Becoming an affiliate is usually free and easy to get started and in a lot of cases there is help given by the sellers and of course each seller looks attractive and in a lot of cases we are told "we are the best"...".we have the highest conversion rates" and any other "advise " that encourages us to affiliate with them and not their competitors.
The fact is though that a lot of products from sellers are just not up to standard of making money for us, the affiliates; sure we get a sale here and there ,but to be a successful affiliate we need a lot of sales.
For the person looking to become an affiliate for the first time and indeed for those of us that are not as successful as we first thought we might be, it can be a real challenge selecting the person or company to affiliate with.
Affiliate Marketing is the fastest growing industry on the Internet today. Extra Income made through this channel runs into billions of dollars yearly. Many people get involved in it without a solid plan for success. Indeed, many want to earn extra income using affiliate marketing, albeit without a real base plan, which is the most important reason for most being unsuccessful at it. Do you really look at any earning without understanding or planning the future of any business, be it at work or at earning extra income?
Don not be under any misconceptions, though affiliate marketing is an easy and entertaining way to earn extra income, it is serious work, and just like any other job that requires effort, perseverance, and above all, a clear line of sight and plan of action from start to finish line.
Small things like setting up your home office properly, getting up to date on know-how, setting achievable goals, making people connections, and investment in your business will ensure that you are one-up on your competition, and also make sure that you firmly stand over them.
Home Office Setup
The most important step to take before becoming an affiliate marketer is to set up your base – little home office you’ve always wanted.
You can find many resources on the internet about ergonomic design. Ergonomic because anyone intending to spend a major amount of time working on their computers need space which promotes good posture at the same time takes care of safety issues involving their office workspace.
Learning the Trade
Nobody gets into work untrained. Even when you applied for your first job, you had made sure that you are qualified and can do justice to it. Putting in a nutshell, no one hires you for giving you a free extra income without basic training.
What you need then, is to get some training on how to become a professional affiliate marketer. You can start by finding another one and check what they can do to help you. There are many professional affiliate marketers already earning a substantial extra income, who would be willing to teach you by passing o their knowledge so that you can augment the extra income they are already earning. The internet also offers a lot of resources and conference time tables which you can attend to learn.
The secret is to become a student of your own business; you will get to learn something new day after day. Now you are ready to begin by setting some realistic goals for yourself.
The major problem that plagues most affiliate marketers is that they tend to set themselves unrealistic goals by being over confident about their skills and plans. This results in becoming disenchanted very quickly due to non attainment of goals. Being realistic removes a lot of pain in this context. For example a goal of $5,000 a month realistically attainable, but a first time affiliate marketer is not likely to attain it when starting up.
As a goal of earning extra income of $50 a day may seem small and non lucrative, but it is achievable and affiliate marketing being a continuous learning process, it is a good place and budget to begin with. Remember, you are also learning how to do things successfully at the same time. Give it some lead time and you could substantially increase your extra income using affiliate marketing.
Keep revising your goals periodically, as often as fortnightly or monthly. Remember these goals should point in the direction of one larger single goal that you want to achieve in terms of success or in terms of amount of extra income you want to earn. Put these goals on paper and make sure they are in visible range on your table all the time. This will help focus your energy towards your goals.
A lot of literature is available on focus and goal setting by renowned and successful people like Zig Ziggler and more. Reading them would help you not only to add to your knowledge base but also to work in a better and more efficient way towards achieving that extra income goal of yours.
The next step would be the most important in your career as an affiliate marketer to earn extra income. Go out of your way and into the field to make connections and contacts with relevant and useful people in the affiliate marketing industry.
Connections to Your Future
The professional affiliate marketing people are well knit and close group of individuals connected constantly and regularly with each other. A constant stream of information is shared helping each other. All these successful marketers strongly believe that everyone benefits by learning from each others mistakes.
Getting out there to help people would be a better attitude to take rather than just looking for business, since this field of marketing works on a principle which says “Help yourself by helping others.” This is a better philosophy to follow in the long run to make long lasting friends and building a business that gives long lasting extra income. People out there will certainly help you when you are willing to help and extend the hand first.
If you can try and relate to these people, which I am sure you can, since you will be sharing the same objectives as they do in the long run of generating a good extra income, will relieve a great deal of work stress and as a result you will be able to perform better.
The moment you invest a little money in someone else’s business, you cannot be ignored. They will take you seriously and you will shine… all the time making that extra income!