Basically affiliate marketing is an Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts. So in essence Affiliate marketing is using one website to drive traffic to another.
EENIE MEENIE MINEY MO…
Yeah..I know,there’s 1000′s…everyone seems to be a guru nowadays,and at the risk of sounding like a skeptic (I’m not..honest!) half of them I suspect have one skill in common;namely “copy and paste”.
They might be promising to unlock the key to social media success,or whatever,and if you read,listen or watch a lot of them,first you’ll be reading,listening and watching a lot of the same stuff,and second,it’ll be your full time job!
I have to confess I’ve learned the hard way by probably taking on WAY too much content.As a hungry to learn guy in my first year of Network Marketing I just wanted to lap it all up,but it got to a stage where my head was spinning!
Don’t get me wrong I’m a complete advocate for continual learning,in fact,in my opinion, if you want to do well in this industry, or in any walk of life it’s essential, but the real skill is to be selective,because amidst the copy and pasters and time wasters,there is some GREAT stuff out there that could genuinely have a dramatic effect on your business.
SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO GO WITH?
The simple answer is the same way you choose the primary business you go into-due diligence.There’s an old African proverb that says “Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet” so check it out before you dive in.Find out a little about the person or people behind it,and see if you can find any reviews.In fact if you can’t find any,that’s a sign right there! Also ask around- see if anyone you know either within your business or your wider network have heard of it and/or are using it, and get some feedback.
MAKE SURE IT’S RIGHT FOR YOU,LEARN IT AND USE IT!
There’s no point in telling everyone how wonderful a product is when you don’t even use it yourself. In fact that would just be downright dishonest! And when you do use it,go for it! The person who half looks into it,watches the first couple of links,gets excited by the first one and a bit chapters then suddenly out of the corner of the eye there’s the temptation from the next new sparkly happy guru telling them that they’ll attract 1000 leads a minute. It’s not a rocket science revelation when I say if you put half into it, you get half out of it.
So have conviction about your choice and stay with it.
HEY DUDE…I THOUGHT YOU WERE MY FRIEND,MAN
So there’s a couple of things I recommend that you do.Here’s something I recommend that you certainly shouldn’t do: Don’t bombard your friends through email, on facebook or via other social networks with your affiliate program.It’s not big and it’s not clever.And if you want your friends to stay your friends…just don’t do it! Spam should be eaten,not put in people’s inbox. In fact don’t even eat it-it’s nasty.