Affiliate Marketing Shortcuts For Beginners
Today, what we’re going to be doing is talking about the affiliate marketing shortcuts. A lot of people in affiliate marketing, they say, “You know Marcus, it takes a long time to make money, it takes a long time to set things up, it takes a long time to see result”. Anybody watching video after video of a lot of trainers in our industry will see that most say it’s going to take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to see results on your investments from a new website that you build.
Now, let’s disclaimer this: Obviously, get rich quick doesn’t exist. However, you don’t need to wait a long time to get results. And that’s what this training is going to talk about. Watching my videos or reading my note does not guarantee that you are going to make anything. There are a lot of variables to this business: you can lose money, you can make money, and you can make nothing.
We don’t know what’s going to happen. All we know is these are the things that I’ve been using over the last 18 years to take a site from nothing to Profit. My record time is 13 minutes. I mean, after 13 minutes that I’ve registered a brand new domain name and put a site up, I actually had profit in my affiliate account.
Those profits were about $3 and the domain cost me $9. So I was down about $6. And by the time the day was over, that one little website, often times have made $100. Some of them have gone to make $1600 the first day online. So we’ve got to look at them and be objective.
Today, what we’re going to do is talk about the affiliate marketing shortcuts. What are the things that you can do to get started? Technically, what people tell you to do with affiliate marketing is to find a niche. And they say a niche could be anything, it could be something you’re interested with. A niche could be something that you like. A niche could be something that you know about. This is what most affiliate marketing training teaches you to do. They say, “Hey, you know what? If you’re good at carpentry, build a woodworking site. If you’re good at typing, make a site about typing. If you know French, maybe you should make a website about teaching the French language.” That’s how they tell you to start.
And then you go through and say,” Now that I found this niche, what I’m going to do is that I’m going to set up a blog”. And they tell you to set up this blog, build it about keywords and try to get it to rank in Google. Now, if you have been around more than a half hour, you know that sometimes if you don’t refine your niche, it could be quite difficult to rank your site in Google. So if you’ve heard people say, find a niche you’re good at, and eventually, if you keep doing it, you’re going to rank. Now, “eventually” is not a word that I like to use in business.
Imagine if Google, or Facebook or any big company comes to you and say, “We want you to invest in our company and eventually you’ll get your money back”. Maybe/eventually? You’ll be like, “I’m not going to invest nothing”.
So, they say, “find a niche and eventually you’ll get listed in the search engine. Eventually, you’ll start to rank and you’re going to make money.” They’ll say, “Anywhere from 24 months or more”. In other words, you build a site and you don’t see a dime for like 2 years. That’s okay, but that’s not what I’m in to. I’m a very impatient person and I like to read the game in my favor. Obviously, in ethical and legal ways, we want to read the game in our favors. How do we do that?
In this training what I’m going to do is go over 13 little shortcuts that you can use to take a site from zero to profit fat.
Three Variables Of Affiliate Marketing
There are three variables, they are: Finding a niche, getting traffic and making money. What I want to do is I want to get results now. The reason why I want to get results now is because it is motivation. If you have been doing affiliate marketing for a while, I want you to imagine what it’d be like tomorrow if you wake up to a sale of like $30 in your Clickbank account.
That’s motivation. So you’ll want to do a lot more of what you were doing that get that sale so you can get a lot more sale. How many of you feel like money will motivate you? That’s because you are seeing the fruit of effort.
Finding a niche
There are lots of videos on my Youtube Channel. If you’re not yet subscribed, subscribe to my channel, click the little bell, and go watch those videos on niche finding. With that, you can find niches all the time.
This is where we are going to focus. Because here is the deal: if you had traffic right now that was targeted for your offer you’ll probably be making money. If your traffic was targeted, and you had the right offer in front of them, you will make money. This is the block that is holding you back. If you can get the traffic in the right way and put the right message in front of them, then you are off to the races.
13 Affiliate Marketing Shortcuts For Beginners?
If I said, “I got like half a million visitors a month that is interested in refinancing their mortgage”. Sure, that’s a lot of money. If you have 500 thousand visitors a month in the mortgage market, you’re making money.
So, finding a niche doesn’t really matter because a niche is traffic. The niche is where you’re going to get your traffic. It’s the same thing. The traffic is just a method to get in front of the niche. When we get this ironed out, you’re going to see how it works. .
Getting the traffic is where most people are hung up.
Like in my live training, couple of hundred people are watching the live training. If you went through and said, “Marcus, I have a thousand people who want to watch your live training” and you sent a thousand people to watch me live, I’d make a lot of sales. The same thing as your website, if you have a lot more people, you’ll make a lot more sales. That’s not rocket science, just basic common sense business knowledge. But the problem with business knowledge is, a lot of people that want to make money online don’t really have the business knowledge. Secondly, the people who have the business knowledge, for some reasons when it comes to online stuffs, it just goes out the window and it’s like some weird territory.
It’s like if I want to run a marathon, there is no difference in running the marathon now versus running it in the Olympics. The only difference is the stigma in my mind around the Olympics. I’m running the same, I’m on the same shoes, I’ve got the same track, I’m going the same distance. The only difference is mindset.
And that’s why so many people struggle with things when they get in front of people. So a lot of this stuff is mindset. So we’ve got to really focus on the business stuffs that work.
For example, let’s say you want to open a lawn care business. You’re like, “I want to be a Gardner, I want to do lawn care and get out there”, what would you do? What you’d do is to ask for the business.
Let’s say, for some reasons, I need to make an x amount of dollars per month. What would I do?
I’d probably go door to door and tell enough people about the stuff and maybe even offer them a free service for the first stuff.
So that’s what I’d do. That’s basic business practice. I can do Google, ads and all other things but the most effective way is to go door to door.
Now I want you to look at what we did. What we did is we circumvented everything and we just walked to the customer’s house and said, “hey, you need lawn care”. That what happens.
Does this also apply to creating a website?
It’s the same thing. When you create a website don’t wait around for people to come to you. Actively go to them. That’s what marketing is about. Marketing is about going to somebody who has the means, the desire, and the need for whatever you have to offer.
What I want to go over today is the difference between direct response and branding. Because a lot of people talks about branding. My facebook feed is full of people that are like “you’ve got to brand yourself”. And it’s like, what are you branding? Who are you and what are you doing?
Branding is for apple. Branding is for Nike. Branding is for huge companies that have big ad budgets. Here is the sad fact: I can do YouTube videos, I can put sites up there, I can do all kind of things, most of the people who see my stuff may not remember my meme in a month. So branding is not going to work if it’s your dollars on the line. If it’s Nike, Coca-Cola or any other big company, they can afford to brand because they can afford to put messages in front of you every single day.
You can’t afford to do that. So what do you do instead?
What you’d do is called direct response marketing.
Notice that in the example, we talked about the lawn care. You didn’t go to them and say, “I have 500,000 of these customers that are really happy, or I have this and that”. No, you didn’t do that. Those are all good, but when you’re just starting out, those aren’t going to get you anywhere. Instead what you’d do is say, “hey, I believe in my lawn care so much, I’m going to mown your lawn for free. And then you’re going to sign up”.
What you did was you went in there, find the customer and you went direct and find their response right then and right there.
Direct response marketing is what makes a lot of people online a lot of Money.
You get companies like clickfunnels. Why does clickfunnels works? Because it’s based on direct response marketing.
A lot of people make a lot of money with clickfunnels because it is set up to get a direct response. Notice how their pages work. They are like; okay you make a page that’s like “put your name and email to get this”. That’s a direct response. You either respond or you leave.
And if you respond, I’ll put you in my database and you’ll have to get my marketing messages. If you leave, that’s fine. Direct response is asking for a response right now. Whether it’s a response like “fill out a form”, or “buy a product”, “click my affiliate ad”, whatever it is, direct response is getting a response right now. Compare that with <find your niche that you like- work for 24 months and hope that people buy because now you’re getting a traffic. That’s not what we want to do. We want to do direct response right in the face marketing.
There are shortcuts you can take to make this happen. And all of the shortcuts focus on direct response. I’d rather go out there, focus on getting 10 visitors a day and focus on getting a sale. Focus on something that’s direct, focused and targeted.
- Pay per click test
My favorite way to jumpstart or shortcut affiliate marketing profit is with a paid traffic test. Now, you can literarily go to any search engine that offers paid search marketing. You can set up an ad and within 30 minutes, you’ll be showing on the search engine. Isn’t that fast? Instead of waiting for 24 months to get traffic, you can go right now and buy traffic. Like the one we bought last week: in 30 minutes we were up. So pay per click test is very good. You can go there.
A lot of people are afraid of paid traffic because they are thinking “what if it doesn’t work?” Now, the key to remember about paid traffic is you must do things right.
Again like I said, a lot of people when it comes to internet marketing forget all the business skills. I look at half of the websites that get sent to me, and I’m like “why do you think this stuff will work?” People are searching for this term and your site is not focused on the term. So why would you expect it to work? When you’re doing a pay per click test (And I do this in the simple-site-big-profit course which you can get at simplesitebonus.com), you must focus on what people are looking for.
For example, let’s say I’m getting traffic from the word “cooking videos”. Well, my site better says, “cooking videos”, it better have some links to cooking videos and it better has something that I can make money on that these people are going to want. Because I doubt most of these people are going to want to sign up for a cooking class.
However, I might be able to get them to download a recipe toolbar or maybe something of that nature. I might probably get them to opt-in to a mailing list so I can have a mailing list of people that are interested in cooking.
Even if you’re doing the free traffic method that takes a while, you still want to have direct response copy on your site.
So the first way is to go buy some traffic. You can go to a search engine and buy traffic right now for any keyword you want. A lot of it is extremely inexpensive. For instance, you can say you want to spend $5 in a day. When it gets to $5, it’d shut off. If you didn’t make any money, you pause it. I like to do a test with at least 300 people. So if you’re in a market where the traffic is 30 cents, it’s going to cost you 90 bucks for the test. If you’re in a traffic market where it is 10 cents, it’d cost you 30 bucks.
Again, you only want to test when you know something has the potential of working. I don’t want to send them to my blog that is not even set up. I want to send them to my page that is going to work. A direct response page that says “here you are, fill this up, do this thing, download this, order this product, e.t.c”, because you want to get results now.
- Traffic borrower (ads, comments, banners, jv, solos)
The second way that I like to shortcut these things is what I call the traffic borrower method. This is a method I’ve been using for years and it works extremely well. And if you’re taking notes, this is going to be value packed. You’re going to get a lot of tips. And if you like this tips, check out simpelsitebonus.com and go learn them in details.
Now, what is a traffic borrower?
Here is the deal: right now, on any search engine that you go to, if you type in your niche, how many sites show up? If you go to Google or Yahoo, and you’re like, “I’m in the niche of elderly care”. If you go to Google and type elderly care, how many sites show up for your niche or keyword? They are usually 10. So right now, in your niche, ten people are getting your traffic.
You can now look at those ten sites and see if there is a way to buy, broker, trade traffic with those people. Or you can even see if there is a way to get involve free, like, forums and stuffs. Now, this works really well if you’re doing ads. You can go buy an ad on a site. I’ll tell you what: 9 out of 10 websites don’t know how to monetize their traffic.
What I’m teaching you how to do in our videos and at the simple site course is I’m teaching you how to monetize traffic. If you can monetize traffic, the sky is the limit. All you’ve got to do is find people who don’t know how to monetize traffic, get their traffic and make a ton of money.
So you can go out there and do the traffic borrowers when you’re looking at ads. You can do comments on a blog. If you have a helpful comment on a blog that already ranked on Google and you say, “Hey if you want to learn more about this, check out my site”. You’re getting traffic instantly. Another example is with a solo ad. That would be a great way to get traffic right now. A lot of people do solo ads wrong, we’re going to teach you how to do it right.
- Social media direct targeting (free or paid)
The third shortcut to internet marketing and affiliate marketing prosperity is to use social media direct targeting. You can do this free or you can do this paid. Here is the deal: right now there are Facebook groups. In fact, there is a Facebook group for my city. Here in Florida, there is a Facebook group and I heard that someone offered a lot of money for that group. And there is a lot of people talking. If you had a restaurant and you went on Facebook and you’re like, “I had a restaurant that is right down the street. Everyone in this group gets 10% off “.
And we go to that and we’re like, “hey check it out”. This would work; it would get you, instant customers. The same thing happens in groups that are interested in a stay at home moms, work at home, or how to exercise. There are groups for everything. Now, you’ve got to do this with direct response. We are not doing social media branding. We are doing direct response.
You need results now, not 2 years from now. You can do free traffic, you can go on and buy ad on social media. And you can be in front of your people right now. So you can do that and target exactly who you want. The theme of this training for shortcuts of affiliate marketing is that you are not helpless. We are not doing helpless marketing. We are not setting something up, hoping and praying that some money people come to our site.
That’s not what we are doing. You’ve got to know what works. You’ve got to be a student of what people click on. You should be researching what kind of banner gets the best response? What kind of ads gets the most clicks? What kind of email gets the most open rates? These are the things that make money. These are the things you need to look at and they are the things I teach people about my training.
- Banner Ad in your market
The 4th hack or shortcut to affiliate marketing success is Banner ad. I guarantee if you use this, you will start to get results. It might not be a huge bank account in 24 hours, but you will see what people do. And seeing what people do is half the battle. I’m a student of what people do. That’s your job. You watch what people do.
Again like I said there are 10 sites for every keyword. You want traffic now? Go to theb10 sites. I have literally gone through and I bought a banner ad on a site that was ranked in my market. And I bought a banner ad that cost $600 every 2 weeks. That ad made me $16,000 a month. That’s a 10x. I made ten times my money.
And all it was, was a simple little note asking people to download things. They didn’t have to out their email or buy anything, it was a simple button that got them to do that. There are banner ads in every market that are cheap. Why? Because people are not students of what people do.
They are sitting there just trying to get traffic. You can be good at traffic, I’m good at selling. You can go to sites like banneradnetworks.com, bysellads.com and lots of places where you can go get banner ads. There is a banner video in the simple site course. You can learn about that. All of these tools and tips are going to be updated.
- Fast SEO Using Direct Words and Video
You’ve looked at SEO and you’re like “SEO takes a while”. You’re not going to get the number one rank with a new site if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even if you know what you’re doing, it’s still very difficult. So what do we do instead? What we’ll do is to use fast SEO using direct words and videos. You can also use WordPress. Here is the deal: SEO is 100% about the keyword you choose. If you’re not getting results fast, you’re not choosing the right keyword.
In the simple site course and all of my training programs, we show you how to find the right keyword. How do you find the right keyword that’s going to work for you? Instead of going for the word mortgage, why don’t you try the word, “qualifications for the FHA loan”. These are things people type in. And the difference is, you’re getting deep in the buying funnels which mean it’s easier to convert them.
I can do better setting up a 100 keyword pages and getting ranked for keywords I know I can rank for than you’re going to do spend all the time on the word mortgage.
- Simple landing page and Direct Traffic
Create a simple landing page and don’t get hung up in the tech stuff. Literarily, if you go through my stuff, download my themes and use the tools that we provide in the simple site course, you can make a landing page in 30 minutes. If it takes more than 30 minutes, you’re spending too much time and you’re doing it wrong. You need to spend your time on getting people to fill out your form not making the form look pretty. So many people try to make stuffs look pretty. Pretty doesn’t sell, I have tried it. You test a pretty site versus ugly site; the ugly site wins hands down. I’ve actually tested things. I’ve worked hard making the affiliatemarketingdude.com logo. You know what? Most people don’t like logos.
When I removed the header from a page, instant sales jump. You may have been making your site pretty for years, but that’s not what’s going to sell. What’s going to sell is your message. So I want you to go out there and create a simple landing page. You can drive some traffic to it. This is why clickfunnels works because of the simple landing pages.
- Press releases targeted at your easy keywords
The 7th way to shortcut your way is through press releases. Press releases are cool because you can get a lot of attention. And they are not like the media. You’re not trying to get in the news; you’re just trying to use the press releases to boost site up in the search engine to get people to view it.
Why do press releases work? Because they are on a big press release website and that big press release website gets looked up by big search engines all the time. Again, you have to target it at your easy keywords to make it work.
- Get involved in your market talk sites
Did you know that right now, there are forums and sites in just about every industry? I actually built up a brand new site and I got traffic, ranking and backlinks by literally going to an anxiety forum.
I just posted some contents and I said, “Well, I was an alcoholic and I had anxiety and here is how it worked. If you like this, I’ve got some videos on my site”.
People start coming in right away. I even built up a YouTube channel on it. You can do this in any market. That’s why a lot of subcategory marketers worship the warrior forum.
The problem with internet marketing and affiliate marketing is that you worry about what you think and what you like. What matters is, what are people doing? So you can get involved in the talk sites. Just do a search for your keyword and forums.
- Make big buck with phone lead and calls
There are people out there who need to make money right now. I have been in that situation multiple times. I was like, “I need money now, not tomorrow”. If you need to make money now, put yourself up and do this. Here’s what you do: you’ll find a market, and you drive phone leads. I hate calling people on the phone. I just don’t like doing it. But sometimes, if I want to make some extra sales, If I hop on the phone, I can make thousands of dollars.
Again, results not typical. You have to call the right people and have an ethical thing to sell.
So no one should ever complain that they are too broke to afford my stuffs. Because you can go out there and literally hop on the phone, talk to people right now and you can sell stuffs. Think about this. That is the ultimate direct response marketing. But the problem is most people would rather complain than make a 30 seconds call.
- Use a Pay per click content network
Again, back to the idea of the 10 sites for every keyword term. You can go to the content network and buy an ad on their site. I’ve been in a market where it is one dollar a click. I’ve gotten traffic for 7 cents. Why? Because it’s not on the search engine, it’s on the sites that are on the search engine. It’s still the same thing and person and it’s very inexpensive.
We talked about the pay per click network in the simple site course. So it works really well and you can learn about it. That is how I have made most of the money that I have made when it comes to pay per click content network. This work insanely well. A lot of people don’t talk about them.
- Create a contest and sell through social media groups.
This is one I did a couple of weeks ago. You could sell through a contest on social media. This is something I did and I didn’t realize it’s going to go well as it did. I got people in a Facebook group and I said, “hey guys if you’re interested in this, I’m going to have a live training where we are all going to compete.
Whoever gets the most lead will receive a thousand bucks and whoever gets a second will receive 500 bucks”. It took me a day to come up with the idea. The next day it was up and running and within a week we had a bunch of sales.
- Find avenues to help people instantly
Here is the deal: this is what people Miss. The internet is all about help. You go to Google, you search for something. What you’re doing is you’re asking Google for help. So they want help and you can help them.
- Put live chat and talk to visitors
This is an extremely effective strategy. Especially for the fact that you can watch exactly what your visitors are doing and where they are coming from.
So that’s the deal. These are the 13 things you can do to shortcut your affiliate marketing success. A lot of people say ” I Want to make money now”. Obviously, there are no guarantees in life. Most people make nothing. But you go in there and you do direct response, you’re going to see results.
Now if you want a true shortcut to making this work, our most successful students start with a high ticket niche. This takes out all the guesswork because what we finished find the niche for you.
We find your niche, get your domain name and you get that.
You own it, you can sell it or do what you want with it. On top of that we’re going to put up your site, and get some contents on it.
I’m going to build the site in a direct response way and I’m going to walk you through everything. I’ll suggest you go to highticketniches.com, sign up, fill out the form and we’ll help you make it work. If you’re on a budget, there is Marcusmentor. me where you can go as well. There is also where you can go if you’re a previous customer and want to update your support, get more plugins and all that.
The three options are really good. High ticket niches are the best.
So let’s go ahead and take questions.
You said Katra was great as an autoresponder but you still use a Weber, what should I use?
Either one! Go to my site and you’ll see a comparison of them.
Katra is great if you want to sell stuffs on your own but not as an affiliate.
What do you do if you don’t understand the mechanics but you do understand the idea?
Get a high ticket niche. Bypass all the tech stuff; let me help you find your niche. You do what you understand.
Do I have to use my real address in autoresponder?
No, you can get a P. O. Box. That’s what I do.
Should I start affiliate marketing in the IM niche or do CPA?
If you’re just starting and you want to get into the internet marketing niche, compete with people who don’t know what they are doing and do CPA marketing.
For a newbie in click bank, do you recommend free or paid traffic?
I recommend you go for what your market demands. Let your market determine your traffic method. Don’t ever force a traffic method on a market.
How do you get indexed on Google?
I actually did a video on that. So go watch that.
My high ticket niche is not doing well, how can I fix it?
The best thing you can do is contact us.
When you set up a niche, can you use the videos from the offer?
It depends on the offer. To have to check the offer.
Is there a difference between the mentor program and the simple site?
The mentor program is like a basic ask questions with videos. The simple site is like the course. So if you want the course, get simple site.
Also if you have simple site or high ticket niche and you bought them a while ago, get the mentor to update your support. For any questions you have, you can get us on live chat and see how it works. So go get signed up. Let’s make some money, let’s have fun. Thanks again for reading.