Is Affiliate Marketing Hard?

“Is affiliate marketing hard?”

This is a question I get a lot. And the answer is, No, affiliate marketing is not hard. It isn’t easy, either. Despite what the charlatans on YouTube tell you, affiliate marketing is not a “make money while you sleep” proposition.

The Snake Oil

I see the video ads every time I watch a video on YouTube.

“Make Money Without A Website!”

“Make $1,241 A Day Just By Copying Ans Pasting One Paragraph!”

It goes on and on. What you need to understand is that these people are lying to you. All the want is to sell you their course on how to make money online. Something that they have never done.

The only way they have made any money in by selling overpriced courses on how to make money. Most of these guys have never sold a product or service in their life.

Don’t get taken.

An Inconvenient Truth

Affiliate marketing is not hard, but you will have to make an effort and it will take time. Read that sentence again. Really understand what it is saying.

Are you willing to put in the effort and time it takes to become successful? And this doesn’t just apply to affiliate marketing. Anything of value in your life will take effort and time.

The good news is that if you make the effort and stick to it you will become successful in affiliate marketing. So there is just one question that you must answer.

Are you willing to put in the effort to get what you really want?

My hope is that you are willing. Because that is the main difference between those that make it and those that don’t.

Prepare To Fail

No one likes to fail. It is painful and embarrassing. But if you are to achieve anything in life you will certainly fail more times than you will succeed.

Mark Cuban wrote a book called The Sport Of Business and in it there is a quote that has stuck with me ever since I read it.

I am paraphrasing, but the quote goes, “In baseball, if you only get a hit three times out of ten, you will be in the hall of fame. In basketball, if you only hit half of your shots, you will make it to the hall of fame. But in business you only have to be right once to be successful.”

It’s the same in affiliate marketing. You only have to be right once. One campaign can make your whole career. But the only way you will find that one successful campaign is to suffer through a lot of unsuccessful ones.

Get Ready For Success

Once you have one successful affiliate marketing campaign you will have many more. How do I know this? Simple, because once you have one successful campaign you have the blueprint for more success.

Once you have a winning blueprint affiliate marketing becomes easier. But getting to that winning blueprint will take lots of work and many setbacks.

This is why when people ask, “Is affiliate marketing hard?” I usually say “Yes and no.”

In the beginning, you will feel like nothing you do works. You will have much doubt. You will want to quit. People around you will begin to question your sanity.

But the moment you make your first commission, your whole life will change. No matter how small that first commission is (my first one was $8) it will feel like a million bucks.

That first commission will be the foundation of your fortune. Many people laugh when I say this but it true. Your fortune will be different from other people’s.

I don’t need to buy a Lamborghini or live in a mansion. The money I make from affiliate marketing gives me the freedom to do whatever I want. I get to spend time with my family. I get to visit cool places. I can take a day off if I need to without having to ask permission or worry about getting fired.

So How Hard Is Affiliate Marketing?

The best answer I can give you is that affiliate marketing is as hard as you make it. If you don’t bother to learn the basics you will be fighting uphill from day one.

Learn what to do and learn the affiliate marketing mistakes to avoid. Learn how to create valuable content. Learn hot to market on different platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

It’s hard in the beginning, but the more you learn and the more success you experience the easier it will get.

You will still have to put in the effort and keep learning even after you have become successful. Affiliate marketing, like any other business, is constantly changing. You need to stay current on trends in the industry.