Whether this is your first time hearing about the term “affiliate marketing” or you’ve already done some research and are in need of a more detailed explanation, one thing is for sure – everybody is curious about different ways to generate massive profits (or a few dollars) on the internet and affiliate marketing is hands down the most popular way to accomplish this. Just do a search in Google for “affiliate marketing” and you’ll see what we mean.
In short, affiliate marketing is simply getting paid a commission to promote other peoples products or services. There are thousands of companies online that are willing to pay you anywhere from 4 % all the way up to 75 % of the sale for your web marketing efforts – and it makes total sense for them to do this.
Think about it for a second, why should an online retailer – whether digital or physical goods – hire an employee full time to generate sales online when they can have an army of skilled webmasters promote and send targeted traffic to their product pages? It is convenient for the affiliate because they don’t need a product to make money, and extra convenient for the advertiser because they don’t need a physical “employee” to increase their bottom line. Having active affiliates also increases the advertiser’s popularity and ranking within the search engine because of all the links pointing to it.
It’s a win-win situation!
Just in case you haven’t picked up on this already – the way advertisers know it was your website or ad that generated the sale is they provide you with an affiliate link, for example:
– affiliate links can sometimes be ugly, but the most important thing is that your affiliate ID, user name or any other identifying element is present in the link. This is how they track your clicks and sales – and this is how you get paid!
There are two things that you must master in order to be successful as an affiliate marketer: keyword research and generating traffic. Keyword research is needed to find profitable markets and phrases which people are typing into the search engines and in order to generate sales, you must drive a healthy amount of “interested” traffic to your landing page or the advertiser’s website. This is absolutely crucial! Sending 1000 people per month who are interested in dog grooming over to your affiliate offer which is in the weight loss market will accomplish nothing.
If you’d like to get started as an affiliate marketer, one of the best places to go is Clickbank.com. Though sometimes saturated and difficult to find specialty sub-niche markets, Clickbank has hundreds of thousands of digital products available from just as many vendors. Everything from eBooks on how to build a solar panel to hypnosis tips and tricks – the products are there ready to promote.
The real question is, are you ready to make money?
by Sam Leccima and Shani Leccima
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