I used to work for a web marketing firm that did marketing for attorneys. A majority of the staff was made up of sales people.
The sales staff took up an entire floor and there were only a handful of them that I dealt with on a regular basis.
A majority of the reason why I only dealt with the same sales people was that the turnover rate was quite high.
Sales people would leave and new ones would come in replacing them. However, the ones that stuck around were the top sellers.
When the company was sold to a large corporation, they put all of their efforts into the sales team.
A new leaderboard was set up on a big monitor that hung over the cubicles of the sales department.
The company would fly the sales team to a big conference for training and celebrating their achievements.
For someone not in sales, it would seem like an awesome job to have. Yet, I know that there are always those that want to get out of sales for one reason or another.
- 1 Internet Sales – A Sales Job Alternative
- 2 What You Can Expect as an Affiliate Marketer
- 3 My Full-Time Affiliate Marketing Experience
- 4 Closing Thoughts
Internet Sales – A Sales Job Alternative
You may want out of a sales job but there is no denying you have experience that can translate into internet sales.
The internet sales I’m referring to is affiliate marketing. There are many great benefits to affiliate marketing. First let’s define what it is:
Affiliate marketing is the promotion of another company’s products in exchange for a commission when a sale is made.
You don’t need your own product. There are millions of affiliate products that you can promote. You also don’t need to meet anyone face-to-face or talk on the phone to close the sale.
Everything can be accomplished using a website (in most cases, a blog.)
Unlike what you are probably used to in terms of doing sales, you do all of your selling using content. This content is in the form of blog posts like the one you are reading right now.
Some of my favorite benefits of affiliate marketing include:
- No clients and no customer service
- Tons of products you can promote
- Unlimited earning potential
- Choose any niche you want
- Easy to get started and low-cost
- Fun to do
The skills you have as a sale person can definitely translate into online marketing. Making money as an affiliate marketer does take time.
Like any business, you’ll need to give your business to develop and grow. In most cases, a brand new niche affiliate website can begin earning income from 6 to 8 months of starting.
What You Need to Get Started as an Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing can be approached in a variety of ways. I got my start by creating a niche blog and it is what I continue to do today in my online business.
Of course, when I started my blog, I didn’t know how to make money with it. I had just been laid off from my web designer job.
Instead of wasting a lot of time trying to learn what I needed to know on my own, I searched for a step-by-step training program and found this one.
Following the training and putting into action what I learned is what helped me to transition out of a full-time retail job to working on my blog full-time.
You don’t need much to get started as an affiliate marketer. All that you’ll need to start includes:
- Domain name
- Web hosting
- WordPress one-click installation
Almost any web hosting company you want to use can provide you with everything you need in one place. You can register your domain, open a web hosting account, and install WordPress in one click.
What You Can Expect as an Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing is quite different than a typical sales position. For one thing, you are working for yourself. You never have to make phone calls or try and close anyone.
It is not MLM or network marketing. Affiliate marketing is recommending products to people in a specific niche and you choose the niche you want to be in.
You’ll need a website in the form of a niche blog. What this requires is writing new content (blog posts) on a regular basis. I recommend 1 to 2 posts per week.
Choosing a Niche
There are all kinds of of niches that you can choose. What are you genuinely interested in? What are your hobbies? What are you good at? Here are some common niche ideas:
- Personal finance
- Health & fitness
- Pet care
- Computers / Tech
- Photography / Videography
Those are broad niches and I recommend niching down as much as you can. For example, if you like videography, consider niching down to creating a niche blog about drones.
Personal finance enthusiast? Create a niche blog about budgeting and saving money. You get the idea. The more interested you are in the niche the better.
That is because you will be creating content for your blog and if you do not like the niche, you’ll become bored and give up on it.
Writing Content for Your Blog
I don’t write a new blog post without doing some keyword phrase research first. You don’t need any fancy keyword tools to accomplish this.
You can start by using Google Search and its autosuggest feature. Start typing in a keyword related to the niche you’re in.
Google Search will return some autosuggest keyword phrases that will let you know what people are searching for in your niche.
You can come up with tons of new blog post ideas this way. Once you have your blog post idea, you can begin writing some helpful content for your readers.
Within this content is where you can link to affiliate products that you recommend. Of course, you’ll need to apply and be approved by the affiliate program for the product.
Once you are approved by the affiliate program, you will have access to your affiliate links. An affiliate link is a special link with an ID that credits any sales from users using your link to you.
Joining Affiliate Programs
You can join as many affiliate programs as you want. They are free to join. In rare cases, it may be required for you to be a customer of the product that you are promoting.
In most cases, you can join an affiliate program for free and get your affiliate links. There are many big companies that have affiliate programs such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, and many more.
If there is a product or service that you want to be an affiliate of, chances are there is an affiliate program that exists.
How Much Can You Make as an Affiliate Marketer?
The sky is the limit as an affiliate marketer. However, the amount you can make depends on your strategy (niche blogs, paid ads, CPA, etc.) as well as your skills and the amount of effort you put in.
More than anything, it will depend on how hard you are willing to work to make your online business work.
I can share from my own personal experience that a brand new niche blog can begin earning at least $500 per month from affiliate marketing with consistent effort.
My Full-Time Affiliate Marketing Experience
I’m a full-time affiliate marketer and my business consists of managing various niche blogs. My typical day is not structured.
A lot of full-time affiliates have a schedule. I’m not comfortable having a schedule. I tried to be super organized and created a blogging schedule and it felt to constraining for me.
I like to have a relax flow to my work If I feel forced to write, it takes away from my creativity and it simply isn’t fun.
I can write well over 1,000 words for most of my blog posts when I am in the flow and enjoying the process.
Most of my days consist of writing 1 to 2 new blog posts for any of my niche blogs. I also create a new YouTube video a few times per week.
Blogging comes first on most days. I also tend to blog on the weekends. Not always but I enjoy the process so when I feel moved to write or create a video, I do.
Creating your own schedule is one of the best parts of this business. Some days I’m super productive and other days I want to take it easy.
I had to put in a lot of work to get to this point but it was well worth it!
If you want to get out of sales, you do have a cool alternative to consider which is affiliate marketing. I recommend starting affiliate marketing on the side while you keep your job.
That is how I got my start as an affiliate. I was working a full-time retail job and worked on my niche blog in my free time.
I was able to transition out of that job into working on my blog full-time. A big part of my success with niche blogging is due to the training I followed.
If you want to level up your affiliate marketing success, I recommend following the same step-by-step training I followed.