Recently I’ve had a few people ask me about affiliate marketing and some guidance about where to get started.
We got into affiliate marketing about a year and a half ago and it’s been a real roller coaster ride. It’s not as easy as a lot of people make it out to be (they’re usually the ones trying to sell you an e-book), but if you are willing to put in the time (and a little bit of money) and are creative enough, it can be an awesome way to make a living.
The problem though, is that there are very few “clean” sources of information about it. Most people pushing out articles and books about affiliate marketing are actually trying to sell you something.
In SEO, there’s Aaron Wall’s SEO Book – it’s what I point everyone to who wants to learn search engine optimization. It’s unbiased (or at least as unbiased as it can possibly be) and full of information that’s up to date and accurate – pretty much the only thing of its kind. Nothing else comes close. So SEO is easy.
In affiliate marketing, the only thing that comes close to that quality of information is Uber Affiliate’s marketing guide. And yes, the links to the networks are affiliate links, but the rest are links to really good articles and resources to get you started. If you want to get into affiliate marketing, that’s an excellent place to begin.
And as you go along, just remember – take everything you read with a grain of salt and experiment – don’t think it’s going to be easy. The people who really make it are those who are tenacious, inventive, and those who are willing to put in the work. Like everything else, there’s no shortcuts (and no easy money).
Also, Once you become a mid-level affiliate marketer (or if you intend to), read this excellent post by Sugarrae: How to Survive the Affiliate Revolution.