“2nd to Do” When Starting an Affiliate Marketing Business

What is Next.Okay, so now that you have finally overcame your fear of starting a work from home affiliate marketing business; what should you do next? Now, you can quit your present job and just go out and join the first affiliate marketing offer you come across because after reading their ad claims all that money is as good as being in your bank account. STOP! Really… would you go out and buy a power ball ticket and start spending the jackpot winnings before you even won! I surely hope not!

Think about it…how much do you really know about affiliate marketing? If you are a Newbie, probably not more than allot of hearsay about all the successful people that have quit their jobs claiming they have replaced their previous job income and now are making a six figure income over night! Now you might actually find a handful of affiliate marketers who could really make that claim who are capable of backing it up!

There is one thing I can tell you for sure; I didn’t quit my job, I knew better that that. I did make a big mistake thought by joining several affiliate programs thinking that I could learn the affiliate marketing profession overnight and start cashing in big time! WRONG! Hey, maybe you’re smarter than me…but being a teacher by profession I should have known better. You have to learn before you earn to be really successful. There is another that I discovered, but I’ll talk about that later!

(#3) Three C's of Life Choices Chances ChangesRemember life is about making choices! That is also true when you are considering to become an affiliate marketer. When I decided to take venture in this industry, I was just looking to make a couple bucks each to make ends meet plus a little extra aside. A little mad money as they called it. I wasn’t even thinking of quitting my job!  Little did I know where this journey would end up taking me.

How do you know you are choosing a repeatable affiliating marketing program? There are many things you should consider…I am not going discuss this in depth in this article. I will go into this later time. So for now let us look at a few reasons not to choose just any type of affiliate program.


Make Money FastLet’s talk “Don’ts” first…
The one thing you don’t want to do is join and affiliate program that are making claims that sound too good to be true! Most likely they probably is. Check out the reputation of the person, company or know or have spoken to the affiliate who is making the offer. Now this may not always be possible if the offer is a software program or resale products like a Private Label Rights (PLR) or Master Resale Rights (MRR). Then make sure that there is some type of money back guarantee, should you not be satisfied.

Shiny Object SyndromeAvoid the Shiny Object sales pitch. This usually is a product or program that makes outlandish claims of making large amounts of money in a short period of time, a save all. It makes something so easy.  As a newbie it is so easily to get caught up in the “Shiny Object Syndrome”.   Just think, if it was that easy everybody would be doing it.  Remember there is allot of potential of making allot of money in this industry, but it’s not going to happen for you over night. It is going to require much dedication and allot of hard work. You probably will think about quitting a few times over before things start to click for you. Should it come easy for you, then you are either lucky or a genius.

What “To Do”

First thing you should do is decide what niche you want to work in. I suggest choosing something that you might have a hobby in or something that really interest you. Why? If you have an interest in something you mostly likely will stick with it…passion comes with desire! Your passion will help drive you towards being successful!

Next you need find someone who backs what they say by supporting you through coaching or offering training support for their products. Someone you feel that is credible because you have dealt with them over a period on time. Someone who guarantees results and will work with you until you achieve results at no additional cost to you or refund your money back. They are offering you support because it is to their benefit that you succeed and build your business. They are investing time because they are investing in you! Should you can find a program that provides a campaign with it, the more the better. This will save you allot of addition work. You can use it as is or tailor the campaign to fit your own style.

Things you need to learn:

If you are not familiar or proficient in these areas you should either self-steady or hire a mentor, coach or some type of training program to help assist you in your learning. Mentors are great because they will work with you while coaches will normally just instruct you and then you work on your own. You will avoid many of the pitfalls that are associated with becoming an affiliate.  You will save allot of money and time in the long run.  A program or mentors or even tutorials will help you get up and going much faster. The sooner you start making money, the faster you can grow by reinvesting some of the profit back into your business.

Work Smarter Not HarderWhen I first started to know how affiliate marketing worked, I realized that I had to invest in myself… I knew I needed a mentor to teach me not only the fundamentals as well as the ins and outs of affiliate marketing in order to achieve the replacement income I desired. Once I signed up with a mentor, it was then that I actually started to see a return on my investment (ROI) and started putting additional profits into my pocket.  Now I was “Working Smarter Not Harder!”

School of Hrd Knocks

Whatever you choose to do…Believe me, training and growing your knowledge base is a must! Let’s face it…You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t seeking advice. Don’t do like I did and to attending the “School of Hard Knocks”. Otherwise you could end up like me spending almost three years learning “all the things I shouldn’t have done” before finding what really works!

In closing, this is only the tip of the iceberg when getting started in affiliate marketing. These are just guide lines helping you avoid making allot of unnecessary mistakes. Many inexperienced affiliates fail because they try to do get stared all alone. Don’t become one of them! Stick with me and sign up for my blog and I will guide you on your way to become “My Next Successful Affiliate!”

Stay tuned for my next “Not to Do” post. Join my Journey  by becoming one of my subscribers and be the first to know when new post are coming.!  In The weeks ahead there is going to be so much more to come…

Author: Bill Pickert

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