One of the biggest problems new affiliates face is being able to come up with an effective affiliate marketing strategy to return a viable profit. Their websites are good, along with the products they're promoting, but for some reason their affiliate contracts still remain at $ 0. And there's only one way they're going to be able to solve the problem. They must look at affiliate marketing as a full-time job.
What does this mean? If you want to make good money from affiliate marketing, you need to put in 40+ hours marketing your material. And, if you're currently working a 9-to-5 job, you're going to have to sacrifice some of your free time, both at night and on the weekend. Yes, that seems like a lot of work, but exactly how much money anyway? If it is four figures or more, than you need to come up and stick with a full time affiliate marketing strategy.
So, why is time so important when trying to build up an affiliate income? Well, let's put it into perspective with an example. Say one affiliate spends a couple hours every week writing SEO articles promoting his website. Let's further say that another affiliate is doing the same thing, but putting in 40 hours, (by working 2 hours Monday through Friday, and 15 hours Saturday and Sunday).
Assuming it takes 1 hour for each affiliate to create an SEO article, the first marketer will produce on average 2 articles every week. On the other hand, the second affiliate will produce at least 40 articles every week. Which affiliate marketing strategy do you think will yield better results?
Now, let's assume that both affiliates have created articles with the ability to produce 1 sale a month on a $ 20 widget. The first affiliate will only make $ 160 a month. But the second affiliate will make $ 3,200, simply because he invested more time into his efforts.
Of course, trying to make this type of time investment is not going to be easy. That's why you have to try to offset things by marketing products or services you have a passion for. If you can successfully do this, you will not see your investment as being work.
However, there are a few affiliates that take an even more extreme approach. Instead of trying to balance their affiliate marketing strategy with their existing jobs, they actually quit their first job altogether. That way they can dedicate 100% of their energies to what they really love … Internet marketing.
Now, is this something I recommend? The only time I would say that's wise is if you're in a situation where money doesnt matter. For instance, a college student living at home could make this type of decision without any ill-effect. But a grown person with kids should not take this approach. And the reason why is because affiliate marketing is something that takes time and experimentation. You must be willing to sacrifice a lot of hours before you actually see any profit. So, until the profit actually starts coming in, you definitely want to keep any regular 9-to-5 jobs you might have. So, stick to your affiliate marketing strategy and learn how to manage your time so you can be fruitful with both jobs.