Affiliate Marketing – How Do I Make Money?
Well to start there are many different ways to make money as an affiliate online, but to start you still have to have something to sell. So the first thing to do, is go to one of the many affiliate services that are available such as ClickBank or OfferVault or a similar site. Then the next thing to do will be to figure out how to get your product in front of traffic. This is where it gets a little more confusing, because there are so many different ways to make it happen. You can start with a blog, maybe you could just start writing articles, or you can create your own website, these are just a few we'll go over today.
1) The Blog – this is an easy way to get started, you can go to a blog site such as blogger and they will set you up with the blog page for free, and very similar to the other things you will do with the Article marketing or the website. You will need to think about what keywords will draw traffic to your site, let's say you are selling a weight loss program you do not want to just use Weight Loss because that is too broad of a term you will want to narrow the competition down by using a little more of a long tailed keyword such as Natural Weight Loss. Although this still has Weight Loss in the Keywords it narrows the field by adding Natural. That's just a small version of SEO to help you pick your title. I feel it's important to use a keyword in the Title of your blog, article, or website. This will help draw traffic which will in turn help make sales. Now that you have picked a product and a title, you can start to write a blog, say a review of the product or how you used it and how it helped you. Then you will need to add a link to your product.
2) The Article – this is also an easy way to get started, there are several free article sites that will allow you to post. The one that gets the most traffic is EzineArticles.com, although it really does not matter which one you choose. Again back to the title make sure you create a title using keywords that will draw traffic, so that you get someone to read your article. Again very similar to writing the blog you will need to write a review or give an article that has your knowledge of the product. The difference is with ezine especially you can not use an affiliate link. to sell a product. they will allow you to put a link to a website. But they have some rules and if you follow those rules as they apply they are one of the best systems out there.
3) The website – This is something that a lot of people are afraid of, they feel they do not have the knowledge to put together a website. but actually it's pretty easy to get a basic website up and running. If you search though the ezine you can read one of my other articles or you could go to my website which is all about helping new affiliates get started. Anywhere there are a whole bunch of webhosts to choose from, and you will have to choose a domain name for your website. (Again this is something you can find information on in my earlier ezine or website). Once you have gotten your website set up you can place a blog on it, and post links to the products you would like to sell around on the page. most of the hosting sites are very helpful and will give you some ideas about how to accomplish this.