How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing – Part I

This blog will give you all the information required to understand affiliate marketing.

Affiliates have the potential to make thousands of dollars in commission by promoting other companies’ products on the web with this popular business system. Simply put, you advertise a company’s products on your blog or website and when the customer clicks on the ad and makes a purchase, then you are paid a commission.  All the payment processing, shipping, and any customer service issues are taken care of by the company providing the goods or service.

In order to do this, you must have a blog or website.  For only $4.95 per month, you can easily build a website with, for example, Host Gator. Check out my resources tab for further information. They provide pre-designed templates for websites and WordPress blogs, and in only a few minutes you can start creating your content pages.

Many companies offer affiliate marketing on the web, but choose those companies carefully.  CJ.com is one of the largest affiliate companies on the web. They offer a wide variety of companies you can use for your affiliate advertising.  You can even browse the selection of products they offer before signing up.

Product and Price

Generally, most affiliate marketing companies offer commissions in a range from 5% to 20% of the price of an item sold. It is very tempting to aim for the ones with higher commissions, but remember, you will not be paid anything if your visitor does not click through and purchase. Your advertising should always be pertinent to the theme of your website, to create interest in the product you are offering.

Some people think that they can simply find a product that pays a large commission and build a website or blog built around it.  Remember though, to get large amounts of visitors to your site, you will have to drive that traffic, and that includes building good content.  It is not easy to write about something you know nothing about; it will take hours of research and building link exchanges with people in a field with which you are unfamiliar.

Don’t forget to read Part II being posted tomorrow.

Gabriele Cramer-Knebel
Internet Marketing Training

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