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Starting An Affiliate Marketing Business

Aug 17, 2007
There are two major decisions to make when starting an affiliate marketing business. First of all one must choose from thousands of merchants to promote. Secondly is what methods to use to drive traffic to an affiliate website to start earning commissions.

The best way to choose an affiliate program is to first choose a topic of interest. It is much easier to promote a program that one finds interesting. Clickbank has a marketplace where merchants on nearly any topic can be found to promote. The amount of commissions an affiliate program pays is also a very important consideration. A good affiliate program should in almost all cases pay at least a 20 dollar commission. Also when starting an internet business it is best to focus on a single program rather than try and promote several at the same time.

The fastest way to drive traffic to an site to earn commissions is to use google adwords. Adwords can be a very effective way to generate quality targeted traffic and sales. However anyone new to the business should learn as much as possible before using google adwords due to the potentially high amount of competition and cost of traffic.

Blogs are another excellent tool to generate targeted traffic and make commissions. Blogs that are frequently updated with relevant and useful information centered around a single topic often receive traffic from the search engines. It is
also important for a blog to provide a RSS feed to be successful at drawing in traffic. Links can be put in the text of the blog to send traffic to an affiliate site.

Another way to send targeted traffic to an affiliate site is to write articles and publish them online. This method works because the article along with the link is generally reprinted on many websites of similar topics and traffic will come from these sites. Also articles often can be found ranking high in search engine results.

Advertising in ezines is another option for sending traffic to an affiliate website. To be effective advertising platform an ezine should be about a topic very closely related to the site you are promoting.

Traffic exchanges can also be used as an effective online marketing tool. The quality of traffic from exchanges is much less than other sources however the potential volume of traffic received from exchanges makes using them appealing.

All the traffic methods outlined have certain advantages and also drawbacks. It's important to use multiple ways to promote a site to be successful at affiliate marketing.
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Aaron Ballantyne has been marketing online for 2 years and has a squidoo lens with free information about Affiliate Marketing .
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