How To Make Money As An Affiliate
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How to Make Money As An Affiliate In 2008, it was estimated that affiliate marketers raked in an impressive $2.1 billion. One of the reasons that affiliate marketing is gaining in popularity as one of the best online business opportunities because of the low start-up costs and practically unlimited earning capabilities. The basics of affiliate marketing are simple: you set up your own website to direct traffic to other websites and receive a sales commission from every sale that originated from your website. Becoming an affiliate marketer is easier than most people realize. By following these simple steps, you will be on your way to making money as an affiliate. Step 1: Build your website or create a blog. Those with extremely limited computer skills may want to begin by setting up a free account with a blog website such as Blogger that lets you pick styles and easily post entries which can include the products and services you are promoting. To built your own website from scratch, you can buy a domain name through websites like Hostgator, GoDaddy, or Namecheap. Then, you’ll need to host your website somewhere and start building. Many websites offer site builders that let you easily build your own website without extensive programming knowledge. Step 2: Know what you want your niche to be. The best way to draw the attention of potential traffic is to pick a niche market and focus on that. For that reason, most successful affiliate marketers have several websites devoted to different niche markets. Pick something you are familiar with or interested in to keep yourself from getting bored while adding content. Step 3: Add content. There are two basic types of affiliate marketing techniques: reviews and resources. Review sites provide detailed reviews of products that you have tried and may compare them to other products and all links to reviews products are affiliate links. Resource sites provide reviews, articles, news, and other information within the specific nice market. Within the articles or along the sides are the affiliate links. Here are examples of affiliate site review pages you can use as models to create your own site: Dish Network reviews, cell phone reviews, DirecTV reviews, credit card reviews. As you can see from these pages you don’t have to be an Ernest Hemingway to create affiliate content. Just keep keep it simple and to the point. Step 4: Get product links. There are a number of websites you can use to get affiliate links. Two of the best are Amazon, and CommissionJunction. Make sure you check to see what the commission percentage is on the products and find as many to place on your site as you can. You can also sign up for Google AdSense which will allow you to place ads on your website that you get a small amount for based on views and clicks. Step 5: Get traffic. Once your site is set up and looks good, you need to start advertising to get people to your site. There are four primary marketing techniques that are used to advertise affiliate sites. Using a combination of these is the best way to ensure your success as an affiliate marketer. © 2012