Can You Really Make Money as an Affiliate Marketer?

make money with affiliate marketingIf you’re considering affiliate marketing as a full time source of income, the most important question you may be asking is how much money can you make as an affiliate marketer?  Well without sounding like one of the scammers – affiliate marketing offers unlimited earnings potential.

It’s true – it all depends on how much effort you put into it. If you think of your efforts as running a business then yes, you can earn a good income. The total amount is absolutely up to you.

There are a couple ways you can go about earning affiliate money.

You can promote digital products, tangible products, or both.  Digital products include eBooks, video courses, plugins, and membership sites that can be used online or downloaded directly.

In just about every niche, you’ll find digital products that can be promoted and many have affiliate programs that offer handsome commissions. But you don’t have to limit yourself to digital products.

You can also promote tangible products through retailers.  For example, many people choose to promote items from Amazon to receive a commission. There are also many other retailers that will share a commission with you if you promote their products directly. And then there are affiliate marketplaces such as LinkShare and ShareaSale where they list a vast variety of vendors looking for affiliates.

Both digital and tangible products have unlimited income potential.  However, you won’t have a huge volume of sales on your first day in affiliate marketing.  It will take time to grow a volume of sales that give you a large income.

As a marketer, you’ll have to decide what types of products you want to promote.

You can promote high ticket items with large commissions, or you can promote items that have lower commissions, but may actually sell better meaning a higher volume of sales.

When making that decision, you need to think about your readers and customers.  If you feel that the people on your list will be interested and able to purchase more expensive items, you may want to promote them.

But if you feel that promoting a very expensive product will alienate many of your customers, you may not want to promote high ticket items.  This all comes back to the idea of building relationships online so that you know your customer so that you can meet their needs.

With that in mind, you should choose the best products to promote so you can increase your earnings potential.  As long as you promote quality digital or tangible products that will impact your customer in a positive manner, then your income potential is unlimited.

But it won’t happen overnight and it takes:

  • Dedication
  • Thoughtful research
  • Relationship building

The sky is truly the limit.  As an affiliate marketer, you have the potential to make an enviable income when you choose the right niche, stay committed, and understand your audience.

For more guidance check out my new book Affiliate Marketing 101

To your success,

Marilyn Thompson

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