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How To Earn Money With Affiliate Programs in 3 Steps

Aug 17, 2007
Let's say you are new to internet marketing and you want to earn money. How do you start? One way that is popular is to sell other people's products. This is known as affiliate marketing.

There are millions of companies all over the world that will pay you up to a 75% commission to sell their products for them. So how do you choose the right affiliate program?

Here are 3 tips that are the most important.

1. Start with a product that interests you. You may read this alot if you are researching earning money online. The reason for that is because it is true. You will eventually branch into marketing your products with things like blogging and article marketing or even building your own website.

It is so much easier to sell a product that appeals to you or that you may even buy for yourself. You may even be able to write a review from the perspective of a customer. Or you may be able to brand yourself as an expert in this area. These are all part of earning money over another affiliate selling the same product.

2. Search for merchants and products or services that are related to your interest. One place to find affiliate programs on all kinds of different products is AssociatePrograms.com. Another is CJ.com Look for products that pay a high commission rate as well as products that are unique. Along with this is which affiliate programs offer support tools like banners, websites, classified ads, and email promotions.

When you start out it is going to be easier to use what the affiliate program has to offer you. As soon as you can you are going to want to start your own website or blog to make yourself stand out from your competitors selling the same products.

3. The last step is to get visitors to your website. This is known as driving traffic to your website. This is where most affiliates fail and therefore do not earn any money. Before you can sell something to someone they have to come to your affiliate website or you own new website. You have to be careful ho much money you spend on advertising and promoting your products.

Pay per click advertising is one example of a way you can get traffic to your website quickly, but can also cost you alot of money if you do not know what you are doing. At first you really are better off sticking to free or almost free methods on promoting your business. This can include blogging and pinging, social networking, article marketing, forum marketing, and any way you can find to interact more closely with people who may have an interest in what you sell.

To do this correctly you need to be where your market is and then tell them about yourself and your business. This is why article marketing has long been one of the best ways to earn money with affiliate programs.

If you can write short articles you can take your readers from the article to a resource box containing a link to your website or affiliate website address. When they click on that link you now have a visitor on your site who is a potential buyer.

Do this over and over until you are earning the amount of money you want.
About the Author
Jeff Casmer is an internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked" Work at Home Directory gives you all the information you need to start and prosper with your own Internet Home Based Business.
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