So you know what affiliate marketing is, right? If not, that’s alright because I’m here to tell you that it’s basically just becoming an online salesperson using tools that are available thanks to the internet. That’s the unglorified, ultra-simplified explanation of affiliate marketing. And with affiliate programs, you basically sign up for them, they’re free, and then you can make money by promoting different products and services online using social media, blogging, podcasting, and other available marketing tools. Now, because affiliate marketing is completely free and easy to get started with, it is often abused, and in a lot of ways, has this ‘snake oil salesman’ reputation to it, right? Because people abuse it, they spam, they’re often too pushy about it. But to be fair, there are quality people, some of which are even world-famous, that participate in affiliate marketing. YouTubers, bloggers, podcasters, authors, and the like. From amateurs to professionals. From at-home bloggers to Hollywood celebrities. Anyone, from anywhere, can make use of affiliate marketing because most likely you can integrate it with what you are already doing. Today, even celebrities use affiliate programs!
Think about this, when Joe Rogan asks you to enter his promo code for WHOOP or ONNIT in his podcast during a commercial, that’s affiliate marketing in action! And you, too, can take part in it and you can do it your way, and you can do it with class and style, too (not spammy-ness, no pushy salesmanship). You can do it vlogging, blogging, podcasting, book-writing, and a variety of other creative ways like social media and beyond. You can do it with your own style and flair, you can make it as fun and entertaining and/or serious and informative as you like!
So let’s go over the many benefits of affiliate marketing, and why people love it so much. And look, I know I’m kind of talking this whole thing up, so I’ll remind you, affiliate marketing is easy work (it’s not anything like heavy-lifting, physical labor, or in my opinion as hard as even just bussing and/or waiting tables), it’s easy peasy, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll get the results you want as quickly as you want. It will take time, especially if you are new to marketing, new to the internet, new to sales, new to blogging, and new to reading and learning about all of this. That does not mean that you cannot get lucky, some do, and they strike it big and fast, and I’ll show you that, too, but that’s not what usually happens. Although, you should be open to it because it does happen from time to time and it’s possible these days. That being said, I’d still like for you to know how to take advantage of such an event in a way that you can build a business around it if such a thing were to magically happen to you. And if it never happens, who knows, maybe after several years and consistent effort, you’ll still end up with something quite notable and life-changing. So here’s to you, and here’s to affiliate marketing and it’s ever-so-wonderful benefits. Enjoy.
1. You can start affiliate marketing today
The first and probably one of my favorite benefits of affiliate marketing is the fact that pretty much anybody, regardless of their past, can start doing it (like today). Just because you can start today, doesn’t mean you will make a sale today, although it’s possible, it COULD happen theoretically. But if you’re just starting out, you may not even expect a sale for the entire month, heck, you may not even make one for several months. That’s how the nature of this business is. It’s kind of a rough and quiet start. But, in all honesty, it’s one of the most fun because there’s no real pressure other than the pressure you self-create. That said, you should just embrace this as a time to learn and enjoy experimenting with the possibilities so that you can build a long-term plan for your affiliate marketing journey.