When it comes to affiliate marketing there are often wild claims by both sides of the fence.
Some will claim that it is virtually a license to print money and you can make millions with ease.
Others will say that it doesn’t work and it is some kind of scam.
In this article we will look at the truth of the matter.
Is it easy to make money with affiliate marketing?
The reason so many people often get varied opinions when researching affiliate marketing is due, in my opinion, to two factors.
Self proclaimed Guru’s and their wild claims.
People expecting large returns from little effort.
The curse of the Guru’s
Since the early days of affiliate marketing, there has always been the presence of Guru’s.
These are people that position themselves as “Experts” in online marketing and usually bundle their “Knowledge” into pre-packaged courses.
These courses are usually marketed as “Secret techniques” and backed with promises of easy money.
The way they sell these courses is almost the same kind of nonsense.
There is usually some young entrepreneur on the beach, or by the pool at “His” mansion, and sometimes he is getting into “His” exotic sports car.
The pitch is usually along the lines of “6 months ago, I was broke and hated my job, but then I found this secret technique that allows me to live the life of my dreams”
Lot’s of vague talk of special systems and fool proof techniques is usually sprinkled throughout the pitch as hired models stroll past.
Then will come the close.
“For just x amount of dollars you can buy my course that will teach you the secrets to internet riches”
Cut to him diving in the pool or driving away in “His” exotic sports car.
Well, the truth of the matter is this.
Almost always, the mansion is rented for the day and so is the car.
The course is little more than standard affiliate marketing techniques built around some loophole or two that the entrepreneur has found.
The loopholes typically skirt around the edges of what is acceptable to rank in search engine results, or are designed to cause random spikes in social media traffic.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
Some of these techniques will work.
For a while.
Until the loopholes are closed, or until the course is sold to so many people that the “Secret technique” is common knowledge and exploited into redundancy.
People purchasing these type of courses often find themselves down the money they spent to purchase it rather than counting the internet riches they were promised.
This of course leads to a lot of disgruntled people.
Disappointed people will often be far more vocal than satisfied customers.
This has lead to some people regarding affiliate marketing as some kind of scam backed by claims of easy money.
Affiliate Marketing is a long established industry that is used by some of the largest companies in the world.
In this article we are going to look at why some people regard it as a scam.
Is this reputation deserved or not?
People expecting something for nothing.
Again, many people see various successful entrepreneurs online and often think,
“Wow, that looks easy! I can do that! If he can make tens of thousands per month, then so can I!”
Probably the most famous example of this is YouTube stars.
Make no mistake, there are some people making absolute fortunes on YouTube.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars per month.
How many YouTube channels are there?
According to a Google search I just did.
Now, just how many of those do you think were started with the aim of making thousands and thousands of dollars per month?
After all, “It’s easy!”
People do not realize what it takes to be successful on YouTube.
Some channels have entire teams of people working together to make it successful.
People with professional skills.
Sure, there are some people that have done it alone and made money from seemingly nonsense content.
But how many out of 31 million channels?
With that in mind, apply that logic to affiliate marketing.
How many people have found out that the base concept of the technique is to post links to products in exchange for commission and thought “That’s easy! I can do that!”
Are there affiliates making large amounts of money?
But, like YouTube, how rare are the superstars?
How many people are just making enough to live on, or nothing at all?
Make no mistake, there are super affiliates.
I have met a few in my time.
I met one guy who was making an average of $1 million per month.
It was not talk or marketing bluster for a course video.
I was talking to him and his girlfriend while the were shopping.
I’ll simply say that I saw them spend $100’s of K without a care.
He also keeps his “Techniques” to himself.
But I have also met people who earn a very reasonable living from affiliate marketing.
Lot’s of them.
The difference between them and the ones that fail is not just dodgy courses.
It is the amount of training they have and also the amount of effort they are prepared to put in.
Affiliate marketing is NOT a “get rich quick” scheme.
It is an established business model used by some of the biggest companies in the world.
Amazon being the most famous.
Yes, Amazon has an affiliate program
You can earn money by posting links to products on Amazon.
Do you think Amazon would get involved in “Get rich quick” schemes?
Of course not!
When starting to look into affiliate marketing, there are many new terms that are presented.
One of the most common questions is “What is an affiliate program?”
In this article we will look at what they are and how they work.
We will also look at where to find the best affiliate programs for your online business.
The key to affiliate marketing is the correct training and hard work.
Even what may appear to be a very limited product market can be very lucrative if the correct procedures are followed and the hard work to make it successful is invested.
So, the truth of the matter is this.
Is it easy to make money with affiliate marketing?
If you put in the hard work and acquire the correct training, you can make a lot of money.
If you cut corners because you are looking for easy money, then no, it will not be easy.
Few business models in the world allow you to make money with little or no effort.
Why would affiliate marketing be any different?
Now, that said.
Few business models allow you to put in some work that pays you over and over again for years to come.
If you write a product review that ranks well in Google and gets significant traffic.
That few hours work may earn you money over and over again from just that one piece of content.
But, typically, it is a case of creating as much content as you can.
After all, why wouldn’t you?
If you created a blog post and it made, let’s say, $300 a month for years on end.
Wouldn’t you want to create as many blog posts as you could?
That is the key to affiliate marketing.
Creating content that ranks in search engines and pays you month in and month out.
But, getting it to rank in search engines takes a certain skill set.
If you are interested in learning the skill set required to be successful at affiliate marketing, then read my post on the best free affiliate marketing course
In this article we are going to answer one of the most asked questions when it comes to affiliate marketing.
“What is the truth about affiliate marketing”
“Can I really make money online?”
We will look at the truth and lies that are often intertwined closely by self proclaimed Guru’s.
A lot of people are under the impression that in order to do affiliate marketing you have to be some kind of tech genius or heavily experienced in coding.
This is absolutely not the case!
In this article we shall look at how anyone can do affiliate marketing and some of the types of people that do.