Is Affiliate Marketing a get-rich-quick scheme. The short and long answer is NO! Let’s put it this way. If everyone could get started and get rich quick, wouldn’t we all be doing it? We would wouldnt we!
Now, one thing I can’t stand is seeing Youtube ads, videos, posts on Social Media saying “sign up for an easy 3 step process to getting you making 500 a day easy!” The only person making $500 a day easy is the person who is selling you the material, claiming its the “Secret that No One knows, blah, blah, blah.”
In no way is this a get rich quick schem and this is why:
Need to Have a Niche People are Buying In.
WHat are you interested in? Health and Beauty? Outdoor activities? Lets say outdoor activities, as that is my passion. THis is a big field. You will need to break it down. I like fishing! Well that is still too broad. What kind of fishing? Saltwater? Freshwater? Both? Lets go with Freshwater. I like Bass fishing.
Now take a look at google and search for bass fishing. You will be amazed at how many sites and people who bass fish. These are potential customers. Lets say that Bass Fishing is our niche!
Need to Build a Site and Build a Social Presence
Now that you have the Bassfishing Niche decided on, you need some way to deliver content and build a following. Lets pause here for a second.
If you could make $500/day easy, but have ZERO traffic coming to your site, wouldnt that mean you have ZERO/day coming in. WHos going to buy your stuff. No one right?
You will need a site. Going through the Wealthy Affiliate Online Entrpreneur Training will help you get up and running with getting your site online.
After your site is built out, you will need content. Content starts with an Idea for a post and a Great keyword that people are searching for. You will want to write a post that focuses on the keyword, and Publish it to your site!
We can either sit back and wait for traffic to find our new post, or use social media to spread the word.
THis is where Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to name a few would come in. But wait! We dont have any followers on our newly built profiles. We need to start following and getting people to follow us for the word to spread. Of cours you can use hashtags, but having followers will spread the word faster as well.
After you have built a great following, your site and products can get much better targeted traffic to your sites posts and reviews and have people take action on it.
You can start to see that this isnt quick, is it?
Research Products and Write Amazing Reviews
Here comes another possibly time consuming part to potentially making money. I say potentially because it IS NOT GUARANTEED that you will.
Amaon, Clickbank, and many other companies offer products and affiliate programs for the Bass Fishing Niche. One way to find out what companies offer programs is to take this and paste it into Google: Bass Fishing+ Affiliate Programs.
This will populate results for companies that offer affiliate programs with bass fishing products. So you start to go through the products and find a great product you think will sell. You will need to do some research on this product, gather as much information as possible and construct a great review post and add the affiliate link for people to go purchase with.
But you cant rely on one product alone. You will want to review many products to continue to produce great content and keep your site relevant in Google’s Algorithm.
Once again, you can see that this is not going to get you rich quick right?
Making a Sale! The Reason Why We Do It!
So you have great content posted, have visitors coming to your site, and your Social Media is becoming more “Social.” Now you will need to entice the reader to click on your link and purchase the product that you reviewed. Not everyone will purchase what you reviewed.
You wake up one morning and see that someone has bought what you reviewed and you made a small commission from the sale. Not much but hey its a start! It doesnt even come close to being rich or even enough to make you quit your job. As you can see, you will need to sell many of that one item to even make something decent.
To see how to make a correct review, click the link below to start your free 7 day trial of Wealthy Affiliate. They will get you on the right track.
A Side Note
Throughout the post, I have been noting Wealthy Affiliate. There are many programs out there that claim to help you make big money and get you started with very few steps to get you making money.
My opinion with Wealthy Affiliate is that they are in no way this type of Program. They state many times throughout the training and the site that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme and that there is no guarantee that you will make money.
The training is by far the best out there and there are no upsells, unlike what I stated about the “3 Easy Steps” gurus mentioned above.
Affiliate Marketing is a way to make passive income with very little investment. As in any business endeavor, you will need to spend some money to get set up, but not much to begin marketing other products.
It is a slow process to build a following and creating good content, and could take 6 months or longer to even see results.
Also, if you find yourself in a financial difficulty, affiliate marketing will more than likely not get you out of it immediately.
Given time, you could make money and have a decent passive income come in. But if it does work, it will take time.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you ASAP!!!