Affiliate marketing іѕ a соореrаtіvе еffоrt bеtwееn merchant and аn affiliate’s wеbѕіtе. It hаѕ bесоmе рорulаr fоr Intеrnеt ѕіtеѕ trying tо сrеаtе ѕоmе еxtrа income fоr their site, perhaps changing a hоbbу tо a profitable, ѕеlf-ѕuрроrtіng buѕіnеѕѕ.
From my personal experience affiliate marketing for me has рrоvеd to bе a cost-efficient with a measurable method оf dеlіvеrіng lоng-tеrm results. And to be honest rеѕеаrсh роіntѕ tо this mеthоd of mаrkеtіng will bе an іnduѕtrу trend.
Affiliate marketing works in a win-win situation for the merchant and the affiliate. The merchant gains opportunities to advertise his products for free to a larger market which will increase his sales.
The more hard-working affiliates he gets, the more sales he can expect. By getting affiliates to market his products and services, he is saving himself time, effort and money in looking for possible markets and customers.
The process is very simple. When a client clicks on the link in the affiliate website and purchases the product, recommends it to others who look for the same item or buys it again, this way the merchant leverage his chances of earning.
On the other hand, the affiliate marketer benefits from each customer who clicks on the link in his website and who actually purchases the product or avails of the service provided by the merchant. Usually the affiliate gets commission per sale, which can be fixed percentage or fixed amount. The best is that it won’t cost a single dime to join an affiliate program.
Here is a cool video which I really love about The Best Way to Start Your Affiliate Marketing Business for Beginners by ODI Productions –
If you want to be an affiliate marketer and make money out of the Internet, you may follow these three most basic steps to start your effective affiliate marketing campaign.
Identify a Particular Niche:
Your first step is to identify a particular niche you are interested in or passionate about so you won’t be bored and forced to develop your affiliate web site later on. Focusing on a specific area you known well, it will help you bring out your best.
Here are a few places you can research on – ClickBank Marketplace, Affiliate Marketing Advice & Affiliate Program Resources, Affiliate Marketing | Partner with Us | Rakuten Marketing, CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) etc.
Good Paying Merchants (High Conversion Products):
Secondly is to look for good paying merchants and high converting products .Make a list of good paying and high converting affiliate programs for your chosen niche and create a website.
In choosing the products, you must also consider the support they are giving – Marketing materials may include articles, text links, banner ads, classified ads, reports, etc.
There are many affiliate networks and affiliate solution providers that can give you info on the most profitable products and best paying merchants. So be wise enough to choose the right affiliate program.
Create Your Own Website/Blog:
Now that you have selected your niche high converting affiliate product. You need a proper legitimate platform to promote your affiliate product. Promoting an affiliate program directly is not a wise option as this does not looking professional and many platforms such as Google and Facebook dislike direct affiliate program promotions (i.e. directly promoting an affiliate link and driving traffic).
If you promote a direct affiliate program via Facebook, there is a high chance you may get your Facebook account being suspended and even banned.
If I were you, I would head over to GoDaddy purchase a domain name and select a hosting option, as well. Go Daddy gives you an option to create your own website or you may even wish to start a blog site for FREE with WordPress.
You can start a blog related to your affiliate niche which you would like to promote, like make money online blog or a health related blog, putting in valuable content along with a few affiliate links and placing some banner ads as I do in my The Affiliate Hub Blog.
Drive Traffic to Your Website/Blog:
Now that you have decided which products to promote and the merchant you are supporting and have created your own web site with a domain name and reliable hosting, you are ready to promote. This is the toughest part, since it is through this that you would be able to increase traffic to the business website, sales and of course, profit.
In affiliate marketing, it is possible to earn large sums of money in a short span of time if you use the right strategies and methods.
On how to promote the products would need a separate discussion. You must continue to educate yourself by reading books, courses or other articles online about the best and proven advertising techniques.
Remember, there is no quick path towards success!! Affiliate marketing may seem very tempting due to numerous encouraging testimonies of merchants and affiliate marketers alike who have benefited from it, but it really involves in a great deal of hard work and persistence. You also need to be creative and flexible.
Most affiliate marketers don’t understand this, so when they don’t make sales, they quit, look for other programs and carry on the same mistake. In the end, they said that affiliate marketing is just one of those scams in the Internet. You can work your way to great success if you employ the right strategies in affiliate marketing.
You can make money as an affiliate marketer if you willing to do what it takes.
Hope this helps!
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