Quick Definition of an Affiliate Marketer:
An Affiliate Marketer is a person who chooses to promote the service and or products of others, for a commission check.
So basically as an Affiliate Marketer, you are still working for someone else. The benefits to being an online marketer, is you get to set your own schedule, you get to determine the products / service to promote, and you get to work from the comfort of your own home. Caution: You will have to put in work, even marketing online takes effort. You may still have to work a traditional job in the beginning. Working from home has its own unique set of challenges, in which you will have to be committed and consistent in order to see results.
Top 4 Suggestions to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing
- First thing first, you will need to search and find affiliate programs / products that relate to your interests and passions. Finding that product or products that align with your interests, will make it easier to promote to others. Here are some recommended programs to search and try (Shopify, Amazon Associates, Rakuten, ClickBank, and ShareASale). There are plenty others, but these are just to get you started.
- As you determine the products and services that align with your interests, be sure to include High Ticket Items. High ticket items are products that will yield you a high commission return ($100 or more per customer purchase). Why?? Because time is money! Why work and hour for a $10-$30 commission check, when you can put in the same amount of time for $100 or more? Just a suggestion.
- Pick a Platform. A platform is media mode that will allow you to communicate, publish and promote content related to your product or service. Choose One, to focus on (Website, Blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc). Of course you can promote on more that one platform at a time, but I recommend focusing on One, until it is mastered. This will help cut down on feeling overwhelmed and scattered.
- Build a list. What list??? An email list of subscribers, that’s what. Successful Affiliate Marketers, swear by list building. List building will help you grow your customer base and promote trust. You will generate more money with a list with repeat customers already on hand. Once you build your list, it’s yours to keep! Here are my top 3 picks for email campaigns: AWeber, MailChimp, and Active Campaign.