The main beauty of an affiliate program is how easy it is to start. You can start advertising as soon as you have an ID – usually the same day that you sign up for membership. They will also provide an affiliate web page for you to advertise. So really it’s all done for you!
That’s all it takes, along with some disciplined actions to promote the business and a reasonable amount of time to produce results. As well as all the tools you need, the program also provides the product that you will be selling.
You don’t need to develop your own product or program or know how to build a web page. By becoming an affiliate you have the right to earn money from everything that the program provided to you. Depending on your efforts it could be today, tomorrow or next month that you earn your first commission. All you need to do is to focus on promoting the product.
At this point, you have invested very little except some time and effort. The only money you may have spent so far is on the membership fees if applicable. Some programs even let you join for free and make a decision to upgrade after you have seen what it is about.
You are getting a very fair deal in most cases. The vast majority of affiliate programs have no contracts or commitments beyond month-to-month. If there is a contract, be careful because there is no guarantee they will honor ‘refunds’, etc.
Do some analysis to determine how much you would have had to spend to start a business if you didn’t enjoy all the benefits that an affiliate program provides. You will be amazed at the deal you are getting if you consider what the costs would be otherwise. Some of the costs involved would include product development, market research, programming, website development, and operations management, etc..
And don’t forget your time …(the most important of all)
If you have to do all this for yourself, you may be looking at years before you generate any income. You may be paying a lot of money if you need to hire people to do all of the above. Affiliate programs also have operations expenses like any business. So don’t begrudge the program their small membership fee.
All you need to do is to consider that cost as ‘the cost of doing business’ and accept it gratefully since it is really such an unbelievable deal. Don’t get in a big rush because you have decided 30-days is enough time to judge a business opportunity. Try not to think about the little bit of money you are spending and instead focus your attention on what needs to be done to promote your business and the opportunity you have to learn.
The more you apply yourself the sooner you will begin to see results. At some point, you may wish to add more affiliate programs to your portfolio of business opportunities. If you increase the number of things you have to offer, your income can increase