5 Biggest Lies About Affiliate Marketing

5 Biggest Lies About Affiliate Marketing

Hey Miles here… MilesBeckler.com. In this video you are going to learn the five
lies about affiliate marketing that are keeping you from earning the income that you desire. So I started making money online as an affiliate
in 2003 I’ve generated millions of dollars online in profits and today currently I earn
hundreds of thousands of dollars as an affiliate. And I’m seeing there’s a lot of lies being
passed around by the fake gurus and on forums and Facebook groups that are keeping you from
having the right mindset to truly create the success that you desire. Affiliate marketing works when you do it the
right way. So let’s break down these five lies and give
you the positive alternatives so you can build a proper mindset. Number one is that it’s easy. Now this comes from a lot of sales messaging
from the fake gurus who are selling you how to courses. And if they sold you the reality, which is
it’s a three to five year plan, it’s a ton of work now. It’s a lot of late nights and early mornings
and banging on your keyboard solving problems. And that ain’t very fun, but they can’t sell
you their thousand dollar course, their $500 course or $2,000 course with that truth. So what do they do? They make it sound easy. And here’s the problem with making affiliate
marketing sound easy is when you get engaged with the process and you realize this is extremely
difficult, you might give up and if you give up, you’re never going to earn the income
that you truly desire. Okay? So that’s how this kind of unrealistic expectation
that’s passed around from it being easy is really hindering a lot of people because ultimately
it is a three to five year. My best analogy that I use all the time is
that we have gigantic pile of manure that we need to move and we have a spoon to do
it. So we might as well roll up our sleeves and
get to work the magic when you get it right, the lifestyle can be incredible, but it’s
a three to five year game. You need to publish hundreds, if not thousands
of posts, hundreds if not thousands of videos and iterate on everything you’re doing right. You got to work hard and you gotta work smart. So that’s number one. Number two is that it’s passive. Somehow. This world of affiliate marketing is passive
income. And as someone who’s been earning income online
for over 16 years at this point, I can tell you nothing about it is passive. Your server’s going to get it on at certain
points. Your WordPress site is going to need updates. Your WordPress site is probably going to get
hacked at some point. You’re probably going to get an SQL injection
at some point. Somebody is going to take over your website
and redirect people to um, unmentionable websites happened to us multiple times. There is, you might think, well, I could outsource
the whole thing and I can let other people run it. Well, who’s going to hire those individuals? Who’s going to manage those individuals? What happens when they stop showing up because
they see the owner isn’t showing up? The truth is that there’s nothing passive
about the world of affiliate marketing. It takes a lot of work and that’s okay. What are we doing with our time anyways? Right? As an affiliate marketer, we focus our time
on creating helpful, valuable content for our audience. This video here is an example of me just taking
some time on a Wednesday afternoon to create some helpful, valuable information for you. Am I going to call you to action in this? Am I going to try to sell you something? Absolutely not. I’m just giving some value to build trust,
to help connect with new members of my audience, et cetera, et cetera. And with that said, if you are new to my channel,
if you haven’t seen my videos yet, hit the subscribe button, hit the thumbs up and let
me know you’re new in the comments or if you’ve been around for a while, subscribe. Anyways, I appreciate you. So knowing that it is active, it’s a real
business. It’s an active business. It takes constantly refining your skills. It takes constantly publishing new content. We have to stay ahead of the game. You have new competitors entering the world
each and every day who are all vying for that number one spot on Google or YouTube or whatever
platform you’re on the day you try to coast on easy street is the day like me, ambitious
and individuals like myself and like the millions of other people here who are hungry. That’s when they’ll start to overtake you
and anybody who tries to treat this as passive is lying and you can see all the people selling
you passive income lies. They’re blogging, they’re posting to social
media, they’re sending emails to their list. All of this is active work. Embrace the work, do the work, and you will
be rewarded if you stick with it and you’re strategic and intelligent enough. Number three is the biggest third biggest
lie is that it’s all about finding the right product, okay? So many people are like, well, what network
is the best network and what products should I go after or what niche, what this, that,
the other. That is the wrong way to look at it. Okay? Affiliate marketing is not about products. Affiliate marketing is about helping people
accomplish their goals, solve their problems, and really, truly achieve more happiness in
their life. And when you realize that as an affiliate
marketer, you’re literally taking on the role of problem solver for other people, you start
to align with the right way to do affiliate marketing. What do I mean by this? So let’s use this channel and let’s use my
current miles Beckler brand and business. I have six different websites generating cashflow
right now, but let’s use this one as an example. So within this one website, people are trying
to figure out how to rank a YouTube video, how to rank a blog post on Google, how to
do keyword research, how to do Facebook ads. Okay? And what I’ve done is I’ve taken my time to
learn the process from my 1516 years of experience, digital marketing online. I’ve taken all of this time to learn all of
these tactics and processes. And then I take the time to create content
that shares how to do this. So I’m not only learning how to overcome other
people’s challenges, I’m taking time to craft content that teaches them how to overcome
their challenges. And the truth of the matter is people buy
from those who they trust. And if you’re helping your audience members
get on the path to their goals, get solutions to their problems, get answers to their questions,
you become their trusted advisor. And when you are their most trusted advisor,
you are the one who is affiliate links. They will click on, you’re the one who’s recommendations
they will pay attention to. And that is how you ultimately make affiliate
sales. So the world of affiliate marketing is literally
committing to an audience of people and saying, you know what? For this group of people, uh, it could be
racing drones for racing drone, new racing drone enthusiasts who want to build their
first racing drone. I’m going to take the time to teach them how
to do it. I’m going to take the time to discover the
wrong ways to do it so I could teach the right way to do it. That’s what we do as affiliate marketers. And really, truly embracing that it’s not
about the product, it’s about the audience, their goals, their needs, and how you can
craft the right kind of content to help them on that path. Number four, biggest lie is that there’s a
shortcut. Now, I’ve said many times in other videos
that the shortcut is really sticking with one thing for three to five years, but what
happens is so many people in the world of affiliate marketing think that there is some
magic system or there’s some magic traffic source or there’s some magic thing out there
and what does this lead to? Well, it leads to reading sales letters late
at night, feeling overwhelmed and hopeful and dopamine hits and anxious. It leads to watching webinars, thinking that
the person on this webinar has some magic secret that they’re going to teach you and
that they’re, they’re back to number one, right? Their explanation of how easy it is with their
system and all you do is copy and paste everything that they’re doing. It’ll work for you. It’s just not true. That’s how they make their income. And when you think that ultimately there is
a shortcut, this opens up a seed of doubt. This is an opportunity for the fake gurus
to get in your mind to help make you think there’s that. You’re missing something and without their
system, their tool, they’re this, they’re that. They’re training their 500 $902,000 thing. Without that, you’ll never figure out the
game and I can tell you firsthand, my wife and I started our first business that’s still
running to this day with nothing but web hosting and a domain. We installed WordPress. It costs us less than a hundred dollars and
that website has brought in millions of dollars. Why not? For many fancy courses, I couldn’t afford
it. I was flat broke. I had to move back in with my parents at 30
I had $50,000 in student loan debt. I did not have money for 200 400 for a $50
course. I had no money at all. We did the work. We committed to crafting the kind of content
that our audience wants, likes and enjoys. That helps them, that answers their questions. And sure enough, we built trust with this
audience. And then when we started recommending specific
products and tools and services, et cetera, they took our recommendations, they clicked,
they purchased, we earned money as an affiliate. So there is no shortcut and that’s a good
thing. It’s active and a passive and not a good thing
cause we affiliate marketers are ultimately helping other people solve their problems. We take their challenges on for them, we do
the research for them and we craft great content that helps them get what they’re looking for. Number five biggest lie is that it’s too competitive. And this is amazingly incorrect. Now I do a lot of, got a little inner circle
membership and I do a lot of niche research and I’m working with hundreds of different
individuals right now. So I’m able to see inside of many different
niches and I end up doing keyword research and, and niche research in dozens if not hundreds
of niches and am astonished at the major niches that have maybe three or four big time players
in them. And that’s it. And these are what I would consider major,
major niches. There is always room at the top for ambitious,
hungry, hardworking people willing to outwork their competitors intelligently. You know, there’s this old adage of, um, you
know, we’ll work smarter, not harder, hate to break it to you, but the game is about
doing both. You need to work smarter than your competitors
and you also need to work harder than your competitors. There’s not too much competition out there,
but there are people who have a headstart on you and that’s all it is. You’re never going to go to Google and type
in a search phrase or a YouTube and type in a search phrase. You’re never going to find zero results, right? It’s just never going to happen because Google’s
one job is to deliver you something and Google is going to deliver you the most relevant
piece at that moment. What can happen, you can actually step up
and create better content. You can be more optimized with how you create
it. You can outwork and out strategize your competitors
and you can take over the top spots. I don’t care if it’s the world of podcasting,
if it’s on YouTube, if it’s on Google, the playing field is wide open. Now you got to remember it’s kind of like
playing a professional sport, right? If you want to play in the big leagues, if
you really want to go up against tiger woods and you’re trying to think that weight loss
is going to be, that’s your key. Rephrase. You’re going after. You need to realize that that’s a heads up
match against the best golfers in the world and 99.99999999% of people can’t do that,
but when you get down into these little sub niches of how to hit straighter drives for
men over 50 or how to hit longer drives for women in their forties et cetera, they are
wide open and there really isn’t too much competition. I’ve said for years, there’s always room at
the top. I was able to take this channel into one of
the foremost digital marketing channels on YouTube in three years. Out of nowhere. People had decades worth of headstart on me
and I currently rank up with some of the best search engine optimization and video marketers
in the world. Three years of hard effort, not too bad. My blog is now generating 55,000 visits per
month in the same way in some very competitive spaces. Remember, I’m going up against digital marketers
and when you focus in on racing drones or quilting or knitting or whatever it is you
are interested in, um, old home style, Hungarian recipes, whatever that is that you’re into,
you realize that the quality of competition goes down drastically and the number of competitors
go down drastically. Then you need to be more strategic than they
are. All 570 videos on this channel are designed
to help you with just that. And then you need to outwork them. And this is the truth. And I’ve been working 60 70 plus hour weeks
for over a decade now and I love it because all my time is focused on helping you understand
how the game works to get the tools, the tactics, the techniques you knew you need to truly
create the business of your dream. I wake up at four or five in the morning,
every morning driven, no alarm clock. I’m just excited to get up to give more value
to you and when you find that level of for your audience and you’re engaged in doing
the active work and you’re excited and you realize there is no shortcut, that this isn’t
easy, and that’s okay because you just love racing drones or or a Hungarian cooking or
whatever it is you do and you just, every day you get to publish more great content
for your audience. That’s the mindset then you need to just stick
with it. Okay, so you need to publish more frequently
than your competitors do. If they’re doing two posts a week, you need
to do at least three posts a week to start to catch up and overtake them if they’re optimizing. At a C level, you need to optimize at a B
level or an a level, right? You need to work harder and smarter than your
competitors, and then the key is to stick with it long enough for all of your results
to compound. And that’s why it’s about a three to five
year plan. Those are the five big lies of affiliate marketing
here on the end screen. I’m gonna have a video pop-up. If you’re new to affiliate marketing, I have
a one hour long free course here on YouTube for you. Click on that. Watch that. If you have questions for me, that’s what
the comments for below. I appreciate thumbs up. I appreciate comments. I appreciate you and I look forward to seeing
you on the next video. Be sure to subscribe so you get notified when
that comes out, till we see each other again. Be well my friend soon.


  1. What are your plans for the 2020's Miles? Big vision goals I'll bet! I really liked that email about mult millions for retirement. Scary being broke even scarier when broke and in your 70's.

  2. You had me at Old Home-Style Hungarian Recipes. Wife's Hungarian. And you just pulled that out of the air? C'mon! Great video!

  3. Your videos are pure gold. I have learned so much from watching your videos also you and your wife have been my motivation to get started so many thanks for your years of hard work and all the knowledge you've been dropping for free on your channel. I have a question how do I do what you do?? I want to help people learn how to navigate through the maze of information overload and start building their online business.

  4. Interesting question about YouTube SEO, but no answer so far (literally nowhere): What if I have my target audience in two countries? Let's say in the US and Spain. I can add subtitles, I can translate the title and the description. That's okay. But what about tags? The top 3-5 tags are the most important ones, but the thing is someone from Spain will be using different keywords than someone from the US. Shall I add tags in both languages? What if I have 10 languages? Or shall I create separate playlists for different countries with the same videos?

  5. Great stuff Miles! Thanks for keeping on keeping on. I would have packed up my kit a while ago. But you bring a reality that helps me keep my head in the game. Know the reality of the situation is a major part of the recipe for real success.

  6. In one of your earlier videos you said you have wasted a lot of money on courses….And in this vid you say you didn't have money to buy any courses….
    I liked you, Miles, and I will try to let this one slide. Just this one time 🙂

  7. Thanks again Miles! Your truth is always welcomed to those of us who are ready to hear it. Sometimes the truth hurts but that's a signal to grow mentally and just do the work.

  8. Well done Miles for bringing out the uncomfortable truths that no-one wants to hear. A lot of us a not really interested in 'passive', but are more than willing to put the hours in, just so long as we know what we are doing. Keep up the good work.

  9. And what none of them tell you, is if you aren't an avid reader, you shouldn't even think about writing blogs. People that don't read voraciously tend to be awful writers. This was a major problem back in the Kindle days, people would be trying to write E-Books when they had no command of the English Language. I bet you can't name just one successful marketer who isn't an(avid) reader… Tai Lopez, Tim Ferriss, Miles Beckler. They all read books.

  10. Is kindle Publishing something you recommend for 2020-2024+? …so many gurus on that subject idk who to trust. Always get told its to competitive with a craze.

  11. I think affiliate marketing is simple, but as you say it's not easy. There's a huge learning curve which most beginners don't realize in the beginning.🤔

    Everyone can learn the basics of Affiliate marketing, but mastering the process and going to the next level takes a lot of time.💯

    Also, again a great video Miles 👍🏼

  12. You look like a person who works at Home Depot. I can envision you in an orange apron so easily. — Not saying this as an insult, just thinking out loud.

  13. Thank you Miles. At least one who is not lying. I knew it from the beginning about these scams of buying or following products that don't work at all. The only things you learn from them is how to lose money and gain nothing. You pay for their "help" and you get nothing in return.

  14. One of the most real and considerate individuals in the field. You, sir, are the example of what all digital entrepreneur should strive to be. Thank you for being you

  15. I always look forward to watching your youtube videos. Haha… The way to know if anything works, try and see what happens. And it takes time and effort! 😀

  16. Thank you Miles! I'm almost 50 and I could not be more exited to go through all the hard work and pain to make my product successful! Thank you for all your videos and more importan your honesty. I joined the 5 AM club 2 months ago and watch your videos among others and now I can differentiate the Fake Gurus easily. I'm learning to change my mind set thank you for sharing Prosperity Cousciousness!! I will see you on the TOP!

  17. Listened on the podcast version just jumping over to say thanks Miles. Affiliate sites not my niche but good reminder to focus on ones passion and other lessons in the episode.

  18. This is exactly what I needed to hear today Miles. Thank you for taking the time to put this video out for us. Time for me pick up that spoon again and get shovelling. Blessings from the UK xx

  19. Miles, you are an inspiration for leadership, integrity and drive/passion. You’re the type of person we all admire and aspire to be. Thank you for who you are and what you bring.

  20. Hey Miles great vid, youtube is getting filled with affiliate marketing "promises" to mainly noobies, what most dont tell you is that you need a good amount of traffic to start even seeing pennies, no matter how good your strategy is, you need traffic wich most people dont have, and of course dont have the money or the knowledge to run ads, so theyre just selling empty dreams to a lot of people.

  21. Awesome once again Miles, all these fake gurus need to be called out!! I was just wondering what your thoughts are on year specific content? For example, best fountain pens of 2019? I have lots of content like this but am hesitant to make more as it might not be very evergreen? Which leads to my next question, do you think there's much issue with updating articles which may be getting tons of traffic on a yearly basis? I.e. updating 2019 specific posts into 2020 posts? Thanks mate 🙂

  22. So to clarify, what are you saying wont happen until the 3-5 year period? Cant make any money until then or millions until then??

  23. This is so valuable, thanks for putting it out. If everyone thinking about affiliate marketing thought in terms of 3 – 5 years to really get in them we would see a huge difference in the marketing message!

  24. Thank you for this im in affiliate marketing and i haven't made a sale yet but my copywriting has gotten so much better. I ve noticed there is almost always some details that is need to make any and everything work. So thank u

  25. New subscriber. I have been looking into ways to start my own business and as you said many gurus tell you it’s easy but it really isn’t easy at all. Your video came up on suggestions and I’m glad it did

  26. As always thanks. Do you have a video on tools etc for protecting your WordPress site from hackers etc? ‘Multiple times’ scares the shit out of me!

  27. There's not too much competition out there but there are people who have a head start on you, LOVE that!! Crazy gold nugget!

    6-months in on an affiliate website, super timely video with some re structure, phase 3-4 launch thoughts I've had this week!

    Thanks Coach B!

  28. Hi Miles! I'm curious: what are the book you have in the background? I have Ogilvy and the Bob bly book. But can't see what that blue one is or the others behind you (I'm still trying to find breakthrough advertising for a good price.

  29. I can definitely understand why people who haven't made money with Affiliate Money are skeptical about it. However, once they focus on making great content and focus on affiliate programs that they truly believe in, the money can start flooding in seriously quickly. Regards, Joe @ WHR Marketing

  30. Thank you sir for saying this! This was my first video I'm watching from you. Subscribed and can't wait to see more. Keep it up adding value and most of all realness

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