Affiliate Marketing is not just another scam such as pyramid schemes. Affiliate marketing is the real deal on making money on the internet. There are plenty of ways to make a living off of the internet and affiliate marketing is probably one of the easiest and fastest ways to do so.
I have been working as an affiliate marketer now for several months and I can say for a fact that you can and will make money as an affiliate marketer if you follow some simple guidelines.
The first guide line is mind set. You absolutely have to get yourself into the right mind set. I can is the operative phrase here. As an affiliate marketer you are going to have good days and bad days. For example: I had a string of sales about 2 weeks ago that netted me about $ 250. That is some pretty good scratch considering I did not do anything but create a few websites and write a few articles. On the flip side, following that run, I went 3 days without a sale until day 4 when I netted 2 more sales for $ 40.
Honestly, during those 3 days I was wondering what the heck? What happened? Nothing happened. You just have to stay in the right mind set to weather the storm. So, as an affiliate marketer, be ready to have good and bad days!
The second guide line is to do your homework. If you are going to start on this wonderful path to making extra money online, you absolutely have to do your homework. What is your homework? Your homework consist of researching everything from your product, to the niche it resides in, to ways of marketing your product, to the competition you are going to have when you market your product!
There have been many affiliate marketers that have crashed and burned by not doing their homework. I myself lost over $ 300 in one week by not doing my homework on some keywords I was using for a PPC campaign. For those of us on a tight budget, $ 300 is a lot of money!
The third guide line is have patience. Affiliate marketing is not an overnight process and it certainly is not get rich quick. As a matter of fact, from what I have learned it is not exactly get rich either. Most successful affiliate marketers are not exactly rich, but they are doing well enough to not have to work a "regular" day job. I have met a few of these successful people and it is possible to "kill your dayjob" at some point.
Of course, in order to get there, it takes patience. Rome was not built in a day and neither is your affiliate marketing empire.
The fourth guide line I have for you is to stay focused and committed. If you fail to stay committed to your new endeavor, you will never see the type of results that you read about online. And if you are reading this article, then you most likely have come across a few ads or articles claiming how you can make a ton of money! I have (read a bunch of articles about making a ton of money that is!)
The fifth and final guide line is to evaluate your work product. If you get yourself into the affiliate marketing business, it is vitally important that you consistently review your work. Check as many statistics as you can with regards to page views, click-throughs, conversions etc. Knowing and understanding where your traffic is coming from is critical to being a successful affiliate marketer!