Myths about affiliate marketing you must know
You’ve read about savvy bloggers making it big on affiliate marketing. And, low and behold, you want to do the same. Who could blame you? These bloggers are making thousands of dollars just by their marketing alone. But today I’m going to myth bust you. Affiliate marketing is not as easy as it appears to be. It’s hard work and it takes a lot of work. But, if you’re determined, you can do it!
Myth #1: It’s easy to do.
In actuality, to become a good affiliate marketer, it takes a lot of hard work. You have to become a master at social media optimization (SEO). These are the keywords that a blogger enters in order for searchers to find their content. You also must have excellent search engine rankings. Affiliates only work if people know about your product. This is difficult to do if you’re at the bottom of search page 25. And, you must have traffic. You can get traffic, not only by advertising but by blogging. The more consistent blogger that you become, the more traffic will find your website.
Myth #2: Social media will get more views to my content.
Social media may be considered free advertisement. You can post a link or description of your latest blog post each day, but it may still fall short of your expectations. Likes, shares or comments may not come at the rate which you had anticipated. It brings to reference the common phrase: you get what you paid for. You didn’t pay for anything so why are you shocked when you got nothing in return? If you want more likes, shares or comments — pay for advertisements via social networks. Ads start as little as $5/day on Facebook. These ads go onto Facebook and Instagram.
Myth #3: You can only have one affiliate program.
This is like saying you can only have one grocery store in town. Or one flavor of ice cream. Have as many affiliate networks as you see fit, but don’t make it too overcrowded. Customers like to price shop but give them too many choices and they can’t make a decision. Also, if you only have one affiliate network, it’s going to bring in that much revenue. You want to create passive income, which is income earned through your website without working too hard for it. Joining a lot of affiliate networks is going to give you this opportunity.
Myth #4: All affiliate markets pay the same.
This is absolutely false. Each affiliate network pays percentages (or commission) based on its products. Amazon Associates, for instance, pays their affiliate marketers 10% for advertising any product on their website. If a customer clicks on a product which you advertise, such as a television, you get a percentage of that purchase. They must have clicked on the television in order for you to do so, however. Best Buy, on the other hand, pays a commission each time a customer clicks on a product on your site and makes a purchase. Deciding which affiliate network to go with can be difficult, but read the fine print of each one before you sign up. You want to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
Myth #5: I’ll make money overnight.
This is actually very untrue. Affiliate marketing takes some seriously hard work. Don’t expect to make money the first week or even the first month. You have to focus on creating content and your SEO. This is going to get traffic to your site. This is going to get you more likes, shares, and comments. If you want to win at affiliate marketing, you have to be smart. Don’t skip steps but do everything by the book. This isn’t going to make you rich, but it’s going to supplement your income. You can make money at affiliate marketing just like those savvy bloggers, but even they had to start at the bottom. You’ll rise to the top; just never give up.