Content marketing is more than just blogging. When executed correctly, content including articles, guides (like this one), webinars, and videos can be powerful growth drivers for your business. Focus on building trust and producing amazing quality. And most of all, make sure that you’re capturing the right metrics. Create content to generate ROI. Measure the right results. This chapter will teach you how.
Give yourself a round of applause, because you just reached one of the gates into the world of affiliate marketing and the knowledge we gathered for you can only be described as massive. Michael Cheney, the affiliate marketing leaderboard king, sat down with me to discuss how to start out as an affiliate marketer the right way, select your niche, find the best products, and get record conversions.

In the video above, you saw that I was traveling around in a 31ft travel trailer. I also mentioned that I earn a 6 figure income from affiliate marketing. However, if you looked at my lifestyle on the surface, you’d never know it. Even though I’ve settled down in San Diego and don’t do as much traveling, I still live in my travel trailer and pay just $600 per month to live in one of the most expensive places in the World. I am also debt free, drive a used vehicle, and I keep my expenses to a minimum. While you don’t need to be as extreme as I am, don’t rush out and buy that new yacht when you start earning an decent income. As an affiliate marketer, it is very important to save money for the rainy days that WILL come.

Many advertisers are unaware of the potential of the affiliate marketing business model for their own businesses, in fact, most small businesses have never heard of it. But imagine marketing your products only to interested people for no upfront fee. Paying only when you get results is a risk-free way of advertising that requires no marketing budget to get started. As you can imagine, this is great for any start-up business with little funding for marketing their new brand.
The last thing I would say to new affiliate marketers is that self awareness is SO important. It’s easy to get caught in the routine of doing what you think is working, when it’s actually not working. Always be looking at what others are doing in your niche; always be re-evaluating your game plan; and always be thinking about new ways to hit your audience.
JVZoo was founded in 2011 and has since rocketed to near the top as one of the most popular affiliate programs out there. JVZoo is unusual in that there are no upfront costs for either publishers or merchants (advertisers). JVZoo’s income is exclusively from charging fees (to both the merchant and the affiliate) after a sale has been made. It is also unusual in that it pays commissions “instantly” via PayPal rather than once a week/fortnight/month like other affiliate programs.
A lot of people say affiliate marketing provides “passive income” but that’s not really true. Sure, I make money while I sleep. Every morning when I wake up the first thing I check is how much money I made overnight. That’s pretty cool. But I also work on my sites almost daily. Affiliate marketing is a long term strategy and will take time before the “passive income” begins.
But I'm not talking about any kind of link building. I'm talking about organic link building by getting out there and creating insatiable "anchor content" on your website, then linking to that content with equally-great content that's created on authority sites like Medium, Quora, LinkedIn and other publishing platforms. It's not easy by any measure. Google is far more wary of newcomers these days than it once used to be.

After your site has been built out, creating a social media presence is the best second step for most businesses. All businesses should have a Facebook Page that’s fully fleshed out with plenty of information about your business. Depending on your audience, you can also start a Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest account. Social media is a long-term commitment that requires frequently updating and monitoring, but it’s one of the best ways to build an online community around your business.
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