Do you want to know how to become a successful affiliate marketer? Successful affiliates are leaders who inspire, lead and teach. They also challenge the status quo. Successful affiliates can live in a different way to the ‘norm’ but it isn’t through luck that they have a flexible lifestyle and can work from anywhere globally.
To many the chance to work from a laptop and have no boss is reward enough. However, successful affiliates have gone through a lot of up’s and down’s to get where they are. It didn’t and it doesn’t happen overnight.
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer – Persistence
Being persistent is a virtue as an affiliate marketer. Successful online marketer and co-founder of the SFM, Jay Kubassek had three years of struggle in his online ventures before he was able to quit his job. He now works full time online. As Jay said in a recent webinar “don’t be held captive by instant gratification”.
Many “would-be” affiliate marketers simply give up too easily. It’s not easy being an affiliate marketer. Once you can accept that you can realise that it is a journey worth taking. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be so rewarding. For those who stick it out and master online marketing, they can have a life which is completely under their control. Although getting there requires discipline, persistence and constant improvement, ‘there’ is something many aspire to but few actually achieve.
- Never have a ‘boss’ again
- Work for yourself
- Work from anywhere globally with an internet connection
- Choose your working hours
- No commuting ever again
- Constant income from multiple sources
- Passive income
Looking at the list above, affiliate marketing can completely change lives. However it does require the kind of persistence, tenacity and stubbornness than only certain people possess.
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer – The Right Training
Getting the right training from the start makes a massive difference in an affiliate marketers timeline. I spent a long time ‘going it alone’ and trying various strategies and ‘systems’ before finding the SFM training program. There are several reasons why this made a massive impact on my online development.
- I became more serious about the reality of an online business – Treat your online business as a ‘hobby’ and it will always stay that way. Treat it seriously, like a real business and you can make some serious money from it.
- I started again and followed a well laid out path. Before this I was trying one system and then jumping on to another system 6 months later, when nothing has happened. I didn’t have any faith and belief in what I was doing. You need to trust your direction and trust that your daily actions are taking you forwards.
- The business model allows you to promote products with a value range from $29.95 all the way up to $20,000 products. This business model is a complete game changer.
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer – The Right Business Model
Many affiliates start out selling a digital product from their blog. They make their $40 on a $100 product. However, they haven’t built a brand of their own. There is no ‘up-sell’ for which they make a commission from. They have referred the customer to someone else’s product, and the product owner benefits from that relationship. The affiliate goes on to promote more and more of the same but never building any relationships with their visitors.
This business model is different because as an affiliate you do benefit from up-sells which are driven by a built in sales team. Having a built in sales team is a massive benefit for affiliates.
The best model for affiliates is one which gives you:
- High ticket sales
- Built in sales team
- Your own list
- Commissions for further sales (closed by the vendor)
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer – Giving Value
Although many affiliate marketers talk about the money, successful people always talk about delivering value first and helping people. Warren Buffet doesn’t measure success by the amount of money he has made:
“I measure success by how many people love me. And the best way to be loved is to be lovable.” – Warren Buffet
As an affiliate, unless you help others get what they want, you can’t sell anything. Affiliate marketers deliver products and services to people by learning what people want and putting those things in front of them. Some products can simply be put in front of the right people for them to sell. However, super affiliates built trust and relationships first and sell later. They do this by giving value and over delivering. By building trust with their subscribers over time, people will know they are trustworthy.
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer – Before The Internet
Before the internet people would buy from someone they knew or from a familiar shop. They knew if there was any problems they could come back to the shop and get their money back. However, the internet is different. There are many people selling things from their websites and they may be gone tomorrow. There might be no shop to return to if something goes wrong.
This is why internet marketing is different. By delivering value first and selling later, internet marketers build trust with their email subscribers and website visitors. They show up time and again and prove they are reliable and trustworthy. Having a website is no guarantee of success. Having the right products isn’t either. Building relationships is the key to success online, and to selling high value products.
Building relationships on the internet can be done through building a list of subscribers and delivering value.
The Money Is In The List
If only 1% of your list of subscribers buys a $1000 product and you build a list of 1000 people, you earn £4000 based on 40% commission. If this percentage holds true and you build your list to 10,000 people, you will earn $40,000.
Build relationships with your list by giving value time and time again. The top successful affiliate marketers all cite their email lists as their main source of traffic for their online sales. Some even refer to their lists as their ‘cash machines’!
How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer – Keep Going
In a recent webinar Stuart Ross explained how he spent around $1200 on a phone call to one of his early business mentors. This stuck in my mind because it struck me as something very few people would do. I also thought about whether I would do this myself. Successful affiliates are prepared to do whatever is necessary to achieve their goals. This can mean stepping out of your comfort zone and doing things differently.
Much like driving a car for the first time means making mistakes and putting yourself in a position of vulnerability, learning affiliate marketing does the same thing. Unless you are willing to make mistakes and learn from them, you are unlikely to succeed as an affiliate.
Even with an affiliate marketing coach, you still have to do the work, experiment with various strategies and sometimes make mistakes. With the right attitude though, these ‘mistakes’ can all be part of your development. Being comfortable is not conducive to learning something new. When you are uncomfortable you know you are learning something.
“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work” Thomas Edison – Inventor of the electric light bulb
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