The affliate market is so promising but also so intimidating as a beginner. I don’t know exactly where or how you should start, but I do have a few words of advice for those new to this game and looking to make a few sales quickly. I was lucky to have a niche I was already working in (meditation) so I just begin creating websites and content all related to that space. I think this focus on only 3 products allowed me to find my first buyer within 90 days of taking SEOAD and that meant I could then at least have some momentum to move forward with confidence.
You should consider learning a strategy to test the market of interest before diving into authority blogging if you haven’t plans already.
One of the biggest advantages I had starting out was the spin-off of my failed Meditation Life Shopify store as a guide into the meditation and wellness niche. Through being in the niche and growing my following on social and email I was able to write from a strong perspective that I expected to work at least partially.
A missing link. If you build it they will come. If that’s how you’re still rockin’ I feel for you. The build has changed, the requirements are more strenuous now that the competition is more than plentiful in just about every space.
Using the right tools is definitely underrated. I’d love to help you along your journey obviously, but I think it would only be fair to promote what I actually have used and the course I’ve taken.
Affiliate for Amazon
The lowest paying but highest visibility award goes to the affiliate program for Amazon. It’s called Amazon Associate and as of right now, I’m 30 days away from having mine closed down if I don’t make a sale lol. I think I have a plan to dominate, but we’ll see.
Online purchases have definitely gained a ton of traction in the last 10 years. More than ever, companies are catering to convenience and many of them are even willing to share a portion of each sale. Coming into the game, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, and I was even more leary of the idea of “free traffic” after my introduction to ecommerce through Shopify and Facebook Ads.
Fortunately, this was all part of my journey and allowed me to be positioned for a much cleaner way to participate and earn income while learning. The best was indeed yet to come, and I was sure I could find an angle and really put my effort into it.
I’ve even been able to reach out to companies that don’t have affiliate programs and propose the start of one because of the power of traffic. I learned that many successful (multi-million dollar a month companies) are vulnerable because of the lack of an email list, affordable traffic generation, or a combination of the two. I took it on myself to first understand what it is to create content that brings in traffic and later how to maximize it.
Affiliate Instead of Salesperson
Really it boils down to being able to show up, add value, and not require anything at all of the business owner. No one is going to complain if you drive sales THEN ask for your cut 30 days later. It’s a very straightforward proposition, and it even rivals the social media agency model that gurus like Tai Lopez promote so heavily.
Essentially, you can own the traffic before reaching out to the business owner. You can wait until you have a unique link and then put that offer in front of traffic. They earn, you earn, there’s no need for upfront fees (base salary) or commitment outside of the payout structure. I think this is the future of how ads can be implemented and paid for. I don’t think running ads to the right audience is as valuable to a savvy online business owner as actual converted sales (duh!)
products that are in high demand will almost always be available on Amazon moving forward. I mean, think about the convenience Amazon FBA offers along with the visibility of their platform.
I once denounced Clickbank, but I stand corrected as I learn of stories of some of the best affiliates in the world that either got their start with Clickbank or absolutely crush it with launch jacking.