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Left-Brained Affiliate Marketing Knowledge You Should Use For Your Personal Success As An Online Business Entrepreneur

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Affiliate marketing knowledge is quite essential to a person who is contemplating starting an affiliate marketing business online. All online business entrepreneurs need to realize the importance of this before they commit financially, emotionally, mentally and physically.

If importance isn’t placed, then you may run the risk of burn-out fast. Understanding before starting is always the best way to tackle something which may seem foreign to you.

Below you will find my understanding of the whole affiliate marketing knowledge thing. I hope to make it as simple as possible for newbies, without creating a runaround on what I’m talking about.

What is Affiliate Marketing

Back in 1996 when Amazon first launched their affiliate program, many of us scrambled around trying to figure out what it even meant to be an affiliate. I struggled with this term for at least 5 to 6 years before I figured out what it meant to be an affiliate.

So basically a breakdown of what it meant to me was, having an online business where you lead people into buying other people’s products. Further to break this down, it’s almost like you are a retailer in a brick and mortar store reselling other people’s stuff. 

Mostly you are running your store within the concept of affiliate marketing.

The true definition of affiliate marketing:

Is to promote other people’s products, through an affiliate network. Here you can offer your readers coupons, incentives as well as financial bonuses. Revenue sharing is the central concept behind this.

You lead a customer online to buying a product through a link you have created; you share the revenue with the individual who is selling the product.

Know the Appeal of Affiliate Marketing Headlines and Content

What I like about affiliate marketing is that I don’t have to worry about refunds or to offer any customer service. This is done by the merchant who is providing the product. Once a person clicks off my content link, then it becomes a merchant’s responsibility to take care of the customer.

Affiliate marketing is a smart way to make passive income which can lead to long-term financial growth. All you need to do is create great content, put some links in there which customers will click on which will hopefully lead to sales for you.

The more content you have, the more space you create for yourself to put in affiliate links. According to studies done online, only 4% of your readers will convert. But for that happen you need to create content which is engaging as well informative.

You only have 0-8 seconds for your headline to catch the attention of a potential reader, or you risk losing them. Create headlines which your readers are looking for or are unique which piques their curiosity.

The more landing pages you create, the more chance you have of being found. This is where finding the perfect keywords come in handy. The more laser-focused you are on your keyword, the more chance of success you have.

Actionable Affiliate Marketing  Steps You Should Take Action On

Okay, there are at least three if not more affiliate marketing steps you should take action on. Below I am listing the three steps that I have found most important in affiliate marketing knowledge.

  1. When you feel very strongly about your product – most people become very wary of when a product is being pushed at them. Don’t put your affiliate link in the first paragraph of your content. This drives people away very quickly. You need to believe in the product you’re promoting; the belief comes across nice when your writing about it.
  2. You need to go nice and slow – many people think when they get into affiliate marketing success is going to be instant. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, the slower you go, the more likely you are to attain success for long-term gains. By deliberately going slow means you are focusing on each step with remarkable detail. It’s this focus which is going to determine your longevity online.
  3. Creating a trustworthy reputation – your reputation as a marketer online speaks volumes for you. If you are one of those people who creates gimmicky type reviews based on quick financial rewards programs, you may lose readers fast. Most times when people are looking into purchasing a product/service, they will read many reviews online. If they come to your website and see all you are saying is positive stuff about which have read otherwise, the trust factor goes down quite fast. Build trust by laying out the real deal on products/service.

Know the Factors Which Determine Success Online

There are three factors which will help you determine what type of success you are having online.

  1. Visitors/traffic – this is where your Google analytics account will come in handy. You can check the type of traffic you’re getting, where they’re coming from as well how quickly they are clicking off of the landing page, they landed on. This can also help you determine which pages you may need to optimize to keep readers there for a longer period. If you feel that you don’t have the visitors/traffic you’re hoping for, it’s okay just keep creating great content. They will come.
  2. Click Rate – this is where you the marketer gets to throw in your knowledge of the product/service you’re promoting. It’s not as simple as throwing in an affiliate link, hoping others will click on it. At one time sidebars used to work, but not so much anymore unless the link is enticing and attractive. Read what one of my favorite affiliate marketers Zac Johnson says are five simple ways to boost quick rates (not an affiliate link).
  3. Conversion Rate – this rate is referred to the number of customers who became buyers of the product/service you are promoting. The more buyers you’re getting, the more definite it becomes that you have picked the right merchant. If for some reason people are clicking off your links, but not buying, you need to go back to the merchant drawing board.

People Skills Are a Must

Remember as an online affiliate marketer your customers don’t just see you as a faceless online marketing service. More they see you as a person they can trust who will provide the knowledge they need on products/services.

You may never meet the readers reading your content, but your customers will always see you more than just a salesperson. You become their go-to person in making many important online decisions.

The best way to build great people skills is by providing outstanding value. Don’t just become another site they come to looking for answers, only to click away without finding anything of importance.

Design a Great Website 

This is highly crucial to achieving/maintaining success. Make sure your site is easy to navigate as well as loads up quickly. I noticed that when I go to click on a website if they don’t load up within 5 to 10 seconds, I’m out of there. Check speed insights to how quickly your site loads.

Many people nowadays use WordPress to drive their websites. What I know is here is that there are a lot of plug-ins which help with the efficiency of creating a great website, but not so much with the loading time. The best thing to do is to keep your plug-in to a minimum of 5 to 8.

What I have found that works for me, is learning code. This helps you to create your website the way you want it, without having to install too many plug-ins.

Be Able to Work Independently

One of the most important aspects to focus on is being able to work independently. This means you will have to motivate yourself to get your business up and running.

This will be every morning, weekly, monthly, and yearly effort. As you know when you’re the sole person doing the business online, there is no one there to motivate you.

It’s your job to make sure you stay motivated. This is a great time to build a support group of those who are in the same line of work as you. There are many programs out there that offer this support, but Wealthy Affiliate is my favorite program for that support. 

In this program, there are over 1.4 million members who are there as your support group as well they will help you out when you need it.

There you go affiliate marketing knowledge in a nutshell. Okay so not a nutshell, but you have to agree very long highly readable content. At least that is the impression I hope to leave you with.

Let me know in comments below if you found anything worthwhile here. 

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20 thoughts on “Left-Brained Affiliate Marketing Knowledge You Should Use For Your Personal Success As An Online Business Entrepreneur

  1. I think affiliate marketing is one of the best hidden gems out there.  And I mean hidden gems because a lot of people will never see the full potential that affiliate marketing has to offer because they will give up long before they can reap the rewards.

    Affiliate marketing is one of the places where you can create a passive income that will make you steady streams of money, even in your sleep – all you have to do is maintain the site, and your hard work will pay off for years to come.

    Thanks for a really great look into affiliate marketing and how you can become successful at it. The key is always hard work! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this very informative post on affiliate marketing, lots of great information.

    Without traffic or visitors to your site you will have no one to sell to and you will not be successful.  Everybody needs to build up some traffic for their sites in order to succeed.

    It is very important to be able to work independently, if you cannot motivate yourself you will not get things done, so it is very important to find ways to stay motivated.

    Designing a great website that loads quickly is one of the best ways to get people interested in you post.  I know that I do the same thing if it takes forever to load, I just go somewhere else.

    1. Like you I feel it’s very important to be able to work independently. If a person is not the type of person who can self motivate to get themselves going, this industry may not be for them. Unless of course, they build up their self-motivation. Then it’s definitely for them. Thank you for your comment.

  3. That was an excellent post from you Randa. I think you did a good job in explaining affiliate marketing in simple words to understand. Some other writes makes affiliate marketing complicated than it’s seems. From my own experience, affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to make money online. 

    If you are a new to online business, I will definitely recommend affiliate marketing to you. The formula is easy to follow however you need to have self-discipline, patience and be consistent at the work. Once you have such qualities, you will surely reach the top. Thanks for the post Randa.  

    1. Great that you enjoyed the post. Whenever I try to explain something online, I write it in a way that I will be able to understand it if I was seeing it for the first time. Fancy terms in affiliate marketing really make no sense to the common affiliate marketer. In layman’s terms are the best way I understand. Thank you for your comment.

  4. I believe with technology advancing, people who wanted to start doing affiliate marketing now, doesn’t really need to actually learn basic coding, as nowadays most themes are responsive and well-coded especially those paid one. 

    What they need to learn other than what you had said about going nice and slow and creating trustworthy reputation, is to learn how to write content because I believe that is the most struggling part. 

    Everyday, there are people out there giving up just because they have an idea but doesn’t know how to put it out into words. Even now, I still struggle to write when it comes to putting out the content. 

    1. I learned coding back about 10 years ago. It’s a very miniscule and detailed process, but I’m sure glad I remember some of it. Enough that I can change the theme up just a little bit to how I want it to show. Creating a trustworthy reputation online is so important, because all it takes is one little review to derail what one has built up. The better the reputation the less those negative reviews harm the website. Thank you for your comment.

  5. hello Jag

    Good to be here again 

     I live your posts,  they are always helpful.  

    You know knowing the dos and don’t of any businesses is vital before starting let alone affiliate marketing…  The fundamental knowledge is required in order to build a successful online business….  Like you mentioned that Understanding before starting is always the best way to tackle something which may seem foreign to you…. Very true and important… 

    Well knowledge is power one needs to get it fast. 

    1. Olanisakin makes me happy that you find my posts helpful. You’re so right wing is a fundamental knowledge is required to build a successful business online especially if it pertains to affiliate marketing knowledge. The earlier one obtains the knowledge, the easier it will be for them to ease into online marketing.

  6. Hey Jag Randa, I like your post. You definitely spoke volumes about affiliate marketing and what it means to people and the importance of taking your time. Also, I have to ask, how does one know that affiliate marketing isn’t for them? I ask because I see all kinds of people taking a shot at it but only a few decide that its not for them; how do you know? Overall, I loved your article and it feel I really learned a lot from it. I have made a few mistakes that you mentioned in your post and I know what not to do next time. Good read, good job!

    1. Glad that you found my post informative. I would say one recognizes affiliate marketing isn’t for them when they realize they self-motivation is really hard to rein in. Many people take shots at affiliate marketing, but only a few are successful they usually those ones are the ones who are patient and keep plugging away at their content.

  7. Affiliate marketing it’s one of the best ways to do some money online. If you are good and patient, you may earn a real income from this. I prefer it as you don’t have to sell any item, keeping inventories, packaging etc., also appreciate all the positive facts that you mentioned. You just have to promote some products, redirect the traffic to the seller and you are done. What can be more easy and clear than that?

    1. I so agree with you that affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make some money online. Patience is definitely a virtue here. I like not being responsible for keeping inventory, packaging, and all the lovely things that go with selling a product. Thank you for your comment.

  8. Thanks for such awesome article Randa. I like how you explained everything about affiliate marketing because it is true that so many people still don’t know what is it and what are the benefits of being affiliate marketer. I am in affiliate marketing primarily because it is a passive income which is great for me.

    1. You’re so right when you say so many people don’t know what the benefits of affiliate marketing are. My family had no idea what affiliate marketing meant, it took me a few hours to explain to them and for them to understand that affiliate marketing is not a scam is just pointing links to other people’s products. Thank you for your comment.

  9. Hey Jag!  I am so inspired and grateful for your post.  I started affiliate marketing a few months ago and previously had no experience or knowledge about it.  I am going through affiliate training and am very much a right brain thinker. Sometimes when I see a lot of techie jargon in regards to affiliate marketing it feels overwhelming and in some moments I question if i am cut out for it, but after reading your clearly delineated and easy to follow post, my confidence is restored.  I think everything you touch on is supremely valuable and I am going to bookmark your site to use as a reference.  Thank you so very much and all the very best of success to you!

    1. Great that you feel inspired by this article. Myself having had no experience in affiliate marketing, I know there is a lot of research I did before I was able to market properly. Thank you for your comment.

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