There are many websites that promise to teach you how to become an affiliate marketer. Most are selling a product, generally an e-book, that they claim will tell you all you need to know. They promise that it will give you all the information you need to know to start making money within ten minutes, to earn thousands of dollars a day, to become a millionaire without having to work at all.
If you think it sounds too good to be true, you would be right. It is.
It is true that you can make a lot of money with affiliate marketing. It is also true that many of the e-books out there making these promises can help you become a success. However, you are more likely to be disappointed when the wild claims made by these websites fail to come true.
There are many myths surrounding affiliate marketing, encouraged by the so-called gurus, but most of them contain little truth.
You would have to be extremely fortunate to start making money within ten or fifteen minutes. You might not even have finished reading the e-book in that time. After that, you still have the job of creating a website, deciding on an advertising strategy, and then actually promoting it. You have then got to wait for all this to work. It could be several days, if not weeks, before you make your first sale.
You will also need your own website. Many websites claim they can tell you how to make money without one. Again, this might be possible. But any hopeful affiliate marketer should take a look at the big earners. They all have their own websites. If you want to make the same amount of money they do, you will need your own home on the web. There are also new rules meaning that advertising on Google without a website is likely to get you banned.
You also are not likely to make thousands of pounds a day. Very few affiliate marketers do. Those who have reached that level tend to have been working on promoting their brand for several years. Affiliate marketing can make you rich, but it probably will not do so as quickly as you would like.
It is also unlikely that you will make much money doing no work. Affiliate marketing is all about advertising. You need to advertise your affiliate links and drive traffic to your website. Needless to say, this takes time and effort. Of course, you will earn money while doing nothing. But you have to have a website and advertising campaigns set up in order to do so, and you might not earn anything while spending the time and money required to get these running.