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What Is Affiliate Marketing?

I started learning about affiliate marketing several years ago. I had bought a digital product in the form of an eBook from eBay. It seemed like a good business model straight away since the sales were automated, and the product could be downloaded instantly. I looked to do the same thing and created a few of my own eBooks to sell online. However, I struggled for a number of reasons.

But the thought of an automated business system never went away. I continued to look into the idea and this led me to the business model of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is a form of referral based marketing which rewards the affiliate for a sale made on someone else’s website. Anyone can learn how to become an affiliate marketer. What drew me to affiliate marketing was the potential to work for myself from my laptop, without the need to actually handle products or even speak to any customers!

It was also the sheer scale of potential to earn income from digital sales worldwide.

In the first instance, after I created an eBook myself, I couldn’t get anyone to see my content. I figured people would just buy from a website once I had thrown it into the ‘cyberspace’ of the internet world. I suspect many people make this same incorrect assumption.

The truth was a little hard to bear after a number of failed attempts to promote digital products online. However, my first success came after selling a website building program I had used. I created a free blog from a site called hubpages.com. I wrote about the product and created a product review. This is a simple strategy which many affiliate marketers use to make money on the internet. It works if they can get their content seen by the right audience.

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My first sale only made me $40 though but at the time it was huge for me. It was a breakthrough which spurred me on to keep going. For me, it wasn’t just $40. It was the future of my earning potential and the ability to earn from the internet without a boss or a crummy job; something which I was desperate to escape having to do!

Nothing much happened after I made my initial sale. I went from one strategy to another and kept getting distracted by shiny objects which promised more money for less work! It wasn’t until I discovered high ticket affiliate programs that thing really stepped up a gear for me.

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