Affiliate marketing is awesome and especially if you embrace both sides of the industry. The product owner and affiliate. I have been on both ends of this affiliate marketing industry. I have ran traffic from many sources to affiliate marketing programs and I am also a product owner. I have written many products and still work on them daily. I try and provide the best value possible so that more and more people will purchase and review my product. I am growing a large following of fans, affiliates, and people who want to learn from me. I treat each and every one of my followers the same. I do not judge and I definitely don’t feel like I am any better than you in any way. I am a successful guy writing products, blog posts just like this one and more just to help people like YOU out. My goal at the end of the day is to provide value and you leaving this post learning something.
Today I want to talk about building a list with product creation and using that list to profit every day that you can but in an ethical way. Always be transparent and honest. That will take you further than you think. People love a genuine person and they will be more willing to try out the products that you recommend to them because of that. Have you purchased a product that I have recommended? I can say that most of you have. I can also say that I will always share products with you that I use and I know can benefit you. There are tools in this industry that make our jobs easier. The sooner you realize that the better off you will be. I try and outsource EVERYTHING to do with my affiliate marketing business. I only want to focus on content, and my own products. I outsource the designs, traffic and much more. At the end of the day I am more productive and earn more in that respect. Time is my most precious possession. You will find that I enjoy my family and I enjoy time with them. They are important to me and the reason I write to you all as often as I can and the reason I create products to help people. I make a living to support them. That is why you are here too…right? If not a family maybe a future family and success for them. Maybe you wish to live a successful lonely life…that is ok too.
The above information is about reasoning for being in this industry…now lets talk about getting started.
You need a product…but how do you get that product? Well there are many ways to go about this. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? What is your hobby? What can you share with others to make a small profit and still satisfy your customers? What niche can you go into that is profitable? What other offers can you share with that niche to keep yourself profiting from affiliate offers?
I am in the affiliate marketing niche because I honestly enjoy promoting products. I am good at it. I am known in this industry now because of my hard work and dedication. It is so easy now to make money with this status. It is also easy to over do it. For the most part I keep a low profile but I still allow my name to be known. I am not here there and everywhere. I am here.
This niche has been a blessing for me since day one…even though I was failing. I was still learning which was also a blessing. I am grateful for my own failures. So the point of the last section is experience and failure. You need to experience these things. I know it sounds stupid to want to fail but without it you do not learn. Without it you do not get the drive to do even better or to succeed. You may think you have the drive now but wait until you fail. You will find that you want success even more. I failed many hundred times. I embarrassed myself many times as well…but I got back up again and kept trying. My family thought I was stupid for pursuing this online thing…but guess what? They are now saying I was smart to pursue it. They now want information from me asking me how to get into it. Now who is stupid?
You have to have drive. You have to want it so bad that nothing else matters. You are willing to do what it takes to make it online or else you will not live a fulfilling life. That is scary…but not actually the case…but you need to want it that bad and scare yourself into that state of mind. It helped me…people are different though so you may just want a side income to better take care of yourself and your family. What ever the case may be…you still need to want it bad enough. Are you willing to take action and fail? Are you willing to take action and look stupid? Are you willing to learn all you can about the affiliate marketing industry or your niche?
Learning is a big part of this industry. It changes so damn much I can barely keep up. One thing today is a hot product then tomorrow it is not really selling. This is a result of many things…maybe too many people saturating it? Who knows the real deal but it changes. For a good example: When I first started PLR was HOT. Then about a year or two later it was just not something many people were into. It just died. Now it is hotter than ever from what I hear and see. That is just crazy. Just a couple years ago it died out and then now it is back and bigger than ever. I think with the new Google updates people are looking into driving traffic with other methods like solo ads and PPC as well as other methods. They need a product to offer to grow that list so they now turn to PLR. Now for the record I am not at all saying that it died out totally. It just was not as popular and before this year you did not see too much of it…or at least I didn’t.
So back to product creation. Choose a niche. Any niche. I am in affiliate marketing. You could be in writing, forums, communities, continuity, gardening, weight loss and so much more. The possibilities are endless. I mean what I say.
Create your very own product. Even if you have to rebrand and edit some PLR content. Do it. Then start growing a list in your niche. Start building toward something great. You are now a product owner and an affiliate. Once you have your product you will drive traffic from solo ads and other means. Find reputable people to work with and grow that list. The money is in the list.
Now that you have your product you will start selling it or offering it free to build your list. I don’t recommend starting to offer products free for the purpose to grow a list for affiliate marketing. I recommend building a following with a fee product. Maybe test it out with some offers here and there. I just never seen too much success with freebie lists. They are good for a following and a promotion ever now and then but in my opinion a buyers list is what you are after. You want people who want to buy products and services that you recommend. People like yourself who want to succeed in what ever it is you are sharing with them…in this case affiliate marketing. You want to be an affiliate and a product owner. I am teaching you how to do just that. I will offer a product which I know will help you and/or create one myself to offer for sale.
Once you start promoting products the money starts pouring in. There are many things you must keep doing. You have to keep building your list. Emailing them to keep it fresh and engaged. Your list gets stale over time if you ignore these two MUSTS!
Some weeks you will hit it hard and profit like a mad man. Some weeks you will not see much profit but to prevent that from happening you keep on trucking. You keep building that list with fresh leads. There are billions of people in this world. Find your subscribers. Get in front of them and offer them value and promote offers. Simple as that.
This blog post is more of an inspirational post with a little information on getting started. It is your job to take action. Here is a little more information on being a product owner and an affiliate.
- Choose a niche.
- Create a product.
- Build your buyers list.
- Send them content daily or every other day. VALUABLE CONTENT!
- Promote to them in ways that they benefit as well as yourself.
- Be transparent.
- Never promote too much. Always send valuable content.
Keep building your list and promoting offers and emailing valuable content. Just rinse and repeat that process. You can really over do this. You need to build several lists so that you can get in a situation that you can promote to one or more lists every single day. You want to be busy. This means money. If you have 7 lists and you only promote to them every other day then you have a great set up. You can send out emails to several of them with different content. One list can be promote to the other gets value today. I hope that makes a lot of sense. If not comment below.
So now that you have all you need you need a place to promote products. Here are some places where I promote products:
That is just a few of hundreds. You will find more in Google if you search for them. Some are free and some are paid. The free ones are good and affiliates who promote your products will love instant commissions so I suggest JVZoo and Warrior+ above the rest. You can post your product on WarriorForum and use the two affiliate programs to pay affiliates.
I challenge you to start a blog and write about your experiences. I think you will find that you are building your knowledge this way. That is exactly what I did years ago. My blog was actually lost…and I was devastated by it. My site was hacked…I had no back up and I left for 3 months as a result and let my domain expire. Talk about a bad few months. I still don’t own my own domain anymore. It was my name.
Get your name as your domain and start building your presence and authority in your niche. Blog often about the things you have learned and what you know. Offer value in each post. Invite other guest posters as well to build the value of your blog. That can also help you grow your audience. The more valuable content the better. Check out our affiliate resources page for plugins and products that will help you succeed as a blogger in any niche.