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Introduction to Affiliate Marketing

Is the ability to make money from home just a dream? Many people certainly feel it must be! Sadly enough, some even think that any opportunity to earn money online must be some sort of scam. Thankfully, that is not the case at all with affiliate marketing!

Even though the number of affiliate marketers around the world is steadily growing, many people are not even sure what this type of marketing consists of. Basically, there are many different companies that will allow you to sign up as their affiliate. It will be your job to promote their products and get sales. For every sale you refer, you will earn a commission.

These affiliate sales are tracked via what is called an affiliate link. The affiliate link is assigned to you, and only you, so you can be paid the commissions you earn. There are many different ways to promote your affiliate link to earn money. In most cases, you will have your own website, blog, or other method of putting your links up on the web.

Even after reading the facts, you might still feel a bit skeptical. It can definitely help to know that some of the largest companies in the world have steady and strong affiliate programs. Surely you’ve heard of Amazon, Overstock.com, and eBay? You can become an affiliate of each of them!

What’s in it for the company, you might ask? It is a great form of advertising for them. Companies spend millions of dollars per year promoting their products, whether that be in the form of TV commercials, Internet banner ads, the use of Google Adwords, and many other avenues. It makes good sense for them to have an army of affiliates out there promoting their links and content in exchange for a percentage of sales. In many cases, it is one of the most effective forms of advertising in the age of the Internet.

It truly is a win-win situation for everyone! The company gets a lot more sales, their online reach and brand is greatly expanded, and the affiliate gets to make some excellent income. It doesn’t matter whether you plan on becoming an affiliate marketer on the side or you want to do so full time, you can definitely make this work for you.

The most important thing is that you go about it in the right way. You can’t just put a link up on the web and expect to make a full-time income! It will take some work and dedication on your part. However, you should find that life is an affiliate marketer is pretty sweet. This is truly an instance where you can go to sleep and continue earning money without even touching your computer, as long as everything is set up the right way.

There are many different types of products you can become an affiliate for, so it’s important to read as much as you can before you get started so you can determine what affiliate business model will be right for you. Then, put the information into practice right away!

Learning About the Most Popular Affiliate Networks

Before you get started as an affiliate marketer, it can help to know what the most popular affiliate networks are so you can align yourself with the best. There is a reason that so many people have chosen to promote these networks throughout the years. These are some true powerhouses that can be sure bets as you start earning an income through affiliate marketing.

Some of these top affiliate networks are focused on physical products while others are focused on digital products (such as downloadable ebooks and software). You will have to take a slightly different approach in the way you promote the products you choose depending on the type of product it is. For now, it’s essential to read an overview of the most popular networks out there before getting started.

ClickBank — ClickBank is one of the most popular digital distributers online. The products sold here are all completely downloadable. You’ll find everything from products detailing how to cure acne, to how to win an ex-girlfriend back, to registry cleaner software downloads. The great thing for you as an affiliate is that commissions on ClickBank products tend to be high (generally over 50%), so you can earn quite a bit of money per sale. Entering into a niche based around a hot selling product can be a great way to get your start as an affiliate marketer.

PayDotCom — PayDotCom is not as popular as ClickBank since it is a newer network with a different set of products. Still, there are many advantages to going with this network. They have many high-quality products that you can promote for high commissions. You may want to choose a product to promote through PayDotCom if you can’t find something you’re interested in at ClickBank. It is always a good idea to test different products in the same niche (for example, you might try to promote one product geared toward helping people clear their acne and then choose another in the same niche to see what converts better). PayDotCom can help you do that, and to expand your marketing efforts

Ebay Partner Network — the Ebay Partner Network (EPN) is very popular with affiliates. That’s because eBay is such a well known and popular auction website! Their payment model for affiliates has changed recently, so you can get paid for each click you send to eBay through your EPN links. How much you are paid per click depends on the quality of your traffic (EPN does not fully disclose how this is calculated). Note that the individual payouts are not as high as what you’d get with a digital network (like ClickBank), but you can usually make up for the smaller commissions in volume. Many people make a lot of money with eBay!

Amazon Associates — the chances are very good that you have purchased something through Amazon before. That’s because they carry nearly everything you can think of and they generally have the lowest prices. As an affiliate, you can promote anything they sell on their website (even things that are sold through a third-party) for a commission. The commission starts out fairly low at around 4% and can rise to over 8%, depending on the volume of products you sell. Earning a full-time income with Amazon Associates is definitely possible once you start getting a lot of traffic to the site!

Commission Junction — Commission Junction (CJ) is a very flexible affiliate network. This is not just one store, rather it’s a conglomeration of a variety of online stores. You’ll find many well known brands and products you can promote through Commission Junction. In general, you can easily sign up for the stores you are interested in promoting through this network. Some stores will allow automatically approve you, while others will manually approve you based on your track record of sales and the type of website you own.

There you have it — these are some of the most popular affiliate networks around for a reason! Think about what you want your business model to be — whether it be promoting digital products such as those found on ClickBank or PayDotCom, or physical products from well-known names like eBay and Amazon. Every affiliate has their preference and you’re sure to develop yours. All you need to keep in mind for now is that it is possible to start earning some life changing income with any of these affiliate networks.

CPA: Taking Your Affiliate Marketing to the Next Level

In addition to the commission per sale models that were discussed in previous lessons, you’ll also find cost per action models as an affiliate marketer. Cost per action (CPA) is when you earn money after someone takes a desired action through your link.

For example, there are certain CPA offers that are set up as lead generation campaigns for the company you’re affiliating with through your CPA network. So, if someone clicks your link and enters their name and e-mail address you can earn a set amount of money. Sometimes all a person has to do is enter their zip code and you can get paid!

In other cases, the person who clicks through your link will have to go a little bit further in order for you to get paid. It might be that they need to sign up for an offer, make a purchase, or take some other desired action. Before you promote any CPA offer, you should examine what the requirements are for you to get paid. What you choose to promote will often be dependent on the niche you are in (the topic your website is about) and what type of conversion rate you expect to get.

Note that the more steps the person who clicks through your link has to go through in order for it to “count,” the more you will tend to get paid. CPA IntroductionZip code submit offers tend to be fairly low-paying, while those where a physical address has to be entered will be higher paying. The highest paid of all are generally those that are set up as free trial offers or purchases.

You’ll find that most companies run their CPA offers through a CPA network. These networks are set up similarly to Commission Junction in that they house offers for many different companies. These companies have an agreement with the CPA network to allow affiliates to get links to promote their offers. You can usually sort through the available offers within your CPA network by searching for certain niches, certain types of offers, etc.

Unfortunately, it is usually more difficult to get accepted into a CPA network than it is to get accepted into a standard affiliate network. Don’t despair! You just need to get a good feel for what cost per action is all about and show the networks that you know how to promote the offers to make money (this will make their clients happy!).

There are many different CPA networks out there. Some of the most popular include Azoogle, ClickBooth, and Never Blue. This is definitely not an exhaustive list! You can use the site OfferVault.com to see what kinds of offers are available throughout the different CPA networks to determine which ones might be right for you to apply to.

As a side note — if you decide to apply for CPA network as a “newbie,” expect to get rejected at first. All you’ll usually need to do is give the CPA network call and explain how you plan on running their offers and driving traffic. This will show them that you are very serious about your marketing and you will generally be approved for the network right away.

Tools You Will Need to Become an Affiliate Marketer

Your head is probably swimming with ideas by now! There are many steps that go into being an affiliate marketer — that is why it is so important to break everything down so you can go through the steps one by one! It is important to understand what tools you wTools You Needill need to acquire as an affiliate marketer. Don’t worry — as far as setting up a business goes, it is relatively inexpensive!

First of all, you will need web hosting. Your web host is what will be the “house” for your website. This is also called a web server. Your host will contain all the files so that people can see your site when they visit. The back end of this site is where you will maintain these files and basically set everything up. In general, the back end of your web host will be called your cPanel.

You’ll also need a domain name, which is the address of your website (think of the host as the “house” and the domain name as the “address”). You will need to attach this domain name to your web host by pointing what is called the DNS setting to show it where the web host is. This might sound complicated, but after you’ve done it once it becomes incredibly simple!

In addition to needing a web host and domain name, you need a way to get your website up. If you’ve heard of HTML, many people design standard HTML websites with their content, graphics, and affiliate links on it. A very popular option these days is using WordPress. WordPress is blogging software that you can easily make it look like a regular HTML website or use as a niche blog (this option is highly recommended) — and it is very easy to maintain!

Choosing a web host, domain name, and way to build your website can seem like a daunting task. Don’t feel overwhelmed, because you can always get help with these things if you need it. As with anything, there is a learning curve, but it becomes like second nature soon enough.

It is also a good idea to get an autoresponder account. You’ve probably heard of e-mail marketing, and you likely belong to many different e-mail lists yourself. For example, if you’ve made a purchase online you might have been asked to join the company’s newsletter. This newsletter is sent out through an autoresponder. You can do the same thing! Except in your case you are going to get people to sign up through what is called an opt in box so you can keep in contact with them.

It’s easy to sign up with an autoresponder service such as aWeber or GetResponse. Once you do, you can enter in all of the information about your e-mail list. You will then get some code to put your opt in box on your website (this is where people will enter their name and address to be put on your e-mail list). Then, you can broadcast messages out to them. In some cases, these messages will contain strictly helpful content and in other cases the messages will be promotional in nature. List marketing is a great way to make money as an affiliate!

This is just an overview of the tools you’ll need. As you dive deeper into the world of affiliate marketing, you will find what you need to do to achieve a lot of success as an affiliate marketer.

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