If you’ve come to this article, you’ve probably heard the term “affiliate marketing” before and are wondering what it is or how it’s done. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Many people have heard the term but don’t know a thing about it. I was once the same, and I have to say I am stoked that I made a move to learn about it, and you will be too.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Well, to be plain and straightforward, it is nothing more than promoting and selling OTHER PEOPLE’S products. You are given the ability to sell products that you don’t have to create.
This is the beauty of affiliate marketing. There is no product to handle, no shipping, no customer service, nothing. All you have to do is produce leads that turn into purchases.
You have no responsibility other than driving traffic to the sales page.
Does this mean it’s easy? No.
Affiliate marketing is a job.
And no matter what you read online, a job is a job.
You do have to put time and effort into this to make money with it.
How Much Can I Make from Affiliate Marketing?
In all honesty, this is entirely up to you. The more time and effort you put into affiliate marketing, the better the chances are that you will make a sizable income.
Some make $200 – $300 a month with it just working part-time. And some make $2500 – $5000+ a month with it who use affiliate marketing as a full-time job.
As with anything else, you should set goals to achieve what you want out of it. I posted about setting and achieving goals a while back. If you’re going to make $500 a month, make sure you set a plan of action to achieve this goal. If you want to make $5000 a month, you’re going to want to do the same, but it’s going to be a much more lengthy plan of action, of course.
It is possible to make a full-time income with affiliate marketing. There are many out there who have accomplished that. Again, it’s all dependent on the amount of time and effort that you put into it.
How Do I Get Started with Affiliate Marketing?
First off, I suggest that you sign up for the three major affiliate programs available on the internet. They are entirely free to sign up for and start using. They are:
- Commission Junction
I suggest these because I use them myself, and they are quality programs and are great to get started with.
The second step is to choose the products or services that you wish to promote.
The third step, of course, is to start promoting. There are many ways to do this, and I won’t go over that right now. We’ll save that for later.
That’s pretty much affiliate marketing in a nutshell. It’s relatively easy to get started in and doesn’t require you to pay for anything if you don’t want to.
To reiterate the point: affiliate marketing takes TIME AND EFFORT. It is a job. It’s a gratifying job that you can do out of the comfort of your home.