Affiliate marketing. Let’s face it, you hear about it everywhere but are you sure about what it actually involves? Affiliate marketing is the process of referring consumers to a particular product and earning a commission of the sale price if they choose to purchase it. That’s basically it, when I first heard the term I thought it involved some confusing long-winded process so you might be surprised as to how easy it sounds. But of course, it’s not really that easy! You need to drive people to that product which is just as hard as driving people to a website or blog.
You make money from affiliate marketing by giving people a customized URL to the product, so if they purchase it the seller knows and you receive a percentage commission. It could be from anywhere up to around 50%. But hey, 50% of something’s better than 100% of nothing right? Remember, you only get paid if someone buys the product, not for them just clicking the link!
Now you’re thinking where to place this link? If you’ve already got a website or blog, perhaps include the link in a banner on the top of your page or in one of your sidebars. Make sure the product is related to the topic of your site, otherwise readers are obviously less likely to click it. You don’t just have to advertise it on your website, you can include your link anywhere, and link to as many different affiliate products you want to! Try posting the link on a social network like Facebook or including it in the signature of your email. Or you can create a website just to advertise this product, by using search engine optimization and keyword tools, people can find this page just by searching in a search engine.
Now to get started, I’d recommend using a website like ClickBank, where you can search through thousands of products offered by different sellers to promote. This cuts out the middleman of finding vendors yourself!