Merriam Webster defines a militia as this:
Militia – n. a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers
That is exactly what we do here at Affiliate Marketing Militia. We take regular, untrained civilians. We train them like soldiers, and they move up the ranks on their way to becoming successful affiliate marketers. No prior knowledge needed and the training is all FREE.
Picture this: one of your friends is talking about how he wants to get in shape for summer. You tell him about a great diet and exercise program to try out. He buys the workout plan for $50 and is excited to get started. Your phone vibrates with an email telling you that you have just received $30 for referring your friend to that workout plan. Congratulations! You have just made money with affiliate marketing!
That is all there is to it. Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income provides the simplest definition:
Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale you make.
Making money with affiliate marketing can be boiled down to three simple step
1. Pick a topic
2. Pick a product
3. Promote the product
So what makes affiliate marketing special?
1. Low startup cost
Starting a typical business with office space, products, employees, etc can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and that is before you even make a single sale. Affiliate marketing can be started for less than the cost of your dinner tonight.
Everything can be done by you. Work how you want, when you want without having to report to a boss.
3. No warehouse space needed
You don’t have pay for inventory and store boxes full of products in your garage. Hell, you don’t even need a product at all!
4. No expertise needed
You don’t need any special skills or bullet points on the resume. You can sell anything you want!
5. Passive income
Once you are all set up, you can make sales while you sleep. Imagine waking up to money in your account.
How much money can I make?
Lets say you were promoting a single product. In reality, you will be promoting multiple products, but for example’s sake, let’s stick with one.
$50 product. You earn 50% of the commission (seem high? It’s actually the standard for the digital products we will be targeting).
That is $25 per sale.
You promote the product and get 1 sale per day. $25 per day, $750 per month, or $9000 a year.
That’s not much money, you say. And I hear you, but actually think about what that would do for you as far as paying bills, gas, groceries, mortgage, etc.
But you were expecting more, I know. In reality, most affiliate marketers who are successful make much more than this.
Take that same example, but say you were able to make 5 sales a day.
5 sales a day. $125 a day. $3750 a month. $45000 a year.
Not so insignificant now? And the really fun part of all this, that is actually still on the low side of things when it comes to affiliate marketing income. I can point you to many affiliates that are making high five figure and even six figure incomes PER MONTH. But I want you to FORGET about that right now!
Not that you won’t make it to that level but I want you to understand something very clearly… And if this is a shock to you, then you might as well leave this site and never come back. It will take WORK, HARD WORK to make money as an affiliate marketer.
Why isn’t everyone doing affiliate marketing?
1. “Get Rich Quick” Mentality
You will not be a millionaire in a month! You may laugh at that, but honestly there are a lot of courses and products promising you just that if you follow their “secret” system.
Affiliate marketing requires hard work and dedication. That doesn’t mean it has to be a full time job. In fact, I recommend doing part time outside of your regular job at first, but it does take consistent effort and determination to be successful.
2. It isn’t for everybody
You can’t just show up to work, act busy and get paid at the end of the day. Your income is directly influenced by your effort and work. Sorry to break it to you, but if you’ve gotten good at “looking” like you are working then affiliate marketing is not for you.
3. Information Overload
As you start diving into affiliate marketing, you will quickly realize there is a massive amount of information (some helpful, mostly not helpful). Online marketing has so many topics, strategies, techniques, etc. that a beginner can easily get overwhelmed and not know where to start. This is how a lot of people make money off of these beginners by selling them the “golden ticket” system to easily make money online.
4. Shiny objects
Everywhere you turn, somebody will have some “secret”, some “push-button” system that if you just follow it, you will make more money than you ever dreamed of. This sounds great, but they always cost money! $47, $97, $1997, even $50k live events all teaching their amazing system.
Free resources for learning affiliate marketing are either hard to find or so spread out and confusing that they are hard to actually apply and start making money.
So I’m going to be honest with you right now. I am going to provide all the information you need to get started in affiliate marketing, for FREE. I am going to provide you with step-by-step actions to take along the way, for FREE.
I need you to promise me ONE thing.
Stick with me!
In an effort to avoid information overload, I have trimmed the fat on this training and kept it to the bare essentials for making your first money with affiliate marketing. I’ve kept lessons short with actions you must take before proceeding in the form of Missions. In order to actually make process, you need to spend only 20% of your time reading/learning and 80% of your time DOING!
Don’t go chasing shiny objects! Follow the program, complete the missions, rank up from Private to General, and make your first dollar!
If you devote yourself to follow this training, you will have learned 99% of what some affiliate marketing training programs charge hundreds of dollars for and you can instead spend your money on what you actually need: a website! Setting up your website will cost around $15 and that’s all you will need to make your first sale. Get the training for free and invest just $15 into your business and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer.
Are you ready? Then lets begin!
To progress through the ranks of the Affiliate Marketing Militia, you will need to complete each rank’s mission. Each rank is broken down into these parts:
- Mission Debrief
o This is the actual lesson with the necessary information to understand and complete the mission
o These are the objectives you must complete to successfully complete the mission and achieve the next rank!
- Bonus Objectives
o Some missions have bonus objectives that are not necessary to complete to move onto the next rank. They are tasks that if completed may help you excel at a faster rate than your fellow soldiers but are entirely optional.
Understood?! Then, lets begin your training! Hoorah!