Affiliate Marketing Basics
Do you know what affiliate marketing is or how it works? Today, I will talk about the basics you need to know in order to decide if this is for you or not. First thing you need to know is………
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Basically, affiliate marketing is the promoting of someone else’s products or services. Then, you make a commission on each sale as a result of that promoting. In other words, you are advertising the products or services and the commission is the fee that you get paid when a sale is made. The commission can be a set rate or a percentage based on which way the product vendor or service provider decided to go. This is perfect for those who don’t know how or don’t want to create their own products.
You can make a decent living doing this if you know what you are doing. There are many people making 5 to 6 figure incomes doing nothing but affiliate marketing, by just bringing traffic (people) to a sales page.
Is affiliate marketing for me?
There are some things you need to do to lay the foundation before jumping in head first.
You need to ask yourself 2 key questions or you’ll end up not accomplishing anything online.
1. Which niche should I choose?
With thousands of niches to choose from, you really need to think about this. The three big niches right now are internet marketing/make money online, health and love, all with many sub-niches. Find a niche in which you have an interest for best results.
2. Which products should I promote?
This goes together with the first question. The products should be related to whichever niche you choose. If you choose making money online, for example, you can promote digital or physical products. Some digital products could be a video training course on list building, setting up a blog, etc.
Some physical products could be books or dvds about things related to making money online, for example. You might want to promote physical products related to a niche about fishing, for example, fishing rods or a digital training video on how to bait hooks, cast the line, etc.
One thing to remember, try to promote products that you have used yourself or have researched. If you are just trying to make a buck, and start promoting products that don’t deliver, your name can get a bad reputation. Nothing will stop you dead in you tracks faster than that.As an affiliate marketer, you should promote products that you have used or researched yourself. Click To Tweet
Finding products to promote
Once you’ve decided on which niche and products you want to promote, you need to find those products. Almost all online businesses have affiliate programs that you can sign up for free and start promoting their products and/or services. Clickbank and JVZoo are two of the top sites for digital products. Amazon.com is the biggest site for digital and physical products. You can also go to different name brand store sites and look for the affiliate link, usually located near the bottom of the pages. You’ll find that a lot of the name brand stores use Commission Junction to run their affiliate programs. These are just a few examples. You can always do a search for affiliate marketing sites and see what else is out there. Each has their own rules so make sure to do your research before signing up with any of them.
There are many ways to promote products. You can create a niche specific blog, use social media, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. If you have an email list, you should definitely be sending emails to that list to promote products related to why they subscribed in the first place. This is the best way to make money as an affiliate, as long as you have gained the trust of your subscribers. Choose a couple of these to start with and you can be on you way to success.
How do I get paid
When you become an affiliate, you will need to give them some information. Then, you will get a unique member id which will be tied to an affiliate link for you to use to promote whichever product(s) you choose. This will ensure that you get paid when the sale is made. You just have people click this link and they will be sent to a sales page where they can learn about the product and purchase it. You will receive your payment based on the policy of the vendor. Some pay immediately, some have waiting periods and some pay monthly. Some will pay you through Paypal, others will send you a check. Each vendor is different.
Has this helped your decision to get involved with affiliate marketing.
One more thing to say
I have some good news concerning the making money online niche. There is a program that you can join where you can learn from a top marketer the ins and outs of affiliate marketing without spending thousands of dollars. The Affiliate Club is a monthly membership program that teaches you everything you need to know to start making money as an affiliate marketer AND make money while doing it. Inside, you will have access to a private Facebook community page, weekly LIVE webinars and the ability to make money promoting a fully optimized sales funnel, with the ability to create a recurring income from anyone who joins The Affiliate Club through your affiliate link.
Just click here and watch a special video I put together to give you a sneak peek inside so you can see for yourself what you get as a member. I, personally, have made money using this sales funnel and I would like to see others do the same.
I hope I gave you a better understanding of what affiliate marketing is. If you liked this post and got something out of it, please share it with others who you think may enjoy it also. Feel free to send me a message using the Contact Me tab in the main menu with any questions about internet marketing.
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Have a good one and see ya soon….Chris