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How To Start Making Money With Affiliate Marketing

Aug 17, 2007
Affiliate marketing is an great way to earn money online. However, if you are just starting out, you should know there are a good number of pitfalls you absolutely need to be aware of. Many people like you are looking for a way earn money online as an affiliate marketer. Many of them have tried to figure out ways to earn more money by doing little or no work.

To get a real view of what I talking about here, all you need to do is a perform quick online search for "easy money making" or "make money fast". You will quickly find that there are thousands of websites listed. If you click on a few of them you will notice that they all begin pretty much the same way. There will be a guy with a big house or fabulous sports car and a pile of money saying that if you sign up, this could be you. Please don't believe the hype!

Here's a fact, no matter what you have heard about affiliate marketing, it's absolutely impossible for everyone to make thousands of dollars monthly. The problem is, there is simply too much competition for this to be possible. Please remember this one thing, money will not fall into your hands without you doing something for it. And that something may be a lot more than you thought.

There is really only one way you can earn a nice, stable online income and that is to put in all the hard work that is necessary for you to succeed. Before you join any affiliate marketing program, you will have to do the needed research. Search for the name of the affiliate marketing program that you are interested in and add the word scam at the end to see what shows up in the list. Another excellent way to get information is to join various work from home forums and ask right questions about the affiliate marketing program you are interested in.

There are several ways that you can determine if a program is likely to be a scam. First, if the program you are interested in doesn't inform you about their compensation until you sign up, don't join. Many programs refuse to tell you what you will be doing until you purchase an expensive program or kit first.

Make sure the affiliate program you want to join provides you with complete disclosure up front. It makes sense to know exactly what you will be doing before you start. If a program doesn't tell before you pay your money, you should avoid it like the plague.

With all that in mind, here are a few high level tips that will help you make money with the affiliate marketing programs you have chosen.

Create You Own Web Site

The best thing you can do for your affiliate marketing business is to have your own web site. You can use your site to build an email list, and to point to the various affiliate programs you want to promote.

Pay Per Click

Good free traffic sources do still exist but, they are more difficult to find these days. You can choose to work hard creating optimized web pages that score high in the search engines. This however takes a lot of time and can be extremely hard to do.

By using the pay per click engines of Google and Overture, you can start to generate immediate traffic to your web site. You will need to do some keyword research but that research will pay off with highly targeted traffic. Remember, the more targeted the traffic the more likely you will make money.

Create A Product And Start Your Own Affiliate Marketing Program

If you knew that each filled out form on your site generated .50 cent in revenue, would you still be willing to pay someone else .25 cents to generate that same traffic? Even better than making money from affiliate programs is to have a product of your own. You can set up your own affiliate web site and have a built in email list from your own affiliates. If you don't have a product of your own, you can use a product you have resale rights to.

Build Your Own Opt-in Email List

It has been said by many of the top marketers online today that "the money is in the list." Sending offers to your own email list is the very best way to build freedom and residual income. Instead of sending traffic away then hoping for the best, you should instead have your own email list to which you are able to send out multiple offers too.

When it all comes down to it, everything involves paying for traffic in one way or another. To make more income, you will need to invest very wisely in advertising.

If you use the right methods for advertising and letting customers know about your affiliate programs, you will be well on your way to making a very nice income. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money on the internet but it does take a lot of dedication and commitment to succeed.
About the Author
Craig A. Cawthorne is a provider ebooks and tools on the internet today. Visit his Resell Ebooks site to get free e-books and other information on how you can turn resell rights products into substantial online income. Also visit his Affiliate Marketing Ebook site.
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