Affiliate Marketing Q&A Series: Do I Have to Be the Sales Type to Be Successful with Affiliate Marketing?

Welcome back to our Q&A Series on Affiliate Marketing! If you’re just now joining us, catch up by learning what affiliate marketing is and see proof that it’s the real deal.

Today I want to talk with you about a common roadblock that stops many from even trying their hand at affiliate marketing. Last time, I brought up the example of a car salesman to help explain how affiliate marketing works, which honestly turns some people off to affiliate marketing. The reason I chose it is because it can be easily related to and probably one of the simplest to understand. However, this also leads people to believe they have to be born a salesman or be pushy and full of hype in order to succeed as an affiliate. This is simply not true and I’m going to bust that myth right now.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Q: I couldn’t sell water in a desert and forget about a life jacket to a drowning man too! Can I still be a successful affiliate?

A: I have to be honest. If you can’t sell a life jacket to a drowning man…uhmmm, well he’s just too stubborn! Ok, bad joke, but the point is this:

If you can carry on a conversation, you can promote affiliate products.

The key isn’t in pushing a product or service down people’s throats, but instead talking to them just like you would a friend or family member. If you can recommend something to your spouse or neighbor then yes, you CAN be a successful affiliate.

Let me give you a little piece of advice based on personal experience: It’s not as hard to recommend products to your audience as it can be to those close to you.

As an affiliate marketer you are doing just that…

Recommending products to others already interested in the information you have to share

Unlike a door to door salesperson who knocks on everyone’s door in the neighborhood without knowing anything about the residents — trying to get them to buy t-shirts or magazine subscriptions, you, as an affiliate marketer, will already have an audience (and if you don’t that’s ok too but that’s another topic for another day). The people you will be promoting to have already expressed an interest in what you have to say and information you have to share, which includes recommendations for products or services they have a need for.

Affiliate Marketing is Easier with a Quality Affiliate Program

What makes it even easier to be an affiliate marketer versus a salesperson on the street selling to any and everybody you come in contact with is that you have help at your disposal. If you’re not good with putting words together that make people want to buy a product, don’t sweat it. If you’re afraid you’ll sound too pushy, don’t be.

As a member of a good affiliate program, you’ll be given plenty of tools and resources to help make sales easier for you to achieve. You’ll receive graphics, pre-written sales copy and lots more to help you.

As an affiliate it’s your job to get people to a company’s website. Once the person is there, it then becomes the company’s job to close the sale.

So, yes, you CAN be successful as an affiliate marketer even if you don’t think you could sell a life saving device to the man drowning in the ocean. But honestly, I think you absolutely could sell it to him. Remember, he is your target customer. Don’t you agree?

Arika Lewis

If you’d like to learn more about affiliate marketing with the use of PLR content, I invite you to join me at PLRArsenal.com where I share lots of free information on using PLR as an affiliate marketer, including new PLR announcements and sales. See you there!

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    October 4, 2010 | 4:28 pm

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  2. Arika Lewis
    October 5, 2010 | 12:04 pm

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  4. Arika Lewis - EAM
    October 5, 2010 | 4:59 pm

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  5. Mike @ Biblical Strategies for Startups
    October 11, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    Great stuff Arika! You definitely know your stuff! :)

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