By Dan Ho
It seems like every time you turn your head, someone else is launching another affiliate marketing service.
It's a competitive world, and teaching people how to make money online is arguably one of the most fiercely fought over niches.
Which is why I personally stayed away from it -- until last year.
I think there are many good training programs out there for people who want to learn affiliate marketing, from ones that teach SEO, PPC, blogging, article marketing, and so on.
However, one weakness that I see is that too much is still left in the hands of the students to figure out for themselves.
How do I know this? Because I spent years consulting with people who were trying to succeed online as affiliates. And even though I gave them good advice, most people still did not follow through.
Because of this, I am virtually certain that the same happens in almost any affiliate marketing service where students are trained to follow certain steps and take certain actions to succeed.
Look, obviously if you want to make money as an affiliate marketer, you are going to have to do SOME work.
But the problem is most people don't succeed not because they aren't willing to work; they don't make it because they have difficulty mastering all of the different elements required for success.
What elements would those be?
Here are some:
1) Profitable Niche/Market Selection
2) Keyword Research (choosing good mid-tail and long-tail keywords)
3) Building a website -- the obstacle here can be either technical or inability to write effective copy for it
4) Mastering a targeted traffic generation technique
In fact, in my years of an online consultant for online business people, these are the most common reasons people fail.
Let's say you sign up for an affiliate marketing service that teaches you how to do these things, you still have to do them yourself and that's tough.
But what if someone did almost all of these things for you! Do you think you might have a greater chance of success? I certainly think so.
I think the one job for all affiliate marketers should exclusively be content creation. If the other elements that hold people back are removed from the equation and people only had to focus on creating the content required for traffic, their success rates would skyrocket.
Dan Ho is the founder of http://www.AffiliateArticleWriters.com, a nearly turn-key training system that applies article marketing to carefully selected lifetime income programs to create significant passive income.
Hundreds of students have achieved success in affiliate marketing by following Dan's simple, yet highly effective, system.
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