Can Affiliate Marketing Be a Career? [Full-Time Work]

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Not everyone wants to be a CEO and run a multinational company. Some people just want to enjoy what they do, primarily the freedom that comes from not having a boss dictating how they spend their day. It's all about what you want, after all!

If you're looking for an alternative to the regular 9-to-5 grind, maybe affiliate marketing is your answer.

Read on to learn how you can turn affiliate marketing into a career.

Can affiliate marketing be a career?

If you're looking for a career change, affiliate marketing is a great place to start.

Can affiliate marketing be a career

It's a type of 'do what you love' kind of blogging, which sounds like a nice idea. Just find other bloggers with similar interests and let them share their content with readers in exchange for a commission on each sale made of the products in that blog post. 

What is affiliate marketing in a nutshell?

A lot of people think that affiliate marketing is just promoting products and getting paid for it.

It's not. It's promoting other people's products and getting paid for the referral. It's kinda like writing an article on a particular topic, and then you get paid to share it on your own blog, or even take it to another blog and spread the link around (the more popular your article, the better). 

You get paid for any sales that come from the link, so you're definitely not promoting some random product or service.

The difference between affiliate marketing and referral marketing is that with affiliate marketing, you refer traffic to a website in exchange for a commission on every sale made through that traffic. 

With referral marketing, you just refer potential clients to another service provider in exchange for getting paid directly by the business you referred them to.

In affiliate marketing, you not only get paid to promote a product but also to share that product in social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This way you will be able to reach more potential customers. 

That's the advantage of doing affiliate marketing, along with developing a huge following of followers and fans, who in turn will send traffic all on their own. 

Can you make a career with affiliate marketing?

The short answer is yes. Now I'm not suggesting that you do this full-time right this moment. It takes some time. In fact, I wasn't able to make a steady income stream for a few months when I started. 

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It took a little over a year until I was able to quit my 9 to 5. But that's mostly because I didn't have someone like me to guide me along the way. As I mentioned earlier, affiliate marketing is all about promoting other people's content and getting paid for that. 

The bigger the blog or following, the more potential clients you will get to promote their products to. That's how you make a career with affiliate marketing.

So if you want to be an affiliate marketer and turn it into a career, just know that it takes time to build your ability to promote other people's content on your blog so that it can bring more traffic and sales in return. 

How much can I make with affiliate marketing?

It's the million dollar question. A lot of people want to know how much money they can make with affiliate marketing. So I'll tell you what I know from my own experience, which is that it depends on how hard you are willing to work and how smart you are about picking products to promote. 

For me, it took years before I could quit my full-time job. I was doing it part-time while still working my 9-to-5 at first. I also had a decent following on various social media sites which helped drive traffic to the content that I was promoting. 

The more visibility you have, the more sales opportunities will come your way. That's why you should work hard on developing your own following and visibility in the affiliate marketing market. 

How to turn affiliate marketing into a career

The first thing you need to know is that it doesn't happen overnight. You'll have to work very hard to make sure that you're getting results in terms of sales. The first few months will be a trial and error process, but once you start doing it more consistently, the money will start pouring in. 

I'm going to show you how to get started so that you too can start promoting other people's content on social media and make money. 

1. Find your target audience

To make affiliate marketing a career, you need to first find out who your market is, who it talks to and what it wants. I suggest taking a look at your competitors.

Make a list of their blogs and other social media sites and see what content is shared. Note down the niche they are in and which they are covering. If you have time, even create a list of keywords that they are using to bolster the content on their site so that you know what keywords to use for your post. 

Before that, you'll want to take a look at the kind of people who are following your competitors. This might not be the exact audience you're going for, but it'll give you a good idea of where to start. 

You can also research on social media sites such as Quora and Reddit to see what kind of posts are popular there. In fact, I recommend doing this for all of the social media sites you plan on using because it's gonna help you both in terms of targeting a market audience, and also in terms of planning for content.

2. Figure out where your audience hangs out

This next step is crucial. You'll want to know which social media platforms your ideal customers frequent so you can focus your efforts there. Furthermore, you can use this step to determine the type of content to create. 

No one uses only one social media platform these days, so make sure your blog is present on all the social media sites your target market visits.

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And remember, you don't have to target all the social media platforms- you can just concentrate on a few. Just make sure those are the most popular platforms in your niche - that way you won't need to worry about exhausting your efforts on a platform that does nothing for you. 

If you have time, you can also target the social media sites your potential customers use to find out what their interests are.

For example, if they like to browse fashion blogs, you can focus on fashion-related social media platforms. If there are lots of paleo bloggers in your niche, then you can concentrate on other paleo-related social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram.

3. Invest in your branding strategy

Once you've figured out who your target market is and where they hang out, go ahead and create a brand name. Personally, I focused on branding myself and my expertise. When people started to notice my content and remember it, they started associating it with me and my brand. 

Think of it as building your personality - instead of creating a company to rival Apple, I focused on being known as Steve Jobs. Make sense? I hope so. You're reading this article now because you know that you can trust me and the name associated with this blog.

It's a powerful branding strategy and it takes time to build, so be patient. But if you want to turn affiliate marketing into a career, it's your best bet. 

4. Start creating content that resonates with your audience

If you plan on creating content for social media sites, be sure that it speaks to your customers. It's all about finding out what your potential customers are interested in - and finding out what they like to discuss. 

If you have time, you can also create lists of keywords that your ideal customers use on Google and on social media sites related to your niche and then go through them to identify the kind of content that resonates with them. You can come up with both content and titles that are more likely to be shared online. 

You can also think about the kind of discussions that your potential customers have when they talk about their favorite products. If they ask a lot of questions, then you should create content that answers those questions. 

If they tend to give out recommendations (and you've identified this from your keyword research), then go ahead and post those recommendations straight from their mouths onto your website.

5. Create valuable content

On that note, you also need to make sure you create unique and valuable content for your audience. I like to spread my posts between helpful how-tos, product reviews, shareable content, and some lighthearted tips here and there because that's the kind of content my audience likes. 

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That way I get it right and I keep your readers coming back for more. And they, in turn, will share my posts with their followers on social media. Creating this kind of content will also keep your audience up-to-date, which is another valuable thing. 

When you get new followers, let them know about your latest blog posts because they'll want to hear all about your next post. Right?

And once you do that, then you can go ahead and share the link with your potential buyers to make sure they come back for more.

6. Keep a close schedule

This next tip is especially true if you're just starting out. Be sure to keep a close schedule and stick to it. The main goal of social media is to be active and interactive, so if you're just posting your content once every two weeks, people will forget about you. 

And that means no more shares or likes for your content. No sir. Plus, if you're not consistent about sharing your content on social media, people will be less likely to trust you and more likely to give up on you.

I suggest posting at least 3-4 times each week. What I do is spread out my content on various platforms. This way, my followers have something to look forward to and I can easily update them about when I will be posting. 

Each day, I also check multiple platforms to see if I have people sharing my posts. This gives me a sense of how many people are interested in what I'm doing and what they're saying about it. That way, I know if my posts are resonating with them and also if they could become fans of my blog. 

7. Take advantage of the power of social media platforms

Most people don't realize it, but social media platforms allow you to connect with your potential customers on a much deeper level than before. We're not talking about sharing links here, we're talking about creating a real relationship with them and sharing real information. 

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Being able to be in touch with your customers and getting to know them as people is one of the major reasons why social media works. And here's how you can take advantage of this power. 

Leverage your connections from one social media platform to the next. For example, use Twitter to update your followers and connections with Facebook. Use also LinkedIn and share the same content on each platform. I see a lot of people don't realize that it's possible to share the same content all over different platforms. 

8. Build your mailing list

Once you've created a lot of content, the next thing you want to do is build your mailing list. You can do this through email blasts. This means that you'll be emailing your potential customers who visited your website and provided their email addresses. 

Conclusion: Can you make a career with affiliate marketing?

Making affiliate marketing into a career really depends on how much time you're willing to spend on it. You can make a decent income if you put in the work. 

But the good thing about affiliate marketing is that there are tons of options for you to choose from and it's not limited to just one industry, so it's pretty easy for you to diversify and expand your business. 

Well, that's all! I wish you good luck with your new business, and if you have any questions or concerns, make sure you leave a comment below. 

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About the author 

Peter Keszegh

Most people write this part in the third person but I won't. You're at the right place if you want to start or grow your online business. When I'm not busy scaling up my own or other people' businesses, you'll find me trying out new things and discovering new places. Connect with me on Facebook, just let me know how I can help.

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