The popularity of affiliate marketing is on the rise and many people with absolutely no marketing or home business experience are getting in on it. New affiliate programs are popping up daily. It can be overwhelming and it is easy to jump into programs that sound great and offer instant money with little or no time requirement. So what should you do, or not do for that matter?
Do your research. Read the Ripoff Report and the Scam Report. Before you pay someone $47 or $97 (the typical prices), do your homework. Do a Google search on the names that are associated with these programs to find out more because people have blogs and articles where they mention programs that have ripped them off.
Do visit marketing and business forums. This is probably the most effective way to learn from others who are succeeding in business. I read and post to forums daily and have learned about everything from how to write an article to the best advertising methods and many things in between. Just do another google search on business and marketing forums and register and start reading. Try to allocate some time each day for this and you will be amazed at how much insight you will gain.
Do talk to people in this business. On many forums, you have access to send a personal message to someone whose ideas and comments interest you. I have emailed several people who were willing to speak to me and it was so informative.
Don’t join too many programs at once. Just stick to that program and learn it inside, outside and upside down. In the beginning, it really does not make sense to overextend. There is too much information to absorb, especially if you are new, and it may cause you to give up too soon.
Don’t think that you are going to find success right away. It just does not happen in reality. Do not be discouraged if you are not seeing your PayPal account grow in a week or in a month. Take a reality check. There are millions of people out there selling and many will have more experience than you. The key is that many of them started as beginners too. It takes time and that is all there is to it.
Follow the do’s and do not do the don’ts and you will be closer to that goal of having a successful home based business.