Thousands upon thousands.
That’s literally how many affiliate programs for marketing out there. With so many, we naturally wonder how to make money online scam free. There has to be a way doesn’t there? There are, but weeding through them can be very time consuming. Nearly every company out there offers an affiliate program and some stand out much more than others and it is important to do your homework. Not doing so can lead to a study in futility. You will simply end up frustrated and have ten gagillion affiliates that will never be properly utilized.
So how do I choose?
Well first you need to answer a few questions. For instance what is your website about? What is the market needs for what your website is about? What does the prospective affiliate companies offer? These are just a few of the important questions you will have to answer before choosing which affiliate company to endorse. Yes endorse. When you become an affiliate for a company, you are effectively saying “I believe in this company and here is why.”
That is one reason that it is so important to do the homework first. Should you find yourself affiliated with a company that engages in poor business principles, not only will your website lose credibility but you as an individual will as well. That is something we cannot afford as website owners. The whole aim is to provide a service to our website visitors.
Spotting the scams
Perhaps scam is a bit of a strong term when referring to many of the “online opportunities”. However in my professional opinion, if you can’t take positive, legitimate steps to success then it becomes a bit scammish. On the surface many of the companies offering these opportunities look great! Come over here they say and once you sign up you’ll instantly be making 6 figures and not have to do anything!
Yea right. If there is one thing that I have learned in life is that success is never free. It takes time and a whole lot of effort. Unless of course you are one of those lucky people who has their video go viral! Not saying that it can’t happen, just that it’s highly unlikely. The odds most definitely are NOT in your favor.
For the rest of us, success is achieved with an enormous amount of sweat. Not literally but figuratively indeed! Hours will be spent on your website. Research, content creation, promotion. All of it requires time. Surveys, click trading, be your own boss, all of these fall into my Scammish category. The only real way to make money online is by finding and promoting a great affiliate program. For my suggestions on monetizing your website Please Go Here.
Let me give you an example.
If you can make ten bucks through Amazon’s affiliate program by promoting twenty different items through your affiliate link, or you can make one hundred and seventy five bucks through Wealthy Affiliate’s program, where do you think your time is better spent? Me too.
There are lucrative opportunities out there if you know where to find them. Again, that’s where the research comes in. Affiliate programs can come in such a wide variety, finding the right one can be a trick.
What impressed me the most about Wealthy Affiliate’s program, was the sheer amount of training they offered. An entire university right at your fingertips. If you’re new to affiliate marketing I recommend starting there.
Information overload affects us all
The sheer ridiculous numbers of companies out there who want to leverage your brand (your website), is staggering. Wrapping your head around it can prove challenging. However, if you are persistent and willing to put in the work you can achieve whatever goals you set out to. Will you be an overnight success? Not likely. For many of us the first real sales were months in the making. They do come however if you apply the proper techniques and are willing to put in the time it takes. You are creating a brand. Your brand.
People will be making purchases based on your information.
That can be a difficult thing to live up to if you aren’t prepared. That is why I advise “sticking with what you love” when first starting out on your website. If your passion is horses then write about them. Focus your Keywords in that direction. There are plenty of affiliates that can be found for any website topic.
I suppose that’s what makes owning your own website exciting isn’t it?
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