Copyright (c) 2011 Andrew Holtom
Many people who start out with affiliate marketing will be thinking that the sky is the limit when it comes to making money. The truth is – it is possible to become very wealthy, but only if you put the work in. Some people start off on the good foot and when they realise that you don’t get anything for nothing on this planet, they lose some of their passion and wonder whether they can make any money. The thing is – that money is available to them – but it will take time and it will take effort to land it in the bank account.
Whenever I write these articles and even on my own blog, I always refer to affiliate marketing as a business. This is because it needs to be treated as one in order to gain the success and the money that is out there. It needs to be worked on every day. Every product page needs to have traffic sent to it otherwise nobody will even know that the page is there, let alone sign up to buy anything. There are also other tasks that will need to be attended to to promote your products effectively.
At the beginning, most people make quite small commissions as they develop their skills at online selling. The arrival of these commissions should be celebrated as victories on the path to bigger money. As you gain more experience at affiliate marketing, you will be able to drive more traffic and compel more people to buy your offerings. The more traffic that you send to a site, the more commission you are likely to earn.
When you first get started in affiliate marketing, a realistic financial target to aim for is $1500 per month after 6 months. In order to meet this target, you will need to work out the best way to put your promotional content out there on the web. If you work hard then you can even expect to reach this target faster – but it’s all about knowing what to do and how to do it.
I just want to share a couple more tips with you. An essential part of your work should be planning your actions. Decide what you want to accomplish each day, add it to your day planner and mark it off as you get it done. Each night you should devote the last few minutes at your desk to your plans for the next day.
The most powerful action that you can take is to commit to success. Keep your eye on the horizon, but make small goals for you to reach on a daily basis. Rome was not built in a day – every step that you take will take you closer to your wealth target.
Another key part of your affiliate marketing philosophy is to employ patience. It’s easy to feel frustrated, especially initially when you are putting in so much work and effort and you don’t see immediate returns. If you are modelling your online marketing using proven methods, all the pieces will come together and you will reap the rewards for your time.
Andrew Holtom advises people who want to use the internet to build wealth. To find out more about his service visit http://www.webmarketinformation.com and claim a free 94 page guide to starting your own online business