What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get started making money online.
In a nutshell, it’s selling products for other people and getting a commission.
That doesn’t mean you have to store any products at home or even put out any money at all. That’s the cool thing about affiliate marketing.
You don’t handle the product. You just promote it.
This is best done with a WordPress site of your own. But if you don’t have one yet, don’t worry. It’s really very easy to set one up. I’ll write another post on setting up a WP blog.
The reason you’ll want a WP blog of your own is so that you can write blog posts on subjects within the niche you’ve chosen to promote products.
Then within those posts, you can set up links to the affiliate products.
That’s one way to use a blog to promote affiliate products.
Another, and even better way to promote products is by adding an opt-in box on your site where you can collect email addresses by offering something in return, such as a free report.
As you’ll notice, that’s what I’ve done on this site. You can fill in your name and email in the box on the right side of this post and I’ll send you a free report on a few ways to get started making money online right away.
Once you have a name and email address, it will automatically load into your auto responder. (I use aWeber - this link is an affiliate link, so if you click it and sign up with them, I will receive a small commission, just so you know) You will then be able to send out informational emails and also promotional product links as an affiliate and then later you might even create your own product to promote.
That’s called “building a list” and it’s very valuable! Something you’ll want to treasure and take care of! It will determine your future as an internet marketer.
What Products to Sell
You might be wondering how to find products to sell as an affiliate. That’s the easy part.
After you’ve decided what niche you want to be involved in – health, internet marketing, dog training, crafts, relationships (just to name a few) – you can find products to promote at Amazon, Clickbank, Commission Junction, ShareaSale, Linkshare and others.
One way to find an affiliate program is to type into google search the product name or niche you’re interested in, followed by “affiliate program”. An example would be diet and fitness “affiliate program”.
Then check out the affiliate programs you’re interested in to see what percentage they offer their affiliates. Sign up with the ones you want to promote. It’s always free to sign up.
Amazon.com sells physical products and the commission is pretty low, usually 4% to start out and then it increases if you sell a certain number of products during the month. Then it starts over at 4% the next month.
Clickbank offers digital products to sell. The payout for those products is usually quite a bit higher than Amazon.
Most affiliate programs will also have banners you can place on your site to promote their products. These will have your affiliate link embedded in them so that if someone clicks on the banner and buys the product, you’ll get a commission.
So there you have it. How to make money as an affiliate in a nutshell. Of course there’s a lot more to it, but this should help you get started. It can actually be a lot of fun and of course exciting when you see that first sale come in!
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or would like to share your experience with affiliate marketing. Comments are always welcome, and please “like” this post and/or share it if you found it helpful. Thanks!