How To Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer

affiliate marketingThis is a guest post by DB Baker.

Affiliate marketing is probably the most common “make money online” method people take when they are looking to start their own online business.

Although it is very possible to make a full time living with affiliate marketing it is commonly known that 95% of affiliates don’t make it and give up shortly after getting started.

In this article I would like to explain about affiliate marketing and what are the reasons that make it so appealing. But I will mostly focus on showing you the steps you will need to do in order to be among the successful 5% of affiliates and how you can become a truly successful affiliate marketer and build a long lasting online business.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

If I need to sum affiliate marketing into one sentence than I guess this would be it:

You send traffic to an offer via your affiliate link and if they go on and buy you will earn a commission.

Affiliate marketing is what I consider a win win situation as both you, as the affiliate and the product creator, aka, the vendor, makes money.

By having an affiliate program, the vendors are actually being able to showcase their product to a significantly higher number of potential buyers and even though they will not make 100% on every sale, it is still worth it for them as they make money they wouldn’t make if they didn’t use affiliates to promote their products.

I think the first company to use affiliate marketing was Amazon and they probably have the biggest affiliate program today. The only downside is that their commissions are relativity low (7%-15%) mainly because they are dealing with physical products so the profit margins are very small.

When it comes to digital products, the biggest affiliate network would have to be Clickbank. With digital products the commission are very high and go from 50% up to 75%.

Why Become an Affiliate?

Many claim that affiliate marketing is a great way to start an online business and I have to agree as I did myself. Here are the main benefits of affiliate marketing as I see them:

  • No Money – With affiliate marketing you can actually build an online business with very little money upfront and invest money as you grow and earn.
  • No Support – All Support tickets, questions and problems are handled by the vendor.
  • No Customers – You don’t have to deal with customers directly as the vendor will take care of that for you.
  • No Refunds – All Refunds are handled by the vendor.
  • No Product – You don’t need a product of your own and this makes it very easy to get started.

If You Truly Want To Become Successful

In order to truly be successful as an affiliate you will need to avoid doing mistakes that most affiliate do. These mistakes are very common and they are the main reason that 95% of affiliates fail to succeed and eventually give up.

Here are the most important things you need to do or not do (in my opinion) in order to become a successful affiliate marketer:

Build an Email List

You must build an email list from day one. The sooner you will start building your list the faster you will get success. I am sure you heard of the saying “the money is in the list”, right? Well, guess what – It’s TRUE!.

The money is in the list and in order to truly become a super affiliate you will need an email list.

Think About Your Subscribers

Many affiliates fail to understand that they should think about their subscribers and how they can help them instead of thinking about the commissions they will make. If you want long term success you need to focus on your subscribers and their problems and help them solve these problems.

If you do so, you will gain trust and build your reputation and when your subscribers trust you they are more likely to stay on your list and make you commissions.

Don’t Copy & Paste

Most affiliates are lazy. Very lazy. All they do is copy and paste email swipes and/or affiliate material from the product sales page and create their own copied review.

Don’t do that.

Be different and provide valuable content in your own words. Be unique as this is the only way you will stand out.

Offer Bonuses

There is no escape, if you want to succeed as an affiliate marketer and make sales you will need to offer a bonus for every product your promote. And when I say offer a bonus I don’t mean offer any PLR product you can find. You want to unique, remember?

You want to stand out and be different so you will need to work hard on creating your own bonuses and most importantly, the bonus must be related to the product you are promoting and add additional value to the buyer.

Don’t Promote Everything

Don’t promote every single product you encounter. As you may already know, most products are not worth mentioning and you shouldn’t promote hyped up products that don’t deliver. I am very happy to say that HYPE seems to be loosing its effectiveness and it is about time.

Don’t promote hyped up products that don’t even mention what the product is on the sales page. That is a clear newbie trap as I like to call it. Also, don’t promote products that claim to only have 300 copies available but actually sell thousands. It is so annoying for me to see such products that sell for $37, say that only 300 copies will be sold while offering $5000 for the top affiliate. Even if you suck at math you can see the numbers don’t add up, right?

Most importantly, don’t promote products created by marketers with bad reputation. Reputation is everything and once you lose it, it will be very hard to gain it back and always remember that your subscribers will only judge you according to your last promotion so one bad product you will promote can and might erase everything you built before.

Conclusion

Affiliate marketing is great and I personally love it as this is how I got started and I am glad to say that I am on the right track (at least I think so ).

If affiliate marketing is something that interests you than I recommend you read my Complete Blueprint for Promoting & Profiting from Clickbank Product Launches. This is the exact blueprint I am using and I reveal everything including the link building process which is where many fail.

DB Baker has been a full time affiliate marketer for the past 6 months and he blogs about internet marketing, affiliate marketing and SEO on his blog at dbpmarkting.com. He shared his own complete blueprint for making money as an affiliate promoting Clickbank product launches that you may want to check out.

About the Author

DB Baker is a full time affiliate marketer and he blogs about internet marketing, affiliate marketing and SEO on his blog at dbpmarkting.com. He shared his own Complete Blueprint for making money as an affiliate by promoting Clickbank product launches that you may want to check out.
  • http://webmaster-success.com Kharim

    Hey DB Baker, this really a great post and you have mentioned some really strong points here for anybody who wants to affiliate market. This a great means of making money and this post is the guide to it. You are right about the mailing list, I’m trying to build up mine for the new year. :) Thanks again. :)

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Hi Kharim,

      Thanks for the great feedback and best of luck with building your list :).

  • http://yourbeginnerguitarlessons.net/ John

    DB – Building an email list is definitely a great strategy for building a long term successful affiliate marketing business. I think most people get intimidated by the thought of building a list and avoid doing it when they first get started with affiliate marketing.

    Other than building an email list, I think offering bonuses is a great strategy as well because it will make potential buyers want to buy through your link only. The best thing about bonuses is that they are pretty easy to find, but you have to make sure the bonuses you offer will provide some kind of value to the potential customer. Great tips.

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Hi John,

      I actually think that the problem with bonuses is that because they are so easy to find, people don’t take the time to actually create a really good bonus. Taking the time and making a truly unique bonus will go along way and will be worth it.

  • http://www.megabizflakes.com samuel

    Awesome post Baker!
    You are right bro. Most affiliate marketers are damn lazy, they just copy paste any link that have high commission. It’s good to build a list and don’t promote things you’ve not use. Thanks so much bro!

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Thanks Samuel,

      This is actually my very first guest post and your great feedback is greatly appriciated.

  • http://gettingtothapaper.com/2010/12/09/someones-bound-to-hear-your-cry/ William Tha Great

    Hey db baker,

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    I am new to affiliate marketing and can’t wait too I feel I have enough traffic to really have a shot at making constant income. This was a very good post because it explained a lot as there are and always will be the lazy people who try to make it by doing the least they can.

    Thanks again!

    God bless,
    William Veasley

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Hi William, I am sure you will be successful as you realized what many fail to understand.

      Give more and you will eventually get more.

      • http://gettingtothapaper.com/2010/12/09/someones-bound-to-hear-your-cry/ William Tha Great

        Hey db baker,

        I love the last quote you just made. “Give more and you will eventually get more”.

        That is a great statement because that is the truth. The more you put into anything the more you are going to get out of it. If you look at any professional sport athlete, they put in countless hours of work to get to where they are now.

        Thanks again! Time to Retweet! ( :

        God bless,
        William Veasley

  • http://mazakaro.com Rahul

    Hi DB, I’m sure many would become a successful affiliate marketer if they would just follow your post…Great post.

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      Exactly Rahul,

      The post is a really cool one.

      Many thanks to DB!

  • http://internetentrepreneurconnection.com Hector Avellaneda

    Hey DB!

    Awesome post Budd! You did a great job at explaining everything very thoroughly. I think anyone can get a good understanding of what affiliate marketing is and how they can benefit from it by reading your post.

    You know, one of the questions I get asked the most when promoting my Affiliate Marketing opportunity is “how long does it take to make money”.

    Most people would say that this is a question that everyone would naturally have. However, I disagree! This question tells me that this person is already thinking about quitting even before they get started. Subconsciously, they are thinking that if they don’t make money within a given period of time, they will move on to the next best product. It is the people that jump from opportunity to opportunity the ones that don’t ever reach their income goals with their products.

    My answer to that question is, “How fast do you want to make money?” This is never the answer they are looking for. They want me to tell them they’re going to be making thousands of dollars in just a few months. What people fail to realize is that unless you’ve already established a foundation in the past, this is a business and businesses take time and work to build. Starting a business with a lottery or entitlement mentality will keep you at your daytime job for years to come!

    Thanks for sharing this post DB.

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Hi Hector,

      I completely agree with you. One of the problems with affiliate marketing is that it so easy to get started as you don’t really need much of anything. That is a problem because most people fail to understand that it is a business like any other business and unless you approach it like a true business you will probably won’t be successful.

      Thanks you for the feedback.

  • http://unlockthedoor.net Stuart

    Wow, there’s a lot of great stuff here, thanks for sharing it DB!

    I’m looking into affiliate marketing at the moment, which I admit I could be doing more research into, but this post has inspired me to keep at it. Thanks :-)

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Thanks Stuart,

      It is not everyday that inspire people so you pretty much made my day :).

      Best of luck.

  • http://www.moremoo.com Adam

    Building email list is really crucial for aff marketing success. But of course you really have to offer the products which you personally believe in and tried.

    Aff marketing should go hand in hand with the great content this is what could make the difference whet it comes to your credibility, which is in aff very essential.

  • http://xpirtdesign.com orange county seo

    Good luck on adding on to your list, and thanks for the useful information.

  • http://www.xpirtdesign.com Bruce Coleman

    Wow great article. I myself don’t have a business but I am heavily involved at work and my boss just expanded to the online business. This information will definitely reach my boss’s eyes. Many thanks Baker!

  • http://www.richescorner.com Richard

    Good tips about selecting the right products. It also helps to stick with promoting products that you use yourself. Sometimes if you find a product that you find particularly useful, you can approach the seller and ask if they have an affiliate program so you can partner up with them to give out your referrals.

  • http://www.ticketluck.com/concert-tickets/Lily-Tomlin/index.php Lily Tomlin

    wow your blog is awesome man, i mean anyone who wants to have a good business can have anything they want from your blog. you have a lot of insight in your knowledge and have the ability to pull off a great write-up.

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Thanks! As this was my first guest article getting good feedback about my writing is awesome.

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    Valuable information shared for affiliating marketing.

  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com/2010/12/40-high-resolution-desktop-wallpapers-for-windows-linux-mac/ Swamykant

    To be a good affiliate marketer is very difficult task. However once master, it will pay you alot.

  • http://www.webguide4u.com Vivek Parmar

    affiliate marketing is one of the thing i like instaed of using other ppc network. thanks to some good networks becuase of them i’m able to pay my online bills.

  • http://musikpromotiononline.se/ MusikPromotionOnline

    Really great article! Thanx! Johnny/Sweden

  • http://www.viaden.com/ SamSom

    ‘Don’t be lazy’ – what great words! At the beginning of their career many online marketers are very hardworking but with the course of time they become lazy and less responsible. Work hard all the time!!

    • http://dbpmarketing.com/ dbbaker

      Damn right!!! :)

      It is something that usually happens after you make little money and than you simply think it will keep coming by itself…

  • http://waysearnmoney.org/ Shlomo Enden

    Hi DbBaker!
    Love your post! Put down all the pitfalls on one paper.
    Link building is a difficult step for newbies.
    Thanks a million!

  • http://missrhei.blogspot.com Miss Rhea

    I just wanna thank you for the great post. I started checking out affiliate marketing just this month and I wanna get all the tips that I can. This entry sure helped.

    More power!

  • Erica

    Thank you DB Baker for this info! I’m young but I’ve wanted to become an affiliate marketer for so long…I just didn’t know where to start.

    One question though,
    when expanding our email list should we create an entire new email (that doesn’t have anything to do with our personal one)? If so, I’m not really sure what it would be named….And would I want to add family and friends to the list? I can’t imagine trying to sell products to them, that would be bothersome.

  • http://tuaranblog.com eshanne

    Hi dbbaker, just notice about your post, i realised now how much is stranded for me i guess.

    im doing quite a few months to do an affiliate marketing but things didn’t comes like i dream it should be, i never did make any sales yet, unless pay per post, but i don’t have that much time to do a post review and get paid, all i want is “How can i be an affiliate marketing and where to start?”, the question is always about money.

    Stranded between needs or need it! i’ve read so much kind of affiliate marketing, some point yes its true but when i started to do the show things like you guys want us to do, we really got frustrated why!? because the list! that’s why the list.. now i understand why the list is so important.. to create a list is like to taking care our wife, duh! that’s so hard! but it’s ok .. i think from now on i will be reading your post from time to time. i really need inspirations about Affiliate Marketing right now! i want to get free.. Hope your post could help me!

    Best Regards,
    eshanne.

  • http://myandroidmag.com/ Android Mag

    This is one of the best affiliate marketing article I have ever read. and you all are providing such informative content free of cost. really awesome man.

  • http://support.carruthers-computers.com Chris Carruthers

    Hey DB,

    No date stamp on anything so I don’t know if you will even read this…

    Do you have any tips for people that are looking to start offering their product through affiliate marketing?

    I’m looking into offering my monthly service plans through affiliates, but I was concerned that I can’t seem to figure out how you associates are being advertised to and recruited effectively.

    Got a story on how you were recruited?