Hey, remember those books by the great John Patrick, “So You Wanna Be A Gambler?” The series focused on what it took to become a competent gambler in the casinos. Well, if you want to become a competent affiliate marketer, there are some things that you need to know as well. I’m going to cover a few of those things in this article and then direct you to where you can get more information. Hopefully, by the time you’ve gotten all this info, you’ll know if affiliate marketing is right for you or not.
Let me start off by saying that affiliate marketing does have its advantages over selling your own products. The biggest advantage is that there is simply a whole lot less work for the affiliate marketer to do. For one thing, you don’t have to go through the agonizing process of creating your own products. If you think it’s easy to do that, it’s not. I’ve been creating my own products for years and the amount of work is astronomical.
Aside from the time factor of creating your own products, there is the cost factor as well. Affiliate marketing doesn’t cost anywhere near what it costs to create your own products. Some professional quality software products needed to create certain types of products cost hundreds of dollars. For example, take Photoshop which is the top product for creating ecovers. You’re talking about $600 in cost. If you want to create video products, Camtasia is about $300. That’s close to a grand for just two products.
And then of course there is knowledge. To create your own products, you have to have a solid handle on the subject matter. All my products are created from what’s crammed into my head. That knowledge did not come overnight. Some of it took me years to accumulate. What you don’t know, you have to go out and research. And let me tell you, research can be a painstaking process. One product I created took me almost one year to create because of the research required.
Okay, so you can see where affiliate marketing has its advantages. However, we haven’t touched on the disadvantages and other pieces of info. I’ll be publishing another post on the subject very soon that will go over all the pros and cons of affiliate marketing versus creating your own products. I am sure that by the time you’re done reading it, you’ll know whether or not affiliate marketing is right for you.
So you wanna be an affiliate marketer? Then you better know what you’re up against.