You’re An Affiliate Marketer. Now What?

So, you’re an affiliate marketer now. Sweet. Welcome to the wonderful world of never ending potential and opportunity. But, now what do you do? If you’re like most people, you’ve promoted products and made a little bit of money but not enough to sustain a business. Trust me, even though it may seem like everyone else is on the other side of the fence where the grass is nice and green, most people are struggling OR have struggled at some point in their online career.

The reason for this is nine times out of ten, people are promoting the wrong products. In my opinion, that is. There are TONS of ‘get rich quick’ schemes and matrix type programs that you can push. Chances are they will collapse or disappear before you have the opportunity to earn back what you’ve invested. At least that was my experience.

Here is my advice.

One, find a program that you use. There is nothing worse than signing up under a person for a particular product only to find out that the person doesn’t know anything about it. You want to be well educated and well versed so that you can help answer questions that your downline may have. Chances are if you can answer their questions and give them a better understanding of the product, the higher the chances are that they will upgrade and you will earn a commission.

Two, find a program or product that people need. What does that mean? Ever hear of the term “evergreen programs”? Those are programs or products that you know will not go out of style. Programs that people need for their business for everyday use or that will help enhance or expand their business in some way. Products like autoresponders, website hosting, trackers, etc. These are all tools that people should be using everyday. By choosing “evergreen programs”, you’re more likely to build residual income consistently because your downline is more apt to staying in and staying upgraded. Even if it pays less commissions then a lot of the cash grab products on the market, you’re more likely to earn more income potentially down the road. After all, we’re in it for the long haul, right? Right.

Three, do some research on the company that owns the product or program you are promoting. This ties into my first tip of making sure you’re using the program or product. If you are going to put your name next to something and you’re serious about building a reputable brand, then you’d better make sure the products you’re promoting and backing stand up to your standards. Trust me when I say – it doesn’t take long before you will be known as a program hopper (a person that changes what they promote with the wind) or someone who is known for promoting a certain program. Know the product inside out and know the people that back the program by doing research.

To recap – Know the products & programs you promote by using them. Be the “expert” before you bring it to anyone else so you can answer any questions thrown at you. Evergreen. Evergreen. Evergreen. I can’t stress it enough. Products and programs that will help you and other people expand their business and that will never go out of style, meaning, there will always be a need for them is key. :)

Hopefully this advice will help you understand perhaps where you should start if you’re new to the game. Or maybe it’s just a reminder if you’ve fallen off track, which we’ve all done. Trust me.

The Importance of Community & Social Networking

Last night at TE Live and T3 I was reminded of the importance of community and how networking together can really make a difference.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was the “new kid” on the block and I was desperate for guidance and someone to point me in the right direction, or any direction for that matter.

Getting started online can be challenging to say the least and if you really have no clue what you’re doing or where to start, having someone simply recognize you can be the difference in taking the next step or giving up. Yes, we’ll all entrepreneurs and yes we’re all in this to make a business and earn money but we’re also all human and the importance of human connection, especially in the nature of our business, is huge. Sometimes a simple “I see you, keep it up” can make someones day.

Next time you’re in the chats, reach out to people. Ask if there is anything that you can do to help. Not only is it beneficial for others but it will help you grow your brand in ways you can’t imagine. Use the chat for more than “I just earned 4 credits, 30 banners and 22 text ads”.

Give it a try and see where it takes you. Chances are you’ll probably meet some really cool people and who knows, maybe make some future friends or business partners. Step out of your comfort zone and network with others.

The Most Relevant Reminder….Ever!

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”

— Jackson Brown Jr.