FAQ

What is affiliate marketing?

If it wasn’t for affiliate marketing, most people probably wouldn’t be making money online.  They’d be stuck in a job working many hours each week doing something they’re not passionate about.  Affiliate marketing is the fastest way for individuals without any experience, or even any existing business knowledge, to get started in becoming self-sufficient, and have the ability to write their own paycheck from home.  As long as you’ve got a computer and an internet connection, you can get going.  The beauty of affiliate marketing is that it doesn’t require huge startup capital like most businesses.  There’s a learning curve, but you can get started very quickly and you can potentially begin seeing results and generating revenue faster than almost any other business model that exists.  If you told people about the fabulous meal you had at a restaurant, so that the following day they go and eat at that same restaurant, the restaurant might thank you for the referral but they’re not going to be putting any money in your pocket.  With affiliate marketing on the internet, you have the opportunity to make referrals and get paid for every single referral.  Affiliate marketing isn’t about referring friends and family at all.  It’s about finding customers or potential customers who are looking for a particular product and service, then playing that middle man and making that referral.  You have the potential to build a business around your passions by finding and selling product or services that you’re passionate about.  Affiliate marketing is still very new, even though the internet has been around for over 25 years and is something that people use every day.  It’s not until you make a decision to become educated in this area that you’re ever going to really see these opportunities around you.  Are you somebody who likes the idea of making money online but you don’t know where to get started, and don’t have your own products to sell, but you like the freedom that’s offered with an internet business?  My advice would be to become an affiliate marketer.  You can start today and it’s not as hard as it might sound once you get the education, and the amount of money you can make is almost unlimited if you work for it.  People are scaling up their incomes almost every single month once they grasp the basics.

Do I need any previous experience?

No, you do not.  Many top students got started without any.  In fact, previous experience sometimes comes with incorrect preconceptions and bad habits and as a result, previous experience can convince students to not follow the program exactly the way it’s been designed to be followed.  They’ll sometimes skip the basics because they’re excited to get going.  Regardless of your previous experience, if you haven’t been getting the kind of results that you want, which is probably why you’re here in the first place, then do not skip the steps.  The business system, the training, the program, the tools and all of the technology provided to students has been designed assuming that the individual has no previous experience.  You don’t have to be tech savvy either.  Everything is put in place like a franchise, in order for you to 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.  Connecting people to information is the most lucrative affiliate relationship and will put the most amount of money into your pocket, but it’s your business and you can market any product or service you like.  Many students choose to be SFM Digital Business System affiliates.  Learning how to market the SFM’s curriculum really is the best way to start, helping you build an online income from scratch!  SFM’s products generally fall into two categories: the first being education and the second being tools and resources, which has massive appeal to current business owners.  The internet gives you endless access to those who are actually looking for a way to make money online.  I’m in front of you right now, aren’t I?  SFM offers the Digital Business Lounge, which is website building, hosting and marketing tools.  There’s Simple Lead Capture, which is an amazing online tool that the SFM created and it enables business owners to create incredible looking webpages for attracting and capturing leads.  There’s a tool for example, called Graphix Creator, that shows you how to pump out amazing looking graphics with a few clicks of the mouse.  We really know what types of products are selling extremely well online and you have the opportunity to plugin and earn commissions as an affiliate for the SFM or any company you choose.  And naturally, you can apply this education to your own products and services should you have them.

Do I need to sell SFM products to make money?

Absolutely not.  It’s your business, but without a doubt one of the big advantages you have as an SFM student is that you can leverage their business system in order to make affiliate sales and commissions within weeks.  SFM’s parent company, Digital Experts, LLC also has different products students are able to sell as affiliates. Students can also get paid for referring to Digital Experts Academy, Digital Business Lounge, which is website hosting, building and other tools for marketing on the internet, and also Simple Lead Capture, which is a great tool for those who want to build a subscriber base.  But never, ever sell anything that you don’t truly believe in.  My experience has taught me that the fastest way to find success and results is to focus on selling things that you are either passionate about or that you use yourself.  I refer people to the SFM because I have personally used their system to create passive internet income.  The education provided is designed to teach you to be self-sufficient and only selling one particular company’s product or service, definitely isn’t self-sufficient.  We want to empower you to really build the business that you love and as a result, have the freedom and flexibility to apply the education and to go out and pick and choose.  Make decisions that are right for you.  You absolutely do not need to sell SFM products or Digital Experts, LLC products and services in order to make money.

What kind of business can I build?

Any type of business you want!  Before I give you examples, I’d like to explain the main focus of SFM’s curriculum, particularly for your first three to six months, teaching you and showing you how to market online.  Marketing is the lifeblood of any business and knowing how to get your products and services in front of a targeted audience is everything.  You could have the best product or service in the world, but if nobody knows it exists, how on earth can they buy from you?  The SFM’s curriculum focuses heavily on how to market online and you do not need to be technical or have any previous experience in order to do that.  The result of being able to market on the internet means that you then get to pick and choose the type of business that you build and grow.  The SFM has students who have gone on to be highly-paid online business consultants, marketing consultants in their local communities, students who simply continue to just focus on referring people to the SFM, students who establish affiliate relationships with weight loss and stop-smoking companies, students who have gone on to sell many of their own products and services, many times created from scratch.  Some students use their skills for philanthropy and help grow charities.  Once you know how to market, the options are endless.  You not only develop the skills to support yourself, but become highly marketable to any future employer.  If all you want is to have a business that’s paying you enough money to be self-sufficient and independent, work from home or maybe quit your job, or maybe retire a spouse, or simply have more money coming into the household, the “getting started” modules are designed to do just that.  They’re designed to show you how to put money in your bank account as quickly as possible so that you can then scale those results and write your own paycheck!

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 or other commitments because affiliate marketing is flexible.  I’ve built Island Time, LLC and this website in my spare time.  All that’s needed is a computer and an internet connection, and an hour 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.  When I’m out in my garden, I’m not getting paid for that.  You’re probably reading this because you’re looking to make money, 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.  People all over the world are searching the internet for a way to make money online and the SFM will show you how to connect with those people.  The digital business system provides massive amounts of value up front, on an automated basis so that people can always make an informed buying decision and don’t need any convincing whatsoever.  In addition, the SFM has established affiliate relationships with other companies that you can choose to be an affiliate for, and those systems are already set up.  The digital business system is done on an automatic basis so you’re not on the phone all day, you’re not cold calling people, you’re not chasing people, you’re not doing conference calls, three way calls, or trying to pitch products and services to friends and family, any of that; it is not necessary at all.  I really believe the future of selling is understanding attraction marketing and understanding how to deliver value up front.  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 days a year all around the world.  Most other countries are currently in recession and many of their citizens are online and looking for this opportunity!

Can this help me grow my existing business?

The education provided will absolutely enable you to get more customers.  However, there’s one point of caution that I like to put out there.  People often spend a lot of time nurturing and growing a business idea, assuming that it’s going to be the quickest way to put more money in the bank.  That’s quite often not the case and the advice I give all the time is to only spend your time growing your existing business if it’s a business that you really want to have and that will make you money. 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 a business that they love, that pays well, resulting in a life that they love and that other people admire.  The SFM absolutely provides almost everything you’re going to possibly 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?

It varies from individual to individual.  However, I’d say on average it’s around six to eight weeks.  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, and within those modules are live training courses to attend, but there are recordings available if you really 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.  It really accelerates the learning process.  Students typically spend around two hours a day on the modules themselves, often around work commitments and family, and I encourage you to look at this as a marathon, not a sprint.  A reasonable pace is best, but effort up front should result in a life of total freedom and flexibility, where you’re running a successful online business.

I’m retired, but bored.  Am I too old for this?

No way!  You’re never too old to learn and our world is only becoming more connected and technology is only becoming a larger part of our lives.  Instead of being left behind, you have the opportunity to learn the digital economy and to supplement your income.  Students in their eighties and nineties have gone on to earn income on the internet.  Nobody is too old to do this as long as they want to and are willing to 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.  There are things that students need to learn about the system and a few things that need to be done to set up, but it really is just about following a series of videos.  Success isn’t about age, it’s about commitment and actually following the training, putting things into practice and making things happen.  Without my parent’s generation, doing the good things that they’ve done—society would be very different.  We wouldn’t have the opportunities that we have right now and helping seniors learn new skills is a great way for us to give back.  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 being a greeter at Walmart isn’t appealing to many.  People want to feel challenged and they want to do something that’s exciting, and I think an internet-based business offers all of that.

What kind of support do I get?

This is probably one of the most important questions that can be asked.  The SFM have been fine-tuning different ways to support students for many years now and I don’t think there are many companies in any market out there that offer quite the diversity of support that the SFM provides.  The training is in a step-by-step fashion. It’s linear.  When students get stuck and have questions, support is offered through multiple channels, including phone, email, live chat and other online entrepreneurs within the SFM community.  Many are working on their internet businesses full-time and you get to talk with others who have overcome hurdles to find success.  The SFM support staff calendar can be accessed anytime to view available appointment times and schedule something, which is actually the preferred method for most students.  Support videos can also be accessed 24/7.  You also have me, Matt Nathanson to help!  In addition, there are private groups on Facebook that you can join, where you’ll meet other internet entrepreneurs.  You won’t be alone.  Our community really enables you to connect with tons of like-minded individuals.  On top of all of this, SFM has live events all over the world, where students join in person.  As far as support, you can’t go wrong because the SFM cares about the success of their students.  Each student is an advertisement and so the goal is to help everyone succeed.  You’ll notice within the first 24 hours that this is a great opportunity.

Will I need a marketing budget?

The reality is this, the more time and money you invest in your business, the more likely you’ll be to see quicker results.  Can you build your business without a marketing budget?  Absolutely.  Yes, you can!  The internet rewards those who know how to use it and there are free ways to gain online exposure, which the SFM will teach you, but it takes longer than if you’re paying for exposure.  Many students have gone on to create very successful businesses starting without a marketing budget, 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, great, but be realistic.  If you have no money to invest in your business then you’re going to need time.  Conversely, if you have very little time, it’s going to help a lot if you’ve got money to invest in advertising.  Internet-based businesses are phenomenal because you can pay as you go.  Most businesses require massive start-up costs, but with this model you invest what you can.  You can get started very quickly, with very little startup capital. However, you should always try and think of investing in your business from a positive perspective.

Is this an internet scam?

No, 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.

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