Asking The Right Questions

Everywhere you look, pretty much everybody who is offering Affiliate Marketing training is telling you that “everything is included” or that “you’ll get all the training necessary once you’re in” – and that doesn’t include the “be prepared to be making thousands of dollars with so few clicks…

So many times though, you’re going through the training and you’re left with a feeling of “there’s gotta be more to it than this right?“. I know I’ve felt that with previous courses I purchased.

Many of those trainings have one big factor that is missing: getting answers to ever-growing questions.

Let’s not kid ourselves, whenever you start a new job, new training, new anything! There always has to be some type of mentorship to whom you can turn to to get answers. (Have to say, I love that word: Mentorship! Can’t get enough of it).

Now don’t get me wrong, there will be bumps in the road, some questions will take more time to get an answer and more likely even more time to master but with a place to get quick answers to your questions, those bumps won’t feel as if you’re thrown 10 feet in the air!

With Internet Profits, Dean Holland not only offers that specific type of service but he and his staff will go over and beyond to not only make sure your questions are answered, but that you understand the principles and the mechanics behind them.

That is great… heck even fantastic but it also has to start with:

Asking… Asking… Asking…

If you don’t ask: you won’t know. Plain and simple. You really have to get out of your comfort zone and reach out for that help.

I’m currently working with a young colleague, just out of university, who unfortunately is finding it hard to do so when she has questions.

So many times I’ve told her that “there are no stupid questions…just awful answers” but she still isn’t grasping the fact that she isn’t bothering me, we’re sharing my knowledge and making sure that going forward she has less bumps in the road to go over.

Knowledge Is Power

We’ve all heard that phrase before but have we really looked at its meaning? to me, there’s something missing in that phrase: Applied Knowledge Is Power!

For those who’ve gone on to get a college or university degree or those who’ve worked at their job for a while, you know that applying the knowledge you have gained is where the real power lies. I’ve heard so many stories of people who’ve gotten a degree yet, for sometimes circumstances out of their control, they are working in a field completely out of what they’ve studied for.

Within the Affiliate Marketing field, you could find several courses (heck thousands of them) that are out there which teach you everything from setting up your website for a blog to email marketing – something that’s changed for the better in the recent months – more on that below.

Where To Start?

From understanding the ins and outs of affiliate programs to mastering digital marketing strategies, let’s not kid ourselves, there’s a lot to learn when diving into the world of affiliate marketing.

Like anybody else starting something new, the first thing you’re probably asking yourself is “when will I start making money?

One great quote I love from my mentor Dean Holland is: “Don’t chase money — Let money chase you”

Even before you start thinking about growing your business or making money for that matter, you need to get the knowledge you’ll require to set it up properly and that starts with asking the right questions for what you need.

First big question to ask: web and email hosting. Do you need it? You may think that you don’t need a website to promote your Affiliate Marketing links but you’ll need a presence on the web and that could be done via a web page or blog but that starts from an account with a Web Hosting service.

The other requirement will be relative to email marketing. You’ll need software from which to send emails to subscribers and others you’d want to have join your subscriptions or to sell to. Internet Profits offers those via their Affiliate System. Something we can discuss in another blog as well.

Speaking of emails, one thing that is now coming up and being very much discussed about email marketing – you know, those spam emails you’re getting that are trying to sell you anything and everything – is how you won’t be able to send mass emails to everyone without having a web hosted email address – they say it’s to cut down on the spam we’ve been getting for ages.

Another big question to ask is what specific products or services are you interested in promoting? How do you plan to drive traffic to your affiliate links? Don’t be afraid to reach out to industry experts, like my mentor Dean and his team.

One big advantage we have with the internet its that it not only is full of shiny objects that are being sold to us as the next best thing since sliced bread but it does have valuable pertinent information via YouTube and Social Media. You need to do your own research to ensure you have all the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive in this competitive space.

Remember, the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to achieve success in your affiliate marketing business.

Asking questions is key to gaining a deeper understanding of the industry and learning from those who have already found success; someone like Dean. Don’t be afraid to go out of your way to get the information you need – it could make all the difference in the success of your business.

Boots On The Ground

So, let your curiosity be your compass as you embark on the journey of starting your Affiliate Marketing Company. With unwavering determination and a hunger for knowledge, you can carve out a niche for yourself in this competitive landscape.

So, let’s recap some of the questions you’ll need to get answers to before starting:

  1. What niche or industry will I focus on?
    • Determine the area you’re passionate about or where you see potential for profitability.
  2. Who is my target audience?
    • Understand the demographics, interests, and needs of your potential customers.
  3. What products or services will I promote?
    • Choose products or services that align with your niche and audience preferences.
  4. How will I find affiliate programs to join?
    • Research affiliate networks, individual companies, or platforms that offer suitable programs.
  5. What commission structure do affiliate programs offer?
    • Compare commission rates, payment terms, and cookie durations to ensure profitability.
  6. How will I drive traffic to my affiliate links?
    • Consider strategies such as content marketing, social media, SEO, email marketing, or paid advertising.
  7. What content will I create to promote affiliate products?
    • Plan the types of content (blog posts, videos, reviews, etc.) that will resonate with your audience.
  8. How will I track clicks, conversions, and commissions?
    • Choose suitable tracking tools or platforms to monitor the performance of your affiliate links.
  9. How will I build trust with my audience?
    • Focus on providing valuable and honest recommendations, disclosing affiliate relationships transparently.
  10. What legal and compliance considerations do I need to address?
    • Ensure compliance with FTC guidelines, privacy policies, and terms of service of affiliate programs.

  11. How will I optimize and improve my affiliate marketing efforts over time?
    • Regularly analyze data, test new strategies, and adapt your approach based on performance metrics.
  12. What are my short-term and long-term goals for my affiliate marketing business?
    • Define specific objectives and milestones to track progress and measure success.

So, did I scare you yet? Or put that hunger for success into your belly?

One big thing I always remember to state when you decide to join Internet Profits with Dean and his team is that “You Are Not Alone”. Not only do you have their support but a community of like minded people who share their knowledge, their pains and their successes with each other.

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To your success…to our success!


22 thoughts on “Asking The Right Questions”

  1. Hi, Marc! I love your list of questions to consider before starting affiliate marketing. I wish I had come across that before I got started. It would have given me a good idea of what I was getting myself into!

    1. Hi Nakina,
      Thanks for your comment and yes, I definitely would have liked to have those questions at hand as well when I started out.
      All the best,

    1. Hi Kate,
      Right now, to be honest, my target audience is pretty much who wants to listen or read my blog. I’ll definitely go further into details as I progress but right now, not rushing anything.
      Take care!

  2. Great Topic! Your Boots on the Ground section is a must for anyone starting out. Like your young colleague not asking questions, a lot of newbies just don’t know what questions to ask. Your readers will certainly benefit from your list of the many questions that need to be asked.

    One suggestion I do have for you is that you should perhaps re-install your CommentLuv plugin. I’ve attempted to comment on your blog in the past and I continue to get parsing errors.

    1. Hi Robert,
      Thanks for your comment and yes, it seems that us old farts have to bring it out and get the young ones to open up about asking. It does make for some tense moments but like I told her “you can’t get rid of me!” She just laughed at that and told me that she’d try harder.
      I’ll take a look at the CommentLuv plugin; thanks for letting me know.

  3. What an exceptionally well-written breakdown how to start affiliate marketing! I love the idea of asking the right questions (something so simple but easily forgotten most of the time). There is SO much static and noise out there, all the training you could ever ask for, but so much of it is void of real substance. So much of it is lacking, yet requiring you to keep giving more and more before ever giving back to you. It was hard for me to separate the ethical players in the game from the ones who were taking advantage of the situation. I can appreciate your take on Dean Holland and InternetProfits and I thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Lauren,
      You definitely summarize the current situation out there quite well. Sometimes, just taking a chance and looking at what could suit your needs is how you get to someone like Dean.
      I’ve gone through quite a few mentors in the Affiliate Marketing world before getting to him so there is hope still that it can be reached.
      Wishing you all the best and thanks for your comments.

  4. Marc, your list of questions is really awesome. Very important and something I wish we all had when we first started. It’s almost forms part of the blueprint from affiliate marketing. Maybe that’s something you could create as a digital product to offer people. Well done great stuff until next time. Thanks, Atif

    1. Thanks Atif,
      This has been brought up a couple of times and yes, I’d be in the group that would have wanted to know & where to get answers to those questions!
      Thanks as well for planting that seed, definitely worth thinking about that!

  5. Hi Marc,

    I must say, your blogging style is truly remarkable! This post is akin to a masterpiece, where every element – from the writing to the questions, the message conveyed, the imagery, and even the provided links – is meticulously crafted. It’s been an enlightening experience for me, and I’ve gained valuable insights into the art of blogging through your example. I’m certain that your readers will derive just as much enjoyment and enlightenment from your blog as I have. Congratulations on your exceptional work, and I wish you all the best in your blogging journey ahead.

    Warm regards,
    Ezequiel Wells

    1. Hi Ezequiel,
      Truly appreciate the compliment but I think I’ve still got a ways to go before calling it a masterpiece! LOL!
      Working on getting there though that’s for sure!

  6. Hi Marc, I love your list of questions. Some of those questions are what most beginners wouldn’t even think of asking. Kind of like “you don’t know what you don’t know”. So I thought it is great that you show them what are the right questions to ask.

    I suppose you will be answering these questions in your future post?

  7. Hi Marc,
    This is a great post! I wish I had all these questions answered when I was exploring affiliate marketing for the first time. It is extremely helpful for people to understand what is involved, and what you need to start your business. I’m impressed with how you incorporated your affiliate link throughout your post. That was clever and I liked that. Excellent job! I look forward to your next post.

    1. Hi Meredith,
      Wouldn’t we all! Absolutely critical to have all these answers as quickly as possible when starting our internet business.
      Always important to understand what you’re getting into – and where to find the answers.

  8. Marc,

    Like you I have invested into courses & books only to find them to be vague. They ended with me having more questions & no one to answer them.

    Your solution to find an appropriate mentor that is willing to share their knowledge & answer questions is good advice. However, how do you go about locating a person willing to be & able to be a good mentor?

    Next, all the things you listed that must be done seem overwhelming. How do you plan to break them down so that they are more doable?

    Look forward to seeing how you address each of the thing you mentioned in the post.

    Have an awesome day!

    1. Hi CJ,
      Ah yes, that ever elusive question of “how to find that great mentor”? Asking questions does come to mind but it’s definitely not as easy as just writing it down here. In all sincerity, I must have gone through dozens before finding a few that were willing to treat me more than just “another buyer of their stuff”.
      My grandfather used to ask me: “How do you eat an elephant?” — one bite at a time! Again, easy to write but you do have a great point relative to the list I provided — something maybe I can break down in a great future course?
      Thanks for taking the time to write your comments; wishing you all the best my friend!

  9. Perfect!! As a few of the comments mentioned, wish we could have found this information before starting in affiliate marketing.

    Love that all posts have audio.

    Qs be used in so many ways!! FAQ’s etc.

    Thank you

  10. Some straight forward advice for newbies. Wish I had had a place to go 4 years ago.

    It is important to ask the right questions. You set out a nice clear path to follow

    1. Hi Scott,
      Definitely wise words, many of us would have definitely liked to have these answers!
      Thanks for dropping in & providing your comment.

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