How To Make Money As An Affiliate
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.
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