Ever wonder why it is difficult for a beginning marketer (or “newbie”) to succeed with affiliate marketing?
Let’s look at the challenges, and then THREE excellent solutions to this problem.
Just consider the things that it takes for a person to actually make any money online.
First – you’ve got to choose products to promote that will actually make sales.
The process of turning strangers into customers is called “conversion”.
There are hundreds of thousands of products on the market and many of them just never make any sales at all.
Choosing the right products to promote is vital to your success.
Next, you need to build your own mailing list.
The last thing you want to do is work hard to drive traffic to a page and end up only building someone else’s list! But that is exactly what most affiliates do.
NOTE: If I were going to give you one piece of advice about succeeding as an affiliate it would be this … build your own list from the very beginning.
When you build your list you put yourself in position to sell not only one product but an unlimited number of products!
Lastly, it is vital to leverage the power of email followup marketing.
With follow up email marketing you can send emails to remind people to consider buying the products you are promoting.
Best of all, this process can be completely automated!
Imagine this – a person arrives at your squeeze page, joins YOUR mailing list, and then receives a carefully created series of follow up emails giving them reasons to buy.
That is automated marketing, and it’s a beautiful thing!
HOW DOES A NEWBIE GET ALL OF THIS DONE?
There are three key factors that will help you.
ONE – Work with proven leaders.
Many people online will claim that they’re some big “guru” or they’re making SO much money. They will even show you fake screenshots of their income.
They look so convincing, right? So how can you know who to trust?
What you want to do check out their web page very carefully and look for testimonials.
Don’t just look for testimonials from anybody, look for testimonials from people who are leaders in their industry too.
If you come to a webpage in the internet marketing space, let’s say, and there’s a testimonial from a big time marketer or from a New York Times Bestselling author, that is a very good sign.
You also do want to look for testimonials from regular people like you and me.
TWO – Make sure that their product is up to date.
If you’re taking a look at a webpage and see a copyright notice at the bottom that’s five years old, that is a warning sign.
You want to make sure that the product they’re offering you, the system they’re offering you, is actually upgraded for current methodologies.
For example, the internet is moving to mobile very quickly so you want to make sure that whatever you’re promoting is mobile friendly.
Once you get access to the product, either buy purchasing it or getting a review copy, look around and make sure the advice is current.
THREE – You want to do something that works FOR YOU.
One of the big downfalls for new marketers is they don’t know what works so it’s easier for them to fall prey to people who claim that their method will work, but it’s not proven.
When it comes to selling things online and making money as an affiliate marketer, what actually works?
If you don’t yet have experience, you need to rely on your instincts.
Most of us know more than we admit we know about how the world works. Our parents gave us the gift of common sense.
So what really works online?
The things that work are the things that help people achieve their goals,
Because the Internet is mostly about information, information products that can be accessed or downloaded immediately are wildly popular.
Popular also are sites that offer discounts or help you save money on items you buy every day.
You want to look for a system, an overall system, that really makes sense to you.
If you understand how a system works, the odds are the people you reach in promoting the product will connect to it as well.
Let’s recap for a moment, and then finish with perhaps the most important point of all.
You want a way to capture leads so you build YOUR list. That means a proven lead capture page.
You want a way to make sales with follow up email marketing. That means a proven follow up system.
You want high conversions. That means a sales letter that converts strangers into buyers.
Those are really the core elements: list building, followup email marketing, and converting strangers into buyers.
My advice is this – if you are a newbie, rather than learning how to build squeeze pages, learning how to write emails, learning how to do sales pages, tap into an existing system that already does all these and can prove that it is working for people.
What you want to do here is find a system that is recognized, is provided by a recognizable person, has testimonials from both average people like you and me and from big time well-know people like New York Times best selling authors or top marketers.
Once you have that, make sure it is a professional looking site and one that uses the basic elements of success; which means building your list, selling with email follow up marketing, and converting people into buyers.
If you find those things and you can plug into that system, you can work that system and let it build passive income for you while you learn the skills you need to take the next step in your own online evolution.
Once you find your system, jump in with both feet, work that system hard and let it earn the income you seek.
Do that and you will have options. You will have freedom.
And having options is a beautiful thing!
Many people have asked, “What does it really take to succeed online?”
Some will say that you need to create a blog and write blog posts everyday.
But many (if not most) people don’t really like to write, don’t WANT to write and don’t know what to write about.
Some people recommend creating your own product and selling it on an online site like Amazon. That’s fine IF you know how to create products.
Others talk about affiliate marketing, selling other people’s products for a commission.
Now that’s a perfectly fine way to make money, but many people don’t really know how to sell.
If they did, they would find this easy to do.
WHAT IS THE ANSWER?
What I’d like to do is share with you today a way that you can get started earning income online that will help finance any business that you want to have.
All you need is time and the ability to share your opinions.
And you have both of those, right?
I’m talking about using your time to make money.
Now I know a lot of people say “Don’t trade time for money!” “You will be trapped”
And I understand the sentiment.
It would be better to have an automated online business bringing in hundreds a day on autopilot.
But, for most people, that is not the real world.
The real world is that they have limited time, too many bills, and don’t know how to build websites or create products online.
If that is you, you are going to love this!
Just imagine if you took two hours a day and you were earning $30 or $40 per hour doing something fun online.
Just imagine what that would do to your bottom line.
If you were earning $40 a day and you only did that five days a week, that’s $200 a week.
That’s $10,400 a year!
You really can earn income online with your time if you’re willing.
Now let’s examine a few ways you could do that.
First of all, if you have a specific skill you could sell that skill.
For example, if you know how to build websites you could build websites for people. If you’re a good writer you could articles for people. If you really understand social media you could post to social media sites for people.
These are all valid ways to go, but there is ONE way that has been around for a number of years.
It really works well and you can get started today.
It’s a way to use the spare time you have and turn that into cash.
This could help you pay off bills, help you build an online business, or simply give you more freedom.
That is filling out surveys.
Now you might think that that sounds like a strange idea, to do surveys online and get paid for them, but consider this: there are many companies out there who need your opinion.
They need the opinion of people who don’t necessarily USE their product but will share their opinion about it anyway.
They will pay for people to complete surveys because what they’re looking for is an unbiased opinion.
They’re looking for an honest opinion from many different people and the easiest way to do that is to leverage the power of the Internet.
Opinion research is huge, not just in politics, but in business. It’s done every single day.
The only problem with doing this is that it’s hard to find the companies.
In a few minutes I’m going to share with you some ways to do that.
But first, let me say this: one of the great things about this is that you don’t need any special skills or any special knowledge.
It can be done from anywhere.
You can take surveys anytime that you want and you can generally do as much as you want because there are so many companies out there doing market research that need your help.
So let’s say you wanted to do surveys and get paid, how could you go about doing that?
Well, you could try using Google or another search engine to find companies who are looking for survey takers.
There are also some forums and online communities you can join.
But the good news is this: there are people who have already done this and will share with you the sites that pay the best!
They’ve already succeeded with this method and they have shared what they know in books and information products.
Imagine this: you have an extra hour this afternoon and all you need to do is log into a site that has already done the research for you, find a survey that you’re interested in, and then with a couple of clicks take that survey and get paid.
That’s so much easier than going out and doing all of the research yourself!
Now when it comes to making money by filling out surveys, there are a couple of things you need to know.
It will take a little bit of time but it won’t take a lot of time.
If you have some time available and you’re willing to share your opinion, you have what it takes.
The next thing is, you should never be in the situation where you need to purchase something in order to get paid for taking a survey.
That’s really not the type of deal you’re looking for.
You’re looking to earn extra money here, not to spend extra money.
What you want to do is find offers where you can get paid honestly for taking a survey and giving your unbiased opinion.
The third thing is, you don’t want these surveys to take very long.
Try to avoid surveys that might take 30 or 45 minutes long to complete, but rather try to find surveys that are much, much shorter.
Then, the fourth and final tip I would give you is this: you really want to only take surveys where your opinion is somewhat informed.
In other words, if you’re taking a survey for a recipe company but you’ve never cooked a meal then it’s better for you to avoid that survey.
But if you’re a person who likes to play golf, for example, and you find a survey that is golf related (and by the way there are many of these), then you can participate in that survey with integrity and you can earn a good amount of money for your opinion.
Here are my best tips …
When I say expertise, please understand you don’t have to be an expert. You just need to have some knowledge to give you context.
You want to be ethical and honest about this and the way to do that is only participate in surveys where you have some base of knowledge.
But by all means consider looking for survey opportunities because these exist everywhere on the internet and they really are an easy way for you to earn extra money in your spare time by simply sharing your opinion.
My advice is to look for a site that LISTS survey opportunities.
Then join that site so that you can simply login, find the surveys you’re interested in and take them.
If you do that, and do it consistently, you can create a serious side income for yourself by simply sharing your opinion.
And that is a beautiful way to earn extra income!