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The internet and global online usage has made it possible for entrepreneurs to discover new and unique ways to make money online and affiliate marketing has certainly been one of the most effective strategies. Affiliate marketing allows people with a large virtual influence to present their audience with a product or opportunity and make a profit based off of the sales that come as a result. However, can you really call affiliate marketing a business? 

In my opinion, yes you can. Just like with any business, you need to make sure you stay dedicated to your business partners and provide your audience with carefully chosen opportunities that you really support and use in your day to day life. However, because few influencers actually treat these opportunities like a business, it can get a bit of a negative reputation, causing people to question its validity. 

However, by taking a deeper look at what goes into affiliate marketing and how it can help you create a passive income, we can see all the ways that this virtual tactic can turn into a viable business. 

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Offering Virtual Marketing 

When you work to provide companies with marketing strategies and campaigns, you are essentially trying to find ways to reach a target audience and encourage them to try out the product you’re trying to promote. As an influencer, there’s really no one in the world with a more direct influence over their audience than us. We have created a virtual space in which we are able to communicate efficiently with our viewers, exposing them to opportunities and information that can help them in their day to day lives. 

They trust us and our opinions and as a result, it’s much easier for us to convince them that a product is worth their time and consideration, especially when it’s something we use ourselves. Businesses will never be able to find a better marketing strategy than this. As a result, they turn to us influencers time and time again to reach their goal customer base. 

Advertisements have been used for centuries, with many companies dedicating themselves to creating the perfect campaign to promote the product in a way that will have clients lined up outside a business’s door. Influencers are essentially acting as a virtual advertising agency, providing them with the marketing they need to reach out to the perfect clients for their products in an efficient and fast time frame. 

Win, Win for Everyone

When we decide to work as affiliate marketers, we are creating a positive situation for everyone involved. First, there’s the business itself. When a business uses influencers to promote their products, not only are they able to reach a much larger client base than there normally would have been available to them, but they are also creating a much better deal for themselves. Influencers are paid by receiving a cut of the profits earned through the sales of the products promoted on their site. This means that rather than having to pay an advertiser upfront, they can instead wait until the sale is made, collect the profits, and pay out accordingly.  

The next group that wins are the affiliate marketers themselves. As long as you remain dedicated and on top of your business, you can earn an unbelievable amount of money through this strategy. This is because businesses want to use you. They want access to the audience you’ve been able to build and will gladly pay for it. Often enough, they will be willing to pay anywhere from 15% to 50% of the sales made through your link, and with specific programs you can even work out a deal for the monthly memberships, allowing you to continue to receive payment for all the time your audience stays with that business. Creating a passive income has never been easier. 

Finally, there are the actual buyers involved. If we are treating our affiliate marketing as a business, then there would be no way we would ever promote a product we didn’t first try ourselves and enjoy. Because of this, audiences will benefit tremendously from affiliate marketers since they are essentially buying a guaranteed product that’s been tested by someone they trust and respect the opinion of. If you start promoting unusable or faulty products just because you’ll make a fast buck, you will quickly lose the audience that put you in this position in the first place. 

It Is a Sustainable Form of Income

Another way to prove that affiliate marketing can be considered a business is that it is 100% sustainable. But, how can I know this? It’s because this is just too great of a system for everyone involved for it to not work. From the business’s perspective, if I fail as an affiliate marketer, they have lost out on essentially nothing, perhaps just the product they sent me to test out. However, if an advertising campaign fails, it can be absolutely devastating for the company in terms of finances and can even destroy their reputation. Affiliate marketing comes with significantly less risk. 

On the other hand, if an affiliate marketer is successful, the benefits can be tremendous. Businesses can earn significant, and even groundbreaking, profits as a result of the reach of the influencers they work with, which is a benefit they’ll never be willing to give up. 

For influencers, the better they’re able to promote a wide range of products, the stronger their reputation will grow and the more companies will want to work with them. As with any business, the more time and effort you put in, the better the reward. 

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 You Are Serving the Public

A business works by providing a good or service to the general public in exchange for profit which they can then use to expand the business and pay off employees. When you act as an affiliate marketer, your goals will be exactly the same. You will be providing a critique and recommendation service in exchange for a percentage of the profits earned through sales relating to your direct promotion. This means that you are working to make sure that your audience is provided with the opportunity to learn about new products that could dramatically benefit their life and you are receiving compensation on the part of the organization you’re working with for bringing that customer to their door. 

Initial Investments 

The great part about affiliate marketers for influencers like myself is that we really don’t have to shell out much to receive the products. Companies will often send you samples so that you’re able to accurately promote what they are trying to sell. However, that doesn’t mean that no investment will be needed on your end. To be a successful marketer, you need to turn yourself into a trustworthy and reputable blogger, YouTuber, or social media guru. This means spending money on things such as cameras, editing equipment, grammar checks, images, and much more. You’ll need to spend time turning yourself into someone your viewers believe in so that they know your recommendations are worth listening to each and every time.

The Difference Between a Hobby and Business 

Many people can say that they enjoy baking on occasion. What takes your baking hobby and turns it into a baking business is your dedication and the way in which you approach things. The same can be said of affiliate marketing. When you really strive to create exceptional content to grow your audience and work hard to sort through potential product deals, you can rest assured knowing that the income you earn will be more than enough to be considered a business. However, if you slack off and only get involved when you feel like it, your marketing will never be anything more than a hobby. 

Affiliate marketing has become one of the main ways for people to make money online. Unfortunately, the lack of information and the newness of the platform has left many people skeptical as to the validity and longevity of this type of income. However, when you sit down and look at the core of what affiliate marketing really is, you can see that it’s just like any other type of business. It requires serious dedication, a passion, and a willingness to go above and beyond to provide their client base with the perfect products to help change their lives for the better.

If you’re thinking about starting out as an affiliate marketer, remember how important it will be to stay true to who you are as an influencer and what you’re trying to represent with your brand. Work with companies you believe in and promote products you would use yourself on a day to day basis so that you can be sure your audience will love it just as much and continue to trust in your opinions. Work hard to build relationships with both companies and your viewers so that you can continue to succeed in this new field for years to come. 

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