How to Make Affiliate Marketing Work? – Start With Patience and Consistency

Hi Wealth Builders!,

Have you ever been in a farm before? Have you ever observe how farmers work?

I grew up in the Philippines before coming to Canada. One thing I remember about the Philippines is there are lots of rice paddies, especially in the rural areas. In fact, my grandmother was the owner of one. I remember farmers working for her start planting rice at the start of the rainy season which is around June in the Philippines then harvest it 4 months later. Farmers work round the clock during harvest season because they have to finish harvesting it before the typhoon season starts on October; just several weeks after the harvest season.

Patience and Consistency; two character traits that help farmers profit from their business

Farmers take a lot of risk on this kind of business. Sometimes there are powerful monsoon rains that can flood the rice fields or there could be strong typhoons that can blow down the rice plants. Plagues and drought are equally devastating. Interestingly, in spite of all of these risks, farmers consistently work hard to plant and patiently wait for the harvest season to come every single year.

Today, we will look at two character traits of a farmer, patience and consistency, which I believe is important to our success an as an affiliate marketer.

Why Patience is important to the success of our online business?

Rookies are made to believe that success in the affiliate marketing business can be achieved within a few days or couple of weeks

One of the biggest enemies of a rookie affiliate marketer is the expectation of quickly earning lots of money from affiliate marketing. Rookies are made to believe that they can expect to make money as soon as they posted their first blog. Many crooks make us believe that if we follow their program that it will only take a few days or a few weeks before we can start making money.

Of course, this is not true. These “make-money-quick”  promises are only a marketing scheme.

Search Engine Optimization (S.E.O.) makes it almost impossible for a new site to make money within days of its creation

No matter how good a program or how hard-working a person is, it would be impossible to start making money in just a few days or weeks after creation of a site because a new website or a web page is unlikely to be ranked high in the search engine results page. In other words, a new website and the blog articles in it will not be found in search engine results page by readers.

Search Engine Optimization (S.E.O.) ranks websites and web pages according to relevance, reliability, and trustworthiness

According to Internet Live Stats, there are currently 1.9 billion websites made as of November 2018, but only 200 million websites are currently active. Nevertheless, that number is massive!

As you might have guessed, all 200 million websites are competing to be in the first page of search engine results page (S.E.R.P) but not all of them get to be shown when you do a search query.

Major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing use “Page Rank” algorithm to rank web pages according to many factors including its relevance to what you are searching, the trustworthiness of the site, the user experience of the reader, etc. In other words, the ones that show up on your search result page are the best of the best. A new site will probably not going to be able to compete against a more mature site who has built an authority in a particular niche over time.

Page Rank is an algorithm that Google and other search engines use to rank a website.

In essence, search engines have “requirements” in order for a website or web page to get ranked high, preferably, to be ranked on the first page. Websites and/or web pages that meet the requirements gets ranked higher compared to websites/web page that did not follow the requirements. The method of fulfilling the “requirement” so a page can get ranked higher is called Search Engine Optimization.

We use S.E.O. to help our blog get ranked #1 on search engines to increase our website traffic

As an affiliate marketer, we make money when our reader makes a purchase using our affiliate link. So our ultimate goal is to create an S.E.O. friendly articles so we can land on the first page of Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

It is extremely important to land on the first page because 95% of searchers only look at the first page of the result page. That means if our site does not land on the first page then our article will not be seen. If it is not seen then there will be no readers, therefore, no potential buyers.

Expect 6 months to 1 year before we reach the first page

In conclusion, it takes time for Google and other search engines to recognize your site and give it a good rank on the results page (considering that we follow the S.E.O. requirements well). It is likely that we will have to wait for 6 to 1 year before we can expect to find our article get ranked in the top 10.

If you want to learn more about S.E.O. ranking, then I recommend you to visit this article by Ahref’s article,  “How Long Does It Takes to Get Rank” 

Why Consistency is important to the success of our online business?

Knowing how to write an S.E.O. friendly article is not enough, we need to publish an S.E.O. friendly articles regularly!

One of our goals is to write an S.E.O. friendly articles so we could be friends with the algorithm to give us a bump in ranking. Another goal of ours (which I believe is the more important of the two) is to be friends with people who will read our articles. In other words, we need to build a community of loyal followers who will subscribe to our mailing list and excited to read our latest article.

The only way we can build a community of loyal readers is to consistently post articles that add value to the life of your reader and, at the same time, articles they like to read. Also please do not post articles consistently just for the sake of posting. The quality of the article that we post should be consistent as well.

Consistent good work ethic pays off

Aside from consistently posting high quality, S.E.O. friendly articles, we also need to consistently do the following:

  • Consistently find ways to optimize the speed of our website – pages that load fast get ranked higher
  • Consistently invest in ourselves so we can add value to other people – how can we write value-adding articles if we don’t know anything
  • Consistently think of how our articles can help other people’s lives – the number one priority of our blog should be serving others

Patience and Consistency

Patience and consistency the two traits that make farmers successful in their business. To tell you the truth, these two traits make any business to strive and prosper. Many people believe that affiliate marketing is bogus because they expect money to flow in within just a few days after they start their blog.

It takes time for our pages to get ranked on the first page and only then we can expect money from our affiliate links! We also to consistently put an effort into writing new articles so we can slowly increase our overall website rank plus to build a loyal community. Finally, we need to consistently deliver great quality contents else people will just ignore our blog.

Ready to take your affiliate marketing business to the next level?

If you are thinking about getting serious about affiliate marketing and looking for legitimate products or coaches to help you succeed, then I recommend that you take a chance to explore Wealthy Affiliate. (WA)

I have been using WA since September 2018, and till now I have no regrets of using it. WA provides step-by-step training, website builder tools, website hosting and domain registrar services, and most of all a community of successful affiliate marketers that are ready to help and serve you!

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