Affiliate marketing basics really aren’t that difficult to learn. The biggest problem that many people have is they are so overloaded with information that they don’t know which way to go. Also, it’s difficult to know who they can trust, especially when there are probably more scams out there online then there are legitimate opportunities. Here are a few things that you need to learn if you expect to earn money online as an affiliate marketer.
#1. You’ll need to know some computer basics. I was lost when I first came online and much of it was because of my lack of computer knowledge. Knowing how to do things like copy and paste, sending an email, creating files, ect., will save you a huge amount of frustration. I’m not the only person that struggled in this area initially, as I’ve spoken to others that went through similar ordeals. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
#2. Eventually you’ll want to learn the basics of HTML (Hyper Text Mark-Up Language), but with so much wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) software available now online it’s not an absolute must to know right away, however, even if you outsource your website building projects, knowing html will save you a big headache if you need to make small changes to your websites down the road.
#3. You’ll need to start learning the basics of marketing. I’m talking more about “pre-selling” then I am actual sales tactics, but you really should study both. I know that this may sound daunting for some people, but you must understand that the internet and your computer are only tools used to deliver your message with. Pre-selling others with your personal experience with a product, such as a review, is a powerful way to make affilate sales. You do the pre-selling and then send the visitor to your merchant’s website and let THEM do the selling. Essentially, what you’re doing is warming them up to the product and potentially getting them in a “buying” mood, after which, you send them to where they can scratch their itch. Pre-selling is an art and you must learn it to become effective as an affiliate marketer.
These are just a few of the basics of affiliate marketing. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed. There’s no big rush here. If you are in a position where you need immediate cash then I recommend you find something else to solve that problem before beginning as an affiliate. Once you get some time and experience under your belt you’ll be able to generate cash pretty much on demand, but if you’re just starting to learn then it’s best to do it pressure free. Once you learn the affiliate marketing basics you’ll then be able to decide which direction you plan to go with your marketing career.