Beginner Affiliate Marketing | 5 Lessons What I Wish I Knew When I Started

Beginner Affiliate Marketing | 5 Lessons What I Wish I Knew When I Started


– Hey it’s LeahRae from toddandleahrae.com and yes, affiliate marketing
is a huge, huge, opportunity. It has truly changed our
businesses and our lives. We’ve been able to create
a seven-figure business and affiliate marketing
is a very large portion of that income. We are a few years in now but there are several things
that I wish we had known when we first got started. And I’m gonna lay out
for you the five lessons that we learned along the way that we wished we knew at the beginning. So that you can learn faster and create your own success. So make sure to subscribe for more videos to help you create income online and the time freedom that you deserve. Now, lesson number one, just having realistic expectations
on what it’s gonna take and how fast things can happen. Honestly, we thought
that it was going to grow much, much faster than it did. (chuckles) We came both from a corporate job, where we made really good money, each of us were six-figure
earners in the corporate world. So we thought okay, we put our
heads down, we get to work, we’ll be back up to six
figures in six months. No! (laughs) Definitely did not work that way. We didn’t get out first sale for a couple of months
after getting started and we were working hard
during those couple months. It took us about six months to even get it to a consistent
500 dollars a month. Now we didn’t realize how long things were gonna take before it
really took off for us. But we also didn’t realize how fast and how big it could really
grow as we continued to work. Todd retired from his
six-figure job about 18 months after we started our online business. Then about 18 months after that, we hit our very first six-figure month. Nothing that we could have ever dreamed of in the corporate world. So just have realistic expectations. You’re going to have to work
hard for quite a long time before you get the results that you want. But, if you do, you can
create bigger results than you ever dreamed of. And honestly, much faster than
you could have ever imagined. Think about a handful of professions that you could make
six figures a month in. I mean if you were like a
super crazy good surgeon, the number one in the world, think about the medical
school, think about residency, think about all these
things, your fellowship, the things that you
had to do to get there, that probably took a decade or more to do! When you can just create
an online business, work hard for a few years, and create that kind of income from home. Anybody can do it if they
have realistic expectations. And that leads right into rule number two, Understand delayed gratification. Understand that there is going
to be a lot of work upfront, before you start making any money at all. Even before you start making good money. You’re going to have to
consistently take action and continually work on your skillset. But doing so, working
hard, building you skills, staying super consistent on
income-producing activities, like creating content,
it’s going to take you to income heights that
you never dreamed of in the long run. In the short term, no. Go get a job if you need something fast. In the long run though,
the return is bigger than you could have ever imagined. Number three is I wish that we had learned how to leverage our time a
bit better at the beginning. So when we first started, we
learned how to generate leads, we learned that I could call the leads, I got really good at calling leads, getting exposure to our offers, and then closing the
sales all on phone calls. It worked, and so what did we do? We just kept doing it. It worked, we were bringing in money, awesome, kept doing it. But here’s the thing, it
wasn’t super scale-able. Like we could scale it to an extent, but I had my physical limitations on how many phone calls
I could make a day. There was actually a
period a few summers ago where we were trying to do some– I had a really big goal for our business and for about 20 days, I
spent locked in my bedroom, calling leads 16-18 hours a day. Working the time zones so in the evening, as it was getting too late to call Pacific time here in the U.S., that’s when I would start on
New Zealand and Australia. It was pure insanity. It was a strategy that we
couldn’t scale big enough for our goals. So yes, it worked, I’m glad we did it, it was a good experience, but I wished we had transitioned sooner to a more scale-able sales process. Really learning how to
create great sales funnels and processes that would
take the sales part off of my shoulders. So we would continue generating leads, but instead of getting on the phone with each and every one of them, to try to close a sale, we had a really streamlined sales process a sales funnel, that
we walked them through. Giving them tons of value and
then offering them a solution to their problems and that works great. It’s what we do til this day. And I haven’t picked up a phone call since that one crazy summer. But doing that has enabled us to really scale up our business. We can generate an
infinite number of leads and our systems and our
processes are in place to handle that and to scale up the sales to match the number of
leads that we’re getting. So, I wish we had figured that out sooner because I really think we
could have grown quicker, we could have had bigger results faster if we had really understood that, and not just relied on my
phone skills for so long. It was about two years of phone calls; I’ve called tens of thousands
of people on the phone guys. Yes, really good on the phone. But, I think our business
could have grown faster if we had worked on more of
those automated sales processes sooner in our business. Number four, rule number
four is content is king. Never ever ever ever put
it on the back burner. Continue to crank out your content even if ads are working
really well for you. Because guess what? Ads can and will change on a dime and if you’re mostly or
heavily relying on ads for your business, you
can be left in a bind. And quite a pickle. (chuckles) Scrambling if you don’t have
a massive, organic audience that you’ve been building
alongside of your paid ads. You should only ever layer ads on top of an organic content strategy. Now for content strategies, really the best ones for
affiliate marketing today, Youtube is my favorite. Then probably blogging and podcasting. Those are all evergreen content strategies where you can begin getting traffic as people search for things. Getting your message
in front of new people, and those pieces of content can continue to bring you leads and
sales for years to come. So we really like those
evergreen strategies so that you’re building online assets and over time, you’re
building like a huge monopoly if you will, if you’re
thinking of real estate, of online assets. It will continue to serve you long-term. And finally, rule number five, this one’s kind of bittersweet. Or mostly bitter. (laughs) Not everyone is going to make it. Okay, and this is sad but true and I’m telling you this so that you’re the one that does make it. Okay, I hope I hope I hope you are. Affiliate marketing is made
up of a bunch of simple tasks. It’s really not complicated work. Just because it’s simple,
doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Most people really don’t have
the gumption to stick to it. They don’t really understand
delayed gratification and they don’t have
realistic expectations. They don’t have what it takes to continually put in the work and to continue to improve their skills to create a solid income. Now in our business, we have always worked to teach people and to help them learn what was working for us. Help them to start doing
it in their own businesses. Well unfortunately, we’ve spent
a lot of our personal time and energy and probably got a
bit too emotionally invested, in trying to help individuals
create those results. Only to have them never
really put in the work that it requires or only
doing that amount of work for a short time, and then giving up when they’re not seeing
results right away. Now, I really don’t regret helping people, but, we could have spent time
instead helping more people and not being so invested
in the individuals. We could’ve spent more
time creating great content that helped a lot of people,
not just one person at a time. And we’d be providing more
information to the people who are gonna make it. The people who are
committed to go out there and to make it happen. Who is gonna find the
content, find the nuggets that they need to create
this massive business. They’re go-getters, they’re
gonna make it happen. Well I challenge you to be the person who is committed to make it happen! Affiliate marketing is a huge opportunity. I hope you truly understand that. It’s a huge opportunity
for those who are committed to make it happen. Who are willing to put in
the work that it requires. I truly hope that you take
these five lessons to heart to create an amazing business for yourself and for your family. Buckling down, to put
in the work right now can enable you to create
a business and a lifestyle that’s better than you’ve ever imagined. Again, it’s LeahRae
from toddandleahrae.com. Know that we are rooting for you. We are here to help you
create the time freedom that you and your family deserve. So make sure to subscribe so
that we can help you do that. Now, if you’re new to the channel, make sure to say hi in the comments and we’ll welcome you to the community. I’ll see you soon.

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