Are you looking to cut back on 1-on-1 services and still make money in your business? Affiliate marketing isn’t 100% passive (at least not the kind where you make GOOD money) just like online courses are never 100% passive, but it is a lot less work than constantly selling yourself for 1:1 services and it allows you to support another business!
Let’s chat affiliate marketing for entrepreneurs because I think it gets a really bad rep. I’ll be honest, I was hesitant about it prior to becoming an affiliate for some programs in which I truly believe, so I get it!
WHY BECOME AN AFFILIATE?
Honestly? It just make sense! I got this dog mom sweatshirt and it is so cute plus it’s comfy, so why would I not tell my fellow dog moms to check it out? I’m not getting any commission, but I will promote it because I love it and wear it frequently. Same with Squarespace and Showit. These are platforms I use all the time (like daily). I don’t get any type of affiliate commission (well I have just started with Squarespace, but I have yet to have someone use the link. I digress), but I’m going to rave about the platforms because I have spent hundreds of hours on both and have had great experiences.
So if someone reaches out to you to promote their course or their Black Friday sale, why would you NOT?
HOW TO BECOME AN AFFILIATE?
If you are an entrepreneur who wants to become an affiliate for something but you aren’t sure what, I would suggest start using different things for entrepreneurs. Get free trials of email marketing platforms, course platforms (like Kajabi, Podia, or Teachable) if you have an online course, etc. And then IF YOU LOVE IT, look into if they offer some type of affiliate marketing program. You’ll hear me rave about Flodesk. I started on the trial after being fed up with Mailchimp and quickly fell in love. It made me actually enjoy email marketing and DO IT, so you will hear me talk about my 50% off coupon through them! It all started with a trial.
When I was looking at the best course platform for me, I wasn’t paying attention to if they had affiliate marketing. I was looking at price, ease of use, and customer service; BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t pay attention to if they have some type of affiliate program. Generally newer companies will offer affiliate programs to get the word out. I chose Podia for a myriad of reasons and since they are a newer company they have great customer support and an affiliate program! I have loved Podia for hosting my Squarespace With Confidence and Squarespace SEO course. It was so easy to upload the videos and create the backend course so that was an easy YES for me!
One of the best ways I have found to become an affiliate is to simply connect with other entrepreneurs who have similar audiences OR their product could help your audience. One example is Kelsey Formost who has a copywriting course for new entrepreneurs. This aligns perfectly with my ideal audience for my Squarespace course! Plus her commission rate is 30% (which is very high)!
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Yes, with some of these I get a little commission, (with no extra cost to you) but I would recommend all of them regardless!
WANT TO KNOW THE OTHER TOOLS I USE IN MY BUSINESS (some are affiliates, most are not)? READ THIS!