What makes an Affiliate Marketing Legend, what characteristics do they have and what sets an Affiliate Marketing Legend apart from the rest?
When I talk of an Affiliate Marketing Legend, what exactly do I mean?
My aim here in this article is to give you an idea of the qualities that I look for in anyone that I call a Legend and believe me I do not use that term lightly!
What is an Affiliate Marketing Legend in my opinion?
Well to me it is not about how much someone has earned, what flash car they drive, what big mansion they live in or even how many amazing holidays they have a year!
While all of the above benefits or fruits of an affiliate marketing legend’s work ethic are important in my assessment, they are not paramount in what I am seeking in a successful marketer.
I am looking for character, leadership, the ability to teach, humility, experience, wisdom, and success.
What or Who is a Legend?
When anyone throws around the word ”legend” these days it can be a very general, ”you legend”, because your mate has done something phenomenal or incredibly stupid!
The definition of “legend” in Wikipedia hints more at folklore, – ”A legend is a genre of folklore that consists of a narrative featuring human actions perceived or believed both by teller and listeners to have taken place within human history.”
A search in Google for ”legend definition” gives me – ”an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.” the man was a living legend“”
And for those better educated than I and who would like a definition from a more scholarly perspective, the Cambridge dictionary simply says that a legend is – ”someone very famous and admired, usually because of their ability in a particular area:”
Col’s Definition of an Affiliate Marketing Legend
I think by taking certain bits from each of the above definitions I can give you an idea of what I believe an affiliate marketing legend’s character is and should be before I consider following them.
A Legend is someone very famous and admired in a particular field, whose actions and life have been witnessed and believed as incredibly successful by witnesses past and present.
Is an affiliate marketing legend perfect?
Absolutely not and many have failed numerous times before they have actually ”made it”!
Affiliate Marketing know-how
Within the marketing background of a top affiliate marketer I find that they generally have a remarkable drive that propels them forward.
They have made mistakes, started again, been knocked down, and got back up.
A determination to succeed is something that can be seen from observing them and definitely when you talk to them.
The language that they use, positive, vibrant, strong but not arrogant.
The knowledge base that they have about their niche is generally superb and they also have a fantastic ability to communicate, to pass that knowledge onto their faithful followers!
Marketing Style Of an Affiliate Marketing Legend
These men and women that I know and follow have marketing styles that motivate, educate and inspire.
When you see their products you understand the marketer.
By that I mean that you can see the personality of a legend marketer in their products!
The 2 men I will introduce you to below are completely different in their personalities, their teaching styles, and even in their approach to email marketing.
But you get to know them both obviously by their teaching through videos but you understand them so well when you read their materials too.
Charisma of an Affiliate Marketing Legend
When an affiliate marketing legend walks into a room people notice.
They command attention, not by heh look at me, but by the way they carry themselves.
You know when dignatries walk into a reception or whatever and there is all this pomp and ceremony, I am not talking about that sort of occurance.
I’m talking about the clothes they wear, how they walk, how they interact with everyone they come across, the fact they are well known.
I remember meeting a marketer called Simon Stepsys in Austin Texas a few years ago at a conference and I was amazed at his confidence but also at how humble he was.
A Great Affiliate Marketers Products
So what makes an affiliate marketing legend, after I have sussed their character etc as discussed above, is their products!
There are 5 essential elements to a marketer’s products that you need to be aware of and also you need to ask yourself – can I use them?
Are they going to be valuable to you, something that you can actually use in your own business and website?
- Product value is as I’ve just mentioned. Is their material valuable, in that I can actually learn from, grow my business with and then promote the product myself?
- Margins are the profit margins. Does the marketer that I promote in my marketing, reward me for sending people to them? What is the percentage of a sale/s that I receive?
- Recurring sales. Do I get a one-off commission or recurring sales over the weeks and months ahead, even years! Are there follow-up sales, with low, medium, and high ticket sale commissions that I can expect?
- Marketing material. Does the successful marketer have really good and useful marketing materials that I can use to help me send customers to my new affiliate partner? This is really important otherwise you will need to make your own!
- Integrity. This is an absolute essential for me and is why I spend time getting to know who I am wanting to partner with. Remember that it is your reputation as much as it is the successful marketers’ reputation that is online here.
Meet an Affiliate Marketing Legend
My aim as an affiliate marketer is to find these men and women whom I classify as ”Legends”, those worth following and learning from, and introducing them to you!
I want to learn from them and become a better person and a better marketer myself and then promote their products whatever they may be.
Did you read that as I meant you to understand what I just wrote?
I want to find Affiliate Marketing Legends, learn from them, and then market their products.
I am not particularly interested in their products until I get to know the person.
As an affiliate marketer, you need to realize that your reputation is at stake if you end up promoting shit products and your followers get ripped off!
I give you that advice freely and you need to heed it for your own good!
Let me introduce to you – 2 Affiliate Legends!
Let me introduce you to 2 affiliate marketing legends, 2 men who I promote here on my website, 2 men who I trust emphatically.
I am an affiliate of both of these men and am promoting both of their products and have learnt so much from them both.
They are different individuals, from different backgrounds, have different teaching styles but are both brilliant marketers.
I met Dave Sharpe a number of years ago at the same conference in Austin Texas where I met Simon Stepsys.
Dave gave a short testimony of his life, his journey, his failings, and his success.
I don’t normally want to go and meet the main speakers at these events, but I was so touched by Dave’s story that I went and got the picture taken with him, shook his hand and said thanks!
Dave is a leader and a teacher and he loves what he does.
He teaches by video mainly, although his content is very good too, and Dave makes sure that you implement what he teaches so you get setup for success from the start.
The second Legend I want to introduce you to is Mark Ling from New Zealand.
Mark has run the race, failed, and bounced back, going to incredible heights of success too.
While I haven’t met Mark personally I love his gentle easy-going manner and his teachings are in-depth and easy to follow.
Mark is a content-based teacher and his affiliate marketing training is superb.
You cannot fail by following either of these 2 men!
It purely depends on your own personality and who you prefer teaching you.
A builder or a college student?
In Summary Then
To follow an affiliate marketing legend I strongly suggest that you seek those who are within the niche that you would like to get involved with.
That way you can learn from the marketer and directly implement the teachings that you have studied.
For me, my main niche is ”make money online today”.
Now while this is an incredibly competitive market, I am taking a certain tact that will help me come in on the back of those who are where I want to be.
I hope you have found this enlightening and another thing I would like to offer you is ”Me”.
If and when you sign up with either Dave or Mark, get in contact with me here and I will help you and guide you in your journey through some down-to-earth advice from the get-go.
If you are new to affiliate marketing I suggest you read more in this article I wrote ==> A how to Affiliate Marketing guide <==