In this article, I am going to show you how to crush affiliate marketing this year and for many years to come. Affiliate marketing has been around for a very long time and has been the source of financial independence for many an online entrepreneur.
Though I won’t be able to cover everything to do with affiliate marketing, I am going to give as in-depth an account as possible on how you can build an enduring affiliate marketing business that can really change your life.
How to Crush it With Affiliate Marketing
Are you ready to crush affiliate marketing starting today and most probably for the rest of your life? Affiliate marketing is set to stay for the long term as far as I can see. This is due to a number of factors and chief among these is the fact that it’s a win-win situation for the seller and the affiliate marketer.
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The seller gets to recruit an army of salespeople without any extra expense on their side. They only get to pay someone once a sale has been made. Their job is to fulfil the order then pay the affiliate marketer their commission.
It is a great way for them to also get leads. Whoever you send to them is put into their database and they will make money for them for months or even years to come. That’s why sellers are sometimes willing to give you very high commissions on the first sale especially for digital products.
I have come across programs willing to give you 80% or more in commissions. They are willing to do this because they know they can make much more from the customer in the long term.
For you as the affiliate marketer, this model provides you with a ready-made sales funnel which took thousands and, in some cases, millions of dollars to set up without having to spend a dime. All you do is send customers to the sales page and the system will do the rest for you.
It is a great way to make money and once you figure out how to drive targeted traffic to these sales pages, the sky really is the limit in terms of your earning potential. The rest of this article is geared towards helping you crush it with affiliate marketing.
Have the Right Mindset
People often underestimate the power of the right mindset when it comes to making money online or making it in life in general. I am an avid student of the mind and have been studying it for over 20 years now.
I have read hundreds of books and listened to hundreds more audiobooks on the subject of the mind. What I have discovered is that the big difference between the achievers and none achievers in life is the right mindset and work ethic.
In fact, work ethic is a result of mindset. As I am typing this article, the world is still trying to process the untimely death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and others in a helicopter crash. I am a basketball fan and played the sport competitively for about 4 years in our local league.
Kobe Bryant was one of my inspirations. He has a tenacity and drive that was unequalled. I remember reading his interview in SLAM magazine during his rookie season and even back then, he spoke a lot about his work ethic.
His work ethic is what set him apart but it all stemmed from his mindset. He was a competitor and he had a never say die attitude in everything that he did. Basketball was his life and he zeroed in on that and he modelled himself after the goat himself, Michael Jordan.
In fact, Michael said that the only person who could possibly beat him one on one was Kobe because he stole all his moves. That’s how much Kobe was obsessed with becoming the best and he had a career that bore testament to that.
It’s sad the world won’t get to see what he would have become during the rest of his life. The reason I am speaking so much about Kobe is that I hope it makes you realise that there are two main ingredients necessary if you want to crush it in affiliate marketing.
These two ingredients are the right mindset and a burning desire to succeed. You need to be so consumed with making it in affiliate marketing such that nothing can move you from the belief that you already have your goal in hand.
Countless authors have stated this in different ways and will continue to say it over the years until we all get it if ever that was possible.
I am currently reading the book The Magic of Thinking Big and in it, the author quotes a Sales Manager who said to his team that the difference between those who produce ten times the results of the rest of them is not that they are ten times better but simply that they think ten times bigger.
I want you to think ten times bigger.
Work Hard and Smart
One of the biggest misconceptions about making money online is that its easy money. This is the biggest reason that a lot of dreams have been shipwrecked and a lot of people have been swindled out of their money by unscrupulous “gurus” who give them lofty get rich quick promises.
I have no problem with getting rich quickly and I don’t see there being any real merit to getting rich quickly over getting rich slow but what I want to drive home is the fact that you need to be willing to work both hard and smart.
I encourage you to follow Alex Becker’s channel on YouTube. He gives some of the most practical advice out there when it comes to making money online and I have since started applying some of his principles.
Have the mindset that says that crushing affiliate marketing is possible and that the right mindset plus work ethic will almost guarantee you success in just about any pursuit including affiliate marketing.
Have a Steady Plan & Follow it
Earlier on in this article, I called affiliate marketing a business. Treat it as such and your chances for success jump exponentially. As with any business, you need to have a plan that you are following. Lay it out clearly and follow it.
In the rest of this article, I will show you the tools to help you in formulating that plan. It is your job though to formulate it and follow it.
Be Willing to Go the Distance
Be willing to stick through it until you succeed. When you are able to approach affiliate marketing with this mindset, you are most certainly going to succeed. You can’t lose if you don’t quit and remember that it’s always darkest before dawn.
Most fail in affiliate marketing because they are like that character in the story who stopped a few meters from hitting gold and sold the mine thinking it useless. The person who bought it from him only had to dig a few more feet before hitting a gold belt which made him millions.
Luckily for the first guy, this served as a life lesson which spurred him on the rest of his life each time he felt like quitting. He used this experience to spur him towards making millions of dollars as a salesman.
Never give up on your dream even if you make failures because each failure is a stepping stone towards your goal because it teaches you a priceless lesson that will eventually go to where you are going. Edison took 10 000 attempts to finally get the lightbulb right. Be willing to go that far and you’ll find you won’t have to.
Affiliate Marketing Models
Now to the actual ways of doing affiliate marketing. There are a lot of ways that you can do affiliate marketing but I will just focus on four methods for now. You can find other articles that I’ve written on affiliate marketing below:
Free Affiliate Marketing Methods
There are basically 2 ways in which you can do affiliate marketing these being paid and free methods. If you want to get results fast, then you need to look into paid methods.
If, on the other hand, you don’t have the money but are looking to put in the time, then there are free methods that you can use. I will cover the free and semi-free methods in this article. First in the free methods list if you want to crush affiliate marketing is the Pinterest Method.
Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Method
If you want an in-depth walkthrough of this method, check out my article below:
Here is a summary of this method. You identify a niche that you want to promote. Pinterest works best with content that interests women like make money from home, health and lifestyle. Other niches can work as well but the ones I’ve mentioned perform best.
Pick a product from that niche from ClickBank or another affiliate network to promote. You will get a link that you will then use to promote that particular product on Pinterest.
Ask yourself this question; “what pain point does this product address?” Once you have established that, go to www.canva.com and create a Pinterest graphic known as a pin. Canva has premade templates that you can edit and make your own.
You can even create one from scratch on Canva. When you create your graphic, make sure that you are addressing the particular pain point that the product you are promoting solves.
Create 5 to 10 different pins. If you don’t already have one, set up a Pinterest business account. A business account will allow you to post what are known as rich pins which you can place your affiliate link in.
However, in order to activate rich pins, you need to have a website. Pinterest has a stage where you need to claim your website. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this post, you can not use a free wordpress.com site or a Wix website.
You will need to have a hosted WordPress website. If you have one though then that’s great. You will be walked through how you claim your site and once that is done, you can then go to the next stage.
You use an app called Tailwind to promote my pins. You can see the full method here.
YouTube Affiliate Marketing Method
An alternative way of crushing it with affiliate marketing is by using YouTube. This is a great way of making money as an affiliate marketer and there are many people who make a living using YouTube.
I know what you are thinking, you don’t want to get in front of the camera. No need to worry. You can check out the detailed method in the article below:
You can set up a free wordpress.com or Wix site and create content for them that you rank on search engines. I have articles showing how to that in-depth. Check them out here:
Here are other articles where I teach how to drive traffic to that blog:
I hope this article has helped you with some useful information on how to crush affiliate marketing in 2020 and the future. As always, I love to hear your thoughts and comments.