Shhhhh…. I have a secret.
I don’t know why I’ve kept quiet about it until now. I mean, it’s not that I was really HIDING it. But, I just didn’t really shout it out to the rooftops, if you know what I mean.
And I feel bad about not telling you straight out. I really do.
I’ve hinted around about it.
I’ve kind of insinuated about it.
But, I’ve never really just straight out TOLD you.
And the last few weeks it’s really been burning a hole in my heart and my conscience.
Cause you really do deserve to know. And for that, I apologize.
I mean.. by now you already know so much about me! You know that I have five kids that I’ve raised on my own. You know that at one time a few years back we were homeless. You know that I now own my own home. And you know that I have come this far financially through my work 15 years of online experience. You probably also know that for over 5 years now I have made my money ONLY through internet marketing.
But, you didn’t really know THIS.
And no, before you start assuming or jumping to conclusions..
It has nothing to do with MLM, Direct Sales or Recruiting.
It has to do with FREEDOM.
And it’s called… Affiliate Marketing.
Right now I can hear you saying, “Yeah, Yeah… Affiliate Marketing, Carrie, that’s not a freakin’ secret!” But, really… if I were to ask you the difference between affiliate marketing, mlm and direct sales… could you give me an answer? I bet not. So, let’s just learn what it is, eh?
What’s the Definition of Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a business model where you bring buyers and sellers together in return for a commission if a sale is initiated. It’s one of the most popular strategies online because it allows you to enjoy several perks.
As an affiliate marketer, you’re only doing part of the tasks that a full-time Internet marketer who is creating products has to master. There are some tasks you both share, but many burdens that you don’t have to tackle.
Both you (as an affiliate) and the product creator will be working on generating targeted traffic. You’ll both be developing content that attracts the right audience. Both will ideally be building a list to become the go to person to advise them in the niche. And both will be conducting keyword research and learning and sharing about the niche topic.
The product creator will be responsible for development of a solution. They will work on the creation of sales copy, handle product delivery and follow up customer support. Their investment will be much more significant in terms of tools (like automated delivery) and services (such as graphic designers for their minisite).
An affiliate isn’t going to have to mess with any of that. You’ll still be researching the niche, because affiliates need to provide good guidance – and without research, you won’t be able to pinpoint problems and solutions.
Keyword research will be conducive to you getting ranked better in the search engines and understanding how your niche audience is looking for information online to get the help they need.
With the creation burden off your plate, as well as all follow up customer service, you’ll enjoy the process of connecting people with problems to the solutions that change their lives for the better.
As an affiliate, not only will you need to begin mastering niche research, but you’ll need to build your confidence in interacting with others as a leader. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to have a product of your own. It simply means you’re a good guide who cares about your followers.
Some affiliates tend to stay behind the scenes, never wanting to put themselves out there. But if you’re willing to brand yourself as the best guide in the niche, you can do very well simply recommending other peoples’ products.
Mind you, you do not have to ‘join a company’ to be an affiliate! Nor do you have to recruit! Are you getting how absolutely EASY this is compared to paying a sign up fee, buying a kit, having an autoship, talking people into joining YOUR business, etc. etc. etc.??
And here’s another cool thing.. I can almost guarantee you that you will earn MORE commission as an affiliate than you ever have in MLM or Direct Sales. (Instantly, I might add)
Also, once you know what you are doing, the expertise you gain from researching and reviewing products – as well as getting feedback from your followers – might boost you into product creation category yourself. That’s when you create an army of affiliates who will be sending a tsunami of customers your way – while you begin work on your next product!
Now, I know this still might be confusing to you if you come from a DS or Multi Level Marketing background. But, I can point you in the direction of some EXCELLENT training by a guy named Michael Cheney that I’ve watched sooo many affiliate marketing newbies use to start making money RIGHT AWAY.
And I’m not just saying that. I purchased it myself when I saw people using it so that I could check it all out and make sure it was something worth telling you about. And it is way MORE than I have the time to do for you. The name of the product is Commission Machine and if you want to escape the whole MLM and Direct Sales thing, or even simply ADD income to your existing business, I highly recommend it.
Now THAT is something I WILL shout from the rooftops!
Stay blessed, my friend!
~ Carrie A Medford