Getting started with affiliate marketing is easy. Making a consistent income online is not.
New affiliates are constantly on the hunt for the best method to make money online. This makes them prime targets for scammers.
Internet marketing scammers prey on newbie affiliates by playing on their desire to make easy money online with very little work.
What I want to talk about in this post is how to start with affiliate marketing without being scammed and losing a ton of money in the process.
Recognizing Internet Marketing Scams
As a new internet marketer, you may not be able to recognize scammy products immediately. Sometimes these products are so full of hype, it is really difficult to know the difference.
However, there are some tell-tale signs to be aware of. Some of these tactics were around years ago and are still being used today.
Creators of the Products are Partying it Up
A lot of scammers will play on the desire to make loads of cash quickly and easily. They will show video of themselves partying it up in nightclubs and driving exotic cars.
Their sales page will promote how easy it is to make money online by following their easy system.
If you fall for it, you’ll pay for the initial product and then you’ll be bombarded by one-time-offers and upsells galore.
This is their way of swindling more money out of you. Don’t feel bad if you’ve already fallen for scams like these. It happens to a lot of new marketers.
The Product Creators Have a Bad Reputation
Before you buy an internet marketing product, do some quick research on the product creator(s). If there is any negative feedback on them, beware.
The Sales Page Does Not List the Product Creator
Sometimes the sales page doesn’t list who created the product or even goes as far as listing fake names.
I’ve seen legitimate product reviews in which the reviewer has found that the product creator has used actors found on Fiverr to give fake user testimonials.
Yes, this happens so always do your due diligence and research products before spending your hard earned cash on them.
The Product Price is Really Cheap
You’ll likely come across internet marketing products that are priced very cheaply between the $3 and $6 range.
It’s not always a scam but usually, that low price point gets you to buy a product so that you are again bombarded by upsells, downsells, and one-time-offers.
Recognizing Low Value Products
Not all low-priced internet marketing products are scams. However, many of them don’t provide a lot of value.
Many times it is a case of you get what you pay for. For example, years ago I was browsing through an internet marketing forum and the members were raving about a product another member was selling.
The product was being hyped up and since it was within a forum I felt was legitimate, I figured there must have been something to it.
It was being sold for around $17. I paid and received the product. The product was teaching people how to rank in Google by misspelling keywords in their blog post titles.
I spent $17 on that?? Well, it wasn’t exactly a scam but it was a low-value product.
How to Get Your Start with Affiliate Marketing
Before I get into how to start with affiliate marketing, there is one important thing to understand.
Making money online will not happen overnight. Sure, you can make a sale here and there but making consistent sales takes a lot of work.
It is a business and like any business, you must develop it and doing so will take time. That being said, the easiest way to start with affiliate marketing is by creating a niche website.
What is a Niche Website?
A niche site is a website that focuses on one specific topic. For example, my website is in the internet marketing niche.
You can create a niche site around any niche you want. In fact, you should choose a niche you are genuinely interested in.
How Do you Make Money with a Niche Website?
Earning income with a niche website involves you placing affiliate links within your content.
However, those affiliate links will not matter if you are not receiving traffic to your website.
How to Get Traffic to Your Website
When it comes to a niche website, getting traffic is a matter of writing high-quality content.
As your website gains authority (given time), your web pages will rank in the search engines.
People who are searching within your specific niche will find your content. As more people click onto your website, the higher the chances they will also buy an affiliate product you are promoting.
Putting It All Together
Although I have experience with earning income online, I was never able to create a legitimate online business by doing so.
I’ve always known that affiliate marketing was my calling. I’ve done my share of scouring the web for answers.
However, when I began taking my online business seriously, I knew I had to educate myself on the right way to be an affiliate.
This online business training course focuses on how to build niche websites which are monetized using affiliate marketing products.
Whether you are completely new to affiliate marketing or have a bit of experience under your belt, the training at Wealthy Affiliate can help.
Starting with affiliate marketing isn’t hard. What is difficult is staying focused on one method and sticking with it.
A lot of new internet marketers will jump from one strategy to the next and accomplish very little in the process.