Knowing how difficult a business model can be is crucial. Is can make the difference between success and failure.
I will start by telling you that starting ANY online business takes a lot of hard work and effort. Especially in the beginning.
Don’t expect it to be like your typical 9 to 5 where you clock in and do the minimum amount of work that you can do without getting fired.
So … how difficult is it to start an affiliate marketing business?
Let’s jump straight into it:
Is Affiliate Marketing Hard Or Easy?
As mentioned above, starting any type of online business requires hard work and dedication in the beginning.
Also, it’s important which type of traffic source you choose to use. Traffic can be free or paid.
If you choose a free traffic source like SEO, it’s going to take A LOT of time and hard work.
Growing an affiliate marketing business with SEO can take up to 1 year. Putting a lot of work without any visible results for months and months can be very discouraging.
The upside is that once you get the ball rolling, it can be quite passive. You will need to put in less and less time in order to maintain your level of profit.
On the other hand, affiliate marketing with paid ads can bring in results a lot faster. I personally prefer this method because I can scale much faster and make money more quickly.
Affiliate marketing with paid ads is still the best way to make money, in my opinion.
However, if you don’t have such a big budget, starting with free traffic is fine. But it will feel a lot harder.
If you are consistent and put out a lot of content, eventually you will start getting traffic, and therefore you will start making consistent affiliate commissions.
Affiliate Marketing Can Be Hard, But Also Rewarding
As you already know, there is no such thing as easy money. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can get rich quick (like I did in the beginning of my online career).
The most important thing in online marketing, as well as in business in general, is to be in the right place mentally. If you expect to make money without being good at what you do, you will get discouraged and quit.
Personally, I had a lot of business failures before I figured out what to do. Just think about it: If you go to the gym for 1 month, or even 3 months, will you look like Cristiano Ronaldo? Probably not.
That being said, let’s have a look at some of the best things about affiliate marketing:
- No Product creation. This is probably the benefit that attracts the most people to this business model. Product creation is very complicated. You need to have some experience in order to create your own digital products. That’s why affiliate marketing is very good for beginners. Basically, your only job is to drive traffic to offers that someone else created. Again, you can choose either free traffic methods (if you have a lot of time but no money) or paid traffic (if you have some money, but you’re working a 9 to 5). Also, in some cases you don’t really need to do much marketing (convincing someone to buy something), as they were probably already interested in the product that you’re promoting. For example, if you promote weight loss product, chances are that the person who sees your ad was already interested in losing weight. It’s not you need to do a lot of convincing.
- Scalability. A lot of business models have a barrier that if you reach, you can’t really grow anymore. For example, if you’re working with clients, there isn’t much room to grow after you reach a certain level. That’s why Social Media Marketing Agencies have a hard time when they are faced with such situations. In affiliate marketing, the sky is the limit. You don’t directly trade your time for money. For example, if you reach a certain level of profit, you can just reinvest your money in profitable ads. Or in case you prefer free traffic, you can pay someone else to write content for you. There’s a lot of freedom.
- Brands. Most companies have an affiliate program. You can use that to your advantage. For example, if you were to promote Uber to someone, you wouldn’t need to convince them that it’s a good product. They already know it. On the other hand, if you were to start your own Social Media Marketing Agency, you will need to spend A LOT of time building your audience. Nobody would know who you were.
- Passive Income. From all the online business models out there, affiliate marketing is the closest you get to passive income. Once you start gaining some experience and have a steady stream of income, you will need to work less and less in order to maintain it. For example, with free traffic sources like SEO take a long time to get the ball rolling. But once you have a steady stream of traffic to your website, you will need to put out less and less content in order to maintain your rankings. Also, when you’re doing paid ads, once you found a couple of winning campaigns, you can just pour money into them. In my case, I spend about 1 hour a day in order to check my Facebook ad campaigns. On the other hand, if you’re working with clients, you don’t have the luxury of taking days off whenever you want.
Conclusion: Is Affiliate Marketing Hard?
Affiliate Marketing can be hard in the beginning. But with the right mindset, there’s really nothing stopping you to have a successful affiliate business.
Just know that once you start getting a hang of it, you will start seeing money rolling into your account. And there’s nothing better than that. The most important thing is to stick with it.
Either choose free traffic methods or paid ones. Don’t jump from one to the other. Get good at one of them, and then you can do something else for fun.
For example, I’m writing on this blog because I really have fun doing it. Helping people make the right choices is truly satisfying.
If you don’t have some money to invest in ads, start with free traffic. Affilorama is a great course that shows you how to grow a profitable blog.
On the other hand, if you don’t have so much time on your hand but you have some money to invest in ads, the best course is definitely Commission Hero. Robby Blanchard is the best Clickbank affiliate in the world and he does a great job teaching you how to run profitable ads.
I hope this article was helpful. It’s time to take action and leave excuses aside. Time passes anyway.