Affiliate Marketing: How to Make Money Online
There are quite literally Thousands of ways to make money online.
So many in fact that when you first begin, the gurus will try to sell you every “Next Greatest Thing” in internet marketing that they can.
I know I have also been taken in by their “Shiny Things” occasionally, you may have been taken in by their sales pitch as well!
Make Money Online Principles
So the fact is that there are many different ways to generate money online, but the truth is that they are all based on a simple principle.
And that principle has two steps
Those steps are:
- Quality Content
- Qualified Traffic
Below is a diagram showing the basic process of making money online using affiliate marketing.
As you can see it involves an audience who are searching for information or products. They find your website through social media or searches on search engines.
You provide them with information about the the product or service that they are looking for. You provide them with a link to a supplier of the product or service and if the customer buys, you get a commission on the sale.
So as you can see, you need quality content in order to attract qualified traffic from the search engines and social media. Once you have mastered this basic principle you will be able to make money online in any number of different ways.
Setting Your Online Goals for Success
So now that you have an understanding of the process, lets take a step back and think about what it is you want to achieve in your new venture.
You see if you do not have some goals that you are aiming at, then you will most likely lose focus. And believe me that is going to cost you in terms of success with your website. You need to remain focused to keep moving forward and growing your business.
So sit down with a piece of paper, or open up another document in your word processor and answer the following questions for yourself
1st Question: How much would you like to earn?
2nd Question: How much would you be very happy earning?
3rd Question: How much TIME are you prepared to invest in order to achieve your goals?
Achieving your goals depends on YOU!
And YOU can do it!
So write down your goals and keep them in a place where you are reminded of them regularly. Keep coming back to them and remind yourself why you want to achieve those financial goals.
Once you have set your financial goals it is important to remember that success is NOT just about money.
Success is building a website. Success is generating traffic. Success is overcoming technical difficulties. Success is helping others to achieve their goals. Success is staying focused on your schedule. Success is about being able to spend more time with your family. Success is about being able to help others.
So as you can see success can be defined by many different things. Each of us will have different ideas about what success means to us.
So what does success mean to YOU?
On that piece of paper with your financial goals, go ahead and write down 3 Non-financial goals, you can put down more if you like, but 3 is a good start. These goals can be short term or long term, possibly write down 3 of each!
What do you want to achieve in the next
Just make sure that these are not another set of financial goals. They can either be business related or even personal goals, just not financial.
So write down these goals as well, together with your financial goals, keep them safe and in a place that you will see them regularly.
SO, have you written down your Goals? Please Do! They really will help you to focus on what you need to do and why you are doing it, especially when things are not going quite as you planned them!
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In the next post we will be touching on how you can go about finding a niche.