There are tons of opportunities to make money affiliate marketing. The industry as a whole is expected to grow to $4.5 billion by 2016, which means there’s plenty of room for you to make a substantial living on a few niche sites.
That said, breaking into the affiliate marketing business takes time and a fair amount of work.
In this post I’ll talk about some of the barriers to starting an affiliate marketing business without the proper training or experience.
Most Blogs Fail
Over 80% of bloggers never make more than $100.
Think about that for a second, and then ask yourself the fundamental questions: why?
Well, there are a lot of reasons, but two of the main ones are not knowing what it takes to succeed, and not knowing how to take the necessary steps to get there.
The good news is that each of these can be learned, but the chances of you randomly figuring it out just by Googling around and throwing up a site are pretty slim. Chances are you’ll get discouraged by a lack of results in the early days and won’t push through to see your site traffic grow.
Just like you wouldn’t be able to walk into a courtroom and start practicing law, or walk into a hospital and perform a brain surgery, you can’t expect to start a site and magically begin to make money.
That said, achieving recurring income freedom is easier than you might think. If you can figure out how to make 1000 online, you can make $10,000, or $100,000.
You just need the guidance.
Affiliate Marketing Requires Either Training Or Experience
Let’s look at the following two paths you could take with your internet marketing business:
- Go solo: start on your own and gain the experience firsthand
- Invest in your education and get a solid training program
Under the first scenario, you’re likely to spend several years putzing around with a few websites before you earn any money. You might see some initial earnings, but these earnings will be few and far between. You’ll get $28 in your Google Adsense or Amazon Associates account, but won’t be able to cash it out because there’s a $100 minimum. You’ll be frustrated, and have a much higher chance of giving up, having proved to yourself what you thought all along: you can’t make money affiliate marketing.
Now let’s look at the second scenario.
You find an affiliate training course. You learn the fundamentals of affiliate marketing, leveraging the experience of experts who have been there and done that, and figured out what does and does not work along the way.
Not only that, you’ll have a strong community going through the class with you. You can pick the brains of people who are farther along and battled the same problems. You can rejoice and commiserate with your classmates about successes and frustrations. You’re much more likely to get through the initial few months to the point where you can begin to earn a sustainable income.
Now, which option sounds better to you? There are a ton of resources online, and prices are designed for individuals with any budget. You can read this post on affiliate marketing programs beginners need to succeed.
You can make money affiliate marketing. I strongly encourage you to start an online business, I’m just also saying you probably need a little training to point you in the right direction.
That’ll get you started, so you too can make money with affiliate marketing.