Have something to sell, and for goodness sake, let it be an actual product. If you sell a product that tells people how to sell online, make sure that you have actually sold something yourself…online.
Affiliate Marketing is not the same as selling. If you are an affiliate marketer, and you actually make money, then you are a marketer. What is a marketer? A marketer is someone who knows how to make something look good in the market place. It may include making other people’s items look good. That’s what affiliates do. They are paid to PROMOTE other people’s products. But listen, that is NOT the same as selling. Yes, I do realize you may earn an affiliate fee for every person who buys…assuming they buy from you during the right time period, and don’t use a different computer the second (third or fourth) time they visit the product.
When you sell something, you have access to the information first hand on who bought your product. When you sell your own product, you don’t have to worry about being paid your commissions by a third party.
Affiliate, do you ever wonder if you are being ripped off by your third party company like commission junction or click bank? Have you ever asked yourself, “What would stop them from keeping my customer’s money, and sending them a pirated copy of my material?” I know….you trust your third party affiliate company.
Since trust runs so freely amongst affiliates, let me encourage you to take a bold step of faith…let me ask you to consider selling your own stuff….and keeping more of the profits.