In the 2000s, with more and more Internet users and the birth of iPhone, customers started searching products and making decisions about their needs online first, instead of consulting a salesperson, which created a new problem for the marketing department of a company. In addition, a survey in 2000 in the United Kingdom found that most retailers had not registered their own domain address. These problems made marketers find the digital ways for market development.
Since 2006, I’ve spoken at more than 100 SEO and Internet marketing conferences, such as Pubcon, SMX, ClickZ, Digital Summit, and SEOktoberfest. My panel topics are often about link building, penalties, and SEO tools. In 2019, I’ll be presenting on featured snippet optimization and “the perfect page” at a couple of conferences. Even though I feel that I know a ton about link building and content marketing, I’d rather share knowledge in other areas.
While good affiliates can earn a nice living promoting other companies’ products and services, super affiliates exist in a whole other realm. These are the people and teams that count their monthly commissions in the tens and hundreds of thousands. They are amazing charismatic salespeople who know exactly how to reach the online masses and present them with compelling deals.
What’s unfortunate is that there really are some people out there that really do want to help you succeed. I’d like to think of myself as one of them. It’s hard for us though, because what we are trying to “sell” you on is not as sexy as what the scammers promise. They promise things like “I’ll show you step-by-step how I make $10k per month on auto pilot!” while we are trying to tell you that affiliate marketing is a BUSINESS that takes time and effort to grow. Instead of promising big bucks in days or weeks, we promise that you can earn a pretty darn good living after months or even years worth of effort where you make nothing at all. It just doesn’t sell things, even though it’s the reality. Here’s an article I wrote on how long it REALLY takes to make money online.
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