Can You Really Make Money with Affiliate Marketing?
The question gets asked all the time; Can you really make money from affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is not your road to easy money and I don’t have any tips that will miraculously make you rich overnight. But, the answer to that question is yes and no!
An income can be earned as an affiliate marketer. However, you will be one of the determining factors for earning income. One of the factors will be your sense of dedication. You must be committed to put in the hard work for however much time it takes to succeed.
As an affiliate marketer, you will not be required to create products. Therefore, affiliate marketing is probably the fastest and most economical ways to start an online business. Just hook the customers up with the sellers then make a commission on every sale that was referred by you, the affiliate marketer. There are many legitimate affiliate marketing programs that you can partner up with.
Depending on the affiliate programs that the marketer partners with, there may be different payment agreements. The marketer doesn’t always have to sell other’s products to earn a commission. Some of the other legitimate ways of earning money online are listed.
Advantage of an Affiliate Marketing Business
There are several advantages to making affiliate marketing your first attempt at beginning an online business.
- Worldwide Market: Having an online business gives you an opportunity to market to
others globally with immediate access.
- No Fees: There is any cost to partner with affiliate programs.
- No customer support: The affiliate marketer can only advertise the seller’s products,
therefore is not responsible for dealing with any customer complaints or support. The seller
retains the responsibility for that area.
- No Shipping/Storage: The seller is responsible for storage, packing and shipping of
their products. The affiliate marketer doesn’t incur this expense.
- Low to No Overhead: Marketers do not require a brick and mortar location and require
no employees (unless they choose to pay assistants, ghost writers, etc.) and there is no product
development cost. It is the lowest start-up cost around.
- Income Generating: On the front end, the affiliate marketer must put in a lot of hard
work getting the business up and running online. But, depending on your marketing skills, once you
gotten going you can generate a stable stream of income even when you aren’t even online. In a
regular 9 to 5 job, you actually have to go to work to get paid.
- Work from Home: This is the best part for me! If you can build a steady income flow
you don’t have to think about going to work every day. You can work when you want , how you want and where you want!
No Rose Colored Glasses
Affiliate marketing is a great, cost effective way to earn an income with an online business, but there is a lot of competition out there and success will not happen overnight. Until you begin making a steady flow of income, you will need to work hard and stay on top of the game. You have to have a lot of determination, patience and stamina to stay in the race. If you are in it for the long haul, you will see the benefits of your efforts and the light at the end of the tunnel.
To be a good affiliate marketer you have to learn how to know the needs of the market, how to promote other people’s products and then figure out what is working and what isn’t. Be open to trying new methods.
If you are really serious about starting an affiliate marketing business, I suggest that you find the tools that will help you get a good start. The first step is to find a legitimate affiliate marketing training program that can carry you from beginning to end. You need to have a plan in place. Affiliate marketing is a real business, not a hobby. Treat it with importance and your chance of success will be much better.
Please feel free to contact me if you need help with anything. Just make a comment below or you can always get in touch with me through wealthyaffiliate.com (here is a link to my profile).
Founder of Mom’s Trusted Affiliate