Affiliate Marketing: The Basics

What do we mean by Affiliate marketing?

Affiliate Marketing


Affiliate marketing is usually an online home business type of work. Mainly you promote a specific product that earns you a commission for every sale you make.
In this article we’ll talk about how this business can be made into a success and how you can make a full time income from home with affiliate marketing.

What is the role of an affiliate?

As an affiliate, your role is to promote a specific product using a unique link, which is used as a tracking tool for the advertiser (product owner) to track the leads/sales referred by you as an affiliate. If a visitor buys the product through your unique link, you earn a commission, which is normally a percentage of the product’s price.

How to get started with Affiliate marketing?

There are certain things that need to be kept in mind before choosing affiliate marketing as your main online home business.
1- The nature of the product you’re going to promote.
You need to pick a product that would interest the audience you’re targeting. Promoting the wrong product is like trying to sell a dog to a cat person. You’ll fail.. quickly.

How to find the right Affiliate products?

As mentioned earlier, it is very important to choose the right affiliate products. Here’s how to do it:
Browse Affiliate Networks: These networks list quite a few affiliate programs. If these networks are properly browsed, it is very easy to find a perfect product for your audience.
Example affiliate networks: ClickBank (clickbank.com), Commission Junction (cj.com) and my favorite, TripleClicks (tripleclicks.com).
Use Google Search: Google is another free tool that can help you find an affiliate product. Type in “keyword + Affiliate Program” and something should come up.
The other ways of finding the right affiliate product is browsing online stores and checking competition sites.

How to promote the product?

There are lots of methods that you can use to promote an affiliate product. For example:
a) Promoting a blog you create to review the product by regularly updating it with interesting content.
b) Using social networks to send traffic to your blog through groups and pages interested in your type of product or your “niche”.
c) Writing good articles and posting them in article directories to attract viewers. Sometimes resource boxes are used to post affiliate links within articles, but sometimes this is not allowed. This is a very effective way of promoting your affiliate product.
The famous article directories are ezinearticle.com, goarticles.com, articlealley.com.
There are some other ways of promoting your online home business like creating videos, creating web 2.0 properties, joining online forums, building email lists and creating niche sites.
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