how to start affiliate marketing
The number of companies with whom you can start your affiliate business is pretty near as large as the list of human interests. I am personally involved with four major programs and a number of minor ones and they are all worth being involved with if you promote them correctly. They range from the household names like General Motors all the way down to your local flower shop who might offer a cash override on future introductions for referring customers to them.
You need to structure your company such that you can profit from them all over time.
How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?
You refer new people to your individual link. When clients decide to buy through your link, they company sees it and pays you a commission ranging anywhere from 4% to 100%.
It is fairly straightforward, although the successful execution does have some amount of artistry to it:
Decide which affiliate programs you want to join.
Decide how you are going to market that program.
Create individual content that is relevant to that method or channel.
Drive traffic or folks to that content, which is to say promote that content.
Decide What Affiliate Programs You Want To Join
In order to determine what Internet affiliate marketing program you want to start your affiliate business with you have to decide what your goals are. Making money is so undefined that I am afraid it will not inspire you to get up and walk away from the great one-eyed mindsucker after you get home from 8+ hours at your place of employment.
You need well-defined goals to motivate you.
For instance, if you just want to earn a couple of extra bucks from time to time, you really don’t have to spend a lot of prep time. If you want a serious business that will cover your car payment this month, your car payment and utilities next month, and these plus your rent or mortgage in 3 to 6 months, you are going to need to invest a little more thinking and planning.
I want to strongly encourage you to consider regularly promoting subscription affiliate products, too. Why?
Subscription affiliate products pay you every month. In addition to getting paid for what you produced this month, you will get paid… again… for what you produced last month.
I hope this is starting to set some bells off in your head because if you get with and promote the correct, high quality subscription affiliate product or service you can be looking at a lifestyle change.
Decide How You Are Going to Promote
There are a ton of ways to market your affiliate link. They include:
Blogging about the services and products on your blog
Talking about it on other blogs or including it in your signature when you post on other blogs
Creating unique articles for posting on the article directories
Making videos about what you are promoting
… and this is just the tip of the iceberg on ways to promote your content.
Create Content Relevant to the Channel
Blog posts, especially those you post on your own blog, have a lot more leeway in the content you create and post. For instance, what you post on your own blog is really only subject to approval by you while that which you post on the article directories have an entirely different set of rules. Don’t get frustrated when they refuse what you wanted to post, just go edit it and follow their rules and you will get posted.
Likewise, you don’t create a blog post and post it to YouTube. You create a video of yourself discussing or instructing on the benefits of visiting your link. (Although that line is getting blurred by software that will create a video from your blog text and read it to your viewers like the lead in to the original Star Wars movies.)
Drive Traffic to that Content
Remember, the goal of articles and videos is to get people to view your original content on the products and services which you are promoting. Many, if not most, article services do not allow you to place links directly to your affiliate link. Some will let you slip by, but it is just frustrating your efforts when you have to edit an article so that it gets posted. Even in the affiliate marketing business time is money.
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