And Generate More Revenue for Your Business

On this week’s episode of the PNC podcast, I explain why most physician online business owners should learn to be an affiliate marketing expert.

Affiliate marketing is a program in which an online retailer pays commissions to an external website for sales generated from their referrals. There are two ways to participate in an affiliate program:

  • As the business owner, creating an affiliate program for your products so that others can become affiliate marketers, and
  • As an affiliate marketer for an existing product or service to generate income by selling to your followers.

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Four Reasons to Be an Affiliate Marketing Expert

There are a couple of scenarios where affiliate marketing isn’t an appropriate way to promote your content. If an affiliate is serving the exact same market as you, they are a direct competitor and may cannibalize your sales. Conversely, if an affiliate marketer has followers with no interest in your product, promoting it will be a waste of time and effort. Those limitations aside, here are the four big reasons to become an affiliate marketing expert:

1. It may save your business.

Creating a new business takes a significant amount of time and money. Without cash flow, it’s easy to get burned out in the process. If you don't start seeing revenues, you will become discouraged and give up. However, if you’ve built a web site, a social media following, and an email list of followers, you can use affiliate marketing to start earning income very quickly.

2. It’s easy.

As an affiliate marketer, there is very little work to be done. Content creators supply all the links, code and copy needed to market their products, so all you have to do is cut and paste, and share with your tribe to start earning a commission. If you're the content creator, the technology makes it very easy to create affiliate links and track the sales made by each affiliate. 

3. It’s efficient and cheap.

As a content creator, affiliate marketing is far more efficient than traditional marketing because you never pay for promotion that isn’t successful. Affiliate marketers earn commissions, so they’ll only earn theirs when someone has actually purchased your product.

4. It’s low-risk.

Because of all the above reasons, affiliate marking is very low-risk. It’s worth identifying appropriate products and services to market for other business owners early in your business. And once you've begun coaching, speaking, writing, or creating courses, you should strongly consider inviting affiliate marketers to promote those services and products.


On this episode, I also offer four bonus reasons that becoming an affiliate marketing expert is useful to entrepreneurs. I find using affiliate marketing as a content creator, and as an affiliate marketer, fascinating. I intend to learn more about it, and I promise to return with more on this topic for you in the future.

Thanks for listening today. I appreciate your interest and support. Next week, join me here on the PNC Podcast as I desribe Affiliate Marketing, and how it can be part of a modern online business.

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