I have been thinking about going into Affiliate Marketing for a while now. I know it seems easy, but really is not. That is why I have yet to do it. I know it takes quite a bit of traffic. I have some other things brewing anyways. If they do not work out, then that may be my next step. I have a really good feeling about what I am doing right now anyways. I am making a pretty decent amount of money already. I just hope it stays that way. :]
As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things.
If you’re looking for inspiration, my friend Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of the website Making Sense of Sense has become the expert on all things affiliate marketing. Michelle earns more than $100,000 per month from her blog and the bulk of her income comes from affiliate sales. Michelle has had so much success with affiliate marketing that she even has her own course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Outstanding list post Eric, I too love list posts. Actually had to open up my Evernote and copy this stuff down. I’d like to share a couple of really outstanding resources for online business professionals: fizzleshow.com (These 3 guys are brilliant, they provide an online community and outstanding learning for new business owners) and Empire Flippers – (Both those guys are funny, smart and helpful, which is always important in a great resource!). Thanks and looking forward to more valuable stuff!
Not only will this multiply the money you’re bringing in in a serious way, but it protects you against any sudden changes in the market or in your business. Remember that old saying about putting all your eggs in one basket? A few hours a week committed to just one or two of the following opportunities will put you in a much stronger position to be financially safe and independent.
Products – You can create your product, like an ebook or software. You would then use your blog site as a promotion tool to obtain people to get your product. As long as you produce a legitimate product having a whole wide range of value, you need to be able to acquire some buyers, but like everything else having a blog, you’ll want the traffic to have the sells.
Retain some control. If you upload photos of yourself, or friends/family with consent, it's worth going for the 'rights managed' licence option – otherwise you'll have little to no control over how your images are used (eg, you could star in an ad for haemorrhoid cream). See Alamy's page on understanding stock image licensing for more on the different types of licences.
Some of the best things in life are free and market researchers love to hand out new products in exchange for consumer feedback. If you like to try new products and have the opportunity to try them out for free, do some research and find the market research companies that offer products you desire to try. You can join campaigns and they will send the products or coupons to you to test them and provide feedback. You will generally have to fill out surveys and provide written reports based on your opinions. You will get to keep the products and they will sometimes even send you a monetary gift as an offer of thanks for doing the work.