Traveling the affiliate marketing journey can be a lonely one. As solopreneurs, mostly working on our own day in day out it can be tough sometimes. Sometimes you need a little support and guidance and that’s where a super affiliate mentor comes in handy.
So what is a super affiliate mentor? Let’s explore and see if you do need one.
I love the quote at the top. To me it means you can get stuck in and do something or you can sit back and watch everyone else do it.
Super affiliates to me are the big dogs. And I want to run with them.
At the moment I may not be able to quite keep up, I might not even be snapping at their heels just yet but I know one day I will be considered a super affiliate and I hope to mentor others as I have been when the time comes.
What is a super affiliate?
Quite simply these are the guys who are making a career and a living out of affiliate marketing. They may only have one or two sites that they work themselves or they may have branched out and have people working for them or be outsourcing their content.
The defining factor for me is they are doing this full time and are making more money than your average 9 – 5 worker, a lot more money!
They are the masters of their own destiny. They are skilled and experienced. They know what works because they have been there, made mistakes and learnt from them, to rise above and be at the very top of their game.
I am sure we have all seen the stories about $20k per month websites or $1M affiliate businesses.
Don’t you want to learn from those people? I do.
Where are we at?
As newbie affiliate marketers there is a tendency to second guess ourselves. And rightly so.
Am I on the right track? Can I make a full-time career and business out of this website? Is what I am doing correct or is there a better/faster/cheaper way to get this done?
I know this because these are all questions I have asked myself since I started building out my websites and getting this business rolling.
I don’t think affiliate marketing for beginners is something you can learn entirely on your own and make it in the biz.
There are a huge number of pitfalls, or should that be booby traps, that you just don’t see coming. Also, because of the lag in producing content and seeing results, you can spend months doing the wrong thing before you realise that it actually is the wrong thing.
Think how many posts you might write in 3 months all with the wrong keywords, the wrong SEO and the wrong marketing focus! That’s wasted time and time you will never get back.
You are happily typing away, creating for your site, getting it out there on social media and never realising you are missing crucial steps or worse case, doing it completely wrong.
After 3 – 6 months you sit back and realise nothing has changed! You have no more traffic coming to your site and no more sales than when you started!
Well that was a waste of time and money you think, this affiliate marketing malarkey has whiskers on it. I’M DONE!
What most people don’t realise is there is help out there if you know where to look, you don’t need to make these mistakes because the path is well trodden. There are many who have been before us, made the mistakes and developed training and systems to ease the way for us newbies.
These are the super affiliates and they will gladly mentor you free of charge.
Get Yourself a Super Affiliate Mentor or Two
A mentor is simply someone who is experienced and trusted by you. Someone you look up too, usually someone who is doing what you want to be doing and achieving the success you crave.
You don’t need to know these people personally, but you do need access to their advice to be able to learn from it.
There are thousands of them within the affiliate marketing world. These guys are who I call the big dogs, the super affiliates.
But who are they?
I chose my three super affiliate mentors not only because of their talent and success but the fact that all three give back to our online marketing community. The guys I consider my mentors and who I am learning from, in no particular order are below.
Brian Dean – The Master of SEO
5 years ago Brian Dean launched Backlinko.com reportedly from an Airbnb in Lisbon. Whilst Brian had been creating his own sites up till this time he felt there was a gap in the market for actionable content on how to build white hat SEO.
5 years from a start up WordPress blog to one that now reaches over 3 million people each year.
Pretty good success story yes? How many people do you know who reach the top of their field in 5 years?
Respected and considered the place to find the most up to date information on link building strategies, as well as SEO training Backlinko and Brian Dean, are indeed a force to be reckoned with.
Yes this is Brian’s business, he obviously needs to make a living, but he gives back handsomely to the community free of charge with a massive amount of quality blogs available on his site and via newsletters.
I came across Backlinko through a colleague and I wanted to provide you with a link to the very first blog I read of Brian’s.
It is a must read for those of us starting out, and you will see many of Brian’s suggestions in this blog and throughout my website. Why? Because they work.
Check it out when you have a good cup of coffee and 30 – 60 minutes to learn something really useful.
Brian has a veritable stable of quality YouTube videos on every aspect of building a top ranking website and ranking your YouTube videos, it was hard to choose just one video to include but here’s Brian and his 15 All Time Best SEO Tips (That Get Results)
Doug Cunnington – What is the Keyword Golden Ratio?
Niche Site Project founder
Possibly most well known for popularising the Keyword Golden Ratio, Doug is another veteran in the affiliate marketing world primarily in niche site development. His site Niche Site Project is jam-packed with tips and actionable content for those of us developing niche sites.
If you do not know what a niche site is check out my blog on what and how to choose one. Newbies to affiliate marketing are encouraged to choose a niche they are passionate about for their first website. This is a bit of a double-edged sword as your niche, which is simply a group of people you can help, may not be a super profitable one.
And after all we do want to make money right? We all want the goose that lays the golden egg (that as yet unfound profitable niche that will be the next big thing).
It is true that money can be made off pretty much any niche, some are however more profitable than others.
So why choose a passion niche?
Because it is usually something you know a bit about or you really want to know more about. When you are writing upwards of three or more posts a week it helps to keep you motivated if you enjoy the topic.
Although I have been told that sales and income is enough to motivate most people and I tend to agree with that. This is why I have a passion niche which was my first site, I have the Rat Race Escape Project as my foray into the make money online niche and I have just started a purely for profit Amazon Affiliate site, on a topic I believe will be profitable (time will tell).
Anyway sorry I digress back to Doug.
You only need to look through Niche Site Project to see just how successful Doug has been and in a relatively short space of time. Since becoming a full time online professional in 2015 Doug has sold 1 site for over $235,000, this site was making over $100,000 monthly.
Yeah I want that too! And you can get all of Doug’s templates and systems freely through his website.
If you need any more inspiration on just what can be achieved with an Amazon Affiliate niche website check out Doug’s success stories via the link below.
At the start of this introduction I mentioned the Keyword Golden Ratio. It is something you need to get your head around and understand as you build out your site. The bottom line is not all keywords are created equal, and to give you the good oil here’s Doug.
Dom Wells – Done For You Profitable Websites
Human Proof Designs founder
Dom started his career at Wealthy Affiliate (WA), just like me, following in the footsteps of the greats. I actually found Dom through his personal blogs on WA. He has been a prolific sharer of his knowledge and experience through the platform. I literally spent hours reading his blogs and training.
Dom started with one niche website back in 2012 and now runs his million dollar site Human Proof Designs where he helps others achieve in the affiliate marketing space.
His company create Done-For-You affiliate niche websites. Bottom line is they do all the hard work with their expertise and you buy a ready to roll website.
As we discussed above choosing a profitable niche is just the start and Human Proof Designs has had a bucket load of experience in this area as well as researching profitable keywords, writing content that converts and advanced SEO techniques.
What does all this mean? It means your site gets started on the profit path right from the get go.
Catering for beginners to advanced affiliate marketers Dom and his team also produce extensive training to keep you on track and up to date as your business grows.
The first article I stumbled across of Dom’s was in the area of outreach and I was hooked. If you are not doing outreach I strongly encourage you to have a read of the blog and get cracking. My first few attempts resulted in a request for an Advertising and Media Pack with a very reputable company who wanted to advertise on my site!
I have also been mentioned in two of Australia’s top horseman’s websites and Facebook pages including links to my niche site (shameless plug here for my fabulous niche site – My Horse Handbook).
Outreach is quite simple to achieve but does take a little extra time after each blog post. I say again it is totally worth it. Check out Dom’s easy to understand and put in place system for doing outreach, you are going to love it.
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How’s Your Motivation
I tell you mine has skyrocketed just telling you guys about my fabulous mentors and going back to read more of their work for my research here. I am of course signed up to receive their newest blogs and newsletters and this keeps me up to date with all the latest and greatest info.
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Combined with the teachings of the above three men this will set you on the path to financial freedom and affiliate marketing success. Of this I am sure.
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