Friday, May 10, 2013

How does affiliate marketing work, and how do people make money from it?

There are various types of affiliate marketing "techniques" to make money, but the most common way is to join a company's affiliate program and start getting people to go to their website through link you may have on either a basic website, blog, or social media site etc... The links that you provide for people click on to go to an affiliate company's site tell the affiliate vendor's what web site sent them the customer and will track how much commission the affiliate marketer will get (which usually based on sales) and will send payment to the affiliate who directed the customer to them.

Many affiliates who are profitable at this business will use their websites to harvest emails "legitimately" first. They do this by providing good content on their sites that readers are interested in. They then will ask for an email address to which they might send a free e-book, have a newsletter to subscribe too, or perhaps have a very educational video that can be watched. Many good marketers will then send good legitimate content to their potential customers that is useful to them, then "soft sell" sell them a product that will give them a commission for sending their buyer to the seller's site.

The Super Basic Steps of Affiliate marketing in 5 steps:

1. Put up a website
2. Sign up for an affiliate program that you feel has products that you have the ability to promote well
3. Add the affiliate links that are provided from the affiliate program you signed up with to your website.
4. Continuously work to Optimize your site to be found in the major search engines and get visitors
5. Find more products and keep promoting and building your site

Affiliate marketing is a REAL business. If you take it seriously and work hard at it, I honestly feel anyone can succeed. It's hard work, but well worth it. I heard that 99% who attempt internet business of people never make any money, and it's mostly because they quit too soon.

There are many books you can get at local libraries that can get you educated on the subject.

By the way, when doing your research, be warned that affiliate marketing "educational" websites are usually trying to sell you something and can be VERY persuasive. Try not to buy anything if you can help it unless you are 100% ready to proceed.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

What Is The Best Way To Start An Online Business?

With the economy the way it is many people are looking for alternative ways to make an income. So naturally they look online. I know that there are a lot of scams out there but if you look hard enough there are legit programs out there that will teach you how to make money online.

So what are some of the ways that you can make some money online?

I won't go into great detail but here are some of the ways you can make money online:

Affiliate Marketing, selling other people's products
Selling Your Own Created Products - whether it's an ebook or other craft related products
Selling A Service - if you have skills, this could be a good way to get started.
Selling Other People's Products - creating a theme site with products that are drop shipped directly to the customers so you don't carry inventory.

The 2 best ways, in my opinion, are:
1. Affiliate Marketing - setting up a website where you market other company's products and get paid a commission. The Super Affiliate Marketers Handbook is a good reference for this method
2. Selling a Service - Your skills could demand top prices if you have what it takes.

So where can I get the right training to learn this stuff?

There are many programs out there but the two programs that I know that are legit are the chris Farrell membership and wealthy Affiliate. Just to give you a little backround on both sites:

The Chris Farrell Membership If you are just starting out in trying to make money online or you have tried and failed the Chris Farrell Membership will give you a foundation so you will not be lost. This site is geared towards the beginner Im talking "I only know how to check my e-mail and serf the web. So if you are just starting out with affiliate marketing this is a good place to start. I also want to point out that if you don't like to read text based instructions you don't need to worry because most of his teaching is done through video. There is a lot more I would like to list but if you would like to learn more click here.

Wealthy Affiliate - This site is still geared towards the beginner but it is a lot more in depth. They cover everything from:

•All levels of training
•Video training, Tutorial training, and Courses
•10,000′s of community members
•13+ Full, Interactive Classrooms
•Live & Interactive Help
•2 Free Websites
•State of the Art Hosting
•Access to Industry Experts
•A strict spam free environment.
$0 Membership. Yes, FREE!

The only bad thing I can say about it is that there is too much information. A person who is just starting out might get overwhelmed with the amount of information that's in there.

Here is a video walkthrough of wealthy affiliate

Friday, May 3, 2013

Making Money Online - So little risk, so much potential

Affiliate marketing is a low risk, high potential business. This is one of the reasons that it is becoming so popular. Many new entrepreneurs start their businesses off with affiliate programs. Here are some of the reasons why this business model is considered low risk:

1. Low start up costs: Affiliate programs are usually free to join. Tools and ad copy come with the package and the only expense incurred will be the cost of promotion. Of course you will be starting your own website and newsletter, but this will not really cost too much. If you start with a simple website template you can actually do it yourself. There are no office expenses or employee overheads.

2. No inventory: Of course you will not have to buy product, except for personal use. This saves a lot of money and means you will not have the risk of having to keep unsold inventory.

3. No Employees: as mentioned there are no employees to pay or hassle with. The only time you will have to pay people to work for you is when you outsource or hire others for a project. You can do this fairly cheaply when you use freelancers.

4. Very Little Customer support: One of the best parts about affiliate marketing is the fact that there is little or no customer service needed. Usually your sponsor as the actual seller will handle all this.

Of course Affiliate marketing has a lot of potential. This will depend on exactly how hard you wish to work your business. In fact once you have done your research into each and every promotion you do, you will be seeing good returns on your advertising dollar. Even with affiliate marketing you cannot expect too much for the first three months but after that it will increase as you expend promotions and gather tools, so that you will realize a growing return on investment.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

How To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing Step By Step

What is an affiliate program? An affiliate program is where you join a company and sell their products, for a commission. Getting started is easy, all you need to do is find a market you are interested in and join some related affiliate programs.

The easiest way to begin is to find your niche markets. Choose markets that you are interested in and specialize, in different aspects of the market. Research keywords in your market, and choose those with a large amount of searches and less websites supplying them. You can find out demand by going to overture search tool and seeing how many searches have been done. Putting the keyword into the search engine and looking at how many websites come up will give you supply. High demand and low supply will be your niche market.

You will build a website around the market and join related affiliate programs. Then you drive traffic to your website. Once you have one of these websites working and pulling in profits, you can go to another niche market and duplicate your success. Make these sites theme websites, so that you can promote more than one affiliate program from one place.

Try to choose some affiliate programs with residual income. This means that the customer will buy the product again and again, for instance a diet supplement or vitamins. Another form of residual income will be a product with a monthly subscription, like a membership site or autoresponder.

Get to know the product. The best affiliates actually use their sponsor’s products. Write good informative content to pre sell your visitors and establish yourself as an expert in your field. People will trust you more when they see your expertise and you will get more clicks through to your sponsor’s site

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Basics Of Affiliate Marketing Online - Some Tips On Getting Started Online

Learning the basics of affiliate marketing online. As an online marketer, you must know the two important things you need to know about affiliate marketing. I assume that you are one of those people who want to make a lot of money without ever having to put on a suit and tie and going to the office. And let’s not deny that we all dreaming of financial independence and be a successful online marketer.

The first thing you need to keep in mind at all times about affiliate marketing is: content rules. You must know how to make your own content and how to come up with quality stuff. Getting surfers to look at your website is not that hard. Making them read more than a couple of lines is a bit harder.

The second most important thing is to gain links that point to your site, which will bounce you up in search engine ratings. Make sure the links are always from web pages that focus on the same topic as the articles they point to, otherwise you are going to lose points with the search engines and that should be avoided at all costs.

Getting It Started:

Pick a niche market, identify some topics and start writing. Get about 10 articles up on your website, get links for every one of them and then keep an eye out and see if people like them or not. Every morning re-read one of the articles and see if your writing style is really crystal clear and if the ideas stand out from the text and are easy to grasp by anyone.

After weeks of doing this re-read your first articles once more. I am perfectly sure that you will be surprised of how poorly written they seem. Feel free to re-write them, or to write new ones that focus on the same topics and solutions, but with a different approach and wording. Don’t strive to be 100% original every time because this is impossible.

In a short while you will notice that your site is getting a lot of attention because of the friendly content. Keep everything simple and make sure your pages can be accessed easily by surfers who don’t land on your main page. Having a website that doesn’t look slick, but has loads of good content tells people that you are a real person and that you aren’t trying to pull anything.

Marketing campaigns, flashing banners and slick ads are nice, but you don’t need them. Just write articles and get links. Then write more articles and get more links. Repeat this until your website becomes a mandatory stop for people who want to be well-informed on the topic you’ve chosen. The links and surfer clicks will give you good ratings and the original content will make you unique.

Write good articles, put in plenty of keywords (don’t use them blatantly), make sure the links to the merchant website stand out and get other websites to link to you. That’s all you need to know to make a lot of money on the internet.

So there you have it, the big list of tasks that you need to do in order to become a successful affiliate marketer. Sounds too simple? Well, it sort of is simple, but not as simple as you’d expect. What you need to do is to write good articles that can really answer the questions your readers have in mind. This means finding a topic, becoming thoroughly acquainted with it and analyzing possible solutions. For a realistic strategy to making money online, visit This online marketing program covers a lot of affiliate marketing fundamentals.