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You are going to learn the secrets of all the top affiliate marketers.
But you are going to be sorely disappointed.
Unfortunately, the secrets to being a top affiliate marketer in any industry are obvious, mundane, and not really a secret.
So now that you're super excited to see what they are (too bad sarcasm doesn't have a font style), let's take a look at what these so-called secrets are.
You're going to be doing this for a long time, whatever it is you are doing. No one was made a success over night, no matter what the media has you believe. If you are not passionate about it (or at least passionate about making money) then you will not stick with it through the tough times. You will not succeed.
That's no to say you can ONLY promote affiliate products from things you absolutely LOVE. I promote some pretty weird and boring things. But I know they can make me money. And I love money. When I sit down at my computer and think to myself, “Man, I really want to watch some PewDiePie videos on YouTube or some Netflix”, I then immediately think, what do I like more: watching some guy playing computer games, or making money.
Making money wins
every time (most of the time)
I'm SO guilty of being impatient, but when I look back at my successful websites, I see that I spent months before making my first sale, and it was only about 6 months in that I started seeing real results. Right now, I'm about 2+ months into this website, so I'm obviously stressing, but still optimistic that there are great things destined for One More Cup of Coffee.
Complaining to everyone about not getting traffic and looking or strategies to do everything “faster” (ehem, you WERE looking for some secrets, right?) is going to get you nowhere. Being willing to spend the time to learn and work for results in the future (not now, sorry) is tough, but required in this game.
3. A Voice
People on the interwebs are not dumb, and they vote with their clicks, shares, and time spent reading your content. If you are simply piggy-backing off of another person in your market, or writing things simply because you think it will make you some money, this will show up in your writing.
I'll admit, this might not apply to ALL industries, and some websites are fine just being a run-of-the-mill, normal, review site, and can make you some decent cash. But the real money is going to come in when you get return readers, YouTube subscriptions, shares, comments, and audience engagement.
Those things only come when you find your voice online, and the type of people that want to listen to you. Remember, you don't have to please everyone, just your niche audience.
4. A Willingness to Fail
Sorry, but to succeed, you're going to have to fail at some point. If you fear failure, you will never try new things. 99.99999999% of people must fail a few times before they become really good at something. In fact, I've never met anyone that was good at something on their first try.
If you decided tomorrow to learn how to juggle, or to play the piano, how long do you think it would take? 1 year? 2 years? 10 years?
Probably a long time, and it would depend on how much practice you did every day.
Why is affiliate marketing different?
It's not. It's like any other skill. You need to drop the balls a few times before you can juggle, and you need to play out of tune before you can have your first concert.
I'm very sorry that there was no super secret SEO strategy to boost your rankings, get you higher commissions, better CTR, and more traffic to your affiliate websites.
But if you make a concentrated effort over time and do not quit half way through, you WILL succeed.
It's only a matter of time.
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