Did you know you can make upwards of US$4000 monthly or more online right here from the comfort of your home in Jamaica.  How do I know that?  Well, there are people all over the world doing it including fellow Jamaicans.  Take some time out let me tell you how this can be done – This is the how to guide to affiliate marketing.

When it comes to topping up your bank account, there’s no time like the present. Whether you are saving for a rainy day, planning to buy a house or just need to relieve some financial anxiety, there’s nothing wrong with looking for new income streams.

Currently, the buzz word in Jamaica is economic growth and job creation. Would you like to create your own job and boost the economic growth of the country? I have started my part and now I earn a monthly income online I am not yet at the target of US$4000 but I am heading there. The goal post is in sight.

This is not just a pie in the sky – there are thousands of online enthusiasts who are taking the plunge and joining the community of affiliate marketers.  With e-commerce booming, and the internet dominating the business world, becoming an affiliate marketer is a very wise choice.

However to be a successful affiliate marketer it’s always best to learn the basics of the affiliate marketing then realize what sacrifices you will need to make for you to accomplish your goals. To get to the top of the affiliate marketing game you’ll need to make the necessary sacrifices.

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What Would Making US$4000 Monthly Mean to You?

Obviously, earning extra money is something that can really change your life. Money can buy you freedom in more ways than one, despite what people may say.

Presently US$4000 is equvalent to J$529,800 which is extra money on top of your day job that can significantly improve many areas of your life like:
•Less stress from living paycheck to paycheck
•Reduce the burden of crippling debt
•More opportunities to save for a dream vacation
•It can be passed on to others for social good
•You can retire earlier
•It can be snowballed into even more wealth

Whether you only have a few spare minutes to make some quick money, or you are willing to burn the midnight oil and put in maximum effort, there are hundreds of ways to make extra money.

However this article is specifically on the how to guide to Affiliate Marketing.  The truth is, of the hundreds of ways online to make extra money affiliate marketing is one of the best ways.

The Phenomenon of Owning an Online Business

There are well over 3 billion people online daily constantly searching for something and I think it is high time Jamaicans take full advantage of this opportunity.  We have been dominant on many world stages and I believe this is also another stage that we can make remarkable progress.

With the indominable spirit that we possess as Jamaicans along with our competitive nature and our inate skills for entrepreneurship I know we can succeed in this online business if we take the time out to learn the industry.   Like many of the others looking for a way to make money online with affiliate marketing I know if you make the effort you can learn the business and become successful.

These people are searching for information, solutions, and products. This is where you come in as the affiliate with your website. You can help these searchers and show them the solution, or the answer to their search. As an affiliate marketer, you can help people and earn a commission in the process.

There are quite a number of ways to make money online. The problem with having so many choices is that people get lost along the way. It’s easy to chase the latest product and never get to making money online with affiliate marketing.

In this article, I’ll show you one of the most fundamental and the absolute best way of building up a steady, long-lasting income online.

Building A Business Online Is Easythe how to guide to affiliate marketing

All successful businesses are designed to solve a problem for a customer. The starting point for your business is to identify a customer’s problem and solve that problem with a product or . You should also identify your ideal customer for the particular solution you create.

Here are three simple steps to making money from a dream or an idea.  You don’t have to be an expert to start or grow a business online.

Have a plan

Some people just take the plunge into a business after seeing a program that promises them overnight riches. If you don’t think about what you’re going to be doing, set clear goals for the business, and take time to understand exactly what it takes to become successful online, you are setting yourself up for a major disaster.

If you want to succeed in your online business  You have to start out with a clear plan of what you want to achieve and how you plan to achieve it. You then have to stick to the plan and work with it.

Figure out the tasks to be done on a daily basis and then do them.  Planning is very critical to your success.

 Start now

One of the biggest problem in online business issues is having a great idea but failing to act on it, watching the months and years pass by without ever making any real progress.   Don’t let this be you.

Instead of trying to perfect every aspect of the plan before you ever get started, spend more time focusing on taking action, even if it’s imperfect or you could be making a mistake. Mistakes are the best way to learn.

To give you an idea what this means, take a look at someone wanting to go swimming. They have fully prepared themselves, went to a pool with a lifeguard, put on a life vest, taken expensive swimming lessons, but they won’t jump in the water until it is the perfect temperature.

At some point, you’re simply going to have to jump in the water.

Yes, it takes time to figure out your plan, but at some point you’re going to need to gain the experience needed to keep taking your business to the next level. The only way to gain that experience, for most people, is to make mistakes, learn from them, and keep pushing forward.

Building a business is the ultimate way to gain on-the-job training.

Focus

Focus means figuring out who you want to serve and how you will deliver value to these people. It means you stop following the gurus and focus on what will help you where you are. There is an abundance of free information online, almost too much.

Many people who try to make money online fall victim to information overload. I hope you don’t fall in this category just apply a little of the knowledge you currently have and you will start making progress building your business.

How Are You Going to Make This Money?

As I said before there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to make money online.  However, I will only tell you about one, the way I am making money online now.  We are going to look at how you can make money from affiliate marketing.

Yes you can make up to US$4000 per month and much more from right here at home in Jamaica if you apply the right skills and attitude.  More and more people are becoming affiliate marketers daily, some are making money while some are not.  The decision to make money lie solely in your hands it is your dream so you have make it happen.

I will agree that the affiliate marketing industry is saturated but the good thing is that there is space for everyone.  I am not going to tell you that it is easy, but as we are taught daily in Jamaica “If you want good yuh nose haffi run”  meaning if you want to succeed you have to be willing to endure some level of discomfort.

So let us take a look at what exactly is affiliate marketing.

The How-to Guide to Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate marketing has many descriptions, yet all have the same meaning. Affiliate marketing is a huge business on the Internet. It is a cooperative effort between merchants and affiliate marketers.

For many years now, affiliate marketing has proved to be a cost-efficient, measurable method of delivering long-tern results.

Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective means of generating a full-time income through the Internet.  Like in other kinds of business, a great deal of the profits in affiliate marketing depends on the affiliate marketer’s advertising, promoting and selling strategies.

Everyday, as the affiliate marketing industry expands, competition heightens as well so an affiliate marketer must be creative enough to employ unique and effective ways to convince potential buyers to purchase the products and services offered.

One of the common misconceptions that are being associated about affiliate marketing is “selling”, however this is not so, it is associated with providing a solution for a problem.   It is a service being offered so an affiliate marketer must possess customer service skills.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Works?

the how to guide to affiliate marketing

This is going to be a brief overview of the steps on how to in affiliate marketing.  You can join this community for more comprehensive guidance.

Affiliate Marketing is done in six simple steps:

  1.  Choose your niche
  2.  Design a plan
  3.  Build a website
  4. Find affiliate products to offer
  5. Drive visitors to your website
  6. Make sales

Choose a Niche

A niche is a specific market with a group of people who will be interested in the things you promote. For example you could look at “How to lose belly fat quickly” and then you could taget Young peofessionals who recently had a baby.

The niche you choose will determine the topic of your website and the affiliate products you are going to sell.

A good way to choose your niche is to think about your passion or hobby. You should already have some knowledge and experience in that area. Also, you have the passion to work on that area.

In affiliate marketing, your main focus is to learn how to market your product to your target audience effectively, if you master that you can make money even if you’re not an expert in that area.

Design a Plan

Just like any other business or major events in your life you need to have a plan.

For affiliate marketing, the 2 major things you need to plan are your time and strategy.

It’s best that you can spend at least 2 to 4 hours per day on your affiliate marketing business.

As for your strategy, my recommendation is content marketing, which means you’ll need to create content consistently. So, you need to plan how many posts you’re going to write per week, things like that. Once you get started, you’ll have a better understanding of what to prepare and what to plan.

Build a Website

The next excting step is one of the most important part of the process that is building a website. This is where the people you are going to target will find you and be able to purchase your products.

Building a website has become extremely easy today, thanks to the technology we have. That’s why you do not need to understand a single line of code to build a website.

In fact, there are many marketers online who don’t know anything about coding or programming (myself included).

Today, with the help of tools like SiteRubix, anyone can build a website within minutes.

Find Affiliate Products to Sell

This is the step where you want to find affiliate products that are not just profitable but relevant to your niche.

The more relevant your product/offer is to your niche, the higher the chance people will buy from you.

This is the time when you would like to look at pages like Amazon Best Seller list or ShareaSale

Drive Visitors to Your Website

the how to guide to affiliate marketing

After you have complete all the steps above you need to find a way drive traffic to your website or your product review page where you have your affiliate links.

There are a lot of way to generate traffic however the two major ways are free traffic and paid traffic.

Basically, free traffic is the visitors who come to your website from Google search while paid traffic is visitors come to your website through your paid advertisements.

Get a Sale

The last step in the process is definitely to make money!

As long as you have an irresistible offer and a highly target traffic, they will convert and you’ll make money.

All in all, the process behind affiliate marketing can be broken down into 4 main stages:

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Things To Know About Affiliate Marketing

The truth behind affiliate marketing is the fact that 90% of affiliates will actually make less than US$100 a month. Therefore, you shouldn’t count on making full time income unless you have mastered the following:

1. Building a good web site that attracts visitors that converts to customers.

2. Learning how to use SEO to your advantage.   SEO can help you get your site in the search engines so more people will be able to find you.

3. The trial and error of picking the right merchants and learning the correct ways to promote them.

Too many people out there assume that affiliate marketing is actually a get rich quick type of program. These types of people will throw in the towel after a few months if they don’t start making sales.

How long you’ll need to do it depends on how fast you are willing to learn as well as your attitude towards the business.   You can start making upwards to $2,000 in 2 years.

If you decide to give it a try, the hardest challenge will be the first few months. Especially when you check your stats and see that you are only making a couple of dollars, you’ll find yourself wondering if all the hard work was worth it. If you get some sales going and stay committed with your hard work, the commissions should start growing.

One of the biggest factors with affiliate marketing is the traffic that goes through your site. Even though you’ll get a lot of traffic passing through your website, only a fraction of the traffic will be buyers.

The key here is knowing your visitors and then  being able to determine which affiliate programs  you can offer to meet their needs. There is also the concept of pre sale, which is the ability to put your visitors in the required open and mind set that’s required for them to actually click on what you are selling.

By sticking with affiliate marketing, you’ll learn more and more over the years. You can’t expect to be the best when you first start, it’ll take a lot of hard work and dedication. By putting the time and effort into your programs, you’ll be well on your way to making it in the very profitable and exciting world of affiliate marketing.

Why So Many People Fail In Affiliate Marketing

Many affiliate marketers fail because they lack the discipline of hard work, which is the most important thing in affiliate marketing and in all other kinds of business as well. Although it pays to be lucky, you cannot merely rely on it. Affiliate marketing isn’t as simple as directing customers to your website.

If you want to earn that target of US$4000 per month you have to invest your time, strategy and a  great amount of hard work in promoting the products. As earlier mentioned, the competition is very high and customers nowadays are very wise. After all, who doesn’t want to get the best purchase—that is, to pay less and get more in terms of quantity and quality.

Lack of preparation is also a reason why one fails in affiliate marketing.  Part of the preparation is researching.  Research the good-paying merchandisers before you signs up for an affiliate program.

Ensure that the merchants’ products and services match your interest and is relevant to your niche so you can give it your full attention and dedication.

There are some visitors  who want information more than anything else.  So affiliate marketers with “rich-content” web sites are usually the ones who make the most in this business because the content improves traffic to the site.

Websites with high quality contents—with relevant keywords and more importantly, right information about the product and not empty hyped-up advertisements—allow you to earn big in affiliate marketing even when you’re asleep.

If you won’t be able to sustain the interest of your site visitor, you won’t be able to lead him to the merchants’ site. No click-through means no sale and thus, no income on your part.

Be willing to Learn….

Above all, an affiliate marketer must be willing to learn more. Certainly, there are still a lot of things to learn and so as an affiliate marketer you must continue to educate himself so he can improve your marketing strategies.

Many fail because they don’t grow in the business and they are merely concerned about earning big money quickly. If you want long-term and highly satisfactory results, take time to learn the ins and outs of the business.

Continue to improve your knowledge especially with the basics in affiliate marketing ranging from advertising to programming, web page development, and search engine optimization techniques. Likewise, study the needs and wants of your site users and how different merchandisers compete with each other.

Keep on trying; don’t get disappointed if your first attempts did not pay off. Thousands are attracted by the possibility of generating skyrocketing incomes through affiliate marketing and so they sign up in any affiliate program without carefully understanding every aspect of the business.

When they don’t get instant results, they quit and sign up for another program and repeat the process of just copying links and referring them to others. When you sign up for an affiliate program, don’t expect to get rich in an instant. Work on your advertising strategies and be patient. You’ll never know how much you can get if you don’t persevere.

Final Thoughts

There will definitely be times when you will encounter struggles along the way.

  • You may struggle to build your first website because you’re new to WordPress.
  • You may struggle to decide on your niche.
  • You may struggle to get traffic to your site.
  • You may struggle to make your first sale.

Your first site may even be a total failure.So what?  Brush your self off and try again.

These are all part of the learning curve along the journey. The reality that you have to understand is that affiliate marketing  is NOT a ‘get rich quick scheme‘. So you can’t expect to start seeing results and making money within a month or two.

It’s IMPOSSIBLE for you to build an online business that provides you with a stable income within a few months.  Making money online takes time and patience many people think that “online business” or the “Internet” has some sort of magic power or some secrets.

They believe that the peolpe who are successful know certain “secrets” that they don’t know and as long as you can get the “secrets” they will be able to make money and succeed.

This is so far from the truth, and that is why so many people are looking for what we called the “shiny objects”, constantly searching for the “secret” that they “think” others posses.

Let me tell you…There are no secrets no matter which business you operate you just have to:

  • Follow a proven system
  • Keep learning
  • Remain consistent for a long period of time

Any successful person that you can think of, they succeed because they focus on ONE THING and keep doing it every single day no matter what happened.  The good news for you is that you too can make up to US$4000 or more from home right here in Jamaica.

What are you waiting for go for it!


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