5 Rules for Succeeding in Affiliate Marketing

5 Rules for Succeeding in Affiliate Marketing

So you've been researching affiliate marketing and you've decided it's something you're interested
in. If you really want to be successful in affiliate marketing, you're gonna have to
follow these five simple rules. It doesn't matter what you've read or heard so far, there's
a lot more to affiliate marketing than you've probably been told.
Research has shown that lessons incorporating a narrative are much easier to learn from
and more fun to watch, so in this lesson I'm going to tell you a little story about Bob.
First thing's first — Bob has to get out of the "get rich quick mindset". I recognize
that not everyone watching this video shares that mindset, but if any of you do, you have
to get out of it now. A lot of product creators out there know you're much less likely to
buy their product if they tell you the truth say it takes a lot of time and hard work,
so they lie to you. If you're going to succeed in affiliate marketing, it's going to be from
a lot of time and hard work, not some push-button magical system or copy/paste shortcut.
Which brings me to my second point, and it's going to sound a little cheesy but it needs
to be said. Bob HAS to commit to his new affiliate marketing business, and in order to do that
he needs to promise that he will stick "with it" for a set period of time. I would recommend
that it needs to be at least six months, but a year would be better.
After Bob has set that timespan, he needs to do a little math and figure out EXACTLY
how many hours he can commit to his business every week. Pick a number of hours you know
you can work each week and hit those hours every week no matter what — come hell or
high water you need to give that attention to your young business. It may mean waking
up a bit earlier or going to sleep a bit later, or even sacrificing a bit of time with your
friends or family but you need to figure out how to give your business a minimum of ten
hours a week. If you can give more, that's even better; working more each week means
you'll build your business faster than someone working the bare minimum.
And that leads us into our third point. Bob is going to be working on this business for
hours upon hours for the next several months if not years, so it's important that he's
passionate about the topic he chooses for his first website. A lot of products in this
industry will tell you to pick the affiliate offer you want to promote first, but you're
MUCH more likely to succeed if you lead out with your passion – not a desire to make as
much money as possible. Bob is going to be working on videos, articles, blog posts, eBooks,
and more several hours a week in the coming months, so it's important that he has a passion
for the subject matter. If not, he'll burn out and his business will ultimately fail.
Building out a website that has high quality, helpful content and is worthy of building
a following takes a lot of time and effort, and it can really take its toll on a person.
That's why it's extremely important that Bob not spread himself too thin. He needs to pick
a subject that he's passionate about and stick with it. If he picks two or three websites
and tries to build them all out at once he is extremely likely to get overwhelmed and
do sloppy work. You need to focus all of your effort and attention on one website for the
first few months. Trust me, there's always more content you can create, graphics or website
features that you can tweak, or things that you can do to spread the word about your website.
And that brings me to our very last point — Bob is building a business, and businesses
require a substantial time investment AND some financial investment as well. Anyone
that tells you that you can be a successful affiliate marketer without learning how to
build a website is lying to you. With the technology we have these days it's not very
hard to do, but it requires a few dollars a month and, as your business grows, you'll
probably need to invest in a few other tools as well. You shouldn't dread putting money
into your business – you should embrace it because it means you're moving in the right
direction. It's like having a fast-growing child that you don't want to become malnourished.
If you're starting on a tight budget that's fine, but just commit to not skimping on your
business when it counts. Just because it's an internet business doesn't mean you can
do it all for free.
So I hope that you and Bob have learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in affiliate
marketing. If you work consistently, you work hard, and you keep moving forward the reward
of being a self-employed affiliate marketer is very much worth all of the pain and struggle
you'll face in these early days. Just keep reminding yourself why you're doing this and,
in the end, you'll be very happy you followed these five rules.
My name is Ian from NoMoreBSReviews.com and I hope you found this lesson helpful. For
a bunch of other free affiliate marketing tips and training, visit my website at www.NoMoreBSReviews.com.
I never charge for my lessons and I'm always working hard to do what I can to make sure
you're successful in your affiliate marketing journey.
Until next time, best of luck to you all and I'll talk to you again soon.

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