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Why I Chose Affiliate Marketing and Why You Should Too

AffiliateMarketingWhen I first came online, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing or even know where to start. All I knew was that I wanted to make money online. A passion that has stuck with me even till today.

Once I was introduced to affiliate marketing, it started to make sense to me. Of course, everyone made it sound so easy. You know, the pie in the sky, hyped up promises… and so on and so forth.

I can assure you it’s not quite that easy, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion and finally getting my own little slice of pie.

At the time I didn’t know anything about niches and why I should target a small niche rather than diving into a huge niche, such as the “work from home” niche. As it turns out, that’s why it’s been a struggle for me. Had I started over and did my research first, I would’ve gotten into a smaller niche where I could get my slice of the pie more quickly and maybe even get more than one slice.

But, while the “work from home” niche has its struggles, the rewards can be huge once you do gain momentum and become an authority site. Afterall, it’s one of the biggest niches on the entire internet.

I’m not going to tell you what niche you should or should not get into, but rather explain why affiliate marketing should be your choice for making money online. I believe it’s the way to go for most people… at least in the beginning.

Here’s 3 reasons why you should choose affiliate marketing:

  1. You don’t need your own product – Unless you already have a solid plan in your mind from the start, a product is the furthest thing from people’s minds when they’re just looking for some extra income. This is why affiliate marketing is lucrative because it allows people to capitalize on other people’s products.
  2. No special training required – One of the best things, I think, about affiliate marketing is that you can jump right into it head first without having a clue what you’re doing. That sounds like a bad thing, but when you think about it, there’s no better way to learn something than to just do it. And, affiliate marketing allows for this. You can learn while you go, and if you somehow manage to really mess up, there’s usually plenty of leeway for this and can easily be fixed.
  3. Zero cost is required – Seriously, you can start making money with affiliate marketing for absolutely no money out of your pocket. Of course, there will come a time when you’ll want to setup your own website/blog, but the cost is less than $100 a year. But, that’s not necessary in the beginning, although I highly recommend it as it will help you further along from the start.

Now, rather than going for the big bucks at the beginning and picking a very competative niche, I recommend finding a smaller niche to start with. Besides, you can make a lot of money even with smaller niches, believe it or not.

What are you passionate about? Do you have a hobby?

Answering these questions will help you determine what niche you may want to get started in. It helps to like what you’re doing, not to mention being knowledgeable in that area will help tremendously.

Stay tuned as my upcoming post will detail how you can determine if the niche you want to get into will be profitable or not. You don’t want to waste your time if there’s not a big enough market in your niche. Weeding out the profitable niches from the duds will aide you in your decision.

In the meantime, here’s some homework for you. Write down all the hobbies and interests you have on a piece of paper. You could have 1 or 15… It doesn’t matter. Jot them down and save them for my next post as you’ll be using this list to narrow down your interests and hobbies to just one that you’ll target for your affiliate marketing venture.

However, if you want to skip this and go right for the big bucks and target the “work from home” niche (the most money online is spent in this niche) just as I am, I recommend reading this post.

See you soon. :)

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37 Comments to “Why I Chose Affiliate Marketing and Why You Should Too”

I agree that it is much easier to promote in a niche that you are familiar with and especially if it relates to a hobby of yours but it is also important to do your keyword research and know whether or not it is going to be a profitable niche to get into. I have seen so many people build sites on things they enjoy but just couldn’t get the traffic because not enough people were interested.
.-= Joshua@traffic ultimatum´s last blog ..Misconceptions About Web Traffic and Search Engines =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Joshua@traffic ultimatum,

You’re exactly right, and I briefly talked about that. My next post is going to cover in detail how to find a niche that you know for sure will make you money before you start.

Looking forward to seeing you on that one.

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Maulana@Traffic Ultimatum ReviewNo Gravatar

@Joshua@traffic ultimatum, hi I agree with you. Niche research is the most important part of affiliate marketing. Most newbies optimize their site for the wrong keyword. That’s why they never see the money coming in.
.-= Maulana@Traffic Ultimatum Review´s last blog ..Stupidly Simple SEO Review | Killer Bonus! =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Maulana@Traffic Ultimatum Review,

Exactly. Choosing the right keywords for your web pages makes all the difference.

Thanks for contributing your insight!

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I’m trying to get into internet marketing and the affiliate way sounds great! Thanks for the info, I’ll steer clear of the make money online niche lol, sounds too tough for newbies.
.-= Johnny Wolf´s last blog ..FREE VIDEO: TDD Does PUA Cribs for $28.95 like Johnny Wolf!! =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Johnny Wolf, Welcome to my blog… it’s great to have you here!

Yeah, it can be tough, especially when the competition is fierce and most newbies don’t know what they’re doing or where to start.

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Affiliate Marketing is indeed the best way to make money online. However, it’s not for those who expect not to do any work.

Besides choosing the right niche and the appropriate keywords and keyword phrases, knowing how to creat SEO websites and writing good original content; affiliate marketing requires a whole lot of dedication and commitment.
.-= Larry @ Traffic Ultimatum Bonus´s last blog ..Search Engine Traffic, the Quick & Easy Way =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Larry @ Traffic Ultimatum Bonus,

Very well said. It does take a lot of work, but in the end it’s well worth it.

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Hi Alan,

I can see that we have quite similar story to tell and it’s always interesting to stop and ask the question “what if” or “if I had known this…”. I guess the struggles we went through will not be in vain and will make us grow stronger and more determined to be successful in our own business ventures.

-Peter

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Home Business Blog,

Right on, Peter. Even though it can be a struggle at times, that just makes it all the more motivating.

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I plan on doing some affiliate marketing pretty soon, I hope it pays off.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Sabrina, Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. What niche are you planning on getting into?

With some hard work and focus, I’m sure it’ll pay off for you. Best of wishes to you.

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Hi Alan,

I’m really thinking if it’s well worth putting your energy and effort into a website promoting affiliate products through SEO.

Honestly, just the involved waiting time is already quite a challenge to imagine. Unless of course a site has enough traffic like yours, then I can’t help but think of shortcuts like ppc – however on the other hand, its risky..

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Leonardo @ SEO Specialist,

SEO is definitely a must when promoting products or services online as an affiliate.

You’re right that it does take time, and many find it challenging. However, for those who like a good challenge and want to do whatever it takes to reach their dream, it’s well worth the time. PPC can be an effective tool if used correctly.

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I have a couple blogs now but I have not seen any money yet. I am not on the first page yet of google. How long was it before you started to make money?

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@John Michaels, My first sale online was probably within 3 or 4 months. It does take a while, but if you’re persistent and keep doing the things to build your business, you’ll see more and more income. Just never give up.

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You can expect to spend a good couple of weeks before you get your first clients. I would recommend not trying affiliate marketing part time if you just start out. Great information in the article, thank you. I wouldn’t say that it is no-maintenance in the beginning but after the first couple of months it will definitely get easier.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Saventa@Affiliate Marketing,

Agreed. It takes time and work. As things progress it certainly does get easier.

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Having A affiliate marketing company will really have some disadvantages and advantages. If the marketing company that you are in has a great reputation then it would likely be an impact to you as its affiliate and the other way around if it got quite a bad one.
.-= andy @ jordan II kicks´s last blog ..Nike Air Max 90 – Screened Carbon Fiber / Charcoal Toned =-.

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The only affiliate links I have now are amazon, but I’m not really earning, lol I guess I need to do more promoting.

But yes, everyone should get in on it as there is basically no risk.
.-= Mici @ Click On Portal´s last blog ..Time Blogging You Can’t Get Back =-.

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I definitely agree that affiliate marketing is a good place to start online. I tried it, quit, tried it, quit, tried it, quit…and then I finally realized that I was doing everything wrong. I wasn’t testing, tracking, or modeling how other successful affiliate marketers do it. Once I started doing these things, along with learning SEO, PPC, etc. everything started getting better (and more profitable!)

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Robert,

You’re a prime example of what most people do… try it, quit… try it again, quit… doing that over and over. Sad part is most just end up quitting for good.

Thank you for sharing your experience, Robert, and kudos to you for not giving up! It certainly does get easier once you follow what you mentioned.

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If you want to grow big, starting small is a good plan, towards being big right? but you can’t do that if you are using limited expensess. be it affiliate marketing, or promoting your own product via a website. At a certain point you would need to expand, if you used all your free promotional methods, and you are not, in a small niche where is 0 competition, than it would be hard for you. most of the niches that are profitable are already explored, with so many webmasters online today. it will be hard to utilize free methods to 100%.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Robert@wordpress themes,

I agree to a point. You don’t have to utilize paid marketing methods, unless you want to. It’s not necessary, though. I have said before that if someone is going to invest money on something, it should be to outsource tasks to others so that more work can get done in a day.

As far as niches… there are numerous niches out there that haven’t been tapped yet. Anyone with a solid keyword tool like Micro Niche Finder or something similar will tell you this. It’s just a matter of finding them.

Regardless of what niche (high competition or little competition), it really comes down to knowing what works to get your site on the first page of Google and then converting your traffic into sales, no matter what you’re selling.

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I agree, and that is to promote affiliate products through SEO. Starting with perfecting on-page then off-page. Physical products are my favorite!
.-= Karn@SEO Business Box´s last blog ..SEO Business Box Review =-.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Karn@SEO Business Box,

Yes, SEO plays an important role in affiliate marketing. I rarely focus on physical products, but it’s something I do want to get more into this year.

Thanks for the comment!

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Yeah. Affiliate marketing is the way to go to make money online especially when you are just starting. I do not believe that you need your own product to be successful online. If you want to start making money, go read a method and start planting your seeds. I’m sure it will grow someday.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Angel @ Video Marketing Goldmine,

Right on! Start taking action and doing even the smallest thing to start building momentum.

Thanks so much for the comment. :)

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I’ve been looking for an affiliate vs. adsense post. But great post, thanks.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Emman@Niche Finder Review,

I’ll write one up! Thanks for the suggestion. ;)

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Have you thought about market niche that you are going to approach? What type of information are you gonna offer, cause if you don’t have a niche market than your effort may be useless.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Andy,

I always research the niche before I get into it. Currently I’m in three different niches.

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I really want to be successful in this field but I am struggling getting traffic to my site. I blog and offer resources for Christian singles. Perhaps I should adopt another niche? It’s only been about four months since I started but still I’m getting concerned about how long it will take before I can afford to do this full time.

Thank you for this site!

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Candra Evans,

Not necessarily. What are you doing to monetize the site, market it, etc? It does take time to see results.

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