In my search for a presence on the internet, that is not only "there" but also generating an income I stumbled over countless trainings, and tools and offers...and a lot of scams or - on the other side - good training for certain aspects that made no sense at that time....
The thing is, that the digital age gives me - as a freelance consultant who most of the time works for others -- a great chance to just work for myself and offer my knowledge and experience as canned coachings and trainings - and add some digital products that helped me to increase my business. Affiliate Marketing seemed to be the answer - or at least an important part of my online business.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is the promotion of another person's or company's product, in which you get a percentage of the profit if a sale is made. That doesn't sound so hard, does it? Well -- it's doable if you have the information you need to get you started in this field -- and it is work. So let me begin the enlightenment.
First and foremost, you need passion?
What is Passion?
Passion is a feeling that you have -- a feeling that is so strong that it is your driving force in doing it.
As you can see, passion is needed in any venture if you want to succeed. With passion, it will drive you forward through the hard times, the bad times, and the good times when developing your business.
This passion thing, I must admit, was my first stumbling block. I believed I didn't have a passion for anything -- and feared that maybe, just maybe, the corporate world and it 70 hour work weeks my various start-up ventures and my freelance consulting may have consumed my passion.
However, I was not willing to give up. Not yet. I searched out sites, read articles, examined web sites -- in search of my passion. Then one day, in the
middle of my research, I heard myself asking probing questions of -- Why?
Where? When? How? My passion was found.
Research, curiosity, and learning -- my strengths and my driving assets. My creation -- "My Affiliate Place", was born. It would be a place where an affiliate marketer or a want-to-be affiliate marketer could find information, articles, and free tools.
So, I say to you, if I can find my hidden passion, you can too.
Onward and upward --with my passion defined, I needed a web site.
Web site! Do I need one?
Many people say you can do affiliate marketing without a web site -- however, with a website you can promote more than one product and reach a greater number of people with the same interests. And last but not least, marketing is the act of connecting with people -- and on the internet -- a web site is your vehicle.
Web Site Is Built. Now What!
Now that your web site is built, you will need to begin the promotion process.
There are many avenues in which you can venture. To name a few:
- classified ads
- writing articles
- Off-line advertising -- brochures, flyerss
- Search engine optimization
As you can see, advertising is only limited by your own imagination.
To conclude, affiliate marketing is a viable way to begin your journey on the
internet and to your own business. But as you know, with anything that is worth having, you must work diligently and passionately, and continue to grow and learn -- if success is to be yours.