Starting a business is exciting. Starting an online business is exciting and cool. Starting an online affiliate marketing business is exciting, cool and simple!
Ok, that’s for the fun part. It actually requires some simple skills. Relax, the skills an online affiliate marketing business requires are easy to acquire and I’m sure you already got some of them, maybe without knowing it. I mean it!
Now here are the 3 things you need to know before starting an online affiliate marketing business:
1. Many people don’t see affiliate marketing as a business and that’s a problem because an online affiliate marketing business, if not treated as such, can lead to failure, plain and simple. You need to give it some time, some effort and don’t procrastinate. An online affiliate marketing business can be a lot of fun and you’re always more productive when you enjoy doing something but you’ll get faster results if you see it as a business and are serious about it.
By serious I mean that when you work on it, the TV is off, msn or Facebook as well, and you write down some simple daily tasks that you’ll learn and will make sure you complete them before having a cold beer and watching a cool DVD! Even if you only have 2 hours per day to allow to affiliate marketing, make the most of these precious minutes. Don’t think “I’m trying to make a few bucks here” but instead say “I’m running a business here!”. Yes, even if you don’t have your own website yet and are just learning.
2. The lack of consistency and the “miracle” symptom are real dangers! You’ll read it everywhere, consistency is key in the online affiliate marketing business. No matter how much time you have, you need to take actions every day. Be consistent. Some people work during 3 days, don’t see any results and drop it. They won’t make it.
Consistency is what will make you successful faster than others. Don’t refresh your stats page 8 times expecting for a sale to “happen”. Work and only check your sales report once a week or less. As for the “miracle” symptom, it’s just a bad habit of googling “how to become a millionaire within 2 hours doing nothing”. There’s no miracle system to get rich online. There’s a proven system called affiliate marketing and you need to do what it takes to eventually become a millionaire or a multi one! When you see a system claiming that you can make a fortune overnight, don’t waste your time, it’s a scam.
3. Be cool. Easy, right? Well, it’s not always so obvious for many people starting their online affiliate marketing business. They want to sound like big companies but let me save you some time here: Using a friendly tone instead of a “corporate” one, recommending products instead of pushing people to buy, being yourself and referring to personal experiences instead of using common phrases and impersonal ones will boost your sales. An online affiliate marketing business is mostly about being credible to your prospects, sounding “real” and giving them the choice to buy or not based on your own review of a product.
Let’s sum it up ok? To run a successful online affiliate marketing business, you’re going to have to be committed to it , avoid postponing your daily tasks, believe in what you do and keep working even if you don’t see results the first week, use your personality at your advantage, write in a natural way in order to “connect” with your readers and potential buyers.