The TRUTH about Affiliate Marketing in 2018… *EXPOSED*
– In this video I'm gonna reveal
the truth about affiliate marketing in 2018,
and where this industry is headed for the future,
Hey, what is up guys?
ODI Productions and I am back, the champ is here,
and I'm back at it with a brand new video
for you guys today.
It's been a while, it's been about three weeks.
If you guys are new to the channel,
my name's Odi, I just turned 25 years old,
I'm an entrepreneur and basically on my channel,
I teach people how to make passive income
through affiliate marketing.
Alright, that's it, that's all I do,
and I'm hoping to give you guys some actionable,
valuable advice today.
Today this video is about my predictions
for affiliate marketing in 2018.
So I'm gonna give you guys some strong predictions
on the way that affiliate marketing is headed
not just as an industry,
but the way that marketing in general
is headed into the future.
And hopefully you guys can take this advice
and if you're thinking about
getting into affiliate marketing
and you're not sure where it's headed
or what the future of it holds,
or you want some tips on getting started today,
then definitely watch this video
because I'm gonna give you guys some really helpful tips
if you were to jump in today
to make the most of your time and energy
so you don't waste it on outdated methods
that just don't work anymore in 2018.
But anyways, guys,
lately I've just been enjoying life.
I was in Chicago, as you guys can see,
I'm in my San Diego home.
But as most of you know, at least my subscribers,
I live in Chicago as well,
and I got a pretty cool place up there
but right now I'm here in San Diego with
With my little pup right here.
Brought the Tac-meister on the plane with me.
So I'm gonna take you guys with me today,
it's gonna be a bit of a day in the life style vlog,
and I'm also gonna mix in those predictions
throughout this video.
And for anyone who's wondering,
yes, I am still making four figures a day
from affiliate marketing, completely passive income.
This is just one income source, as you guys can see,
pulled this up this morning,
its over four figures a day,
and that's just from one of the affiliate programs
that I'm a part of.
So you guys do the math, yes, I'm still the champ.
So I'll take you guys along with me.
If anyone's into shoes, by the way, check this out.
I had to get it.
If anyone's into shoes,
I just picked up the off-white Air Maxes.
I had to get 'em, I saw them before they released,
and I was on the Nike app trying to cop them
right when they dropped,
but obviously your boy was unsuccessful.
But either way, I had to pick them up resale.
The shoes are super clean as you guys can see,
it's got that ice blue sole right there
which I really, really love.
And obviously you've got the off-white trimmings
like all the labels and stuff like that.
Now I didn't know that this tongue was deconstructed,
and that the heel was kinda deconstructed
as you guys can see,
and I'm not really a big fan of that,
because it just seems like these might fall apart over time.
But either way, obviously it's artistic
and it's part of the whole off-white sort of style.
But anyways, I'm gonna rock these today.
As you guys can see,
I haven't ripped off the tags or anything like that,
'cause I was waiting to show these bad boys on camera.
So if anyone's into shoes, comment below.
I'm not Hypebeast.
Anyways, I'mma rock these today,
and you know, we'll wear 'em out.
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there's my two babies.
Gonna unwrap this, and then we'll see if it starts up.
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Alright, so I had to clean up my camera real quick,
had to clean up that lens.
But just got my green juice right here.
I just kinda want to drive the car more
so the battery gets charged up.
I'm charged up!
I hope you guys can hear me okay,
but my first prediction that I wanna make
for affiliate marketing in 2018,
is video is the future of affiliate marketing.
And I've been saying this for a while,
if you guys watched my previous videos back then,
a few months ago,
I preached how video and YouTube is so powerful
for affiliate marketing,
and video is so powerful because
it's just an easier form of media to digest for people,
and it's just popping up everywhere, you know?
I mean, like everybody watches videos these days,
and you guys see on Facebook,
you guys see on,
you see on Facebook, you see on Instagram,
you see obviously if you're on YouTube you guys would know.
But I've been a part of YouTube for years,
and I've been a quote unquote YouTuber for
the better part of the last couple years.
And to be honest with you,
YouTube is just so amazing how you can get free traffic
if you just are able to rank or become a suggested video.
You don't even have to rank for certain terms,
you can just become a suggested video.
If you do car stuff for example,
maybe one day your video's gonna pop up next to
one of the videos from like TJ Hunt or something,
I don't know, but anyways,
so video marketing is really the way to go in 2018.
It's just the best form of media to consume
and you can easily sell people
because it just builds trust way quicker
and easier than written content does.
So that's one of the reasons why I, personally,
I love YouTube specifically for affiliate marketing,
'cause it's so much traffic,
it's just completely free.
So video is the way to go if you ask me,
that's my first prediction for 2018.
Now my second prediction is this.
As advertising costs continue to rise,
and they do every single year, that's just a fact.
Advertising costs get higher and higher every single year,
and there's nothing you can do about it.
And basically what this means is
you're going to be seeing less of an ROI,
especially if you bank on,
let's say paid ads, or you do CPA marketing or whatever,
and your business relies on running paid traffic
in order to get sales,
the problem is, you're gonna see less and less of a return
in the years to come as advertising costs increase.
Now obviously if you are a Facebook ads,
Google AdWords wizard,
then this advice doesn't necessarily apply to you,
'cause you're gonna continue to do well
regardless of what the costs are.
But for beginners and people who are starting today,
I mean, it's gonna be harder and harder for you to
see those profits,
because you're gonna be wasting a lot of your money
whether you have bad targeting,
whether your ads are just not high quality yet,
so many factors.
But basically the only people who are
really gonna be crushing it with ads,
are people who know what they're doing.
So if you can study that, if you can practice that,
paid traffic is one of the best skills that you can pick up,
because basically, you don't need a following.
You don't need an audience,
you literally just need to spend money to make money.
And that's why I love paid ads,
because you can have zero following and make money
if you have the right ad.
So anyways, there's that,
and also, all the ad networks are cracking down
on affiliate marketing.
So basically what this means is,
obviously if you guys do Facebook Ads and you do AdWords,
you can't just post an affiliate link
and link people directly from your ad.
You know what I mean?
It doesn't work like that.
So you have to funnel them through a landing page,
you have to funnel through through your own website,
and that brings me to another prediction that I have.
And this is something I've said since last year.
But basically, the future of affiliate marketing
lies in branding.
So branding, what am I talking about?
Basically, you wanna become a company
that does affiliate marketing,
you don't wanna just run ads
and get traffic for other websites.
Because at the end of the day,
basically what happens is if you send people
to other companies and other websites
and they buy their products,
they become a customer of that company, not you.
They're not your customer, they're their customer,
you know what I mean?
'Cause if someone buys something like a leash,
they buy a leash from,
I don't know the brands of dog leashes,
but you direct them to there.
Yes, you get the commission at first but the problem is,
they're gonna keep coming back to that brand,
and they don't really care about you anymore
unless you become sort of the middle man
that got them there.
So let's say you become the world's number one website
for dog leash reviews, okay?
Now, this is different.
Let's say you collect emails on that website,
and you have a lead magnet that's something like
top five leashes
something like that.
You know what I mean?
So you have that lead magnet,
you get people on your email list,
now those people become your customers.
Because it's not just you send them to buy one leash
and then they never hear from you again,
now they're like, okay, this is the source for dog leashes,
I'mma come to this guy every single time,
and they're gonna buy from you every single time,
and they're gonna listen to what you have to say.
So if you say brand X is better than brand Y,
they're gonna buy it from brand X
and they're gonna buy it from you, because they trust you.
They know that you've tried all the dog leashes out there.
So that's another tip, is branding.
I've always been about branding though,
I've always been about the long-term, guys.
You know, short-term,
it used to work for affiliate marketing, actually.
There was a time where short-term,
if you were just trying to chase the quick cash,
that actually worked with affiliate marketing.
Because before the competition was so low,
and people were not as savvy with the internet.
So they'd see an ad, you know what I mean?
Pop ups and stuff, that stuff used to work before.
Can you believe that, guys?
You know, win a free iPhone, bla bla bla,
like that stuff used to work.
It doesn't work anymore,
but that stuff used to work at a time.
And now people are getting so savvy,
they're getting so smart with it that
you can't just run these ads anymore
and expect to make money, it just doesn't work like that.
That's why you have to focus on the long-term,
you have to focus on building these websites, these brands,
like I just mentioned with the dog leash example.
If you become an authority, people will trust you,
and buy from you for years to come.
You know what I mean?
And it's that simple,
but the problem is that takes a long time,
and I know a lot of people,
they don't like hearing, oh it's gonna take you,
it's gonna take you years, it's gonna take you months.
Like nobody wants that, everyone wants to make money fast.
Dude, I don't believe in make money,
I don't really believe in making money easy.
I do believe in making and get rich quick,
I do believe that's a thing,
'cause there's people like you and I both know on YouTube,
who literally just started doing what they're doing,
they just started with online business,
and all of a sudden within less than a year,
they're making hundreds of thousands of Dollars,
if not millions within a matter of just months, right?
There's people out there that exist that have done this,
and it's just the craziest thing to me.
it's not the norm, it's an anomaly, you know what I mean?
And there's a lot of fake people out there too,
who they claim to make millions,
but come on, let's be honest, man.
look at their lifestyle, and it doesn't add up.
You know what I mean?
You look at my lifestyle, things kinda add up.
You know what I mean?
yeah, so that's what I wanted to say,
is get rich quick exists, guys.
Two years ago
I was at UCLA,
I was just a student, I was making peanuts.
And fast forward a couple years,
I'm driving a Lamborghini, a 911 Turbo,
I have two homes.
And it's just, it's been unreal.
And that's get rich quick right there,
that's relatively quick.
You know, two years to have all this in two years?
I mean, that's pretty fast.
At the end of the day, guys,
it really just comes down to working smart
and then just having the right game plan.
Alright what's up, I'm here with my boy Daniel Hoang.
You guys might know him. – With the man.
What's going on,
Odi's family channel? (Odi laughing)
– [Odi] How's it going,
we're just talking affiliate marketing.
Daniel wanted to hit me up and just ask me some questions.
We met up back in Chicago, when was that?
– [Odi] Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
– Odi's dropping some knowledge on me, you know?
the world nowadays revolves around the internet,
everything is e-commerce everything.
So everyone is trying to get into
the aspect of passive income,
and not really working time for money,
or trading time for money.
Everyone wants to kind of wake up at noon
and go golfing on a Tuesday like me,
and while you're going golfing,
you complete a round of golf and you've made $2,000.
Like that's the dream come true for everyone.
So like, Odi has obviously achieved that, you know?
He's a guru in that aspect,
so it's like as a person you should never limit yourself
to any one type of income or any one type of expertise.
So always get knowledge from
brilliant individuals like Odi, so–
– (laughs) appreciate that, man.
Hey, thanks for the shout out, appreciate that a bunch.
Alright guys, just got back home,
and I'm here to give you guys some of my
other predictions for 2018 with affiliate marketing.
So another one of my predictions is that
it's only going to get bigger this year.
It's gonna grow,
and it's gonna grow by a pretty large margin.
And here's why.
So one thing that I've learned just kinda studying
the online landscape of entrepreneurship,
and then just basically being on YouTube,
I'm noticing that affiliate marketing,
even though it's literally one of the
biggest forms of online business
and it's been around for ages,
it's actually not that popular.
Compared to something like Amazon FBA,
and drop shipping especially,
so many kids are on drop shipping,
they're trying to learn Amazon.
But affiliate marketing is kinda lagging behind,
and it's kinda like older business model compared to these,
and I think some of the reasons why
affiliate marketing's not as popular,
is because it's just not really something that
is quick to scale up, like with Amazon FBA and Shopify,
well, with drop shipping,
because those forms of business, you sell physical products.
And those physical products, they have a cost,
they have expenses.
And what you see when people they share these sales numbers
of 100 thousand a month,
$10,000 a month, it is the sales revenue.
And really the profit is usually lower than 50%,
closer to 20%, depending if you do drop shipping,
or if you do Amazon FBA,
it's usually around 20% industry average.
So when you see someone say they make $10,000 a month
with one of those business models,
really the profit,
what they're taking home at the end of the day
after all the fees, and expenses,
and advertising costs and everything,
they're usually coming home with about 2,000.
So on $10,000 a month revenue,
they're taking home $2,000 a month.
Which is still pretty good,
but it's not five figures in profit
like it's made out to be.
So with affiliate marketing,
at least the way that I do it with my system,
is that I don't spend that much on advertising,
but I still make four figures a day in profits.
And it doesn't sound as sexy
when you make $30,000 a month in profit,
well, with affiliate marketing.
Because the thing is,
that number with, let's say drop shipping
or Amazon FBA at a 20% profit margin,
you're looking at $150,000 a month.
Now that sounds a lot better, right, 150 K a month?
Wouldn't you rather make that than 30 K a month?
Well, see that's one of the reasons why I just feel that
affiliate marketing's just,
it doesn't create as much of a splash,
especially because on YouTube,
I've looked at other channels and done the research.
And there's not really that many affiliate marketers
who are really crushing it,
even though there are affiliate marketers in the world
out there that are crushing it,
they're just not on YouTube.
They're just not sharing themselves on camera
like I'm doing and like a lot of these people
who do drop shipping and all that do.
So that's another reason,
I just feel that it's,
I honestly feel like affiliate marketing
is sort of the underdog in online business lately.
And that's just based on, I'm on YouTube every day,
and I'm watching these videos
and people love drop shipping, everyone loves Amazon FBA.
But affiliate marketing doesn't get that much love.
But to be honest, I think it's the most long-term.
Next to Amazon FBA and having a strong FBA brand,
I think that affiliate marketing is the longest-term
business model out there, the most sustainable,
because it's literally just referrals, you know?
People are not gonna stop referring products and services,
and it's never gonna, you know what I mean?
Like people are never gonna stop doing recommendations.
it's just gonna get bigger,
and the thing is that I have realized, is on YouTube,
if you look at the biggest YouTubers,
rarely do any of them actually utilize
the affiliate marketing in their videos.
You know, you got step one which is put
Amazon Associates links in your description,
which a lot of people are doing.
But there's so many big YouTubers out there
who could make a killing if they just did a little bit of
affiliate marketing for their channel.
But not everyone is doing it,
so that's why I'm out here to kind of share my message
and just share the possibilities
that are outside the world of making revenue from AdSense,
you know what I mean?
Getting two bucks for every thousand views
honestly is not really that good of a deal.
But if you sell a product and you get commission on that,
and you make 15 bucks every time you make a sale,
that's a good deal, you know what I mean?
'Cause it doesn't matter if you have a thousand views,
or if you have one million views,
sales is what matters at the end of the day.
So you don't need a million views to make
$1,000 off a video, you just have to sell products.
So, anyways, that's one of my other predictions,
is affiliate marketing is not really that popular right now,
it's gonna get more popular rise,
and with that is gonna come more competition.
And that competition is gonna do things.
One, its going to make getting into
certain affiliate programs harder to get into,
they're gonna be asking you for stuff like
how much traffic do you get per month?
What's your website, you better have a website in 2018,
if you wanna do affiliate marketing.
Unless you have a big YouTube channel
or something like that.
Things are gonna change, and they're gonna be harder
and harder for people to get in,
and it's gonna be harder and harder for people to
make a ton of money,
because I think commission rates might go down
the more people that apply,
and the more that affiliate marketing blows up,
I feel like commission rates
might get adjusted to get lower.
'Cause that's what Amazon Associates did.
Amazon Associates back then, what they used to do,
is if you sold a certain number of items per month,
it's by tier, so if you sold over 30 items per month,
your commission rate gets bumped up to
like 6.5% or 6% overall.
So that means for all of your items, you get 6%.
And that's how it used to be, but now it's by category.
So it's just a flat rate.
You could sell 300 items a month,
but if you're selling electronics or something,
it's gonna be 6% flat, or 4% flat.
It's just gonna be a flat rate.
And it used to be that you could make
7%, 7.5%, 8%
these products, but now with the new commission structure
or the rates in effect,
it's much harder to
make a ton of money
on these sales.
So it's tough, 'cause the rates got cut.
But the good news is Amazon Associates
is not the only affiliate program out there, guys.
There's so many different affiliate programs,
and if you just do your research,
you can find affiliate programs
that pay more than Amazon's rates.
So Amazon may pay you 4%,
but there may be an affiliate program out there
that will pay you 6%, 8%.
So you have to do your research,
that's why you have to really
dig in and dive in deep
to look into the affiliate programs and networks and stuff.
So do your research, do your homework.
But yeah, so that's basically,
I feel that that sums up my thoughts.
Affiliate marketing's gonna get bigger,
branding is the future,
ad costs are gonna increase,
so this form of affiliate marketing is gonna keep dying out,
it's gonna keep declining like it already has.
Just running these straight ads,
they're not gonna be as effective anymore,
because you're gonna be making less money per sale,
'cause the ROI's gonna be lowered.
And it's just not sustainable for the long-term,
'cause you're not capturing your customer.
the money is in creating that brand,
and building that audience,
capturing those customers, having that email list,
having those subscribers listen to you,
and not the products or companies you're promoting,
but you as a person, you as a company,
you as as website, you as a brand.
So anyways, that sums up my thoughts.
I'm obviously gonna make more videos,
this was just a welcome back video,
and kind of a general overview
of affiliate marketing for 2018.
It is still the best online business model to follow,
if you're looking for passive income,
if you're looking for that passive income lifestyle,
completely passive, you don't have to answer emails,
you don't have to talk to suppliers,
you don't have to send out products,
you don't have to worry about shipping, customers,
refunds, complaints, anything like that.
You don't handle that, the company does,
you just promote it.
So that's, honestly,
it's one of the best positions to be in.
I think it's the best first online business
for people to follow or to start in 2018,
because it's super low overhead.
You don't have to pay anything to start promoting products.
You can join Amazon Associates for free,
you can create a YouTube channel for free,
you can start promoting the products for free.
There's nothing to lose,
so you can't say that about the other online business models
where you actually need to invest first
before you start making any money.
So anyways, that wraps up this video,
I hope you guys enjoyed it.
I'mma be cranking out more videos coming very, very soon,
I'm gonna be filming every single day.
So if you guys wanna see something,
if you guys have questions,
and not questions like how do I get started,
because I already created videos on how to get started
which I'll link to right here.
I already have videos on how to get started for free,
I have videos how to get started with a hundred bucks,
I have videos how to get stared
with $1,000 if you have that.
Just watch the videos, guys.
But if you have any real questions,
anything you wanna see more of,
leave in the comments below.
Please thumbs up and comment on this video,
I really would appreciate some engagement from you guys
if you do enjoy these videos,
you guys want me to post more often,
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So anyways, hope you guys enjoy it,
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Alright so one last thing guys before you guys go,
I just wanted to speak on my mentorship program
because I know a lot of you guys are interested
in my mentorship and having me be your mentor
on your journey to affiliate marketing success.
So I wanna say a couple of things honestly,
'cause it's been just kind of on my mind lately.
First and foremost, the program,
all my students in it are amazing, and it's just so crazy.
If you guys haven't heard about it
or you haven't checked it out yet,
I have a mentorship program for affiliate marketing
where I share my exact blueprint
for how I do my affiliate marketing businesses.
Every single one of them, I follow the same exact process,
which I then have
basically shared on how to do this process,
you can apply it to any niche,
and it just works, and I'm proof that it works.
And I have students who are YouTubers with
400,000 subscribers, 700,000 subscribers,
I have an NFL player in the class, Stepfan Taylor,
I get all sorts of people from all different walks of life
all sorts of different ages,
internationally people who are in Australia,
who are in Asia, who are in Europe, the UK,
who are in the Netherlands, it's just, it's crazy.
it's completely legit.
But I get a lot of people who are DMing me every single day,
and they're basically just asking hey, can you mentor me?
Listen, I have a mentorship program.
If you're not in the program, I'm not gonna mentor you.
It's simple as that.
And if you're gonna message me
asking me to mentor you for free or whatever,
I'm not even gonna answer that.
Honestly, I'm not even gonna respond to your messages.
So that's just laying it out there,
and I'm just being completely transparent.
I have hundreds of students who have invested in me,
and I am investing my time and energy into them,
and I'm not wasting it on people
who are asking for freebies and handouts.
'Cause I have tons of videos
that teach you guys how to get started.
Most people, a lot of the messages I get are
how do I get started?
Come on, man, watch the videos.
I teach people how to get started for free,
and for little money.
So just go watch the YouTube videos,
that's my response to your question,
I'm not gonna type it out, alright?
So anyways, if you guys are interested,
I did wanna let you guys know,
give you guys a fair warning that my next move is to
actually close the course.
Yes, enrolling is closing somewhat in the near future.
Because honestly I wanna develop
the group of students that I have right now,
'cause we have an amazing group,
and I don't want to
just take in as many students as I can
because for me it's not really about the money,
it's really about the quality of students that I'm getting
and the higher the quality of students,
the higher the chance of success for them on their end.
So I want to attract more of those people.
So if you guys are interested, it's closing,
and I don't know when it's gonna reopen.
It might be a few months, it might be half a year,
who knows honestly,
I just wanna focus on the people I have right now.
So if you guys are interested, link is in description,
check it out and make a move
if you want to change your life.
Alright so catch you guys in the next one, peace.