I first started my Internet business while working full-time for a large corporate company. I wanted a ‘safety net’ in case the company started to downsize and make people redundant. By starting my business part-time, I knew I was building something that I could rely on, if that situation were to happen.
I was in a senior position in the company and I worked long hours. But that didn’t stop me putting in many hours each week to make my Internet business take off.
I would listen to or read about Internet strategies while travelling to and from work.
I would work in the evenings.
I would work at weekends.
My wife gave me 100% support.
I started to look at Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate Marketing is where you sell someone else’s product or service and earn a percentage of the sale price. The percentage ranges from 5% to 100%.
When you first start, you might be thinking that Affiliate Marketing commissions probably won’t amount to enough to make the work worth your while. This might be true. It was for me. I was working hours and hours and making little income. In fact, if I were to add up the hours and divide them by the amount of earned commission I was making, it would have been less than $1 an hour.
No-one works for less than $1, do they?
But I was determined and I thought like any new venture, sometimes things start slowly and then pick up speed when you have a little experience and confidence with what you’re doing.
Remember I was only doing this part-time. It was a slow progress.
But, here I was earning Affiliate Marketing commissions (albeit quite small) and I still had the comfort and security of my main full-time role.
You could do exactly the same.
Find a few hours each week, put in a little extra effort and get started. What may start small can become an extra slice of income each month without you having to find a second part-time job or take on more overtime at work.
And, you can do it from your own home. No travelling!
I am not saying you will become rich. I am not saying it’s easy.
Unlike some of those adverts you see.
For example, “Follow my steps, earn $100k a month for 2 hours work a day all for just $97”.
If someone could guarantee and show me how to do that, I’ll gladly give them a $500k bonus. We all would wouldn’t we?
So as I say, you are not going to become rich, but you could earn a little extra to pay a bill or two.
So you could set yourself some goals.
Set up one website and market one product per month.
Add valid and interesting content to your site, get the word out about your site, get your site ranked well in the search engines and that one website / product may make you affiliate marketing commissions that might surprise you.
The next month start another Affiliate Marketing campaign.
Either add another related product to your website or start a totally new campaign in a different niche – i.e. new website, new product.
Within six months, you’ll be promoting 6 products and you’ll end up with several income streams made up of affiliate marketing commissions from different products.
Your first product may not sell very well and you have to keep on going.
Many individuals give up.
But it’s not uncommon for hard working Affiliate Marketers to start out with one website and expand to several more quite quickly, with some people actually owning dozens of websites, each focused on a specific niche and type of products.
And, of course, the more you earn, the more you can invest back into growing your Affiliate Marketing commissions. That may generate more visitors to your sites, more commissions and it can becomes a nice extra income.
So where do you go to find products to promote and sell.
You sign-up, you choose your product to promote, you add the link to your site. Whenever you sell something, ClickBank does the rest. Two weeks later you get a check with your sales commissions. ClickBank do take a small commission but it’s worth it. Everything is automatic and completed for you.
Another great thing with ClickBank is that you can track statistics like how many people purchased, who has purchased and your commissions.
That way you can see if a product is selling or not. If not, move on, start a new campaign with a different product.
You are not going to become rich but if you simply want a little extra cash each month, try working from home with Affiliate Marketing.