What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is the fastest way for individuals without any experience to get started earning an income online, and have the ability to write their own paycheck from home. As long as you’ve got a computer and reliable internet connection, you can get going. Affiliate marketing doesn’t require huge startup capital like most businesses. There’s a learning curve, but you can get started very quickly and can potentially generate revenue faster than almost any other business model. Perhaps you already tell people about your favorite products or services. Affiliate marketing allows you to get paid for referrals and its not about referring friends and family! It’s about connecting interested buyers to the products or services they’re already looking for and getting paid for connecting them. You can build a business around your passions by finding and selling product or services that you’re passionate about. Even though the internet has been around for 30 years or so, affiliate marketing is still fairly new, but affiliate marketing opportunities are endless and everywhere. Are you somebody who likes the idea of making money online but you don’t know where to get started? My suggestion would be to explore affiliate marketing. You can start today and people are scaling their incomes up, once they grasp the basics.
Do I need any previous experience?
No, you do not. In fact, previous experience sometimes comes with bad habits and as a result, can convince students to not follow the program and training the way it’s been designed. They’ll sometimes skip the basics because they’re excited to get going. The business system, training, tools and technology provided to students has been designed assuming that the individual has no previous online business experience. You don’t have to be a tech genius either. The system is set up like a franchise, so students can get off to a fast start.
What type of products can I represent?
In the “getting started” modules, students are taught why we suggest certain types of products. You’re free to market any product or service you like, but the SFM teaches that connecting people to information is the most lucrative affiliate relationship. Many students start out by reselling the SFM’s Digital Business System as an affiliate. That’s how you’re able to potentially earn while you learn. It’s the fastest way to build an online income from scratch! The SFM’s products include education, tools and resources, which has major appeal to current business owners. The SFM offers the Digital Business Lounge, which is where students host and build their websites, and other marketing tools. There’s Simple Lead Capture, which enables business owners to create incredible looking landing pages for capturing leads. There’s Graphix Creator, that shows you how to put graphics together for marketing with only a few clicks of the mouse. The training and education can be used to market any product or service.
Do I need to sell SFM products to make money?
Absolutely not! You’re building your business, but one of the big advantages you have as an SFM student is the ability to leverage their business system to make affiliate sales and be potentially earning commissions within only a few weeks. SFM’s parent company, Digital Experts, LLC also has affiliate products students can market and sell. Students can get paid for referring people to Digital Experts Academy, the Digital Business Lounge for website hosting, and Simple Lead Capture, a great tool for adding subscribers to any email list. Never sell anything that you don’t use yourself and truly believe in. I refer people to the SFM because I use their system and know it works. We want to empower you to build an online business that you really love and as a result, have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy your success. Learn the foundation necessary to succeed online and there are an almost unlimited number or products and services to market. You’re under no obligation to market the SFM’s products or Digital Experts, LLC’s products.
What kind of business can I build?
Any type of business you want! The main focus of SFM’s curriculum, especially for your first few months, is teaching you how to market online. Marketing is the most important part of any business and knowing how to get your products or services in front of interested buyers is top priority. You could have the best product or service in the world, but if nobody knows about it, how can they buy it from you? So, The SFM’s curriculum teaches how to market online. No previous experience is required. Knowing how to effectively market products and services online means that you then get to choose the type of business that you build and grow. SFM students have gone on to be highly-compensated online business consultants, and local marketing consultants in their own communities. Some simply focus on referring people to the SFM, many establish affiliate relationships with other companies, and many have gone on to sell their own products and services. I’m one of them! Check out www.mattsweddingceremonies.com. Some students use what they learn to help grow charities. Once you know how to market online, the options are just about endless. You not only develop the skills to support yourself regardless of economic conditions, but become highly marketable to any future employer. The “getting started” modules are designed to show you how to be profitable as quickly as possible, so that you can scale those results and create lifestyle freedom!
Can I do this around my job and other commitments? What sort of time commitment is needed?
You can absolutely build your business around your day job and other commitments. Flexibility is one of the biggest benefits of affiliate marketing. I’ve built Island Time, LLC and this website in my spare time. All that’s needed is a computer, an internet connection, and a couple hours or so a day. However, if you’re intending to have real results, don’t treat your business as a side project or hobby. You must consistently set time aside to work on it. If you treat it like a hobby, you’ll be paid like it’s a hobby. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get paid for my hobbies. You’re probably reading this because you’re looking for a way to work remotely for yourself, not because you’re looking for a new hobby. Dedicating a reasonable amount of time on a consistent basis is what it really takes to start putting money into your bank account. Even if you work long hours or have family commitments, with the right attitude and mindset it’s likely that you’ll build a profitable online business.
Do I need to do any personal selling?
My first career was as a financial advisor and I was not good at pushy sales and cold calling, and it made me miserable. If you’re worried about having to do selling, don’t be. Interested buyers are all over the world and the SFM will show you how to connect with those people. The digital business system provides huge value up front. It’s automated so that people can always make an informed buying decision and don’t need to be convinced. The digital business system keeps you off the phone. You’re not cold calling people, chasing people, doing conference calls, or trying to pitch products and services to friends and family. There’s none of that! I think that the SFM’s education and business system will blow you away when you see what can be done on an automatic basis 24/7, 365 and from absolutely anywhere!
Can this help me grow my existing business?
The education provided will absolutely enable you to get more customers. Three of the blog posts I’ve written are responsible for the majority of the traffic to my wedding website www.firstofficiant.com. However, people often spend too much time nurturing a business idea. The advice I give is to only spend your time growing your existing business, if it’s a business that you really want to have for the long run. It’s important to note that it takes the same amount of effort to get an inexpensive product in front of prospective buyers, as it does to get a high-ticket item that pays high commissions. What’s your time worth? My focus is to show people how they can create and build an online business that they love, that pays well, and that brings a happy and abundant life. The SFM provides almost everything you’ll need, including the tools and technology to help you grow your existing business.
How long will it take to get set up and to be making money?
That totally depends on your motivation and how much effort you put in, just like diet and exercise. You don’t get into great shape overnight. It takes consistency. However, many students are successfully earning affiliate commissions within two months. There are at least four training modules to complete (around 20 hours of video) before getting yourself set up and ready to earn money online. Within those modules there’s live training to attend, but recordings are available if you can’t make the live training. Attending the live webinars is best because you have the opportunity to ask questions about your own business and there’s lots to be learned from others who are getting started as well. Live training accelerates the learning process. Students typically spend around an hour or two in each training video, often around work commitments and family, so I encourage you to look at this as a marathon, not a sprint. A reasonable pace is best, but extra effort up front should result in quicker success.
I’m retired, but bored. Am I too old for this?
You’re never too old to learn and our world is only becoming more connected! Technology is only becoming a larger part of our lives and you don’t want to be left behind. You have the opportunity to learn how the digital economy works and to supplement your income. Nobody is too old to do this, as long as they want to and are willing to step out of their comfort zone and learn something new. Technology used to be much more difficult to use, but the SFM’s process and system help to alleviate much of that. Students within the SFM community help each other too and the average age at this time within the SFM community is 48. Living a great retirement often means more money, but people also want to feel challenged and I think an internet-based business offers all of that.
What kind of support do I get?
This is a popular question. The SFM constantly fine-tunes the different ways to support its students. The training is in a step-by-step, linear fashion. When students get stuck and have questions, support is offered through email, live chat, phone and by other members within the SFM community. The SFM support staff calendar can be accessed anytime to schedule help and emails are usually answered within an hour and support videos can also be accessed 24/7. You also have me, Matt Nathanson to help! My goal is for you to succeed. In addition, there are private Facebook and social media groups, where you’ll meet other internet entrepreneurs. You’re not alone. On top of that, the SFM has live events all over the world, where members get together in person. The SFM cares about the success of their student/members because each one is an advertisement, and so the goal is to help everyone succeed.
Will I need a marketing budget?
The more time and money you invest in your business, the quicker results will come. Many members build their businesses using free strategies, like blogging and social media. The SFM will show you how to do that, but it takes longer than if you’re paying for exposure. Many students have started out without money to market and created successful businesses, but the students who’ve had rapid success nearly always have money to invest. You’ve got to have either time or money to work with. If you have both that’s great, but be realistic. If you have no money to invest in your business, then you’re going to need time. If you have very little time, it’s going to help a lot if you’ve got money to invest in advertising. Most businesses require huge start-up costs, but the affiliate marketing model allows you to invest what you can. You can get started quickly, with little startup capital, but you should always think of investing in your business as a long-term strategy.
Is this an internet scam?
Absolutely not and there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee. Test drive the training for one month and if you decide it’s not for you, the SFM will give you a full refund, no questions asked!