Can you really make money with Affiliate marketing?

When it comes to Affiliate marketing how many times have you seen this very same question as the title of this post?

Why do people keep asking ” Can you really make money with Affiliate marketing?” I guess in part because people really do ask that question and that’s O.K but I have a big problem with how some people who will try to say to you “…you can make money and never have to work at a job again”! My immediate reaction is – Talk to the hand and go sell your hype somewhere else!

Affiliate marketing hype - talk to the hand!

The fact is that no matter what you do, there is work involved one way or another and affiliate marketing is a job whether you are doing it part time or full time!

Am I being a little harsh – maybe!

I think I am getting very tired of people who string others along for no better purpose than to make money themselves, without being open and honest in what is involved.

I honestly believe that a person can make an income with affiliate marketing, but I also feel that you need to come from the mindset that you are going to need learn how do things, that you have to be realistic and that you need to WANT to work!

Becoming an affiliate marketer means making a commitment and while this job can fit with your other “day time” job, family and life, the fact is you need to be consistent in what you are doing, to make this job work for you.

Along with consistency is building trust and when I say that what I mean is choosing good products and services that you believe in and know will help others solve their problems whether that be health, lifestyle, advertising or what ever that means to you. I think what drives me crazy is having people come to me promoting some affiliate program that they would never use themselves or just as bad the person who will join some kind of “program” and know nothing about it…will someone please explain the logic to this?

Building trust means building relationships in a variety of ways from being social, writing good content that will really be useful, answering questions and showing yourself as a person who will help others and lol being consistent in what you do.
Sometimes I really do wonder about people and their hype and I really do understand why “affiliate marketing” has developed such a terrible reputation. Maybe we need to take a stand and say..

“Can affiliate marketing work? It sure can when you have the drive and the willingness to learn how to do it properly. Affiliate marketing is a job and like any job you need to learn skills and sorry you wont be quitting your day job for quite a while and maybe that is O.K also!”

Tell me where I am wrong?

 

 

 

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  • Diane. One thing I would like to point out is that not all affiliate marketing is the same. I’ve seen advertising reflecting compensation of 3 percent.

    I am an internet marketer, but I’m affiliated with a company that pays 100 percent commissions.

    Like any other business the affiliate has to work it. There is no program that I’m aware of that pays for doing nothing if you haven’t already invested in the program and built a serious team.

    There are 3 things I do daily. I blog, market, and spend time on self improvement. It’s hard work but it’s beginning to pay off.

    Helping my Team to succeed is very important to me. If you don’t have something that you’re passionate about you will probably have difficulty making sales.

    My passion drives me to be successful. I can invision my end result and that motivates me.
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  • Good day Nancy and loved your feedback. In particular I loved how you showed the very two things I was talking about, being consistent and earning trust.

    Are all internet marketers the same? NO, but I see far too many who are doing exactly as I have described and for many people when they even hear the word internet marketing, their first thought is ..oh no a scam!

    I truly would like to see this turn around, because when you are with a good company, you build your trust by being consistent in what you do and you are willing to do the work, then as you can see yourself, it really does pay off.

    P.S.. this one title with the byline “you can make money and never have to work at a job again” was used by 50 people when I wrote this post, which was yesterday..it is obvious they have a lot to learn about not hyping others!
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  • Diane, you speak from the same kind of heart as me! I am so very tired of seeing ads claiming you can make a fortune with little or no work. The only way you can do that is to be the lucky one in millions who buys the winning lottery ticket, and statistics show that if you are you will be worse off in five years than you were before you won! Affiliate marketing is hard, but rewarding work. It is not a way to land on “Easy Street.” It is a way to do something you really enjoy and get paid for it. If you don’t like the work involved with affiliate marketing, then for heaven’s sake, do something else, like maybe road construction, or teaching school, or being a doctor, or selling cars…. it’s just plain crazy to try to do something you hate working at just for the money.

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    • The birth of this post Dave came from me doing some research and seeing this mentality being thrown out there…I honestly thought that people were getting smarter in what they are doing and how, I am obviously very wrong.
      Affiliate marketing has been getting a very bad name and this is one of the biggest reason..hype and being unrealistic!
      One can hope that people will learn and I hope they learn sooner than later. As I said on this post, I honestly believe that affiliate marketing is a great way to build a business or earn some extra cash, but for goodness sake people need to get real!
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  • Spot on really,i make a full time living,and it really does require consistent input 14hours a day and more!,the biggest factor is engaging,some times it’s mind nubbing but i have to say i love it!

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  • Affiliate marketing is the process of promoting another company’s products or services for a commission.

    This is one of the ways I’ve been making money on the Internet since 1998.

    I love affiliate marketing, because it’s a very simple, transparent model for earning an income online, It’s not about joining some pyramid scheme where you have to recruit people to sell random products (I really hate those programs.)

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  • There are so many affiliate marketing products available today, from methods and systems to teach people how to make money to scripts and software that help speed up the process.

    However, just like with any other information product, not everything is as good as the sales page may make it out to be. Or, in some cases, it just isn’t a good fit with the person buying it. If you have decided to invest in affiliate marketing products, then try and keep the following tips in mind.
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