There’s a wealth of information out there that can teach you all about affiliate marketing.
Even better, the vast majority of it is 100% free.
But there’s a big problem with content about affiliate marketing: as you learn more, you’re probably going to hit a wall.
After you’ve immersed yourself in blog posts, videos, podcasts, and other great content, you’ll start to notice something:
The new content you’re finding doesn’t tell you anything that you don’t already know.
It’s incredibly easy to learn broad concepts at a 101 level.
But what about getting down to brass tacks? What about specific, actionable tactics that are really known to work?
At a certain level of knowledge, you’ll probably hit the wall.
That wall exists because when it comes down to it, affiliate marketers are very, very secretive about what they actually do.
It makes sense. Why give away your strategy to a competitor?
You’ve probably picked up on the fact that in affiliate marketing communities and forums, people won’t even so much as reveal their niche — much less expose their strategy.
In a recent blog post, entrepreneur and marketing expert Charles Ngo offers some tips for taking things to the next level, and finding those hidden gems of advanced knowledge you need to hone your strategy.
This is a Secretive Industry
If you wanna learn how to play poker, there are unlimited resources out there. You can buy countless books, take courses, read articles, and even hire a coach for $100 an hour.
It’s not exactly “step-by-step”, but there are multiple experts who can coach you, and you’ll get better gradually.
The same goes for chess or most pursuits. The recipes are out there, and you only have to focus on execution.
Can you say the same about affiliate marketing?
How many people are actively sharing what they know? I always found it fascinating that there are thousands of affiliate marketers out there, yet there are only a few active bloggers. And there’s a limit on how much information I can share (I gotta eat too).
Check out blogs, private forums, Facebook groups, etc.
Just be careful of what you read online because context matters. One person says to bid high and another person says to bid low. They both could be sharing what works for them. But because you don’t see the details of their campaign, you don’t know how it can apply to you.
One of the most valuable things you can do is try to find a mentor who can help you weed through all the b.s.
That’s why I’ve always encouraged people to go to local affiliate meet ups and conferences. People are so much more open to sharing in person than online.
You can read more about how to learn advanced affiliate marketing over at Charles Ngo’s blog.