In this day and age it appears we can count on very little when it comes to our livelihoods. Job security is an oxy-moron and in the 21st century we are experiencing a complete change in the economy itself, not unlike the previous Industrial Revolution. This time we are going through a Digital Revolution. In this new era of economic instability the Internet is THE goldmine of untapped wealth, for it is EXACTLY what is driving this New Economy. The problem is that most people have absolutely no clue how to use it to their advantage. Enter Affiliate Marketing…
Affiliate marketing can help you earn extra money by simply doing things you are already doing everyday, such as recommending great products to your friends. But, besides the fact that you can make some extra money (even a full-time income if you work at it) why affiliate marketing? Why does it leave traditional brick and mortar businesses and franchise opportunities in the dust?
1) You don’t Deal With Customers
I like this part. As an affiliate you do not have to deal with rude people or even just the day to day problems of legitimate consumer complaints. If someone purchases a product through an affiliate (hence earning that affiliate some money) and then their product breaks down or is not delivered properly, you don’t deal with that at all.
Customer service is 100% dealt with by the merchant. You sell the product and make a commission. That is it.
2) There Is A Huge Variety of Products You Can Sell
As an affiliate you have an almost unlimited supply of products and services you can sell. You won’t have to ever sell something that you do not have an interest in. In fact, one online affiliate network, ClickBank, has well over 10,000 different digital products and services you can sell! There are products available in every niche imaginable from Golf to Baby stuff. Since the amount of products you can sell is virtually unlimited so is your income possibility. There is no income cap in affiliate marketing.
There are many more advantages to affiliate marketing but those are two of the main ones. You get the income potential of a large corporation (even more actually) and none of the corporate or customer headaches. It sounds like the perfect business model doesn’t it? It is, but just because it is an amazing way to earn money does not make it a walk in the park. Its simplicity is not enough to gain you success. You are going to have to learn how it works and learn how to be successful in the ever increasing competitive environment of affiliate marketing. Everyone wants a piece of the action!
Although a huge market has developed that teaches people how to be affiliate marketers for a price, the good news is that some good things in life are still free. A simple Google search for affiliate marketing training should pull up some great content for you. This will be a great start if you are just beginning to get your feet wet. Don’t pay for training or coaching right away until you know exactly what you need, otherwise you may be paying for something you could easily have received for free with a simple search.