Affiliate Marketing: Simple, Not Easy

by Tony Shays on March 19, 2012

If you were told that you can become extremely wealthy by marketing affiliate websites online, you were told the truth – but slow down before you get hurt.

You may not have been given the whole truth. Yes, it is possible to make an incredible living through affiliate marketing, but relatively few have achieved this feat. I have personally known several people who are consistent six figure earners, but on I also have seen even more people struggle to achieve success.

Affiliate marketing, in concept, is quite simple. You get paid every time someone visits your website or blog, clicks on a banner or link provided by a company selling a product, and then buys that product. Wow, that was easy!

In practice, it requires hard work. You have to have first design and develop a compelling website or blog that attracts viewers, and then you have to give them a reason to take your advice and recommendations. You also need to know what companies are best suited for you to affiliate with and how best to promote them beyond merely placing a link on your site.

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet that leads to success. There is no easy money to be made. It is not a lottery; it is a real business with real challenges. What it takes to be a big money earner in affiliate marketing is knowledge, patience, hard work and perseverance. For entrepreneurs looking for a solid business opportunity and have a “whatever it takes” attitude, this business is fantastic.

Affiliate marketing is one of the world’s best and fastest growing ways to earn substantial money on the internet. This is both good news and bad news for you. The good news is that its growth and popularity means that this internet marketing technique is legitimate and has incredible potential. The bad news is that more and more competitors are getting into the business, which means that you have to step up your game and work harder in order to pull your desired share of the market.

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This article was written by Tony Shays. Tony is the founder of Home Based Business Success Center. He is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated 12 traditional small businesses and has also found success in several different home based multi-level marketing companies. In addition to running the Success Center, he is also a business coach.

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