So often I get emails, facebook messages, and even tweets from people asking how to get started with affiliate marketing.
It comes with a good reason too; starting affiliate marketing can seem like such a daunting task! You have the landing pages, the advertisement creatives (banners and text ads), traffic sources, keywords, Ahh!
You know, the most common problem I hear is, “I am not a coder” and “I am not a designer” often followed by “I can’t afford to hire them!”
The funny thing is, while I “can” code and I can design, my coders and designers would agree that I suck at it. The other day I tried to modify a template my coder had done for me. He messages me shortly after… “Hey, do you mind if I… recode all of this…” Hahaha.
Anyway, I’m sure many of you know how it can feel when you don’t have this skillset. The honest truth however, is you really don’t need to have those skills to be able to make money online.
Sure, having those skills will help, there is no argument there.
Last year I made over $1,500,000 using a free template that I grabbed from one of the many free CSS templates. No joke. It didn’t matter that it was free or that I didn’t have to do anything except add my own filler text. All that matters is that that it converted and converted well.
So often we get into this mindset that if we don’t have the most beautiful page that we will not be able to succeed. Success really does not come from design. Success comes from your ability to optimize, test, retest, test some more, and focus on details. I truly believe that, and obviously have some proof. 😉
Starting as a marketer is certainly no easy task. It took me 3 years to really start to become successful (2004-2007) but as you continue to press on, you will continue to learn and grow in your ability to generate sales.