In the earlier article, we established that in order to progress as an affiliate, you would need to learn every step thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.
This is true for any art whether it’s dancing, swimming or karate. You must master the fundamentals before moving on. One step leads to another.
How do you learn what you need to learn? Simple… Google and YouTube are your best friends. If you need to learn about niche research, Google search “niche research tutorials” and do the same thing in YouTube. 1 week of assiduous study will make you an expert on the topic.
You can also purchase a guide that’s about niche research. When it comes to purchasing info-products in the internet marketing niche, it is best to find topic-specific products rather than an untested theory about making money.
For example, a guide on niche research only is topic-specific. This is good.
A guide that shows you how to make $1,674 in 10 minutes is rubbish. The niche research mentioned will be an afterthought and will not be covered in-depth. Therefore, make your purchasing decisions wisely.
This method of learning should be applied to every step until you are very knowledgeable about the process. What do you do next?
You take ACTION! This is key. All the theory in the world will not help you if you do not take action. Too many beginners try to stuff their heads with too much theory until they suffer from information overload. Paralysis by analysis soon follows.
Avoid this at all costs. Once you have learned all you need to learn about niche research, go out there and find 1 or 2 niches that you would like to get into. Put your knowledge to use.
Then move on to the next step… and take action… and so on and so forth. This is the surest path to success.
Another tip… Do NOT bite off more than you can chew. Choosing 1 to 3 profitable niches is ok. Choosing 50 is pointless and you’re overdoing it.
The same applies to affiliate products and programs. Do not choose so many that you lose count of what you are promoting.
Focus your effort on a basket of products. Maybe 4 to 7 products in the beginning. Stick to one or 2 affiliate networks. Do your best with these and you will have more time to devote to each product. Do not spread yourself too thin. It may seem like you’re doing a lot. In reality, you will actually be slowing down your progress because you will not be giving your best for each product.
Learn to drive traffic from forums, videos, articles, etc. Focus on the free methods when you are starting out. Traffic generation should be done on a daily basis. The efforts will accumulate over time and the traffic will build up.
Try and master one or two highly effective ways of driving traffic and scale it up till you are able to make commissions from the traffic. Do NOT get into paid traffic if you can’t get the hang of free traffic.
Free traffic to your landing page will give you an idea about how well your page and products convert. This information is priceless and will help you when you do start using paid traffic.
Monitor your stats, traffic, sales, commissions, time spent working, etc. There is a value on your time. Never forget that. Initially, you will be working for free. However, with time, you must be able to earn enough to justify you slaving away in front of the computer daily.
If you follow all the steps mentioned in this article, you will be way ahead of the majority of other affiliate marketers who are struggling. This is a business. Always remember that.
It is not a lucky draw or sweepstakes. This takes effort, money and time. As long as you remember that, you will do well.