This week's post is a day late and I apologize for that. I've been on a working vacation with my mom & kids for the past week and yesterday my computer up and died on me. It was pretty darned inconsiderate seeing as I didn't have much notice that something was wrong with it. But luckily my mentors have preached the importance of backing everything up and keeping files safe so much that I didn't experience too much down time. After heading down to the nearest store to get a new laptop yesterday, I got everything set up and figured that you wouldn't mind getting the post a day late. 😀
This week I'm going to share with you one of main ways that I make money online along with my best resources for learning more about how to get started.
Work At Home Idea
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Simply put, an affiliate marketer makes money when someone makes a purchase based on your recommendation.
There are a wide variety of Affiliate Programs on the web that offer you an opportunity to sign up as an Affiliate to represent their products and services to others. When someone acts on your recommendation by signing up or making a purchase, you earn some sort of commission.
NOTE: This is similar to representing a brand or writing a paid post and/or review for them. The main and most important difference, in my opinion, is that while you'll get paid a fee for writing posts/reviews and you can make good money doing so keep in mind that you only get paid ONCE for each post.
As an affiliate marketer you'll do essentially the same things by sharing information about products & services but with an affiliate link you'll get a commission each & every time someone purchases based on the information you've shared with them. Affiliate Marketing is a lucrative business.
So, which would you rather do?
1. Work hours on crafting a “campaign” and writing a post to get paid a one time fee
2. Work hours on crafting a “campaign” and writing a post and get paid over and over and over again
To me the answer is clear and that's why, although I do write the occasional paid post & review, the majority of my income comes from ebook sales & affiliate marketing.
There are Affiliate Programs for just about any real life product you’d like to recommend and for many membership sites and information products. If the resource you promote has a recurring fee, you usually earn a recurring commission.
I have created some special resources to learn more about getting started here:
Gold Medal Mentor
Whether you're just starting out or you've been in business for awhile, finding people that you can trust to give you the information you need, when you need it and at the right price for your current pocket book can be hard work. I mean, how are you to know who you can really trust? How can you be sure that the people that say they can teach you what you need to know really have the skills to do so? Outside of sharing business ideas that will work for YOU, one of the most important things I hope to accomplish with this series is to introduce you to the people that you can trust.
Susanne Myers is not only a slick-as-snot (that just means that she's uber-smart not that she's slimy) solopreneur but she's also a dear friend and mentor of mine. You can find her sharing the things that are working for her and helping her make a full-time income by working online at Affiliate Treasure Chest.
Also a SoloMastermind member, Susanne was introduced to me by Nicole Dean. After I learned just about everything I could from Nicole (and being kicked out of the nest), I started doing virtual assistant tasks for Susanne but that quickly morphed into a fast friendship. Over the years our working relationship has had its natural ebb & flow but I never cease to learn amazing things from Susanne.
Once I decided that I really wanted to increase my passive income through affiliate marketing, I turned to Susanne for her wisdom. Susanne is one of those people that genuinely likes helping people reach their full potential and will do anything she can to help. Through personal coaching & voraciously reading as well as implementing all of Susanne's content & products, I was able to take all the pieces and parts I learned from Nicole and transform them into a workable business plan with Susanne's step-by-step instructions and advice.
I truly wouldn't be in the position I am today without her guidance.
Now, I hope you see a pattern starting to emerge here….
I found Kelly McCausey & joined her forum where I found Nicole who in turn introduced me to Susanne.
I don't believe that I was directed to Kelly by chance. A lot of prayer went into the formation of my business and because of that I have met and made friends with some of the best people I could ever ask for.
What I want you to take away from this is that once you find a place you feel comfortable in – in my case it is SoloMasterminds – then you'll start interacting with the people there and creating your own network of friends that will lead you to where you want to go BUT you need to choose that place wisely. There are a few of them out there but if you haven't found your “home” yet, I highly recommend joining the ladies over at SoloMasterminds and become a part of my network so we can grow together.
I personally subscribe to Susanne Myers' Daily Affiliate Tasks membership. In fact, I think I begged her for months to finally get a peek inside her brain. There's just something about having a money making task not only described to you but also having each item that needs to be done to bring about maximum profits listed out on a checklist. Top that off with weekly assignments so you know exactly what to do and that just makes me happy.
Susanne is currently on Week 29 of Daily Affiliate Tasks so now, I have notebook filled with money making tasks (I don't think I can say that enough) so I never have to wonder about what I can do to make money, I just have to choose the task that most appeals to me at the moment, pull the information and DO IT!
The course is only $10 per month and I can't tell you how many times it has paid for itself already. I don't know where I'd be without it to refer to – surely not as organized anyway.
Specifically, you’ll be working on …
- Creating new content for your sites that attracts both readers and search engines.
- Simple strategies to send more highly targeted traffic to your site.
- Reuse and repurpose everything you do as much as possible for more traffic and more sales.
- Stop leaking perfectly good traffic out into cyber space … instead, get your readers to take the actions you want (join your list, buy an affiliate product).
- How to continually grow your list and then effectively market to it.
- In other words, what to do when, where and how.
- Of course Susanne will also share her thoughts and more importantly her test results on any new product or technique she comes across from here on out.
If you're interested at all in being a successful affiliate marketer then I challenge you to invest in the Daily Affiliate Task course and see if it doesn't help make you a boatload of money.
I'll be back on Thursday with the Lesson Three of Smart Blogging Skills. In the meantime, I hope your day is filled with Joy.
P.S. If you missed any of the posts in this series you can read them HERE