Do you really need an affiliate marketing mentor, or can you figure it all out on your own? Today I’d like to explore mentoring in the field of affiliate marketing and if it’s really necessary.
The Definition of Mentorship
Wikipedia defines mentorship as: “. . . a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.”
This definition describes Wealthy Affiliate to a T!
When it comes to learning affiliate marketing, you could watch videos on YouTube, read other affiliate marketers’ articles, and parse out all the knowledge you will need in order to become a competent affiliate marketer.
The downside to that is you’re not really developing a mentoring relationship. You get a nugget of information here, a few opinions there, someone describing their experiences and giving advice, and you’ve got to put it all together into some cohesive plan to execute your own marketing approach. This is a very time consuming way to learn how to do affiliate marketing.
Plus, a method like that allows a lot of important information to fall through the cracks. Has the guy that you watched on YouTube actually made any income through affiliate marketing? Or is this just his idea of what affiliate marketing should be, or did he have a friend that did it this way and told him this was the way to go?
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
Putting together an education on affiliate marketing in a piecemeal manner is not an optimal way to learn. After all, how would you even know what you’re missing? You don’t know what you don’t know!
This is what’s known as “learning the hard way.” Gaining experience through trial and error is a truly inefficient method to learn anything, much less affiliate marketing.
You absolutely can do it that way, or you can take a training course that lays everything out logically and clearly, and that shows you why you want to approach it in one way and not the other way.
Then, when you’ve finished the training, you have a mentor or mentors who will be there for whatever questions you may have (and you will have many, believe me).
This is a major component you miss out on when you just try to cobble together an education in affiliate marketing, learning things here and there and experimenting.
Why re-invent the wheel? Someone’s already been through every problem, situation, and challenge that you will face, and they know how to solve the problems, and what works and what doesn’t work.
Okay, Okay – So Where Do I Find a Mentor?
For affiliate marketing mentorship look no further than Wealthy Affiliate. It’s hard to overstate the amount of experience and knowledge that resides on this website. There are other affiliate marketing training courses out there, but none match Wealthy Affiliate when it comes to having the answers and support you need.
There’s literally no problem that you can have that hasn’t already been experienced by others at Wealthy Affiliate.
Members answer questions, bounce ideas off of each other, give lessons on specific tools and widgets that you can use on your sites, give examples of how they’ve solved problems, and much more.
For example, one member posed the question, “What is the best way to come up with content ideas?” No less than 20 other members chimed in with their experiences on how they came up with new ideas for articles on their websites. And they were all good ideas!
From WordPress questions to niche ideas, how to create a banner or a button for your site to finding unique images, or just a little encouragement when you get frustrated at times, it’s all there at Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate is truly unique in this way, and I’ve never seen another affiliate marketing training website that matches this site’s caring and helpful membership. It’s kind of stunning, actually, to still find a helpful community like this on the internet these days.
And it is a community. A community where everyone has the same goals and aspirations, and everyone is willing to help each other. And there’s a positivity I’ve not seen anywhere else as well.
Sharing and Not Holding Back
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen newbies to eBay ask in the forums, “What do you look for when you’re trying to find things to sell on eBay to make money?” and then others on the forums literally tell them to go pound sand because they’re not going to give away their eBay selling secrets! “Oh sure,” they’ll say, “I’m going to tell you what I sell and then you’ll go out there and sell the same thing and compete with me!”
It’s really off putting to new sellers and just outright rude, to be honest. Do they really think this new seller is going to run out and find a hundred items just like you sell and then take away your buyers? It’s not likely. It just goes to show you how small-minded some people can be when it comes to sharing their knowledge and experience.
Wealthy Affiliate is the opposite of that. The members here are confident in the abundance of opportunity that exists in the world of affiliate marketing, and they are not worried about competition from you.
You may have a website about miniature schnauzers, and another member has a website about miniature schnauzers, but you are each going to have your unique approach in the way that you build your website, your content will be different, and there are thousands of potential miniature schnauzers lovers out there who will like each of your sites.
There’s no reason to hold your cards close to your vest, so to speak, and not share what you’ve done on your site. In fact, we all get to see each other’s websites and comment on them and make helpful suggestions. It’s one of the best ways to learn how to create a good website.
How great is it to have experienced website builders and affiliate marketers critique your site and give you advice? It’s one of the best features, I think, of the whole program.
The Answer Is: Yes, You Need One
Not just one but many! And that’s what Wealthy Affiliate provides you with, hundreds of mentors.
In a nutshell, in order to be successful you need to find someone who has taken the same path you are going down, take their advice, hear what pitfalls to avoid, and emulate their success!
You get to know a lot of people in Wealthy Affiliate who are all on different levels of the learning process. And the wonderful thing about that is, that it’s not just people new to the process, but there are also experienced affiliate marketers who have been working at this for a while and are actively earning an income.
So, are you interested in having an affiliate marketing mentor or two or a hundred? Take advantage of the free membership and check out the website. What do you have to lose?