Shopify is a very popular site building platform for people interested in building eCommerce stores. It has been around for the past few years and seen significant growth in its user base over this time. You can earn a staggering 200% per sale for every new customer you refer to them, which means that there is up to $2400 per new customer on offer.

With a long track record of success, affiliate marketing still remains one of the most popular methods for making money online. You can be up and running in a matter of hours, have limited customer service requirements, and the barriers to entry are extremely low. However, this ease of entry into the market can often lead to poor decision making in the earliest stages. If so little work is required to get started, why waste time with research? It all begins with making a great affiliate product selection and having a solid business plan.
I left WA. I was lost. The first lesson is not as ‘beginner’ as it should be. Jargon isn’t explained, you need to research vocabulary separately. If you need to start at sesame st level computer info, you have NO IDEA what’s going on. The support is all very lovely but you can get 20 different answers to questions and not necessarily from experts. A great many also just use it as expensive Facebook. Often distracting Chit-chat is front and centre but you have to find lessons, The website is cluttered and overwhelming. It’s a swamp! I listened to most lessons twice as I found the info hard to catch, anything I learnt was just which button to push. I walk away none the wiser about affiliate marketing and webpage building. Nice community, good price but do some abc’s first

Frank, my Girlfriend invested in a system called Digital Altitude some time back, not quite sure what that system consisted of as it sounded a bit strange to me a retired Automotive Tech of 40 plus years! Of course I invested in her hoping it was legal and something legit… Well they are being temporally shut down by the Federal Trade Commission while they’re being investigated… Was going to suggest Wealthy Affiliate! So has Wealthy Affiliate been checked out?
I agree Sharon, the upsells and not needing additional tools is a big deal for most people I think. I don’t want to speak poorly of other systems. In fact, I belong to some other programs as well and even recommend some (depending on a person’s goals) but for those systems to work you will need landing page builder’s, email autoreponders and often have to pay for traffic. Put into perspective, they are minor expenses compared to starting a traditional bricks and mortar business.

If you don’t own a business, what many Wealthy Affiliate members do (in addition to affiliate marketing) is start their own online marketing agencies. Your skills are highly marketable. 90% or more of business owners will not know how to do what you do. From building a website and getting it to rank high in the search engines to setting up social media accounts and local services such as Google My Business. In fact, I just met a small business owner a couple weeks ago that paid $2000 to have a website built that would take you no more than a couple hours. In addition, to manage the updates and make sure everything is working he pays the developer monthly (he didn’t say how much).
For instance, you might use Facebook’s Lookalike Audiences to get your message in front of an audience similar to your core demographic. Or, you could pay a social media influencer to share images of your products to her already well-established community. Paid social media can attract new customers to your brand or product, but you’ll want to conduct market research and A/B testing before investing too much in one social media channel.
It can sometimes feel sleezy to sell affiliate offers especially in some niches, the product that converts the best are not always the best product for people, for example, I was promoting this anti-aging cream, not because I thought it was actually great for people but because that was the only offer that was converting well on Facebook ads and my mentor told me to do it. A lot of the marketing that’s used to sell those products are manipulating people’s negative emotions about their self-image and I would get bunch of comments from people that claimed that the product was a scam. I made some money but it didn’t make feel that great promoting an anti-wrinkle cream that I had very little faith in.
Thanks for the encouraging article. It helped remind me why I joined WA in the first place. Such a great community of people and opportunities. The growth of your success truly is limited only by how much work you want to put into it! It’s super cool that you have found so much success. I’ve only been a member for about a month so I’m excited to see what the future holds!

The phrase, "Affiliates are an extended sales force for your business", which is often used to explain affiliate marketing, is not completely accurate. The primary difference between the two is that affiliate marketers provide little if any influence on a possible prospect in the conversion process once that prospect is directed to the advertiser's website. The sales team of the advertiser, however, does have the control and influence up to the point where the prospect either a) signs the contract, or b) completes the purchase.
Email marketing is the practice of nurturing leads and driving sales through email communications with your customers. Like social media, the goal is to remind users that you’re here and your product is waiting. Unlike social media, however, you can be a lot more aggressive with your sales techniques, as people expect that email marketing will contain offers, product announcements and calls to action.
I would also like to see a forum built into the platform. Wealthy Affiliate has a unique way of building a community and I understand why they shy away from a standard forum type of format. Instead, they want to promote live chat sessions, blog posts, private messaging, and public questions where people can comment below. This type of setup is pretty cool at times, but I also do enjoy forums where I can just browse by topic.
"Reading Michelle's income reports each month made me realize the huge potential there is to make more money online. Even as a blogger with an established site over 8 years old, I knew that there was so much that I could learn from Michelle because she's had such incredible success! Watching her income climb each month has really motivated me to change up my affiliate strategy and be more intentional with my efforts." - Jessica Bishop, TheBudgetSavvyBride.com
FriendFinder is an adult-friendly network of dating websites that has a terrific affiliate marketing program, both in terms of customer service and commission rates. Because they rely heavily on affiliates to recruit new members, they treat their affiliates like true business partners. They have a solid reputation for payment and security, and have frequent special offers. Checking into your affiliate account at FriendFinder is always a fun experience, and often a profitable one.
You don’t have to know anything about tech to be a successful ClickFunnels affiliate. They have several other products, such as books, webinar, copy writing, that can be promoted. While these products aren’t going to qualify you for the Dream Car immediately, each one of the products is calculated to draw the customer along until they are convinced that a ClickFunnels subscription is for them. As the promoter, you make money when they buy the book. And because ClickFunnels offers lifetime commissions of your customers, you’ll make commissions on EVERYTHING your customer purchases after they buy the simple book for a couple of dollars in shipping costs.
Besides all of the training online at Wealthy Affiliate that you can get, you have access to lots of support from people who have already succeeded. One of the best parts of this program is you have access to working with highly successful individuals like yourself just by entering into a chat with them from your Dashboard. Anytime you need any help, just ask. When you work with successful people you are more likely to succeed yourself.
Social media marketing: In an increasingly connected world where consumers expect the companies they do business with to engage with them, social media is an ideal way to interact with prospects and customers. The key to social media marketing success is focusing on the platforms where you're most likely to find your target market, whether it's Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Pinterest. To make sure you're not wasting time with your social media efforts, develop a strategy and content plan, and research tools that will help make the posting easier, such as Hootsuite or Buffer.

A common tactic for affiliate marketers is to make an affiliate product selection first, and then research the niche. Instead, try to find a great niche first before you look into your affiliate product selection. A good niche will usually have various quality products you can promote, allowing for split testing and commission negotiations with the vendor. Sometimes an affiliate campaign will fail for no clear reason, but choosing a profitable niche first allows you to change course and turn it into a winner.
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