If you are on this site, you are probably looking at doing online courses. A lot of the things I write about are for traditional courses you can find on edX, Coursera, Udemy and so on. However, I have one area of this blog that is dedicated to a different kind of online course about affiliate marketing.
I am going to guess that you are reading this more out of curiosity, and that you may have never thought about doing affiliate marketing as a real job. In fact, you may not have even heard about affiliate marketing. So, just in case that is true, I’m going to write a quick Affiliate Marketing 101.
Before we begin, if you don’t have time to read this article, why not go straight to this short sales video to see what CBU is all about?
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a very simple idea. You get paid for selling other people’s products. Before you get all weird and think that you’d never do affiliate marketing because it sounds a bit scammy and spammy, keep reading.
First of all, affiliate marketing is neither spammy or scammy. It is a legitimate way to make serious money. This entire blog is an affiliate marketing blog. Why doesn’t it look like an affiliate marketing blog? Because I try to add content that is interesting and that has real value. In that way, I’m not trying to sell anything, even though I make money from this very blog.
Which sort of companies have affiliate programs. Many, many companies is the short answer, the most famous probably being Amazon. Here are a few others:
So, I think you can see that affiliate programs are a very legitimate way to make money, sometimes very serious money. “How much?” I hear you ask. Read on to find out.
How Much Can I Earn?
Well, the sky really is the limit. You can make a couple of hundred bucks a month to five figures or more a month. There is one very famous affiliate marketer called Chris Farrell who (I believe) was the first person to ever make $1 million in 24 hours.
Personally, I find it hard to believe there was ever a second and, to be honest, I don’t know how true that story is, but its a good one to remember nonetheless.
You can sell pretty much anything you want, but the best plan is always to sell something you are interested in promoting. I was a teacher for 22 years so it seemed natural to start a blog promoting online courses. I enjoy writing about e-learning and online courses, and I can usually find something to write about regularly, which is important from Google’s point of view.
How Do I Become an Affiliate Marketer?
Again, you will be amazed how easy it is, and yet 98% of all people who try to make money online fail miserably. The problem is not that it is difficult to do. The problem is that people give up too quickly. The one thing you absolutely must do if you want to succeed is to persevere. Let me quickly give you the steps to succeeding in affiliate marketing.
1. Find a niche you like
2. Set up a blog
3. Start writing quality posts
4. Share you links on Social Media
5. Start earning money
Obviously, I have simplified it a lot but in essence, that really is all there is to it. Of course, the devil’s in the detail, and to find out what that is, it’s best to do a course. So which course would I recommend?
It goes without saying that I recommend ClickBank University. Of course, there are thousands of courses out there, and a few of them are even quite good. The reason I recommend ClickBank University is simply that the two young men who came up with it have made multiple millions of dollars each.
In fact, their entire faculty consists of ClickBank affiliate marketers who have consistently made 7 and 8 figures a year themselves. These are people who have become rich from affiliate marketing, and they’re the ones who are going to show you the way.
What Else Should I Know?
Before you start signing up and paying for training, let me quickly say something to you. Please ask yourself if you are 100% committed to make a real commitment to affiliate marketing.
You don’t have to work 16-hour days unless you want to succeed more quickly, but you do have to work. One or two hours a day, every day, for a year, and you could be living the laptop lifestyle, but only if you put the hours in.
It’s important to know that 98% of people fail and almost everyone fails for the same three reasons.
Lack of Knowledge
You need to invest in your new career. You wouldn’t expect to start any new business without proper training, why should affiliate marketing be different?
Lack of Patience
You need to be prepared to work at it for a reasonable amount of time without making big money. Affiliate marketing takes time. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. There’s no such thing.
Lack of Perseverance
Don’t give up. Perseverance is the biggest secret to success in life, in whatever you choose to do. You know affiliate marketing works so keep going and you will succeed.
Imagine Your Success
Picture yourself in 2 years, you are earning $2000 a month and you have given up your day job. Get the training, have patience, keep going, and you will succeed.
Oh and bear in mind that it may take you a couple of years before you can go full time as an affiliate marketer, but as long as you do the work, you are almost guaranteed to succeed. It’s all about following instructions and putting in the hours, nothing else.
What Should I Do Next?
Click on this ClickBank University link and watch a short video presentation all about CBU. If you don’t have time to watch the video, or you’re at work, click on the link so it’s in your history, or bookmark this page and come back later. But don’t forget, you’re never going to be living the life you want working 9 – 5, I promise you that.
Finally, if you would like to check out my other ClickBank University and affiliate marketing posts, click this link here.
PLEASE NOTE: “I am is a participant in the ClickBank University Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn by linking to CBU. I make a commission if you click on any of the CBU affiliate links in this post and buy the product. You do not pay anything extra, of course.”