Make Money Online Free With Affiliate Marketing
A popular global research firm predicts that by 2016, “more than half of the dollars” that US consumers spend on retail will be influenced by the Internet. Meaning, more and more people turn to the Web first before they decide to make a purchase. That said, if you want to carve out a career in marketing (or make a shift), this is an opportune moment to become an Internet marketer.
There are several delivery methods of Internet marketing (IM) that you can choose to focus on, but if you want complete independence, choose affiliate marketing or lead generation. In affiliate marketing, all you need to do is to refer a product to a potential client. For every successful sale, you receive a commission.
Why affiliate marketing?
Because first and foremost, it’s a sure-fire way to make money online free. You don’t have to spend a dime to get started. All you need is a stable Internet connection and a good guide to help you with the fundamentals.
Second, it’s passive and very profitable. The Internet is open 24/7, and you can bet that there is someone out there who will purchase the affiliate product you’re promoting. Seasoned IMs can make more than $10,000 every month without having to go through a 9 to 5 office routine or deal with stressful paper work.
Lastly, the world is your workplace. You can travel the world and still have access to your ClickBank dashboard, niche site, or other marketing channels and work. The best part is, even though the government has introduced tax laws to restrict online marketing activities (e.g., Amazon affiliate nexus laws), affiliate marketing is very flexible.
So how do you get started?
One of the most common ways is to create a niche site, or a site that promotes products targeting a specific market. For instance, if you are very much interested in baseball, you can create a niche site that promotes wooden baseball bats. On a similar note, you can create another site promoting aluminum baseball bats.
When it comes to promotion, the best method is to write and publish product reviews. Why reviews? As mentioned in the beginning, consumers head over online before they make a purchase. So they are interested in knowing the best product there is by going through reviews.
Back to our wooden baseball bat example, you may want to create reviews for the different brands producing wooden bats. Aside from reviews, you can create product comparisons, a best list, a top list, and even comparison charts.
Normally, these reviews take the form of written articles. That said, you’ll need to hone your writing skills to write compelling reviews. But if you are like some people who have difficulty writing, there are other methods that you can try. Or if you want to stick to written reviews, you can always hire your own writer.
One of the other methods is to create videos and post them on YouTube. According to a San Diego-based networking solutions company, YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the world, next to Google. That said, your video reviews have a high chance of getting viewed if you post them on the site.
Other methods or strategies that you can try include the following: social media marketing, e-mail marketing, and blogging.