By the end of this page you will know three things.
How Affiliate Marketing Works
Why You Aren't Making Any Money
Where To Get Help
How Affiliate Marketing Works
If you've somehow ended up on this page and think you already know how everything works, you still need to read this. A lot of times things are overcomplicated to confuse newbies, or we can even confuse ourselves by not seeing the forest for the trees. As affiliate marketers, we have one job.
Match a customer to a product that solves a problem.
The ONLY reason people buy stuff is that they have a problem, and there's a product solve it. No, we don't have to limit ourselves to selling self-help books or natural cures.
Boredom is a problem.
Social status is a problem.
The neighbors barking dog is a problem.
Seriously, can anyone get my neighbors dog to stop barking?!
An effective, profitable affiliate marketer is able to identify an audience with a problem, and find the product that best solves it. Then they put the product in front of their eyeballs via search engines, email, or ads. How to effectively get your information and product in front of the right people and prove to them that this is what they are looking for takes training and experience. Most of us aren't born marketing geniuses. Keep reading to find out where I got trained to become a more effective online marketer.
Why You Haven't Made Any Money
There are four reasons you aren't making any money.
You Haven't Even Started
If you're totally lost at this point and wondering where the easy money is, or what the “proven system” is, you need to set some priorities. I suggest you set some realistic goals for making money online before you read the rest of this post.
You Can't get your ads positioned properly
So you've started marketing, but aren't getting any traffic. If you have less than a few hundred people seeing your ad every day, you simply aren't getting enough data to make educated decisions. Most folks start online marketing on a shoestring budget, so I'm going to assume that you are trying get your site ranked in search engines. Get traffic. Blog more. Spend more. Research more. Do more.
There's a shocking amount of misinformation out there on how to rank a site. I'm not going to dig into it here, but will recommend the place where I learned how to build my first affiliate website. It's a membership I maintain and use today, even 2 years after quitting my job and becoming a full time affiliate marketer.
You're Matching the Wrong Product + Problem
If you already have a site and traffic but haven't made dime, you might be promoting the wrong product. This is going to depend on your niche, your marketing methods. In a nutshell, you don't understand what your audience wants. Brainstorm a bit about your audience. Create an “avatar” or fictional person that might buy your product and think about why they aren't interested in what you are selling Then get creative. Think of some products you purchased recently and connect it to a problem. You might be looking at this from the wrong angle.
You're spending more than you make
So you've got a site, you've got a campaign going, and have made some money. But for some reason you are still in the hole. Maybe you bought some products or software to “boost sales”. Or maybe you bid too much on a PPC campaign. You're on the right track, but still have to learn to make those conversions. Unfortunately, this is just part of the job. Even I struggle with this. Identify the source of your spending, and watch it closely. Move you links, change your images, check your traffic sources with Google Analytics. Unfortunately, if you are at this stage in the game, I can't help you improve your personal campaigns much without know more about how you promote your offer, product, or service. You're almost there. The answer is not to quit. The solution is to get help from the right sources.
Get Help. Get Better. Make Money
People are making hundreds or even thousands of dollars a day in affiliate marketing, and you want in! You can join the club, but you need to know the password. I'll let you in on the secret because you look like a nice person.
The secret password is WORK
There isn't a rich affiliate marketer out there that hasn't put in thousands of hours of work on his campaigns. If you think have worked hard and haven't made money, then you aren't working hard enough.
It doesn't take a genius to make money in this game. I'm proof of that. But you have to be willing to fail and try again. The good news is that you are in the right place to find help. There is a community of people just like you. Affiliate marketers learning to better their campaigns. Complete newbies looking to get started. Full time marketers taking their business to the next level. This place can take you from knowing nothing or very little, to actually making money on the internet.
No secrets, no loopholes, no gimmicks.
Just affiliate marketing that works. It's a thriving community of people looking to help each other grow their businesses together. Or start a business with nothing but a website and a couple of links. Learn to help your customers, not just make a sale. Learn to grow you business. Not just make money. See if it's a fit for you. Try it for free.