If you are asking yourself this question “How do I start affiliate marketing?”, then you have probably already concluded through your research that affiliate marketing is indeed one of the most lucrative ways to generate income online, with very little to zero risk. The reason why there is very little risk involved in affiliate marketing is because you are selling other companies’ products for commission and therefore you do not have any overheads in regards to paying for production, storage, the payment of employees etc. This also means that this is the cheapest way of building an online marketing business as there is hardly any start up cost involved. The cherry on top is that a lot of online marketers are able to generate so much money through affiliate marketing, that they never even consider the prospect of starting their own personal online marketing business. Affiliate marketing, is in fact, their online marketing business.

 “How do I start affiliate marketing?” – The important pointers before considering this question.

(1) Anyone can achieve success online. All that is required to achieve success online is hard work, dedication and perseverance. There are more than 4 BILLION people using the internet, so there is a big potential customer base to sell to regardless of the niche you choose. The internet has now brought with its establishment great new possibilities of financial freedom for the average Joe, like you and me, which was never possible previously. Exciting times!

(2) Anything NEW can seem to be overwhelming at first.  The experience is similar to riding a bike. When you first tried riding a bike it was quite a difficult skill to learn, but once you have mastered that skill, it is a skill you have with you for a lifetime. We all know that expression: “It is as easy as riding a bike”. All that is required is a bit of patience and a bit of getting used to how things work and then before you know it, it will all become second nature to you and will become easier and easier the more you practise it and you will realise soon enough it is not at all as complicated as you thought it would be.

(3) Technical or prior business experience is not essential. Although it could certainly help, this is not required at all. You will be learning everything you need to know in regards to online marketing right here on Product Spotlight and I will aim to simplify things as much as possible. The truth is a lot of people unnecessarily complicate the process.

(4) Success is a journey. This is an important concept to remember, because success does not come overnight. Success certainly accumulates over time but is as a result of that journey. What you sow you will certainly reap in due time. Continue on that journey characterised by dedication and patience and it will eventually accumulate to great success.

“How do I start affiliate marketing?” – A quick look at how you will be creating success

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Broken down the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose an interest. This can be anything at all, something that you are super interested/passionate about or even something you have no personal experience with at all.

Step 2: Build a website. Your website will be your foundation as this is where most of your online traffic will be diverted to and where all of your sales will be generated. To some, building a website may sound like quite a daunting prospect, but here at Product Spotlight I will teach you how to make this a relatively simple process.

Step 3: Attract visitors. You will be learning how to generate traffic to your website. The initial focus will be on how to generate free traffic to your website of which there is a lot out there.

Step 4: Earn revenue. Once you managed to generate traffic to your website you will be able to start earning revenue. There are more than 50 ways in which you are able to monetise your website traffic and more than 550 MILLION products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.

“How do I start affiliate marketing?” – The Goal Setting Process

One of the most important things about being successful in any business is to have goals, especially in regards to finances as this is what a business is all about, right? And this is of course no different when it comes to affiliate marketing. Although it is important to be realistic, it is much more important for you to ensure that you are not limiting yourself when setting goals. If other people can be super successful via affiliate marketing , then why can’t you?

Why don’t you take action right now and set yourself some goals! In the comments section below this article post your answers to questions 1 to 3 that is to follow and make a note for yourself about the goals you have set for yourself. Once you have set yourself some affiliate marketing money goals, we will soon explore ideas in how you will be able to meet your goals.

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What Are Your Money Goals?

 QUESTION #1: How much money would you be happy earning?

 QUESTION #2: How much would you be ecstatic earning?

 QUESTION #3: How much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?

This exercise is more for your benefit so you can start setting yourself some goals which is a very important first step in the pursuit of online success! Also reflect on why you want this success? What is your real motivation?

Conclusion

Now that we have identified and broken down the steps required in answering the question:  “How do I start affiliate marketing?”, and we have set ourselves some affiliate marketing goals, we are now ready to explore in the articles to follow, how to choose a niche, how to create a website and how to generate money online via affiliate marketing.

Recommendation

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