Real Online Affiliate Marketing Success

When The Going Gets Tough

….just keep going!

Yip, that’s about the very best advice I can give you…with anything in life.

Whether you are a new parent, starting a new job, mastering a musical instrument or trying to whistle ‘God save the Queen’ through your nostrils while hanging upside down from a tree, touching your knees with your chin.

It’s gonna take some practice before you eventually get the hang of it.

The same goes for affiliate marketing or any other type of marketing you might be involved in. Also see this Inboxdollars review.

The Wrong Impression

People are often under the impression that earning an income from the internet is easy and that the money will quickly come in, like your dog, when you’ve taken him for a leak outside and there’s a loud thunder-strike.

It is exactly this false impression which makes people, especially newcomers to the internet, so vulnerable to the gazillions of scams online – well maybe not that many, but still a lot

The scam fathers know that people are naive and so they cater for their needs, by boxing rubbish products with a ’30 day money back guarantee’, which the hordes then pick up with stars in their eyes, only to be rudely jolted back into reality when the wonderful product doesn’t deliver.

Oh dear oh dear…what shall be done about his?

Unfortunately not much, for as long as there are people looking to make an extra income online, there will be the wolves who prey on them.

People need to be informed, educated, alerted regarding the pitfalls of internet marketing but it is a difficult thing to do, especially with so many scams popping up all over the internet on a daily basis.

It is not all doom and gloom though.

There are exceptionally good programs on the internet which are legitimate and which do a wonderful job of golf shoes for better grip teaching people how to earn a decent income online.

By far the best is of course Wealthy Affiliate, but even with an excellent program like this, you need to know that it is not a walk in the park to become a successful netrepeneur.

The Uncomfortable Truth

To be successful as an affiliate marketer, you have to put in effort, do the grind, bust your butt, same as you would with a physical business.

Let me spell it out for you:

There Is No Easy Money,

…at least not at first, and the sooner you realize that, the better.

Working on your online business should be your number one priority, not catching up on the latest episode of CSI or Ellen.

(You might want to make an exception for ‘The Walking Dead’ though).

The Seven Stages

There are typically seven stages that a person goes through when looking to make money online:

Stage one

Is where you develop the need to earn an extra income.

The money coming in from your JOB is just not enough, you’re tired of eating only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or you are worried that your landlord might just have been serious when he remarked that you had better pay the rent or else he’ll send his ‘amigos’ to come visit you…

Stage two

Then kicks in when you start looking for possible extra income opportunities. You go through your local classifieds, you scour the internet for opportunities, you consider taking on a second job etc.

Stage three

Starts when you come across something online that actually sounds promising.

You do some research, or not (BIG mistake) and you buy yourself this shiny new internet marketing program, promising not only the sun and the moon, but also the stars and other galaxies, and if you buy now, not only will they throw in a complimentary space suit, but your name will also go into a draw to win an all expenses paid trip to Sucker Island!

You’re excited and can’t wait to try it out…so you jump in and start with the program.

This leads to either stage 4A or 4B.

Stage 4A

Comes in play when you realize that this is not really what you were looking for, or you find it incomprehensible, like the preparation instructions on the back of a packet of Chinese noodles, translated into English by the Chinese manufacturers:

“To place a bag in the plenty of a boiling added some salt water. To cook on moderate fire of 15 minutes. To get a bag, having picked up a plug for a loop stipulated for this purpose. To allow water to flow down.To open a bag, having broken off it on a line of notches. To lay out a product on a dish and to add oil to taste.”


There you go, now wasn’t that easy? Ahh, good old Chinglish – always gets me giggling…

Anyway, this is when you then go back to stage 2, rinse and repeat back up to stage 4 – a vicious cycle that goes on an on until you finally quit.

Stage 4B

Kicks in when you know you have found a product that is REALLY good.

You can see that this will work and you decide to stick to this one.

So, once again you enthusiastically join, and start working on the program, and work…and work…and work…

In the case of affiliate marketing, this means, setting up a website and writing content, and writing content, and writing content, and writing content, and writing content, and writing content….

No sales yet….

So you get back to writing content and writing content and writing content and writing content and writing content….

Still no sales…

And this is where

Stage 5

kicks in – this is the decisive phase right there and the death of many an affiliate marketer…

You start feeling that you are wasting your time, nothing is happening, you’re not getting any noticeable traffic to your site, you’re not making money, the going is getting really, really tough right now.

So now it’s decision time…

The Tough Get Going

It was Winston Churchill who said:

“When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.”

Somebody else said:

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”

Isn’t that true?

You see, success doesn’t come easy. You’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to want it so badly that no matter what, you will go on…

Babe Ruth said:

“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up”

and in terms of affiliate marketing it means you just can’t be a failure if you keep on working on your site, adding content and doing all the other things stated in the training you get at Wealthy Affiliate. You just can’t…

Stage 6

Is only for those who decide to stick it through, those who know they should NEVER give up” for that is just the time and place when the tide will turn”. (Paraphrased from Harriet Beecher Stowe)

This is the stage where you start seeing results…the traffic starts picking up, your pages get ranked in Google, the sales start trickling in and then, the glorious realization that


Stage 7

Happens soon after that – you are now seen by Google as an authority on your subject and you are making a comfortable income with a lot less effort than in the earlier phases.

You are now a successful affiliate marketer and your website will provide a handsome income for you for years to come.

Well Done Old Chum!

To you I want to say – well done – you have persevered when the going got tough, but you kept your eye on the prize and despite the hurdles and struggles you kept going and this is your reward…

Well done…

You Too Can Be A Successful Affiliate Marketer

You too can make a full time income from affiliate marketing.

The question is, do you want it bad enough?

Check out the incredible training offered by Wealthy Affiliate – it is absolutely the best place to start.

See you there!

Feel free to drop me a comment below – I’d love to hear what you’re thinking.


Affiliate Marketing Meaning

Affiliate Marketing means the process of attracting and bringing to the attention of a product’s or services potential buyers. The word ‘firm’ indicates a firm partnership, which is typically based on an agreement of mutual profit sharing and assumes that a particular affiliate site is actually paid a certain commission for driving visitors to the merchant site. Affiliate marketing is also mutually advantageous both for merchants and affiliates, since it offers affiliates plenty of chances to earn additional income streams by simply increasing their exposure of the merchant’s products and services. It also gives them a chance to test the viability of a particular merchant’s offers and find out if it would be more profitable for them to promote and sell its products.

affiliate marketing meaning

The merchant pays a certain amount of commission to affiliates to encourage them to market his products and services on their websites. They may in addition be reimbursed from time to time for expenses incurred on marketing the product or service of the merchant. This all becomes part of the affiliate marketing agreement between the parties. The agreement generally stipulates that the commission the affiliate receives is non-refundable, with some merchants allowing the customers to keep part of the commission, while the balance is given to the merchant.

Since affiliate marketing works on autopilot, you have ample opportunities for getting into the business. If you know the products and services of enough people, you can pretty much walk into a store and hand them a flyer, smile, and say “I would like to promote our product in your place. Would you mind giving us a call?” That could be your first sale. But do not forget that you need to learn how to effectively market your affiliate products. Here are several affiliate marketing tips for travel niche businesses:

o Be persistent. No matter how few sales you make in the beginning, keep at it. Make every effort to convince the visitor that your affiliate marketing program is worth their time and that by promoting it they will achieve their desired action such as buying a travel package. The more the visitor performs the desired action, the higher your chances of making a sale. Persistence pays. Try to persuade the visitor at whatever cost is necessary to convince them.

o Sell the Benefits. When a visitor performs an action that you have promised to them, you must provide them with a benefit in exchange. A commission is only granted when that action is carried out. Hence, instead of just awarding a commission, sell the benefits associated with the program type the customer is interested in. For instance, if you are marketing a program type related to cruises, try to offer a free travel insurance or discount on other cruises.

o Become Partners. Travel affiliate programs can be extended to include other travel products and services if you become partners with other travel affiliate programs. If you take this route, you will be providing the same value added service to the same customer but will be reaching an additional group of customers.


Online Marketing Courses: What Should They Offer?

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An online marketing course has many benefits to offer the budding internet entrepreneur. With the growing number of sites that are available on the net, it has become extremely difficult for the average person to get a high ranking for the search terms that they are targeting. Many of these sites charge a fee for the privilege of being able to post their links on your behalf. But, with an online marketing course, this is not going to be a problem. Here are some of the other advantages that you stand to enjoy when taking up such a course.

First, there are certain online marketing courses that will help you understand what each of the major search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo are looking for when indexing web pages. This in turn will help you make the necessary adjustments to your website which will improve your chances of it being indexed quickly. Secondly, even though these sites charge fees for access, you stand to enjoy multiple benefits by taking up such a course. For one, you get to learn the different ways that you can market your site and how you can use various methods effectively to reach the targeted audience. This in turn will lead to increased traffic and sales, which will ultimately increase your net profits.

One of the most important topics that you will cover when taking up any such online marketing course is link building. In the realm of internet marketing, this is perhaps the most important area which is necessary to drive traffic to your site. Without a well written website or a web page, it would be very difficult to attract potential customers. A good online marketing course would therefore go into great detail as to the various methods of generating effective links. This includes using anchor texts, text links, blog submissions and web directories among others.

Another topic which is covered very well in an online marketing course would be search engine optimization or SEO. The process of SEO is quite complex as compared to traditional marketing practices. However, it is still very much relevant for the modern day entrepreneur. Good online marketing courses will teach you how to make the most of SEO and how you can use it to your advantage. You can optimize your website by using proper keywords in the content and creating the right meta tags at the same time.

An online marketing course on SEO should also include strategies on keyword research and optimization for the search engines. These two strategies are vital if you want to succeed with your online ventures. You must be able to choose the right keywords to optimize your site. In addition, you must be able to target keywords that will be most beneficial to your business. This will enable you to receive the best possible returns.

An online marketing course which teaches you about search engine optimization will also teach you about web content. In particular, you will be taught the importance of writing unique and engaging articles that will add value to your visitors. Such articles will be used to optimize your website’s Meta tags and thus increase its search engine rankings. A good online marketing course will teach you all this and more!


The Benefits of Internet Marketing

benefits of internet marketing

The benefits of Internet Marketing are so many, it is almost too difficult to list them all in one article. However, there are a few benefits of Internet Marketing that can be briefly mentioned here. First, having your own Internet Marketing blog or website can be very profitable. Not only does it allow you to write about your hobbies and interests, but it can also be used as a portal to sell your products. Once a customer finds an item they want to buy, they will often make a purchase on the site, using their credit card.

Another benefit is to have a presence on the web. In this day and age, everyone is on the web at least a little bit. The average person spends ten hours a day on the web, so if you can make yourself available to the web user community, you can greatly increase your customer base. You can also gain a reputation on the web as a knowledgeable marketer.

One more benefit is to develop new technologies or software applications that could be useful for your business. As time goes by, more programs and applications become available for the computer user community. As well, you will find that competition will become more intense because of the growing complexity of these software programs. Therefore, being savvy and quickly developing new tools will give you an advantage over your competitors.

Internet Marketing allows you to have an offline presence as well. This can be very advantageous if you are selling a product or service that cannot be easily delivered to a customer’s home or place of business. With Internet Marketing, this is not a problem. If you are selling an eBook, for instance, you can have it professionally printed and have it shipped to the customer once you receive payment from the sale. Or you can have a booth at an Exhibiting Arts event and simply have your banner, flyers and other materials that you want to display there placed on your computer screen when you arrive.

There are many more benefits of Internet Marketing, but this article only scratches the surface. For more information, please do not hesitate to visit my website and do some additional research. You will surely learn many interesting facts that you can use to grow your business and make a good income. My hope is that you will also realize that being Internet-based is more cost effective than having a physical brick and mortar business. It is a very profitable investment.

In closing, there are many benefits of Internet marketing. These include developing and building a strong online reputation, creating web content, using simple marketing techniques to advertise your products and services, and expanding your business using web based services. Just remember that these marketing strategies require constant updating and tweaking to keep up with the latest trends in the business world.