An affiliate marketing business is attractive to many people because it’s so cheap to get started. Unlike network marketing where you have to carry your own inventory, or selling your own creations, you don’t pay a penny to sell affiliate products.
Affiliate marketing is a way of promoting a company’s products or service, either tangible goods or digital products, for which the marketer receives a commission on every sale. This makes it necessary to have a blog or website, but even they cost little to set up, the main challenge being marketing and promotion. Gone are the days struggling with HTML and designing your own site, WordPress has changed all that. As soon as you set up your site you can add affiliate banners and links which contain an encoded link so when somebody clicks on one and purchases a product, you get paid your commission, usually at the end of the month or when commissions reach a specified amount.
Affiliate marketing is a perfect way for just about anybody to earn some extra money. It’s ideal for work-at-home mothers, students and retirees and can be done part-time. The only basic costs involved are for a domain name, monthly hosting and perhaps an autoresponder which is used when building a list of subscribers.
Many of the major companies that offer hundreds of products also help the newcomer with free training. Marketing training is essential if you’re new to internet marketing, it can be quite complicated but once you’ve mastered it you’ll start seeing results. If the product you end up choosing to promote doesn’t turn out to be as good as you expected, another good thing is you’ve actually lost very little financially and you can always offer a different product. Hosting can be canceled at any time, and the domain name will expire after 12 months if you don’t renew it.
Many affiliate marketers own dozens of websites covering many different kinds of products. With WordPress it only takes a few minutes to set up a site, all that’s left to do is add fresh content every couple of days. When these people own maybe 10 or so successful affiliate sites that generate money, the first thing they do is outsource the most time-consuming tasks one of which will be writing those articles.
Outsourcing writing and link building means you can free up your day to do further research and build more sites! It’s always a good idea to reinvest any money you make during the first few months back into your business. There are many tools that can be purchased that can save you time – you don’t want your business running you rather than the other way around. A good keyword research tool can help enormously.
Affiliate marketing is not something that you should jump into without doing a lot of research online first. Everything you need to know is available for free. Don’t be tempted to buy products that claim to hold the “secrets” to affiliate marketing and make wild claims about how much money you’ll be earning in a matter of weeks. Most of them are a scam.
The most important thing about affiliate marketing is the marketing aspect. Learn all you can about marketing, social media marketing is hot right now and very profitable, but should be approached with caution and a lot of knowledge. One way to learn is to follow a successful affiliate marketer’s blog – there are many out there who are happy to share their expertise for free.
Would you agree that affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways of making money online? Do you also agree that it can also be a big waste of time if you don’t know what you’re doing?