Affiliate marketing, for a beginner, can be tough and a challenge to accept. But what I discovered is that with time, persistence, dedication and focus, it can be done. Keep on reading to find out how you can do it to! We will discuss is affiliate marketing for a beginner, the hard truth!
Table Of Contents
- 1 Best “Course” Of Action!
- 2 What Is Affiliate Marketing For Beginners? 3 Simple Steps
- 3 How To Learn To affiliate Marketing: The Basic Building Blocks
- 4 Before Starting An Online Business: What You Don’t Want To Hear!
- 5 How To Stay Focused? Keeping Yourself Accountable
- 6 Overnight Success: The 5-Year Plan!
- 7 Conclusion
Best “Course” Of Action!
You may be like me when I was searching for the best online digital marketing courses and was overwhelmed with the results that I found. It was like being a kid again, standing in front of the glass window, at a candy shop, looking at all the options; trying to decide what to devour and being very distracted by all the colors and choices at the same time.
Yep! That is how I felt when trying to find a really good affiliate marketing course for beginners so that I could learn from the best, but who is the best? I don’t honestly believe that this type of question can really be answered truthfully. Although there are some super amazing courses, none are perfect, there is no such thing at perfect but man, some can get really, really, I MEAN really good.
What Is Affiliate Marketing For Beginners? 3 Simple Steps
The basic to affiliate marketing 101 breakdown can be explained, simply, with the below bullet points:
- Locate a product or service that you either use or believe in.
- Find out if the company, which sells the product has an affiliate program
- The company will have a way for you to promote this product or service
- typically by generating a trackable link that you can use and send out
- someone purchases the product or service using your unique link
- You receive a commission, from the sale of the product or service.
Wala, to affiliate marketing explained in 3.3 steps, now go out there and start promoting. Wait a minute, not so fast. If only it were that easy, everyone would be doing it, right?
Affiliate marketing is an amazing way to make side income, enough to maybe pay some small bills like the water bill, electric bill, grocery bill, gas bill, phone bills (man, I just realized that we have to pay a lot of bills) car maintenance bill and many other bills. Or, if you take the time to really learn and master this craft, you can create a full time income replacing your W2 income with just promoting other people’s products (O.P.P. yeah you know me).
The golden question, of the night, that is on the top of everyone’s head is HOW do I create enough income to cover bills or replace my corporate income 100%?
People who typically ask the above question already knows the answer, but what most people want to hear is the fairly tale version of the answer which is giving them the coordinates to a secret chamber that holds the “money button” and once you find it you press it and wala, insta cash in your pockets and bank account with little to no effort needed.
We all wish that we can find the “money button” but I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this just doesn’t exist. Like I’ve said many times and will keep saying, anything worth doing in life takes time, hard work, dedication, focus, and the ability to rise up after many failures without giving up. This, my friends, is the real “money button” because once you learn this skill you will begin to receive money for your efforts after some time of self discovery and gaining grace and wisdom.
How To Learn To affiliate Marketing: The Basic Building Blocks
Now to the juicy stuff. How can you learn to affiliate marketing without having any experience well.(drum roll) here is the answer, are you ready for it? The answer is to learn from current successful people and see if you can get them to take you under their wing and mentor you to success.
I know this sounds very good but you may soon discover that, yes, these types of people are out there and they typically charge thousands of dollars just for you to learn their “secrets” and duplicate them to success but even this does not guarantee results.
The challenge that I faced many times was that I was trying to invest into myself and learn a new skill so that I can create wealth for myself that would give me the time to really focus on my passions and purpose which is to help and inspire others to pursue their dreams and goals. I would find out, sometimes the really hard way, was that I could not afford to be in these programs because I didn’t have that type of cash and I was trying to learn how to create it.
I was getting super frustrated because I would ask myself, how do these “gurus” expect the average person to cough up thousands of dollars when they were already struggling? So, it was back to the drawing board after much failure and much of my pockets were drained from all of these programs.
You can imagine that I must have felt like this dog (see picture above…) because every time I was excited for something, bam, I got the door shut inches from my face. Oh, the frustration, but that is why having a strong backbone and tough skin is key to creating abundance and successes for yourself. There will be many, many, many and did I say many failures that will make you want to throw in the towel but you must never quit or give in because, like the story suggested, you could be 3 feet from gold when you do give up so keep on digging.
Going back to mentorship and guidance. I truly do believe that this method is the most successful and fastest way to get to where you want to be, regarding your business success, but how do you get one without spending thousands of dollars?
Check out my recommended source for everything you need to create success for near pennies on the dollar compared to the guru programs.
Before Starting An Online Business: What You Don’t Want To Hear!
- Finally, telling your boss what you really think before quitting
- Sleeping in every day until 2pm and not having to get yelled at for being late to work
- Buys big TVs, cars, houses, throwing insane parties that cost more than your house
- Sitting around all day, playing video games, eating pizza, and binged the entire Netflix selection
By reading the above, you probably already know that I am going to have to burst that unrealistic bubble of yours. If you truly want to be a successful entrepreneur using to affiliate marketing as your vehicle, then, you will have to replace the above list with this one:
- Work 12 to 15 hour days building your businesses
- Declining going out with friends to happy hour
- Waking up at 4 or 5am to begin your day after having a long sleepless night
- Living below your means and saving money to reinvest back into your business
- Exercise a few days per week and eat healthy balanced meals
- Fail many times until you feel like giving up but keep on pushing through
- Go through personal development training
I know this doesn’t sound “sexy” or exciting but these are the habits of a true successful person and the lifestyle is not all glamouress and how TV portrays it to be. These habits will need to become second nature as common as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. It’ll only last for 1 day and you’ll have to redo it over and over again for the rest of your life.
Now, don’t turn off your computer and run out the door screaming as if you had all of your dreams crushed, but this is the reality that you need to hear in order to create the success you want as an affiliate marketer or anything for that matter.
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How To Stay Focused? Keeping Yourself Accountable
We have many distractions in life that can derail us and keep us off track for a while or even years. That is why I truly believe in having a network or people to be able to help keep you accountable and to answer any questions that you may have as you are building your business and going through the challenges that it brings as well.
Having mentorship and guidance is how all the big timers have made it. Just image how many others are out there that are successful but choose not to be in the spotlight? Hundreds of thousands. That’s right, it wasn’t a typo, there are so many out there that created the lifestyle of their dreams which the likes that you have never heard of.
Going back to the main point, having accountability and guidance from someone who has been there and done that can accelerate your success by years if you listen to the advice and follow the blueprints being shared.
Overnight Success: The 5-Year Plan!
Have you ever heard the saying that it takes 5 years to become an overnight success? If not, you better get used to it because this is a very true statement. If you study any successful person, in history or even alive today, they will all have a story that overlaps in the hard work and time subjects.
A lot of times when creating success, you will not see the results right away, but there are there brewing in the background waiting to burst out. Think of creating success, with your to affiliate marketing business, as rolling a snowball down a hill. It beings very small and weak but as it grows and goes downhill it will start to gain size and speed, to transforming into an unstoppable force
How this translate to your success with your affiliate marketing business is that when you first begin. You will feel like nothing is happening, no one is clicking on your affiliate links that are being sent out and no sales. When this happens, most will give up and say well I tried but this doesn’t work and go on to something else or just settle for less in life for the rest of their lives.
The very few will continue to push forward and make new strives and learn new techniques, in which just like the snowball, over a span of a year solid years of consistency and push, they will create the success that the other people said was impossible and they would also wonder how was it that this person created success when they tried the same and it did not work for them??
You will want to set your mindset that just because you are happy and excited today to start your business, to keep that same level of excitement when times get tough and you feel as if you are not making any progression. In reality, you are progressing little by little everyday and your snowball is getting bigger and bigger as you keep building it and not giving up.
5 years will go by anyway, so why not spend some of it building one of your dreams into reality. You’ll be able to pass down a wealth of knowledge to the next generation. The more you fail, the wiser and smarter you get, just remember that.
So, is affiliate marketing for a beginner? Heck yes it is. The real question is do you have grit, focus, discipline and determination to push forward and never quit even when times get hard?
Were you able to accept the hard truth about the reality of creating success? Do you have the courage to never give up during challenging times? Will you burn the boats and not fall back on a plan B because your plan A needs to and will work?
If you have answered yes, to all the questions, then you are well on your way to creating the abundance and freedom that you want and deserve, just never, ever, ever stop or give in during the challenging times.