This is the first letter in the series “Affiliate Marketing Detox”.
WARNING! If you are an affiliate marketer, and you are making a real living income off of affiliate marketing, then God Bless You! It is not my intent here to suggest that no one ever makes money as an affiliate marketer. However, many affiliate marketers are not making minimum wage at what they do.
Rather than suggest that they try harder, I am trying to get all affiliates to consider making money as an internet marketer, who sells their own product.
If you are an affiliate marketer and you like what you do, make money at what you do, or are merely convinced that affiliate marketing is THE horn of plenty, then go to a different post..
But if you think your income could be better, or are wondering if there are any non affiliate streams of income to drink from, read on!
In this first letter, we will be talking about the internal challenges affiliate marketers face in taking the risk of trying to sell their own product, rather than promoting someone else’s product.
Issue number one:Trouble Bonding with Products
Affiliate Marketers have bonding issues. They have trouble committing to one product, and instead, are like a serial dater who has many different relationships….with other people’s products. Just like playas hop around from person to person, affiliates jump from product to product. Some may call it diversifying. Marketers who actually sell something, call this behavior a lack of focus. This fear of marketing attachment stems from a faulty belief system.
Belief: you don’t think you can sell
Why don’t you think you can sell?
Why do you think that only the people you are promoting can sell a product? You doubt yourself, affiliate. But affiliate, here’s the real truth…you CAN sell!
Have you ever sold a candy bar for your school or charity? Did you ever sell anything over the phone? Did you ever have to sell, convince or persuade someone on making a decision in your favor? That in itself displays selling skills. Affiliate, every time you write a “buy this product” page or “review”, you are demonstrating the art of persuasive selling! The truth is, most affiliates ARE salesmen…by far!
Lie number 2–You don’t think you will make any money selling your own product or service
Well, affiliate, are you making money? We all hear of door-to-door salesmen who sell someone else’s product, but we never hear of them being wildly successful. That’s because, selling for others is hard! Read this excerpt: https://howtosellanythingonline.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/affiliate-can-we-talk/
Issue number 3-You’ve bought the lie that it takes a lot of “over”head to sell your product
But the truth is, it takes investment to promote other people’s product, if you need to:
- Pay a fee for the “privilege” of promoting them
- Be a member/customer before promoting their product
- Buy Google ads to promote them
- Buy back links
- Build a mega site in hopes of dominating the search engines
you think that being an affiliate is easier than selling your own product
Oh, you think so? Really? Have you forgotten the hours spent promoting the best products out there…that only, oh, 1 million others were promoting?
you don’t have a product to sell
This is the biggest lie of all. Affiliate, don’t tell me that you aren’t capable of producing your own product, or selling your services. In this over saturated world of affiliate marketing, if you’ve made a dime, you are capable. Only you and other affiliates know the time and effort you’ve put into selling other people’s stuff. It’s time to sell your own.
you don’t think that your product is capable of pulling in sales.
The second biggest lie of all. Affiliate, chances are, you have exactly what it takes to STOMP the competition. It will take time. But affiliate right now, there is a product you can sell that will make you money right off the bat. Niche marketing shouldn’t mean “AFFILIATE SLAVE”. Find your OWN niche, and rake it in.
you’ve already invested so much money in affiliate marketing programs, you feel the need to “make” it work
Forget it, affiliate. Consider it the cost of an education. Most marketers have been burnt. Move on and sell your own stuff!