You can make a lot of money online by joining an internet marketing affiliate program. Affiliate programs are found everywhere on the internet. Basically, affiliate programs are organized by the owner of any product with the aim of selling his product through people that will sell it for him. These people are his affiliates. Affiliates will usually make a commission from the sale.
Making Money as an Affiliate
The commissions for any internet marketing affiliate program usually range anywhere from 40 to 75 percent of the price of the product. Internet marketers structure their commission schedules in many different ways to give incentives and to reward their top affiliates. For example, a product can be paying 50 percent commission to affiliates, and 65 percent commission to special affiliates. You can also designate an even higher amount, let’s say, if an affiliate meets a certain amount of sales or produces a certain amount of revenue from her sales.
Internet marketers know that a good affiliate is very valuable and they take care of them. It is very important to reward a good affiliate, as they will go where the money is. An affiliate who is well established as an internet marketer and has a following is a great asset to any internet marketer, no matter how big he is.
Getting Started as an Affiliate
To join an internet marketing affiliate program you can go to Clickbank, or Paydotcom. Clickbank has the largest market of digital products available. You can find all kinds of products that you can promote. Register at Clickbank, find the product or products you like, and get your affiliate link for each product you would like to promote.
Basically, you have to promote your link on the internet. When people click on your link they will be taken to the website of the product you are promoting. Since this link that you have for each affiliate product has your affiliate code in it, you will be getting credit for any sales made through your links.
Promoting Your Affiliate Products
You can promote your products in many different ways. You can write articles that relate to the product and insert your link in the article. This way people that have an interest in reading your article will probably be interested in clicking your link and looking at your product as well. To get exposure for your article, you submit it to article directories, social bookmarking sites and ezines for distribution. This will allow the search engines to find the article so people can see it online. Article marketing is a great way of advertising and it is free.
You can also write classified ads or pay per click ads. Watch out for pay per click advertising because it can get expensive if you don’t really know the tactics to get good results. With pay per click you basically pay the search engines to post a small ad in the sponsored section of their page, and you pay them a certain amount every time someone clicks on your ad. The amount you pay depends on the value of the keyword you are using. You also set a daily spending limit on your account. So it’s good to start with a low daily limit if you choose to do PPC.
There are other sites for free advertising, such as craigslist or USFree ads. Videos are also a very popular source of advertising. YouTube gets millions of viewers. You can place your link inside the video itself, on the footer, or the profile.
Advantages of Affiliate Marketing
The advantage of joining an internet marketing affiliate program is that you do not have to have your own product to make money. You promote someone else’s product, and if it is a good product, it is easy to sell. You are usually given affiliate tools to promote the products, which makes it very easy to promote.
More and more internet marketers are giving excellent affiliate tools for promotion of their products. They provide ready made emails that you can send out to your list, if you have one. You even sometimes get blog postings and articles to promote the product, as well as banners. You can post these on your own blog.
If you join an internet marketing affiliate program it is good to have your own blog. This is like your home where you will have your promotions posted. All your articles, your banners, and other promos will be placed here. Of course, they will all have your links from your blog to the products themselves. You drive traffic to your blog through the same traffic generation tactics. This way you generate sales from your blog as well.
If you plan on joining an internet marketing affiliate program, make sure that you sign up for programs that give you the most advantage. To me affiliate tools are very important, as well as the overall product. I don’t only look at the commission, but also to how it can help me build my business. In other words, a program can be very attractive if it helps me grow my own business, even though it may not necessarily pay the largest commission.
Cris Santeiro writes extensively on internet marketing. For a free copy of her newsletter (and a free IM Resources ebook) visit her website at CrisSuggests.com