Much like everything else, affiliate marketing begins with a desire. Although, the noble cause would be the desire to help people or to make the world a better place and all that, the cold hard truth here is that: affiliate marketers desire money.
That is the fundamental truth. After that, comes other truths like: the freedom to do whatever you want, when you want; being your own boss; working fewer hours in the week and making much more; perfectly integrating your work-life balance and so on. What no one tells you is that none of these things are possible when you are broke. So, money is the main desire here!
That being settled, how do we get about the business of becoming an affiliate marketer in Kenya?
This is the very first thing you need to do. But since you are reading this, I guess you already figured that out. When it comes to affiliate marketing, there are so many sources of information that you never really know who to go with.
I have found that all you need is between 3-5 reliable sources of information that you can tap into when you are getting started. Personally, I’m a huge fan of: Niche Hacks by Stuart and High Paying Affiliate Programs by Bill. Honestly, these two guys combine almost everything you need to know about the niches and programs out there in two neat bows. I am sure there is a host of other resources out there, but for now, these two work perfectly for a newbie who does not know where to begin.
You will also need to learn about the different ways through which you can market your products. As the great affiliate marketers will tell you, you will need to build a site, if not sites that you can use as traffic funnels for your promotions.
We are going to look at the different ways on how to build a site, the different kinds of sites you need and even how you can promote your products without any site. But for now, all we need are the basics. Which when it comes to affiliate marketing, is easier said than grasped.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Quite essentially, this is promoting other peoples products for a commission.
Why Affiliate Marketing?
If you can get people to listen to you, this is what you were meant to do. As an affiliate marketer, all you have to worry about is getting people to see and buy your promotions. You do not need to worry about product development, customer service or even delivery.
Can This Be Done In Kenya?
Absolutely. The world is a global market place now and almost everything that can be done in one end can be replicated in another. Granted, there are some customization that come with the different territories, but the basics are the same. So, yes, you can be a successful affiliate marketer in Kenya. You just need to educate yourself. Try this resource to get you started:
How Much Can You Make?
The whole reason I decided to take this route is because there is absolutely no limit to how much you can make. It all depends on the:
– Niche you choose
– The Affiliate programs you choose
– Products you choose
– The network or emailing list
– And your tenacity
I know of affiliate marketers who are making $98,000 + a month. I am not saying that that is the standard going rate, what I am saying is that it is possible to make an obscene amount of money through affiliate marketing. The best part is this is mostly passive income. All you have to do is set up your system, maintain it from time to time and sit back and watch the money roll in.
Although, this is what misleads many would-be-affiliate marketers. Making that kind of money takes a great deal of initial work. You will have to read, try and error on a couple of things and you will spend hours on your computer before you get the hand of it and before you can start making that much money. Truth be told, there are affiliate marketers that only make $50 a month. But with the right guidance and determination, you can make much more. Try these resources for starters:
What Do You Need As A New Affiliate Marketer In Kenya?
Since we said we are going to go step by step, here is what you need to do first:
1. Find yourself a niche.
This needs to be something that you love because you are probably going to be talking and writing about it a lot. You should also be comfortable being associated with that niche. I will right on how to choose a niche in a following article.