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The Secret Of Affiliate Marketing Online

Feb 26, 2008
Affiliate marketing is not a new concept, it has been on the scene for over ten years now. But only recently have average everyday folks started to look at it as a legitimate way to make residual income that comes automatically. Basically, you are selling useful products that are offered online, which can be anything from televisions to articles, and receiving a commission for each sale. You are given payments based on a special affiliate link that sends a report to the owners website that you directed the paying customer to them.

There can be problems with affiliate marketing - if you join up to single programs then there is no guarantee that the company will pay you, which can be annoying when you spent time and money to get people to their site. It is unbelievable that they would treat people this way who are making them money and who will obviously stop making them money when they realise what is going on! It is much safer to join a network which manages a group of sites and deals with all the payments to you and deals with any problems. Clickbank is a leading network that you can join up to in minutes and start promoting products.

Some people do not like Clickbank as you have to wait 2 weeks to get your money in the form of a cheque. They pay regularly and you can trust you will get your money, but if you are looking for more accessible cash then paydotcom.com allows their merchants to pay you by PayPal.

Now that you have your access to an affiliate network then you need to find products you would be willing to promote. If you already have a website up and running then look for complimentary offers. The networks will have stats on each merchant they lists so you can see exactly how much money you make per sale, and how the site is performing at the moment within the network.

If a site makes a lot of sales but the product is poor then you do not want to associate yourself with it. People judge your site by what you recommend and advertise, so it is not worth jeopardising your sites reputation for some quick money. Take the time to search Google for what people are saying about the product and company to see if they are keeping their customers happy.

Amazon runs its own affiliate program which allows you to sell all the products on the site for commission. Imagine getting a commission on a $4000 plasma TV... you can get that if you direct some people who are looking for a plasma TV to the site. All you are doing is being a middleman directing people to where they already want to go.

There are 101 ways to get traffic to that link so that people follow it and go and buy things. The most popular ways are to pay for advertising, or to write articles and create websites with articles on which draw visitors from the search engines and then you have the link somewhere on the site. You need to make the visitor want to click the link, so reviews are good, you could review something that is sold on Amazon and then put the link below for them to go and buy it if they are interested.

To make good money as an affiliate marketer online you are going to have devote the time to learn how to do it effectively, visit forums on the subject, buy some material, but more importantly, take action and learn as you go along! If you put the effort into this then the potential is huge as you increase the number of sites and promotions you have, but before you get your first million you need to get your first dollar... so get out there and give it a try.
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