Affiliate marketing is how I make my living. I am one of the few people who can honestly say that they are a full time Internet Marketer. My success is 6 years in the making. You can even say that I had a 6 year learning curve.
Internet marketing isn't easy because it takes a skill set that few people have and it also requires some sort of start up budget. Most new affiliate marketers waster their budget on silly things that do not work. You only need to know two things to be a successful affiliate marketer:
(1) How to get traffic
(2) What offers to promote
Lets go back and talk about wasting money on silly things. When I first started, I wasted money on software and gurus who promised success. The success they promised would come from buying their program. I don't have any problem with people teaching internet marketing as long as they stick to the core principles of internet and affiliate marketing.
If you want to spend money on a course make sure that it teaches SEO and other traffic creating techniques that will make you money. Don't waste money on pep talk gurus, who are only there to motivate you. Find your own internal motivation.
How To Get Traffic
Traffic is the most important thing in internet marketing. It's even more important than the products and services you plan on marketing. If you build traffic, you will automatically earn money.
What Are Some Way To Get Traffic?
Organic search engine traffic, pay per click, email marketing, video marketing and article marketing are all excellent ways to get traffic to your website or offer. You can use all of these methods or just one. Which ever you choose, take the time to become and expert at it.
How To Know What Offers To Promote
Knowing what to promote will also hasten your success as an affiliate marketer. Some affiliate products aren't very good and will not convert well. Pick affiliate offers that help people solve a problem. Take a look at society and not the issues you see. What kind of issues are people having? Are there affiliate offers that can help solve their issues. This is one of the cornerstones of marketing: marketing solutions to the world's problem. Once you master this technique, you will always make a good living and have money.
As you can see, affiliate marketing takes work to become successful at, but it is easier if you know 2 simple things. These two things are, how to get traffic and knowing what affiliate offers to promote. Also, realize that you are in the business of solving the world's personal problems. You should constantly look at society to find out what issues people have.
After observing society, you will quickly learn what these issues are and your next charge is to find affiliate offers that will help them with their issues. This all it takes to become successful at internet marketing. It is simple but not easy.