Lesly Federici asked me the other day to write a post on why I prefer affiliate sales over any other kind of marketing online, so here goes.
I started out on eBay in the year 2000 but after about three years of dealing with the auctions, packing and sending of physical products that I decided to move on to something else. This was before SOS – Has It Gotten Hold Of You Yet?
Like most everyone else, I came across the “next best Shiny Object Syndrome” and I just knew it was going to work out. No problems in the future, this is what I will have as my online business; final decision made and moving forward.
After a few months of the hype of that program, talking with hundreds of people who were interested and wanted to make a change in their lives too, I signed up, I believe 60+ people that the majority of them did absolutely nothing in terms of building their own team. Most just wanted to sign up, sit back, wait for spillover, collect their money and go on with their new life.
NOT… It doesn’t work that way. So, I was off to another program. There were a group of us, about 5 or 6 at that time, I think that stayed together and vowed to make the next program work, no matter what. Again, same thing; we signed up people and nothing happened. I do have to say there were some who put 110% into making the program work but in a matrix type program; all have to want the same thing and be willing to work for it and do it continuously.
After quite a long time of “program hopping” I decided to try affiliate sales. I had been involved in affiliate sales all along and had been making sales but the “SOS” kept pulling me along every few weeks or so to some where else.
Lots of lost money down the road but plenty of education on all kinds of internet marketing, I decided that affiliate sales was the only thing that made sense. If you cannot make money in affiliate sales, then you are absolutely in the wrong internet arena. Note; this post is from my experiences and does not refer to any one program or person.
In affiliate sales, the products and believe me there are an unlimited supply of items that you can sell and earn commission from. Selling physical items from Amazon, Walmart, K-Mart or any of the other retail stores and shops is a perfect business model. You decide on your strategy, get the word out to those who are interested in buying and the products sells itself. Amazon or what ever retailer you are an affiliate of takes care of the ordering details, the shipping and the refunds if needed.
I had no idea how I did it, what I did to make the sale or anything that I could replicate. All I knew is that I wanted to keep doing it over and over again. Rosalind’s book is still in print and although I haven’t gotten the updated copy, I’m positive that Rosalind has kept up with all of the Google “Animal” updates and her methods still apply to selling items online today.
The main problem that I see with affiliate sales is that many people do not understand how it works. For example I have asked friends and family to use my Amazon link when they purchase something but I know that rarely, if ever, that happens. Why? I think it is because the notion has been planted in their heads that if they use an affiliate link then you are going to always be bugging them about something, they will be put on some kind of list or the price of the item they buy is going to have a markup in order to pay you commission; none of which are true.
I know of three very well known ladies online who make their living with affiliate sales and they do very well at it but they also work very hard at it; Rosalind Gardner, as mentioned; Pot Pie Girl (aka, Jennifer Ledbetter) and Lynn Terry.
It used to be that all you had to do was to put up a website, add some items to sell, do some keyword research and just wait for the search engines to find you. Those days are gone now but affiliate sales is still a great market to be in when you are looking to earn money online. You have to make your “online store” more like a “Mom and Pop” store now. Review the product and give your honest opinions of it and make your site a user friendly site that people will want to come back to and shop over and over.
As mentioned earlier there is an unlimited supply of items that you can sell and as for the time of year, all you have to do is find a calendar and start early to promote and build your site (search engine friendly site) by the holidays listed on the calendar. Look online, there are also so many other days that are considered a day of celebrating something. For example today (Wednesday, June 18, 2014) is International Panic Day. Coming up is “take your dog to work day, Chocolate éclair day, Color TV day.” If you think “out of the box” as they say, I’m sure you can come up with items that would be a perfect match to whatever day is being celebrated.
So back to the original question from Lesly, “I like affiliate sales because the inventory is endless and you can get and become as creative as you dare to be.” It is just a matter of getting people to understand that clicking on your affiliate sales link is NOT going to cause them to give up their first born or anything drastic like that.
This is why we created Power Affiliate Club
. All of the links are affiliate links. If you buy something through clicking on one of the links, a member of PAC will receive commission on the sale. We have the rotator set up sequentially so it is fair to every member. We add affiliate links from members and the different places they are affiliated with all the time and the database will continue to grow.
Think of shopping at Power Affiliate Club as buying from your local Mom and Pop store.
The PAC Team
PS – Want to stay in the loop? Sign-up for the posts and news mailing list and get the latest!
PSS – Did you like this post? Comment, share, and like .. we love ya for it!
Thank you for Shopping PAC!
.ads in wordpress