I have been in the online marketing spheres for a couple of years now. I have been working as a digital nomad doing remote project management, as a freelance writer and also run my own startup. All with having in mind to, at some point, run an online business that would generate a passive income. Preferably not with my own products, but through successful affiliate marketing strategies…
It is SO hard to create and sell a product by yourself. You have to design and build it, and if it’s a physical product have it produced, shipped and stored. Then market it, sell it, do invoicing etc, ship it again, deal with the customers and returns… sounds rough!
But, there is good news!! If you don’t have your own product, you can get into affiliate marketing. This way you help other people, who have already created a product, to increase their sales. For every person that buys a product via you, you receive a commission. Lots of bloggers use affiliate links, for example to hotels or products that they review. This way the blogger provides value to the reader (easy to find the product online) and they can generate some revenue for their website (commission on sale). For example, in my article about great books for digital nomads, you find links to purchase the book on Amazon. Saves you the searching for the right book, and I get a couple of bucks out of it 🙂
Hope is not a strategy
But unfortunately, successful affiliate marketing won’t fly by itself. Think about it – if you get a $1 commission for each book sold, you need to help Amazon sell 1500 books a month to generate a decent income for yourself! Although I know many people that generate a little side income of $100 or $200 with this technique, it won’t get you very far! I tried it like this for a couple of months but nothing really happened
So, after fooling around for months I finally found out: you will only reach success in affiliate marketing if you are actually putting effort in it. FOCUS and STRATEGY are important. Affiliate marketing is not just putting some random links in articles hoping people will buy it. Hope IS NOT a strategy.
So how do you get focus and craft a strategy towards success in affiliate marketing? This is not the “ultimate how-to guide”. But I want to explain to you how stuff finally started to fall into place when I got these 3 things right: Mentors, Products and a Proven System.
My 3 Key Factors to Success
As stated before, I had been running around like an idiot in the online marketing space for a couple of years. Trying this, trying that, reading that e-book, joining that webinar. And it all didn’t work. People were all saying the same. Write a good post and put a link in. Get traffic. But I just could not manage to get it to work..
Until I met a girl from Belgium. She introduced me to an amazing network of people who had brought the art of affiliate marketing to a whole other level. She saw I had the basics down, but was missing the key ingredients to successful affiliate marketing.
Let me share with you the tree most important parts of my affiliate marketing strategy and how it’s now making me a great income.
1) The right mentors
You don’t have to figure it out all by yourself. Really, you don’t. Being successful online is not rocket science, you just have to know how to do it. Find a good mentor, team and coaches – people who have actually made success themselves – and stop wasting your time by trying to figure it all out by yourself. Surround yourself with the right people to become successful. After all, you’re the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with
2) The right products
Are you going to try to sell books via amazon for a $1 commission? Or are you going to sell high-ticket products with a $500 commission to the right people? The choice is yours. Pick your niche, pick a specific product and market it right. This also means looking beyond the standard affiliate marketing platforms and finding truly unique products. For example, I focus on selling higher priced information products. There is such a big demand for information products these days. Here is a cool blog on how to get started on selling high priced digital products > but don’t forget to remember step 1 and 3 🙂
3) The right system
Forms, Funnels, Automation, E-mail marketing, Branding, Payment, Customer service. My god, I spent so much time reading about all these things that I realized I was never EVER going to be able to do this the right way. Ok maybe if I spend a year full-time creating accounts everywhere, setting things up, linking the different systems etc. But why setting this all up yourself, why you can also use existing services? Making use of one top-nothc software system I have become independent of the techies. I now use a proven system that has been set up especially for affiliate marketing and includes all of the above.
Successful Affiliate Marketing – What’s next?
So that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed reading how things all finally fell into place for me. If you want to know more, or want to have a chat whether affiliate marketing is something for you, feel free to contact me! Also, if you want to know more about the results booked or if you are looking for a mentor/coach?
In short: do you want to get into successful affiliate marketing and generate a passive income? Let me know and I can help you get started on your Road to Freedom!