I’ve been researching and experimenting with this area of online enterprise for some time so it was a pleasant surprise to find some free training in affiliate marketing provided by experts in this field.
Affilorama was founded by a chap called Mark Ling. He also happens to be a millionaire and he achieved this status through affiliate marketing.
Now he spends this time running a business that teaches others what he has learned. He is at the top of the ladder but he’s reaching down to help others up and the best bit about it is that some of those lessons are free of charge.
Mark started out on the ground floor, experimenting and learning as he delved into the world of affiliate marketing. He enjoyed some early success but like many who didn’t know what was ahead he was hit heavily by the Google algorithm changes. Sales dropped dramatically and success turned into failure and debt.
Dismayed and disillusioned he returned to the day job. However, the prospect of a lifetime at the coal face working for someone else was too depressing to contemplate so he gathered his energies together and launched back into the project.
Having applied what he’d already learned and added new techniques he found a way through and made his fortune.
So Mark Ling is like a pathfinder. He’s walked the whole route, found a way around or over obstacles, and now he’s ready to show you the way. What he has done others can do.
Not only that but a significant chunk of the material he’s put online is available free of charge. So now you’ve got now excuse for not starting your own journey into affiliate marketing.
Here’s the link to over 100 FREE lessons in affiliate marketing.
If you have any experience already in this subject then you will probably already be aware of the basic formula; finding profitable products to promote etc, so this list of categories will come as no surprise.
While they may not seem a revelation the important thing to remember is that they are the essential fundamentals. If you can master these then you can build a successful business.
* How to research and choose products that are worth the effort that goes into promotion
* How to design and create websites that will keep visitors on the page and engage with them
* How to optimise those websites for on-page and off-page search engine optimisation
* How to generate instant pay per click traffic with the right keywords and ad groups
* How to hire talented people who will grow your business by taking on the tasks you delegate to them
The videos are clear, concise, and not too long, so your focus and attention is maintained. This is the secret to absorbing knowledge piece by piece.
The training videos are categorised and displayed in such a way that you can work through them one by one if you’re a complete beginner. Alternatively, if you already have some experience you can cherry-pick and only watch those you feel are relevant to you.
However, I would suggest you use all of them for revision. All to often, what we think we know and what we actually remember is not what was originally taught. It’s easy to become complacent and revision is a way of filling in blanks or reminding us of things we have forgotten.
This is a course that would suit people with or without affiliate marketing experience.
By signing up you also get access to the Affilorama forums. Here you can ask questions and read the answers posted in reply to those from other students. It’s a mine of useful information and one of the richest you’ll find and the Affilorama staff often drop in to add their opinions and comments.
There’s a lot of free material here to get your teeth into but sooner or later you’ll probably want to change gear and move into more advanced topics. You’ll want to use the sort of tools that the full time affiliate marketers use.
As you might expect (this is a business after all) there is a subscription fee for these other sections of the Affilorama site but they do occasionally offer one dollar trials of the Premium subscription. You won’t know about these unless you’re already signed up as a free member so register now and stay tuned.
Free training in affiliate marketing provided by a millionaire and his team who have walked the walk.
There are thousands of sites and videos providing affiliate marketing tips. I’ve made some mistakes and also enjoyed a few successes in this area, so here are a few additional tips you may not have seen.
When the full blown web began to emerge in the 1990s I was already employed in IT. I saw it as a time of opportunity and began to look into networking and websites. As a result I have enjoyed over two decades of gainful employment as a Network Engineer and Webmaster.
Unfortunately though, learning how something works isn’t as lucrative as figuring out what to do with it. That’s why I’m writing this when it’s -2 degrees outside in England instead of sitting at my laptop in a holiday home in the Caribbean.
Anyway, I count my blessings, and although I haven’t become a dotcom millionaire I have learned a fair bit by trial and error. Most trials end in error and that’s part of the process of reaching a goal. The trick is to keep going.
Affiliate marketing is the art and science of creating websites (and/or mailing lists) and using them to promote goods and services in such a way that visitors click on links and make purchases through links provided on the site.
You promote a product or service, link to it, and the website visitor clicks on that link and buys from the supplier. In return you are rewarded with some commission on the sale. This can be anything from 1-12% or even more. It all depends on the affiliate agreement.
Simple really, isn’t it? Except it’s not. For this to work you have to achieve the following:
I have built websites that convert but in my eagerness to develop the idea I have built too many, too fast. This soaked up resources (time and money) so what little was gained from the successful ones was being spent on others that did not succeed.
It’s so easy now to setup a website. Most hosting companies provide packages that will register your domain name, install WordPress, and give you a working website with a few clicks. The temptation is to extrapolate your imagined success too far with unrealistic expectations.
Tip Number 1: Learn how to nurture and grow a tree before you plant a forest
Tool for this tip: Your brain, lots of free advice online, and a business plan.
The second error is one of the fundamentals. Get this wrong and everything that comes after is a waste of your time and resources. Keyword research is essential.
It can be exciting to come up with a new idea and allow yourself to be carried along in a rush of enthusiasm. You start to convince yourself that you’ve found the next hot seller with low competition and high demand.
You build the site, fill it full of content, and wait for the money to roll in. As time goes by your hard work pays off and surfers begin to find your site. However, sales are zero you realise you’ve made as website that attracts visitors who are not buyers. They were seeking information but they were not ready to buy anything.
Tip Number 2: Keyword research is half the battle. If you’ve succeeded here conversions and commission will follow.
The web is evolving all the time. Google updates its algorithm, trends and tastes change, technology evolves, and websites that once looked new and fresh begin to appear out of date. It’s surprising how quickly that new design tires and you begin to view a site as a relic.
While all this is going on there may be other sites competing with your own for the same keywords. If you don’t keep an eye them they will get ahead of you and start to take more and more of the traffic.
Tip Number 3: Stay current and informed. Audit and review regularly. Keep an eye on the performance of not only your own sites but of you competition too.
Entrepreneurs and business coaches often remind us of the one essential thing that unites us all: we all get just 24 hours per day.
Another common piece of advice they offer is that we should cultivate the habit of doing our essential tasks first, before we check emails and social media. By doing so we ensure that day after day we get some productivity out of our time, even if it’s followed by more time wasting.
How often are you distracted? How many times during the day do you pause the work you know you should be doing and instead click on anyone of several social media accounts to check for; updates, likes, responses, news, current affairs, comedy, controversy, disasters, or some other way of wasting your time?
Social media has many positive uses but are you using it or is it using you?
Resist the temptation to scroll through your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram feed. The chances are you’ll check once and get sucked in again. You might even start with something that seems valuable, like an update in your business related Facebook group or a video about SEO, but then you realise another hour has gone by and now you’re watching a guy shark fishing in the Philippines or wondering why your friend shared that particular post.
Tip Number 4: Become and expert in time management. Develop the self discipline to avoid distractions and get on with taking steps toward your goal.
Tools for this tip: It’s a habit you have to develop, so this one is down to you and your own self discipline. You could set up reminders and alarms to nag you each morning too.
Training is very important, there’s no doubt about that, but there comes a point where you have to complete the course and get on with some productive activity by putting what you’ve learned into practice.
However, what sometimes happens is that somehow you learn of another course and you begin to wonder if this one reveals more information and more important techniques. Before you know it you’ve paid another fee for a series of lectures and video modules which will take you another month to complete thoroughly.
At the end of this next month you realise that you’ve not got any closer to your goals, you’re a month older, and your bank balance is further diminished.
Tip Number 5: Make use of the free material online and choose one good course in: affiliate marketing, internet marketing, and SEO
Tools for this tip:
Plenty of FREE material about affiliate marketing available on these sites:
I’ve suggested these three because you can choose which accent you prefer! There are other reputable and reliable sites too.
Recommended training for affiliate marketing, SEO, and internet marketing:
I end this post by pointing out one important thing I learned in 2016 and that is the fact that video marketing is growing fast and in 2017 it will continue to grow. Even if you build well designed, responsive websites which look good on desktop and mobile devices you should not underestimate the importance of adding video marketing.
This may seem like a expensive and difficult new skill to master but it’s actually quite easy. You can turn a blog post or article into a video in a matter of an hour or two using a tool called Content Samurai.
With practice you can get this down to under an hour. Briefly, all you do is copy and paste your text into a dashboard. The software scans it and creates slides. You can edit them then add pictures from their repository or upload your own (and video clips, if you want to). You can then add a narration of your own or one that’s been done for you, or none at all.
They offer a free trial so register at their site and try it for yourself.