How to Become Successful at Affiliate Marketing

how to become successful at affiliate marketingMore and more people these days are turning to the internet looking for ways to make extra money and exploring the business of affiliate marketing.

It is becoming an attractive option because with this type of business, there are no bosses, alarm clocks, or piles of work that have to be finished by the end of the day. So it appears to be an attractive proposition.

In order to succeed online, you need five qualities, some basic internet marketing tools and the right education.

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There are basically five qualities you can’t do without if you want to make it in the business of affiliate marketing. Below, you’ll find each quality you’ll need.

1. Desire to learn

The first quality you need to possess is the desire to learn, coupled with the willingness to be trained. Treading through unfamiliar territory is tough, especially if you are lacking the right knowledge.

When starting out, you’ll need to be willing to keep your eyes and ears open, using the experience of others in order to learn as you go. Or perhaps you’ll need to re-learn things that you thought you knew but now realize have not served you. Sometimes unlearning something is harder than learning some thing new.

2. Invest time and effort

The second quality you need is the willingness to invest time and effort in getting your business to grow, even if you don’t see immediate results. Even though weeks may pass without seeing any progress, it’s very important to understand that a skyscraper needs a solid foundation before it can begin to rise from the ground.

In fact for a while you will feel like you are getting nowhere and are just digger a deeper hole, very much like constructing a skyscraper, but you need to dig down first to lay the foundations. There is really not such thing as overnight success.

3. Determination

The third quality you need is determination. If you want to make it in the world of affiliate marketing, you must possess the determination to push yourself forward. The ability to initially dig deep and then push yourself to great heights will determine what type of successful future you have.

Using the skyscraper analogy again you will be digging down, for quite some time building the foundations before for begin to rise above the ground.

4. Discipline

The fourth quality you need is self discipline. If you teach yourself to work everyday and have patience, you’ll be that much closer to reaching your goals and making your dreams come true.

You won’t have someone standing over you telling you what to do or making sure that you have do what is required. You will need to be able to be ‘your own boss’ and that’s not always as easy or as glamorous as you think.

5. Optimism

The last quality you will need to have is optimism. Holding a ‘poor me‘ or ‘victim‘ attitude will cause you to become discouraged because life as an affiliate marketer is not a get-quick-rich scheme.

So staying optimistic while pursuing your dream to make life better for you and your family will take a positive attitude and the ability to bounce back from the mistakes and disappointments that will arise as your build your online business.

The attitude you have towards the business should always be optimistic because you need to believe that you’re the captain of your ship and you and you alone are steering it towards your destiny. Remember there is no boss directing your activities.how to become successful at affiliate marketing

If you work on the above qualities you will go farther than you ever thought possible in the world and not just the world of affiliate marketing. You’ll need these qualities to succeed, as affiliate marketing can be a cutting edge, exciting career and can even generate a fantastic income but you need to first build a solid foundation – through initial hard work.

With the above qualities and the right education and the great training offered by Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll do very well. 

Getting Started

Once you understand the qualities required for success in online affiliate marketing then you are ready to begin. Many people have questions about what is the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners and there are many opportunities being promoted on the the internet these days, the trick is to sort the wheat from the chaff, not an easy thing to do because of the many scams out there and determining the best affiliate marketing course is not easy.

Fortunately I have a recommendation for you.

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In fact, you can begin for free and stay a free member for as long as you like. It well worth a few minutes of your time to explore this awesome community further.  

So if you want to know how to build an online business, a business that will allow you to work from anywhere in the world, while you are in your pajamas (plus many other benefits) then check out my number one recommended online training course that you can begin for FREE.

How to Become Successful at Affiliate Marketing

So get behind the wheel and take Wealthy Affiliate for a test drive, it costs you nothing to see if it’s for you or not.

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About Peter

An International Speaker, Writer and Internet Marketer, living in Shanghai, China, teaching Business / English at a Chinese University and making a difference to the world, bringing you great information and recommending awesome products that will make earning online while living internationally - a breeze. http://onlineaffiliatewealth.com

34 comments

  • Ido Barnoam

    Hi Peter,

    Your points on the matter are very true.
    I’m relatively new in the affiliate marketing business, and sure feels that what you wrote here is spot on.
    I think Persistence and the ability to know that it’s going to happen as long as you work on it, are the most important things, because they are the qualities that will keep you moving forward when you think nothing is happening.

    • Peter

      Hello Ido thanks for your comments. Yes slow and steady wins the race and as you say its important to keep going even though you think nothing is happening, because success is not an overnight thing. Thanks again for your feedback 🙂

  • Chris

    Some great tips here but after 5 years of being in the internet marketing business I think the most important tip is always the simplest one – step back!
    By simply slamming shut the laptop, throwing on your shoes and taking an hour trip out of the day the quality of your work will multiply – who said you need to write an article in one sitting? I constantly have at least 10 articles on the go half written – I never struggle for content this way and I ALWAYS have spare time in the day to spend with my two sons. Simple yet effective – step away from the internet for an hour! 🙂

    • Peter

      Hello Chris, yes I agree, that’s a great tip as well, take time out to refresh your mind and get some clarity. The post or page will be there for a long time so it doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. Thank you for your comments 🙂

  • Ron

    Nice website. Easy to follow and full of information about making money online. I am new to making money online with a website and can use all of the tips and tricks of the trade I can get. Your site offers a lot of information and guidelines for a successful start.

    • Peter

      Thanks Ron Appreciate the feedback and yes Wealthy Affiliate provides a great education where almost anyone can learn to build a successful online business without the worry of being scammed. Thanks again for your comments 🙂

  • Shawn

    Hi!
    I love your video!
    I also love Wealthy Affiliate and I am happy to be a success story there.
    It really does work and I’m living proof.
    I highly recommend this place and am more than happy to show you all how I did it if you ask. Look me up inside!
    How long have you been a member and how do you like it?

    Shawn Lee Martin

    • Peter

      Hello Shawn thank you for your comments and I am pleased you liked my video and I also agree Wealthy Affiliate is awesome place to get the education you need to learn how to make a living online.

  • Chris

    Top write up on the things needed to be successful at internet marketing!
    Out of everything mentioned here I still think that patience is the key when building up an online business. You must work like there are not enough hours in the day to see any sort of success. Great article 🙂

    • Peter

      Thank you Chris Appreciate your feedback and yes I agree it doesn’t come easy but it does come especially with the education you get from Wealthy Affiliate’s cheers 🙂

  • Paul

    Very insightful article. Fortunately I have all five of those qualities. I learn a lot every day, and I’ve been disciplined my whole life. The idea of scrambling and competing for a 9-5 job that pays 50K a year just doesn’t appeal to me. I’m confident I’ll eventually be able to find success online with the help of WA.

  • Shawn

    Hi!
    I agree with you on all the points you have brought up.
    One thing many people do too soon is quit. I have seen so many people quit right before they would have taken off with their business.
    Using Wealthy Affiliate as your platform to learn and practice successful marketing is just smart sense.
    One must do the lessons and then take action constantly for them to work, and they must stick around long enough to give themselves a chance!

    Shawn>>

    • Peter

      Hello Shawn yes quitting too soon is the number one reason for not becoming successful. Wealthy Affiliate gives you the tools to take you as far as you want to go and beyond. thanks for your comments 🙂

  • Kunal

    Affiliate Marketing is one of the best way to earn money both on and offline. I had tried a few things from MLM,survey’s etc. and found affiliate marketing is the best way to earn money for your time, In one of the MLM companies I enrolled more than dozen customers and I was getting 10% per referral, and rest depended upon their efforts. On the other hand if I can replicate the same effort in affiliate marketing I can get from 40-90% and sometimes that is recurring, Thank you for breaking down how to succeed in affiliate marketing.

  • Kerry Bramham

    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for pointing out that it takes time and effort to build a business. Too many people get sucked in to thinking they can become rich overnight with various internet programs. I have learned the hard way, that this is just not true.
    The 5 points you make are very realistic and I believe people should know this information from the very beginning.
    Are you an Australian? I can only assume you are from your website header.
    Nice website!
    Kerry

    • Peter

      Hi Kerry. Australian… no ha ha I just liked the image of sailing boats. ha ha Yes the five points are important to keep in mind if you want to be a success at affiliate marketing Thank you for your comments. 🙂

  • San

    Hello Peter,
    Wish I could say something that would add to your wonderful article but I have nothing because you have covered it very well.
    There is one point I could add, humility. One of the things this profession has taught me is that I do not know everything and there for I must rely on others to help me. I have always been a DIYer in my life so it was a very new experience for me to ask questions, listen and feel awkward at first.
    So I will ask you one question, are you a successful affiliate marketer?
    Just wondering, because you sound like one.

    San

    • Peter

      Hello San ha ha of course! That’s what getting an education from Wealthy Affiliate does for you. Thank you for your comments 🙂

  • Edmund Ilski

    Nice article Peter.
    True on all points covered.

  • Kay

    I sincerely have the motivation & appreciate the honesty of WA very much. They have set themselves apart from the other scams that promise get rich quick and “free”!

  • Katie

    enjoyed your post and I agree we do need these qualities to get going on a online business, I would also go onto say that all of this does not happen overnight, like any other business it takes time and patience

    • Hi Katie. Yes you are right there is no overnight success, just work and patience and the right path to follow. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • AngelaSmith1

    Attitude is everything! Persistence is also a must! Great post sir!

  • Great page and lot of great info that will help any of us

  • Judy

    Hi Peter,
    Good points. At times my determination and discipline go by the wayside, then the optimism goes out the window. Thanks for the encouraging post to get myself in the “I can do this” mode. 🙂
    Judy

  • NemiraB

    A great website. An easy one to find information. I have all qualities, except discipline. It interferes with best wishes to accomplish important things. Thank you.

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