Myth 1: Affiliate Marketing Is Easy
Half the people I’ve heard talking about affiliate marketing say it’s easy. Well, guess again…
Starting affiliate marketing means starting a BUSINESS. And it usually means starting it from scratch – and without a ton of money to invest in it. So even if we don’t consider the legal stuff, you still have to learn how to create a site, write content (lots of it) on it and promote your content so that people can find it. Writing and promotion may sound easy, but it takes a lot of practice to get good at them.
Affiliate marketing is awesome, I love it, but I can’t say it’s easy in the beginning. Especially for beginners, like I was when I started.
Myth 2: Affiliate Marketing Is Difficult
And the other half say it’s difficult. Well, no. Affiliate marketing isn’t that difficult.
You already do part of it. Every time someone asks for your opinion on a topic you know well, you can help them, right? You can point them in the right direction.
Let’s say you’re a librarian and someone asks you about good mystery books. You’ll recommend some, right?
Or if you work in a fashion magazine and someone asks you about the latest fashion trends. You know them, don’t you? You can tell them what they should buy to look amazing.
And that’s what you do as an affiliate marketer – mostly. You help people find solutions on topics you know well.
Myth 3: Everyone Can Do It
While it’s true that almost everyone can do it, most won’t. They’ll quit before success comes. Affiliate marketing is something that takes time, and most people have learned to get paid every month or even week. It’s hard for them to keep going unless they see results immediately.
If you have what it takes, though, it’s a great way to make money. And I’m a firm believer that everyone should know how affiliate marketing works and decide for themselves if it’s something they want to go after.
Myth 4: It’s Too Late To Start
There are a lot of sites online, and that’s a reason many people use to justify that “It’s too late to start now“. Do you think that, when these sites started, they didn’t have any competition? Obstacles, challenges, things they were worried about?
Of course, they had. But instead of giving up or not starting at all, they worked hard to deal with them. That’s what you have to do when you start. And that’s the mindset you need. That no matter what happens, you have to work through it.
Myth 5: You Can Make Money Quickly
Oh, ain’t that a lie!
Affiliate marketing takes time. At least months if you have experience at it and up to 2-3 years of consistent work if you’re a beginner. That’s the estimated time frame for making a full-time income.
So if someone tells you that you can make money fast with affiliate marketing without previous experience, just don’t believe them. They’re probably trying to scam you.
Myth 6: Affiliate Marketing Is For Scammers
And since we’re talking about scams…
I’ve seen a lot of people believing that if you’re doing affiliate marketing, you’re probably trying to scam people. Unfortunately, I understand why this myth is popular a lot. There are a lot of scammers taking advantage of unsuspected customers and promoting useless products to them just to get a commission.
BUT that doesn’t mean you have to be a scammer to start affiliate marketing. It’s really for the best if you aren’t. This way, you’ll have a business that will last and grow, and you won’t have any legal problems.
So make sure that everything you promote is worth people’s money.
Myth 7: You Have To Choose A Popular Niche
In case you haven’t heard the word before, your niche is the main audience of your site. If you blog about basketball, your niche is people that like/play basketball.
Also, sometimes, when we’re talking about a niche, we’re referring to the topic of a blog. So we’ll say that your niche is fashion if you blog about fashion.
And no, you don’t have to choose a popular niche. First of all, this is about building your own business. Do you want to build your business on something you hate just because they say it’s popular? Trends come and go. Something that’s popular now may be outdated in a few months.
Second, “popular” niches have a lot of competition. It’ll take you even more time to start making money from them.
So choose something you like – preferably, love – for your niche. There are products to promote pretty much for every niche, so don’t worry about this and focus on writing content about what you like.
Myth 8: Buy This & You’ll Be Rich In A Week
Do I really have to explain how this is a lie?
Obviously, I do because some people still advertise this. There’s no way you can get rich that quickly with affiliate marketing. Even if you have experience in it, there are still things you have to do that require time.
So don’t spend a lot of money in the beginning and if you want to start some training, make sure it’s one that’s worth the money spent.
And indeed, I’d recommend you to start some training. If you’re a beginner, it’s easier to start with following a course than trying to learn everything on your own.
Myth 9: The System Works On Its Own
Some people try to sell you that after starting making money, you don’t have to work.
Wrong! Yes, the beginning is the hardest time – when you have to work the most without seeing any results – but even after some years, when you’ll be getting a full-time income from this, you’ll still have to work.
It’s a business, of course, you’ll need to work. But it’ll be with your own rules. You get to decide when, where and how much.
And after all, why wouldn’t you like to work? That’s the good thing about building your own business; you usually enjoy working on it!
Some More Truths
And while we’re talking about truths, let me highlight some important truths about affiliate marketing:
1. It takes time
Affiliate marketing isn’t a “Get Rich Quick” scheme. If you want to do it right, you need time to do it right.
2. It takes work
This is YOUR business. You need to work on it before you start seeing results – let alone, making money.
3. It takes patience
Working for a lot of time without making money isn’t easy. You may feel disappointed and give up. Actually, this is the #1 reason people fail at affiliate marketing. They give up too early.
They say: “I haven’t made any money in 6 months, so it’s not working” or “It’s a scam and no one can get money from it” or “I didn’t have any experience, so I failed at it” and a thousand other excuses to justify that they couldn’t wait and work for as long as it takes.
People want everything to be way faster online than offline. But sometimes, that’s simply not possible. If you started an offline business, how soon would you expect to be successful? 6 months?
4. It takes persistence
You’ll fail a lot before you succeed. And that’s okay. But giving up after the first, the second or the twentieth failure isn’t an option. Not if you want to succeed.
Can you really make money with affiliate marketing?
How long does it take to be a successful affiliate marketer?
It depends on the person but I’d say that 3 years is a good estimate. Of course, some people need more time and some people need less. Some people have to work until they make it – or other responsibilities – and some may have all day free to work on their site.
Is affiliate marketing worth it?
In my opinion, affiliate marketing is worth all of it. It’s a great opportunity to start your own business from scratch without having a degree, or previous experience.
So, yes. I believe it’s worth it!
And these are the most common myths I’ve heard about affiliate marketing!
So… what do YOU think about affiliate marketing? Is it something you’d like to go after? Go ahead and let me know in the comments below!
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write. And if you liked this, check out how to get started with affiliate marketing.
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