So You Think You Can Be An Affiliate? – 4 Things To Think About

by steven papas · 26 comments

This is a guest post by Steven Papas who blogs about software reviews and more at If you think you want to be successful as an affiliate marketer then this post is for you. Discover the 4 things which will help you hit the bulls eye in affiliate marketing.

At least 40% of beginning entrepreneurs, who come online every year to start a business, go into affiliate marketing. Surprisingly, it is only one out of every ten affiliates that succeed; this is 10% only. Many of them never make any substantial amount to help them quit their day job and kick their boss GOODBYE! – the dream had been dreaming for long. And you know what; they don’t even know what they ‘ve been doing wrong.

Affiliate marketing has been grouped as one of the easiest yet long ways of making some extra cash online. No doubt, it has changed the life of many people. But not everyone understands the secret of being successful as an affiliate marketer.

Inner Force

One of the problems that many beginners are facing is that they never look for the cause of their misfortune within. The secret to success in any business lies within. You may have all the necessary tools at your disposal but if you lack those inner facilities, you will definitely fail.

Failure starts from the inside and if you are going to succeed, it has to start from the inside too.

There is a motive to any businessman. You may be in need of money to come out of debt, quit your boring job or to change your life entirely. Thus, you want to start affiliate marketing for the money and not for fun. Whatever your motivation might be, there is need to dedicate your whole self to learning and perfecting the skills you need to succeed.

Get Rid of Your “Instant Gratification” Mentality

Remember: anything worth having is worth working for. If you want to become a super soccer player, going to the field a few times a week will not set you apart and bring you millions. The same thing applies here. If you are looking for some overnight success or a sort of ‘magic money’, then affiliate marketing is not for you and you will definitely get frustrated, waste money and time and give up soon.

The WEB knows how to delay results. You may just be burning with excitement after reading a certain affiliate marketing book by a GURU ― with your hopes fixed on that paycheck in your mail box next week. Face the truth, no paycheck is coming. You have to strategize your actions first.

Follow a Proven Plan – Find a Successful Mentor

Stick with a given plan on affiliate marketing. There are a lot of training systems and techniques out there. Just like you may be thinking, I really got sick of all these and decided to ask a few questions to a super affiliate friend. Well, it all happened that he never did as much work as I do. But it seems he gets results pretty faster.

Only then I got to understand it all has to do with my attitude towards the whole game. I never really followed a particular system properly before jumping to another. So if you desire that money, you must be willing and have the ability to follow instructions diligently and patiently, even when you may not be seeing results at first. Find a mentor who has already succeeded on what you are trying to do now. If he is someone you know, take him out, buy him a pizza and he will give you the best money making tips you could ever get.

Are You Willing to Spend Some Time There?

You will need enough time to work as hard as you can.  When you are starting out, there is no need to relax and work three hours a day ― as you may have been taught in those training books or push button formula. You will need time to research niches, write and post articles and build backlinks. Don’t forget: people are not fool. From my experience I got from my blog, where I give software reviews and discount coupons, people appreciate those who offer high quality service and give value to their everyday life.

If you really dream of becoming a successful affiliate marketer, then you need to be patient enough and put those hours to work. Once you have established your way and the money starts coming, you can then start regulating your working hours. In most cases, this might take few weeks or months of commitment.

I ‘ve done that and it ‘s worth the effort. Waiting for your views 😉

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stevenpapas@VeryBestSoftware.Net April 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

oh yes. It’s not easy to win authority websites. It takes time and quality backlinks to earn good rankings. Start with small niches and with time you gradually build an authority to more competitive ones.

Rob Chapman April 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’ve been interested in the e-commerce side of things for about 7 months now. Started a blog with the hopes of getting rich from Adsense. Of course that fell through. Since then I’ve learned so much and right now I’m trying to find my way through the vastness of the Interweb to figure out where I fit. I’m on the net to stay, I’m diligently researching with the hopes that something will “hit” me. Not sure if Affiliate Marketing is my thing, but I really appreciate the insight, Steven.

stevenpapas@NortonCouponCodes April 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

hello Rob, thanks for stopping by and leaving your point. I have going for affiliate marketing because I had a great influence by another person as I said – my mentor – who is very successful and he helped me a lot in my beginning, in various issues. I ‘ve tried affiliate marketing, and it works. Of course, everyone is a different case, so you don’t have to like what I do.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours. If you would like to learn more, I ‘d recommend you visit, it’s where I still get help in this business.

Ronald Redito @ Making Money Online Philippines May 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

Affiliate marketing also needs building credibility. I’m sure Nobody would buy from some with a random name like “dhtrgr1245”. =p

Aviao June 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

awesome post i tried in affiliates but did not work out really!!!!! i really dont know how u ppl make so much!!!!!

Sushant Risodkar June 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

The use so many exclamation marks tells it clearly that you are very annoyed and aren’t making any money online. But keep trying.

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