01 Make Money Online with Affiliate Marketing

Introduction

The idea of companies paying salespeople commissions for selling their products has been around since time untold. When the Internet came along, it was only a matter of time before someone thought to devise a way to take the practice online. There is some debate about who pioneered the concept of affiliate marketing, but webmasters of adult websites were among the first to put it into practice in the mid-1990s.

Affiliate marketing has come a long way since then. It has expanded to every field in online sales. It has evolved into a practice with all sorts of nuances and techniques. It has made a lot of people a lot of money, and a whole lot more people a little money. According to Marketing Sherpa, in 2006, affiliates worldwide earned an estimated $6.5 billion dollars in commissions.

Those who are new to affiliate marketing often have high expectations. They hear the stories of affiliates who are making six figures a year just by promoting other people’s products, and they get stars in their eyes. They eagerly sign up for lots and lots of programs, and they start counting the money in their minds. Unfortunately, many of them barely make enough to cover their website hosting, much less a profit.

Maybe you’re one of those who became disillusioned after months of barely-existent profits. Or maybe you’ve made some money, but you haven’t achieved the success that you had hoped for. Either way, it’s important to realize that you – yes, YOU – can make a steady income with affiliate marketing. You don’t have to be some kind of guru to make it work. You just have to be determined and ready to do what it takes to succeed. In this report, you’ll learn how to take your affiliate marketing business to the next level.

Why Do Some Affiliates Make
So Much More Than Others?

Affiliate marketing isn’t a job. It’s a business opportunity. That means that there is unlimited moneymaking potential. But it also means that how much you make is proportional to how much work you put into it. That doesn’t mean that you have to make it a full-time effort, but it does mean that you have to keep working at it. It’s easy money, relatively speaking, but just signing up for a program and putting up a link or two doesn’t guarantee instant income.

Whether you want to make a living doing nothing but affiliate marketing or are looking to generate a steady supplemental income, you must be willing to dedicate a certain amount of your time to it. And this is a big part of the reason why income varies so significantly between affiliates. Some believe that if they choose a program that performs well for others that the products will sell themselves, but it just doesn’t work that way.

If you understand that being a successful affiliate requires commitment, you’re ahead of the game. But it’s still quite possible that you’re not making as much as you’d like to, despite your best efforts. There are certain traits that so-called super affiliates possess that allow them greater earning potential. Some of these are:

They include affiliate marketing activities in their schedule. Telling yourself that you’ll spend a certain number of hours a week working on it is nice, but if you don’t set aside time specifically for that purpose, there’s a good chance that you won’t get around to it. Whether they decide to spend 2 or 20 hours a week on affiliate marketing, super affiliates pencil it in on their calendars and stick to it.

They’re not afraid to spend some money. You can become an affiliate for free, but if you’re serious about bringing in regular income, you’ll probably need to invest a little cash into it. Super affiliates realize this, and they have no qualms about spending on site building, pay per click campaigns and other promotional efforts.

They understand the importance of keeping an eye on their stats. Knowing how many visitors your sites are getting, how many people are clicking on your affiliate links, and how many are buying is crucial to your success as an affiliate. It will alert you to strategies that aren’t working so that you can replace them with strategies that do. Super affiliates check their stats often and use that information to fine-tune their efforts.

They are eager to learn. As the Internet evolves, so does affiliate marketing. New techniques and applications are coming out all the time, and if you ignore them, you could be left behind. Super affiliates understand that you can’t learn it all in one sitting. Even if you were to learn everything there is to know about affiliate marketing today, there will be something new to learn tomorrow.

They don’t mind taking risks. Just because the tried and true stuff is working, that doesn’t mean that they won’t attempt something new. It might work out and it might not, but super affiliates are willing to take a chance if there’s the possibility of greater profits.

If you possess these traits, there’s not much standing in the way of you making a nice passive income. If you don’t, work on them. Without them, all the tips and techniques in the world won’t be much help. The good news is that it’s primarily a matter of attitude, and that’s something you can always change if you want to badly enough.

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