Saturation in Affiliate Marketing...Is It a Problem?

Many people are asking this question everyday "Is affiliate marketing over saturated". This is a concern for almost every beginner affiliate. But you know what, I had this same question when I took my first dip in the affiliate marketing pool. I overcame this concern very quickly. Why? Well everything you do in this life will involve some level of competition.

When people show their concerns about saturation in affiliate marketing and it is constantly running through their minds, they are really worried about the competition, not the saturation. It's really not about the saturation in affiliate marketing at all. For some it can simply just be an excuse to not try something new to make their lives better. If you’re not careful, you’ll talk yourself out of becoming an affiliate marketer and that’s what other affiliates hope you do. So don’t give your competitors what they want. Take a risk and try it.

Think about this; you go to a job fair hoping you land that job you've spend many years in college for, but when you get to the job fair, you see a lot of people ahead of you doing the same, trying to get that job. You leave there and go home and turn on the news and find out that 10,000 people showed up at the same job fair you went to and you hear that the company is having another job fair tomorrow and they are only going to hire 1000 people. That in it's self is competition, so why are you worried about saturation in affiliate marketing?

What are your odds of getting hired when you are against thousands of others applying to the same job? Setting yourself apart from others job applicants will help and showing the company why you are a good candidate will help you also if you know what you are doing. Well the same goes for affiliate marketing and anything else you decide you want to do in your life.  Sure there are many affiliates out there in the pool, but saturation isn't the problem. 

The real problem results when many affiliate marketers take their affiliate links and plaster them all over the web thinking they are going to cash in big. Too many affiliates are looking for that "instant success". Well I'm here to tell you there is no such thing as instant success. If any guru tells you that you can score big overnight, do yourself a favor and don't pay that B.S any kind of attention. In order for you to become a money making affiliate you will have to put in some work as you will with any other opportunity you choose to do. 

So is there any saturation in affiliate marketing? As I said there's competition in everything. The competition is what will determine if there is money to be made in a niche. There are many sub-niches you can get into that will make you a decent income in affiliate marketing. The other day, I did a post called "Is Weight Loss a Good Niche For an Affiliate?" and I talked about how you can choose a sub niche within the weight loss niche. I also shared an article from a popular affiliate blog that talked about this subject. As I said in that post, too many people are trying to lose weight for an affiliate to not make any money. Plus there are many sub niches and many niches are being created daily as needs and demands continue to grow.

So one of the real problems affiliates have is they are trying to take on too much by focusing on the niche as a whole instead of picking a sub niche to focus on a particular problem. You can't try to solve everyone's problem for them in weight loss if the problem is not the same. For example, a woman who was pregnant and trying to lose baby fat is going to need to be helped in a different way than a man who is trying to lose weight. Men and women's bodies are different and everyone is having different issues. So you would have to focus on the problem of one particular group than trying to focus on helping everyone. Focusing on everyone and trying to solve the whole world's problem is a sure way to fail at affiliate marketing. 

Competition can really be a good thing because as I said it is the competition in a niche that indicates that money is being made. Do you want to sell a product in a niche where the product is not in demand or is not making any money? You can just take a trip over to Amazon or Clickbank and look for products in the niche you are interested in a see if it is selling. Amazon will tell you the rank near the bottom of the page on books in kindle and hardback or paperback. You have to remember and always keep on your mind that competition is not all that bad. 

If you go to a new restaurant or movie and have a good meal or you absolutely loved the movie, wouldn't you tell your friends and family how good it was? Sure you would. So in affiliate marketing that is what you are basically doing, telling and recommending products to others. If you use the product you are promoting that's a plus because you are sharing your results and recommending it from personal experience. 

I highly recommend that an affiliate marketer use products before promoting them, because you become a better promoter in an instant since you know how the product works. You will actually beat out your competition because many affiliates don't use the product before they choose to promote it. You will always have a step over most of the competition recommending something you use. Plus you can gain an authority and become an instant expert if you play your cards right.

Another way you can stop worrying about competition or saturation in affiliate marketing is by getting the proper training you need as an affiliate. Most affiliates don't even know the basics of affiliate marketing. There is plenty of information on the internet about affiliate marketing. I suggest you read my blog to learn more about affiliate marketing and read other blogs that talk about this subject. If you want to learn the basics without doing a bunch of searching, you can purchase my book from Amazon called "Super Hot Affiliate Profits". If you are worrying about saturation in affiliate marketing, it is a sign that you need to learn more about it. You can't just simply jump in some money making opportunity or even a job/career without the proper training and knowledge. Colleges are gonna take more money from you in the long run to train for a career you still may not get into. It boils down to being better than the rest. So stop worrying about the saturation in affiliate marketing.

You have to absolutely have some training in order to make money as an affiliate. Also don't be scared to spend money on a product to try it out. Consider this an investment. If you are afraid to spend money, you might just need to sit home and do nothing. The same goes for training and gaining knowledge. If you don't want to invest time or money in learning the basics, don't expect to make any money from anything. 

Everything you do will involve competition, including affiliate marketing. Practice makes perfect and you must invest time in this endeavor daily. You got to be consistent and be on the grind all the time. Don't let some person with an expensive product or software tell you there's an easier way because it really isn't.

You need to find a strategy that will work for you and stick to it. You have to provide free high quality information on a blog or website that you will use to promote your affiliate product. You have to pick a really good product that is helping people with their problems. You need to think about your readers and audience and supply them with the information they need and even direct them to other helpful sites, even if it means you make no money.  You have to build a following and share your content with others. It needs to be great enough for others to want to share it.  

The other thing you need to do is pick a niche that you have knowledge on. If you don't know a lot about the niche, you need to do some research and read about the niche you are going into. How can you sell something and promote something in a niche you have absolutely no knowledge about? You have to educate yourself first. 

You can do this by subscribing to blogs related to the niche you are interested in. There are many popular blogs out there and you can read these blogs and get information on the niche you're in. 

There will always be competition and "saturation"; the saturation of affiliates who have no knowledge about what it takes to be a successful affiliate marketer. 

Many of the successful affiliates weren't always successful. We all had to start at the bottom; unless you got some money, which many affiliates don't have, when they first start out. There is also helpful free info on the web such as this website called The Smart Passive Income Blog by a guy name Pat that helps affiliates get started using  mostly free and cheap methods that work and it is fit for the beginner affiliate marketer. 

You have to learn how to be an affiliate the right way. Once you can master this, saturation in affiliate marketing will no longer bother you, neither will the competition, which in my opinion are both the same thing.

But one more thing you have to also remember that can occur with affiliate marketing is the ups and downs. One day you can make $1000 dollars and another day you can make $500 dollars or you can just have a day where you don't make a dime. This may not necessary be anything done wrong on your part, but you can improve your chances of making money everyday, and a steady income at that by following the advice in this blog post. 

As I stated before, the product you choose to promote need to be something good. You need to avoid all the overly hyped affiliate products that make false promises and only promote the ones that are actually helping people. Do researches on the products and see what others are saying about them.

You don't want to associate yourself with products that are slipshod and full of fluff. You certainly don't want to become known as the affiliate who promotes bogus and worthless products. You want to be the affiliate that people will recommend others to. You want your blog and websites to be the go to source when it comes to valuable information and products. You also want to be recommended by the bigger websites who are already established in your field of interest. 

So do yourself and your business a favor and get the education and knowledge you need before you sign up to any affiliate program. If you are already an affiliate, don’t go any further in your business until you get the proper training you need. No, you don't have to take an expensive class or buy anything if you don't want to. Just do some research and learn what you need to learn to be successful. There is tons of info out there that you can learn from. You don't have to know everything but you need to know something. Once again don't even think about the saturation because there is an opportunity for you if you will just learn what it takes to be a successful affiliate marketer and put in the work required. What are you thoughts about saturation in affiliate marketing? Leave a comment.

Recommend reading

Warning: Don’t Promote Hyped Up Affiliate Products
Disadvantages Of Using Affiliate Marketing Tools
Give Your Subscribers What They Want
Struggling Affiliate? Learn To Offer Quality To Your Visitors
Get Amazon's Customers to Buy Affiliate Products Through You
Is Weight Loss a Good Niche For An Affiliate?
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