There are all sort of online gurus who want you to believe that they have cracked the secret of online riches. That’s how they keep you buying their marketing products! But there really is no big secret to earning money from home with an affiliate marketing plan. The same qualities that help you succeed offline work online. Patience and hard work are as valuable today as they were a hundred years ago.
So– what exactly do you need to do to get started online?
First, have you decided what your business is going to be? Have you looked for niches that are not being well served, or which you think you could serve better, more efficiently or more knowledgeably? That might be the very place to get started.
What is hot online right now? Try a site called Nicheology (no, I am not their affiliate!). It’s a paid site, but they have their finger on the online pulse regarding what is really hot at any given moment.
Become an affiliate of a high quality, relevant product in your niche. Your niche should be something that both excites you and which you think can sell.
The world’s largest seller of affiliate products is Clickbank. I’ve never counted, but they say they sell over 10,000 products. I am inclined to believe them!
There is a bit of a learning curve with Clickbank, but don’t be put off. All Clickbank members, whether newbies or millionaires, are like you— they are trying to succeed at earning money from home in their own online businesses, and they have found Clickbank to be the perfect partner. So keep at it— it’s well worth the effort.
If you are just starting out, please, for now, avoid trying to sell your own product.
If you think this is the way to start earning money from home, you are likely to suffer from “information overwhelm”– you’ll find yourself saddled with too many tasks which will all be new to you, and you will get bogged down trying to figure it all out at once. (Don’t ask me how I know this.)
You need to earn money quickly, or you’re likely to get discouraged. You don’t have the luxury of over-complicating things.
In order to earn money through an affiliate marketing plan, you don’t even need your own sales page. The affiliate vendor will have provided one, so use it— unless it happens to be exceptionally poor in quality.
Should that be the case, contact the vendor about getting one custom designed for you.
Having signed up and gotten set up as an affiliate, the next step is to drive traffic to the sales page and start getting sales. By the way, it is essential that you first buy and use the product yourself. How can you honestly recommend it to others if you haven’t?
To drive traffic, I recommend article and forums for the beginner.
This is free traffic– you talk about your product, service or niche, and use links to get folks to the sales page, where hopefully you may see your first sales and start making a few dollars.
Once you are making a little money as an affiliate reseller, now is the time to think about your own sales page. Being new, you should have this task outsourced.
There are two reasons to have your own site. Number one, you can discuss your niche and your product in articles you post on your site, and, number two, you can include a sign up box to induce people to subscribe to a free newsletter.
Maintain your links to your affiliate sales page, of course, but in addition you are establishing your authority in your niche. With your blog and your subscriber list, you are now growing a real online business.
So, to recap: Choose your niche, find a good affiliate program to promote, use the website provided to start out with, make a few bucks, then develop you own site. With your own site, get subscribers and grow a following through your blog.
Expect setbacks, and learn from your mistakes. Remember: the net is still the best, most forgiving place on Earth for you to fail in. (Trust me here, I know!)
And then — develop your very own product.
And finally– sell your product through an affiliate program.
Simple and logical! Simple, logical, but most of all— doable. And you can do this!
Earning money from home is not the overwhelming mountain you may think it is. It starts with working with an third party affiliate marketing plan, and ends with you becoming the affiliate program provider yourself. Do that, and you will have come full circle!