You know when I started in this affiliate business three years ago I knew diddly-squat about making money online. It all started when I was made redundant from my secretarial job in London. I came out of it with a bit of redundancy money and thought what the heck I’ll just chill out for a bit, relax, take a deserved break and then look for a job when my redundancy money was getting low. No problem. Things will be fine. Jobs are in abundance in London.
WRONG. I was so so wrong. I struggled trying to get re-employed. Every job had a hundred or so applicants so the competition was tough. So there I was jobless and pretty nearly broke.
It was while browsing through the ‘situations vacant’ in newspapers trying to find that elusive job that I came across various advertisements for business opportunities. You know the kind of thing: ‘Make $30,000 A Week From Your Kitchen Table’ or ‘How I Made $50,000 Before Breakfast’. Jeez, I have to tell you I was excited and sent away and paid for various ‘opportunities’ with the last remnants of my money. Well desperate people do desperate things huh?
Anyway most were scams or totally unworkable but still I sent away for them. It became a drug and I became obsessed with trying to find the perfect business. I was such a good customer for these things that I was on everyone’s mailing list and literally tons of business opportunities would be on the front door mat in the morning. The postman must have had one van designated to him just to deliver my mail.
My first attempt at one of these opportunities was to stick up a review web site for a product on ClickBank. I remember it took me ages to get the hang of setting up a website and even longer to upload it with a review of the product I was promoting. Then I just sat back and waited for the money to start rolling in. It didn’t. What I didn’t know then was that I had to do a bit of research on the product before trying to sell it. My first real mistake was selling something that people didn’t want. Doh!
They were frustrating times for me and after a couple of years and sill trying to make it online I received a mailing from a quite well known entrepreneur with a very long sales piece inviting me to an affiliate marketing seminar in La Manga in Spain. The price tag was just under $4,000 which included flight, accommodation and the seminar.
Now let me tell you right now I didn’t have $4,000. No where near it. But I did have a couple of plastic cards. Next thing I know I am on the plane to La Manga excited, full of hope and looking forward to listening to and watching the experts show me how they became millionaires.
This was my last shot at the big time as money was now so tight that if this affiliate marketing seminar didn’t show me once and for all how to make money online I was finished. I would just have to go and do any job just to make ends meet. I would just have to tell everybody that they were right and that I had wasted my money and time.
But the seminar was an inspiration. I came back buzzing with ideas and couldn’t wait to get started. They told me that this was the best business in the world and boy let me tell you that it is. It is the cheapest business to start that can make you very high profits in weeks if not days. I so wish this affiliate marketing seminar was around when I first started out. I would have saved myself a small fortune.
I was taught how to get a domain name, set up a website and market affiliate goods in any niche that I wanted. Then came long tail keyword research and article writing and also lots of help on writing product reviews. A lot of ground was covered in just two days and my head was buzzing with information and ideas. In fact I came home with a blue print of step by step actions to get me up online and doing business in a very short time.
It’s great being an affiliate marketer. There is no product to create as the merchant you are an affiliate to creates the products. You also don’t have to deliver or produce the products, so all you have to do is select what you are going to sell, set up a website, get the affiliate links from your merchant and get started.
You can start with very little money. Obviously you need a computer with Internet access but most people these days have a computer in their home. But this is the cheapest business you can start on the Internet. There are many free tools available to help you until you start making some real money.
By attending an affiliate marketing seminar you will gain knowledge on how to set up your business and succeed and it is up to you to put this knowledge into action. You will not make money overnight so you have to be patient. Remember that the merchants do all the hard work all you have to do is focus on promoting their products through their affiliate link.
Alternatively, if you fancy being a merchant, having an affiliate program on your website could shoot your profits through the roof. Having an army of affiliates selling for you will drive tons of traffic to your website. More traffic means more money.
Affiliates are doing all your hard work by marketing your site. If you have trained them well and they do a good job then you don’t need to spend any more money on advertising. All you need to do is make sure that your products live up to buyer’s expectations and keep your affiliates pumped up and motivated to sell your product.
I recommend to everyone out there that wants to make it online to attend an affiliate marketing seminar. Trying to go it alone with just you and your computer is an isolating experience so attending these seminars should be your number one priority.
Not only that but you will also meet and network with like minded people who’s goals match yours. And it’s fun. I’m still in touch with people that I met in La Manga and we help each other out continuously. It’s a great feeling and somewhat reassuring to know that you have a network of friends out there in the same business as you swapping affiliate marketing ideas.
I also recommend that you read everything you can on affiliate marketing. The Internet is full of ebooks, courses and seminars on this subject. But my biggest recommendation to you is to JUST START. I remember that it took me ages to pluck up the courage to just start something. I had all the books, manuals, courses and blueprints. I would read them, put them down, and never do anything with them. Please don’t waste time like I did. JUST DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.
By: Stacy Haertel
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Author: Stacy Haertel is a product developer and publisher and has been online for 3 years. If your website has an affiliate program and you are still struggling for traffic go to www.virtualaffiliatetrainingguide.com for a FREE Online Traffic Generation Seminar where a five figure a day marketer teaches his traffic secrets for free.