Research are done within a timely manner, then these three steps will laser target your audience. When your audience are not targeted, then your chances of a sale are slim to none at best. Simply because the chances of your visitor being interested in your offer will also be slim but mostly none. This completely defeats the purpose of driving visitors in the first place, right?
Your audience get built up with time, and a “Traffic Package” is hardly the way to build a responsive audience. A responsive audience will come but only when you provide them with useful and interesting content and products. Audiences in general, regardless of the niche is more likely to actually purchase form a familiar.
Get your audience to know Your Name, and not just a single Product, Program or Concept. Focus your branding on your name, so your audience can remember what you have helped them with as a person. It is important to prove that you can offer a solution, because those solutions will be discussed in comments. And comments are part of boosting your page and domain authority, which in turn boost your Google rating and ranking.
The larger your responsive audience are, the greater your commissions will be as an Affiliate Marketer. It’s all about Identifying a Common Need, Offering a Solution (That Actually Works), and inspiring Desire.
The sixth truth is Your Structure – Your structure is like the frame work of your online empire, and as previously mentioned you will need your corner stone. Making money online is kind of like building a money making machine and correct assembly is crucial.
You cannot start posting without your blog, which you cannot start before establishing your niche. It all adds to a sequence that ends with your domain, which is the back bone of your income stream. If you do not know your Niche and keywords then your domain will not bear a clear indication of the content to your audience.
Your structure include several platforms or sites where a visitor will land, from blogs to email lists and even Groups or Forums. These links to content get shared, and over time its popularity grows providing the audience find it useful.
Traffic to any link builds momentum based on popularity, sometimes over quite a lengthy period of time. Therefore you need your own Blogs, Groups, Communities and especially Social Profiles to build your empire.
When you get started it is crucial that your links stay intact and active, because it will get indexed in Search Engines. It’s all part of your structure because most of your exposure efforts will be better rewarded with proper search engine optimization.
When your structure get properly assembled, then search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo will know about you and send visitors your way while boosting your site’s ranking.
Naked Truth in Conclusion – Basically yes, it’s exceptional hard work to build a proper internet income stream. The kind of income that you can live from and be your own boss. The bigger your dream, the harder you will work because time is the only real “Secret” to online success. Those fancy screen shots you see…? Well, that’s the result of a few Years of Research and hard work and is not even remotely possible within a few months.
Little to no real effort will result in little but mostly no result at all. If you’re going to do something about your financial situation, then best do it right the first time especially if you decide on Affiliate Marketing.
It’s an impressively large crowd you are competing against, and only knowledge with tactic can ensure you get recognized as a Professional.