Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work? Common Questions I get.
Does Affiliate Marketing Really Work?
The real question is, are you willing to make affiliate marketing work for you? Just by looking around in the Wealthy Affiliate platform, you will find many of those who are successful in the affiliate marketing industry.
But at the same time, there are many of those who are not successful. It's a sad part of the statistics, but it's reality.
The next time you feel discouraged about affiliate marketing, remind yourself that those who are successful started from zero as well.
Success in affiliate marketing is not just determined by the platform and what they teach. Success is a mindset and it all depends on YOU.
Here are some common questions that I get from my readers:
I have a blog and I'm receiving traffic, but I'm not making any money, why?
- Well, having a blog with traffic is a huge step forward. In terms of making money, you'll need to monetize your website. Your website needs to have some form of intent. Whether it is to build your email list or to promote and sell an affiliate product.
Many people depend on Google AdSense and I strongly discourage it for beginners. Why? You're spending so much time and effort producing amazing content to drive traffic to your website. Why send them away just to earn a few dollars?
What I've always recommended is to promote your affiliate products in your articles. But at the same time, you'll want to build your own email list. People in your email list can be marketed over and over again (until they unsubscribe).
It's the same concept as a restaurant business. You can't have a sustainable business by having what I call hit and run. You want people to return your business. And that's where email marketing comes in and makes that happen.
In short, you want to have clear "call-to-action." People shouldn't have to guess what they should do next when they land on your website.
I have content, but I'm not getting much traffic, what should I do?
- First of all, you'll want to analyze where your traffic is coming from. This is where tools like Google Analytics, Google Search Console comes in clutch. They do tell you the source of your traffic.
For example, if the majority of your traffic comes from social or referrals. That means your articles are probably not ranking high enough on search engines like Google.
When that happens, you'll want to reflect back on your content. Are you providing quality content with tons of detail? If you take a look at most of the people ranking on the first page, their articles are usually lengthy and detailed. Your goal is to create content that is far superior.
And of course you'll have to give yourself and your blog some time. In the early stages of your blog, it will take longer for Google to index your posts and pages.
Over time, your blog will naturally build more authority. Another thing to keep in mind is that quality content will gain natural links over time as well. NEVER purchase backlinks from any sources. They are low quality and will likely get you penalized down the road.
Don't chase the money, let the money chase you. If you are too focused on making money then you will quickly feel discouraged. I didn't make a single dime for the 1st year of my blogging career.
Instead, you should focus on helping people. Helping your readers to solve whatever problems they have. Often times, the solution is a product that you can recommend and earn a commission per sale.
Good luck and don't give up. Starting a blog is not a quick sprint, it's a marathon with great rewards!