In this training series I will be showing you a step by step training guide on affiliate marketing.
This is a ‘How To’ affiliate marketing series that will cover aspects of affiliate marketing that most people do not cover in their content.
Follow Along And Do The ‘Homework’ Assignments
You can succeed at affiliate marketing, but in order to succeed you must follow along and do the ‘homework’ assignments that will be assigned at certain parts of this training.
By following along and doing the assignments you will succeed at affiliate marketing.
Always Ask Questions If Stuck
If you ‘get stuck’ at any time let me know in the comments down below. I will be happy to help you get ‘unstuck’ and back on track. Also feel free to post any comments or other questions below as well.
Affiliate Marketing Training Overview
In this article I will be going over the affiliate marketing training that is a head. I feel it is better for you to know what lays ahead and where your journey will go.
- Phase 1: Research Affiliate Marketing
- Phase 2: How To Make Money At Home: Explained
Phase 1: Research Affiliate Marketing
Research Affiliate Marketing
Before any training can be talked about or assigned it is important to research affiliate marketing and all that it does entail. A lot of ‘gurus’ out there do not even mention ‘research’ unless they are talking about ‘keyword research’ or ‘niche research’.
Don’t Go Into Affiliate Marketing Blind
It is more important to research the field of affiliate marketing. Going into this field with no idea of what it is or what you will be doing will only set you up for failure.
Failure is always an option for online entrepreneurs, but that failure usually comes from the niche not being profitable, NOT from lack of basic knowledge of affiliate marketing.
Researching involves the following steps:
- Research How Affiliate Marketing Works
- Research Affiliate Marketing Programs/Services
- Read Program Reviews
- Spotting & Reporting Affiliate Program Scams
- Research Actual Provable Affiliate Marketing Success
Now that we know what we have to do, let’s begin researching affiliate marketing.
How To: Affiliate Marketing – How It Works
In order to know how affiliate marketing works let’s start with a definition from Business Dictionary:
“In electronic commerce, means of achieving greater market penetration through websites who target specific groups of internet users.”
Continuing along Business Dictionary provides an example of affiliate marketing:
“For example Amazon.com (which sells books, electronics, pharmaceuticals, toys and many other items) has thousands of affiliated interest specific websites from where the visitor’s can reach products offered by Amazon. The entire sales transaction takes place of Amazon’s website which is equipped to handle the complete online payment acceptance process. Amazon passes on a percentage of the sold item’s price as commission to the affiliate website from where the sale originated.”
Let’s Break That Down
The 1st part basically says this:
If you want to make money with affiliate marketing you have to have a website that targets a specific group of people.
The 2nd part basically says this:
If you have a website and talk about specific items (ex. baby clothes) and leave a link to your affiliate (ex. Amazon) and someone clicks on that link and buys from your affiliate you get a percentage (commission).
Real World Example
For a real world example of an affiliate marketing website look no further then this site. This site actively targets people who ‘want to make money online’.
This site provides content on how to make money online through various ways, various program reviews, and provides links to content that can further help you make money online
Assignment 1: Research & Learn More About Affiliate Marketing
Research ‘Affiliate Marketing’ using Google and other search engines. I want you to take action, research affiliate marketing and focus on articles or content that offer the following:
- How Legit Affiliate Marketing Works
- How To Succeed At Affiliate Marketing
- What It Takes To Succeed at Affiliate Marketing
- Legit Affiliate Marketing For Beginners
Learn how affiliate marketing works by reading my article “Affiliate Marketing: How It Works”
Research Affiliate Programs/Services
Important To Research Affiliate Programs/Services
Now that you have completed Assignment 1 you now know a little bit more about affiliate marketing. How it works and how to succeed, let me ask you a question:
“Did you run into any content that mentioned ‘affiliate marketing scams’ or ‘affiliate marketing is a scam'”?
It’s okay if you did because in this step we are going to be researching affiliate programs and services. When you are researching affiliate programs beware that there are affiliate marketing scams out there.
Beware Of Affiliate Marketing Scams
These scams appear to be ‘legit’ but they are far from being honest and truthful. A lot of people fall for these scams every year and as a result more and more people say that ‘affiliate marketing is a scam’. But…
Is Affiliate Marketing A Scam?
Affiliate marketing when done using legit training programs, legit affiliate programs, and the content is relevant is not a scam, but an online business.
Too often people go through a ‘Trial By Scam’ phase before they find:
- A legit affiliate marketing training program.
- A legit affiliate program.
- A legit way to succeed.
That Is Why Researching Is So Important
That is why it is important to research ALL affiliate programs, training, ebooks, or anything that has to do with affiliate marketing. I want you to question every program, guide or content on affiliate marketing. This will help you to spot the legit programs from the scams out there.
Assignment 2: Research & Read Affiliate Program Reviews
For this homework assignment I want you to:
Research available affiliate marketing programs using the 2 side menus (‘Legit Programs’ & ‘Scams’) located on this site ( I recommend starting with Wealthy Affiliate). Then use Google to either confirm they are legit/scams by finding other sites that have reviews on those programs.
Expand your research to programs beyond what this site has as well. The more programs you find that are ‘legit’ the more options you have to choose from.
Read the available reviews on the two side menus just mentioned. It is important that you read these reviews to get an idea of what through, legit reviews look like. Then pull up Google and find other sites and read their reviews of available programs.
Research & Read At Least 10 Affiliate Programs before continuing on to the next step: Spotting & Reporting Affiliate Program Scams.
What Programs Did You Read About?
What programs did you research and read about during this assignment? Please let me know in the comments below. I would like to know where the research & reading took you.
Spotting & Reporting Affiliate Program Scams
Now that you have researched and read at least 10 affiliate marketing reviews you should have a basic idea of what is legit and what is a scam.
These reviews are a good place to start and there are others ways to help you find affiliate marketing scams easy and quickly.
Find Affiliate Marketing Scams Easy & Quickly
Along with studying and reading reviews from multiple sites, another great way to spot scams is to know how scams work & what they have in common. This will help you to spot scams easy and quickly.
Some ‘Classic’ Scam Signs
Here are some ‘classic’ signs that will help you to better tell if a product/service is a scam or not.
- Desperate people are targeted. Ex. (Cure Cancer With Cotton).
- The Site Uses Only A Video Sales Page. (No ‘actual’ readable content.)
- No Contact Page.
- Constant ‘Buy These Products’ To Succeed.
- ‘Rich & Famous’ Pictures To Sell Success.
To learn more signs of an online income scam please read my article ‘How To Avoid Scams Online‘. This article includes a ‘Top 10 Signs Of An ‘Online Income Scam’ section that is very informative.
Now to one of the biggest questions people ask:
“I’ve been scammed, how and where do I report it?”
Most Sites Don’t Answer This Question DIRECTLY
Most sites don’t answer this question DIRECTLY, most just provide ‘links’ without explaining what the links are and what they do.
Earnawayyourdebt.com provides DIRECT answers, DIRECT links, & DIRECT content on scams and where to report them.
Report A Scam
If you have been scammed & need to report a scam please read my article “Report A Scam“. This article gives you 4 direct U.S. Government links and relevant information on how to report your type of scam to the right agency.
Report any type of scam to the authorities, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.
Get Specific Info On Specific Scams
If you want or need specific information on specific scams such as ‘Advance Fee Scams’, or ‘Online Dating Scams’ this site has a section on the top menu called ‘Avoid Scams’.
Just hover your mouse over the ‘Avoid Scams’ portion and you can pick from any scam you like.
Assignment 3: Research & Read Content About Scams
Research & Read The Following Content On This Site:
Research & Read Content On Scams/Scam Reporting Online
After you have read the content on this site I want you to use Google and research/read content on online scams and how to report them. I want you to leave comments on the sites that you feel have helped you.
By completing this assignment on researching scams & how to report them we can begin to see what is actual affiliate marketing success and what is just a fake ‘testimonial.
Research Legit & Actual Affiliate Success Stories
The last part of Phase 1 is to research legit and actual affiliate marketing success stories. It is so important to be able to find actual stories of success in this field before committing to affiliate marketing.
Success Stories Have To Be Current
When researching success stories it is important that any stories of success you come across are less then 1 year old. It would be best to find success stories that are between 3-6 months old and can prove proof of their success.
Avoid any ‘stories’ that are over a year old, unless the site has ‘updates’ in the form or video or content. But if no updates and the content is over a year old avoid it.
Start With Wealthy Affiliate
A good place to research current success stories is Wealthy Affiliate. This site has a community of over 1,000,000 who are currently succeeding online in various stages.
Here a a link with 14 recent (2017 & 2017 updates) Success Stories From 2017.
Assignment 4: Research Affiliate Marketing Success Stories
Research online to find current success stories in affiliate marketing. Don’t be afraid to send emails to the sites you come across and ask for proof of success.
Remember: No Proof No Success, No Thank You.
Click & Read the link above and see what made these 14 people successful with Wealthy Affiliate.
Post in the comments below any success stories you came across and how they stack up to the scam testimonials that you in doubt have found.
Congratulations on completing Phase 1 of this How To: Affiliate Training Program. Researching is the most important ‘pre-step’ to do before deciding to go into affiliate marketing.
It is important that you know what to roughly expect and to have your reality conform that that expectation.
No $5,000 Overnight!
You will not make $5,000 overnight when you first start out affiliate marketing, NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS! That’s not possible in the beginning (1-90 days).
However overtime with the right training, right mindset and right program you could see $5,000 in a month. What you put into it is what you will get back nothing more, nothing less.
See You In Phase 2
See you in Phase 2 of this free affiliate marketing training. I look forward to showing you how to succeed at affiliate marketing. I also look forward to showing you the programs & training I use to continue my success.
One program I use is Wealthy Affiliate.
This program is outstanding in teaching you from start to finish what it takes to succeed online. You have already read the 14+ success stories, now I have one more thing for you to do before going on to Phase 2:
Read My Wealthy Affiliate FULL REVIEW.
Thanks for reading and following along to this training & I’ll see you next time.
Ready To Start Phase 2!
Ready to learn the process behind how to make money from home in Phase 2? If you are then just click PHASE 2 to begin learning the way you make money online.
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