In this article we will look at what affiliate marketing is, how you can become an affiliate marketer, and why this will enable you to make a passive income working from home.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is the process of promoting other peoples products or services online, and when someone buys that product or service through your link, you will receive a commission. To become an affiliate marketer, you simply promote affiliate products and then collect the commissions!
There are many online companies that have affiliate programmes, as the benefit to them is that they have someone else doing the marketing and promotion, and as a result they will make many more sales than just those that they could achieve from their own promotional efforts.
Most creators of information products will have an affiliate programme, and because their product is digital, the more affiliate marketers who are selling it the better, so even with the affiliate commissions they have to pay out, the rest is pure profit with no effort involved on their behalf.
Many other types of companies, such as those selling physical products, also have affiliate programmes, although the commission percentages tend to be a lot lower than for digital products.
It is relatively easy to become an affiliate marketer for the following reasons:
You don’t need your own product.
There are very few (sometimes no) start-up costs involved.
You can start making money almost immediately.
There is no need for complex technical knowledge.
There are affiliate products in so many different niches, that everyone can find something to promote that interests them – and if you are passionate about the product/subject you are promoting, then you will be more likely to succeed.
Where To Find Affiliate Products To Promote
There are a number of places where those looking to become an affiliate marketer can find good quality products to promote, perhaps the most well-known is ClickBank.com
ClickBank is an online “marketplace” full of digital products, covering every niche imaginable.
Vendors will offer various commission percentages to affiliate marketers who successfully promote and sell their products – these are often as high as 75%!
Once you have created an account, you simply search the marketplace for a product that you would like to promote and then create your unique affiliate link for that product.
You then embed this link into any promotion you carry out, and if the prospect buys the product, your ClickBank account will automatically be credited with the commission you have earned!
There are also other ways to find affiliate products to promote. For example, you could visit your favourite online store to see if they have an affiliate programme.
Another way is to type a keyword related to a niche you are interested in into Google followed by “+affiliate program”. For example, if you are interested in weight loss products you could type: “weight loss + affiliate program” into the search engine and it will come back with pages of results for weight loss affiliate programmes that you could promote. You would then register with the programme of your choice and obtain your affiliate link to start promoting.
Ways To Promote Affiliate Products
There are many free or low cost ways to promote affiliate products and services, such as writing a review of them on your blog, advertising the product on websites such as eBay or Craigslist, or by creating a short infomercial and posting it on YouTube with your affiliate link embedded into the video.
You could also write reviews of the product to submit to article directories such as Ezine Articles, or create a Squidoo lens about the product.
Becoming an affiliate marketer can earn you either a few dollars here and there, or become the main income stream in your life – it depends on the time and energy you are willing to commit to it.
So why not become an affiliate marketer today – there are many people who are quietly making vast sums of money as affiliate marketers – and you can easily join them!