It is a real smart idea to join an affiliate program that offers some level of training in how to promote an online business. As soon as you join they will give you an affiliate ID and a link to a sales page of some kind that you can advertise while you are doing the training.
Potentially you can start earning commissions while you are still learning how to do it! There are some who just want to keep learning and they don’t feel that they can actually do anything yet. This is a waste of time to feel that way.
Often these are the same people who get what is referred to as ‘paralysis by analysis’ – they hide behind the learning and don’t believe they know enough to actually start taking action. They waste months and sometimes even years thinking that they don’t yet know anything.
Part of the beauty of affiliate marketing is the fact that they give you everything you need to get started so there is really no reason to wait as if you have to take courses in technical and marketing before you can produce a product or service.
An affiliate program has the product and/or service ready for you, and agree to let you earn money from their intellectual property when you become a member and likely pay membership dues. If they also provide training then you have everything you need to just get going right away.
While it is unlikely as a beginner that you will make sales the first day that you start your marketing and advertising, it is possible. However usually when you see statements that you can make money today it assumes you have a list of existing customers or at least prospects – or at the very least marketing experience.
What they are actually saying is that it is possible to START earning money, meaning start the process of developing and promoting your business today.
Some people have a problem with writing ad content because they can’t honestly say that they have ever sold the program and they don’t yet know what exactly they will benefit from having joined the program. It is possible to still do this by quoting what others have said that do have the experience.
Of course you should never lie or make claims that are not true. So you can merely point out the benefits and features of whatever it is and give your opinion or observations, while again quoting others who do have direct experience.
If you really think about it there are even on day one things that you can say about your experience so far. Was the order process easy to understand? Were the people in customer service helpful? What are the other things that you like (why you chose the program that you did).
So there is really no excuse or reason not to start trying to earn money from the first day as you learn how to. None of what you are learning will do any good unless you take action with the information as soon as possible. Marketing and advertising take time and lots of effort as not everyone who sees your ads will respond. Not to worry – just keep on learning and trying!