Affiliate marketing is probably the most popular way to make money online and is used by millions
of people worldwide. What the process involves is simple, you promote other peoples products and get a commission
from the sale.
This saves you the hassle of making your own product, having to pay any fees but only having to get someone
to buy a product through a link that you provided.
People are literally making millions of dollars on the internet using this method alone.
It will always succeed and never fail.
You can receive payments in different forms depending on what program you have signed up for.
Pay Per Action & Pay Per Sale
PPA & PPS affiliate programs are relatively the same and involve you selling a product or
getting a person to sign up on a subscription basis. You get paid a commission for the sale or even a monthly
commission depending on how long they stay signed up for. Commissions can vary a lot, but are typically between
20-75% of the sale. Now most affiliate programs will offer you a commission above 50% as they want people to sell
What kind of program you want to promote is completely up to yourself, but you don't have to settle
for one, you could promote a few or even hundreds, change what you are promoting and when. The possibilities are
You can promote your affiliate links in many ways and again, is completely up to
yourself. You could generate sales pages, websites, review sites, promote through Social
Networking or Social Book marking sites, (Twitter, Digg, Bebo, Facebook and many more). You could use email
marketing and rent lists of subscribers or you could even pay someone to do all this for you.
Your promotions are only limited by yourself and your imagination. The set fee here is very low,
with low risk and the potential to make thousands of dollars over and over.
How To Become An Affiliate
When you choose affiliate marketing as a path to income on the Internet, you have selected a method
that can work very effectively. It is not necessarily an easy path. You must have a knowledge of the Web and how it
works. Don't expect that you will get rich quick. That rarely happens. You must build traffic to your site in order
to capture the attention of people who are likely to purchase or click through to the product of your merchant
affiliate. Here is a map that will show you how to become an affiliate.
In order to become a successful affiliate, you must have a successful website. If you choose a product that is
related to the subject of your website, you will have an easy link. Other affiliates begin with a fresh new website
once they have selected a product of interest. You should not shuffle together a number of different products on a
single site. This will make your site look cluttered and more like a flea market than a well thought out marketing
campaign dedicated to one subject. The website should not be one of the free sites. They look cheap and don't allow
you to look like your are serious about marketing.
The next step is to pick a product. It should be a product you know something about. It should be related to the
content of your website. If you are not sure about the product, spend the money to purchase it and try it out for
yourself. It's hard to get enthusiastic about a product if you know nothing about it. Sincerity and obvious
familiarity with the aspects of the product that can only be learned by actually using it will help to sell the
The merchant that you select is probably as important as the product itself. You should work with a merchant that
is well respected in the marketplace. Once you have selected the product and the company that you want to work
with, the next step is to apply to become an affiliate. In most cases, the application is a simple process. It may
only require the completion of a simple application form. Different merchants pay different rates, too. Unless you
have a very large and busy website, a payment of a couple pennies per action will not provide much revenue.
Payment rates can add up pretty fast with some merchants. Products in the field of education etnd to have a higher
rate than technical style products. Your own site will make a difference as well. The more successful websites have
a lot of traffic because there is a lot of fresh and interesting content. You will have to spend time massaging the
marketing so that it works more effectively. Contrary to what some programs would have you to believe, you can't
just start a website, place some words on it and expect to do nothing more. Riches don't usually come by chance.
They come from planned and organized steps toward a known goal.
Another thing that you should be aware of is that you won't be operating on a
closed circuit. There will be other people working with the same merchants as affiliates. In some ways, this
can be helpful, since the more times a person sees references to a product, the more likely they are to
remember the name and to purchase the product. Still, it may reduce the chances that the actual sale will come
from your advertising efforts. You will be challenged to make your website stand out from the others. No
cookie cutter websites should be part of your planning.
Affiliate marketing is not for everyone. Some of the negative aspects are not so much problems with the programs,
but are problems with the perception of the program. You may assume from promotional materials that you can get
rich from becoming an affiliate. This is incorrect. It takes planning and effort. You must also have knowledge of
how affiliate marketing works in order to use it effectively. Another expectation is that the money is quick and
significant. That is also an error. Payment rates are usually not huge. Affiliate marketers rely on quantity to
make money, not on a few large payments.
To learn how to become an affiliate is simple, initially. Becoming a successful affiliate might be more difficult.
The positive side about the income earned as an affiliate marketer is that you don't have to invest much money to
get started. You have an opportunity to earn without spending most of your first income to pay for the
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