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Is Affiliate Marketing The Way To Go? Just Who Is It For?

ID-10035414Affiliate Marketing is just about the Biggest Home Business technique used today. It is Huge and Still Growing. Research shows that Affiliate Marketing is a $6.5 Billion Business worlwide and it is expanding fast. There are thousands of people who are making affiliate marketing their full time jobs and are earning thousands of dollars a month doing so.

So why is Affiliate marketing so popular? Simply because the Affiliate Business Model has some distinct differences and advantages from any other business model. The main advantage would be the lack of inventory needed to be carried in order to be an affiliate marketer. Which means the affiliate does not require to worry about inventory, storage, delivery, or unsold stock.

Which leads to the second advantage. If you don’t need inventory, that means you don’t need a huge startup capital in order to purchase the inventory before you can start your business. Affiliate marketing in fact is probably the cheapest, safest form of starting a business as you don’t have to take ANY RISK with any Capital outlay.

Thirdly, an Affiliate does not need to worry about customer support. All support is given by the merchant directly. The affiliate only helps to promote and makes the sales and the rest is taken care of by the merchant.

Fourth, with affiliate marketing as opposed to any other business model, No physical shop address, no warehouse and cost of the rent, No inventory is ever needed. Plus, since there will be no need for employees, the need of payroll will also vanish. In some cases all is needed is a computer and internet connection and nothing more.

Fifth, with affiliate marketing, one does not have to commute to and from work. They could do it from the comfort of their own homes and this is very quickly becoming the lifestyle many people are dreaming of.

Sounds so simple doesn’t it? Put bluntly, Affiliate marketing is a great way to start business with little or NO setup cost at all. And seeing how well people are doing in this sector of the business model and how fast and vast affiliate marketing is growing, I’d say YES…it definitely is the WAY to go.

However, coming to my next point which is, Is it for everyone? If not who is it for?

Well, I’d say its definitely NOT for every single one of us. As simple as Affiliate marketing is made to seem, and I think after reading the above analogy, even I have made it sound exceptionally easy to do, I have to say that affiliate marketing is Far from Easy and does not work for every single person that tries it. Why? Although most affiliate websites try to spread myths about “how to work 15-20 minutes a day and make $15-30,000 a month”…This could not be further from the truth! Affiliate marketing is like any other business which needs strategic planning, development and of course A&P(advertising & Promotion) as well as to keep up with the latest trends in the market for getting people to buy from you. You cannot possibly do all of this in 15 minutes a day and will require some time and effort on your part. Although affiliate marketing can be started without any initial capital, it is of course good if you have at least some money to invest in a great manual to guide you along with your affiliate marketing as well as a little for cheap paid advertising if you have the resources for that. Most people join affiliate marketing without these few important principles and end up failing to achieve their goals as an affiliate marketer.

There are 2 kinds or groups of affiliate marketers. The successful ones are those who will put in every effort, learn from the experts and overcome ALL obstacles that they come across on their journey as affiliates. This makes them become really successful and go on to become super affiliates.

Then there are the ones that will join affiliate marketing as a hobby and will not invest in any good materials to guide them along thinking it is a piece of cake and that they know it all already. And the moment they come across their first obstacle, they will quit saying affiliate marketing is all a load of “Bull” and that it isn’t worth it. These people are the ones that will Never make it in the internet marketing world. Why? Because the internet consists of billions of websites and offers and if you want to make it, you have to be in the know. And to be in the know, you must first bother to gain SOME knowledge of the market you are dealing in. Knowledge is everything. It is the key to success for anything that you endeavor in.

So bottom line is, Affiliate marketing is indeed the way to go if you are just starting out and don’t have your own website or knowledge of internet marketing and it is the business model with the least capital outlay ever!

However, if you DO want to succeed in affiliate marketing, then you need to gain some knowledge not just about “how to do it” but about “How to do it RIGHT”.

Now that is the difference between an affiliate marketer and a super affiliate marketer.
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Affiliate marketing programs: 25 affiliate marketing strategies to make money with passive income

Make an Incredible Income With Affiliate Marketing!

ID-100200758The Internet has been making more people rich in the last 20 years or so than any other business platform on the planet. It’s truly extraordinary how easy it is to make money online using affiliate marketing. What is affiliate marketing you ask? The short answer is it is using you (called an affiliate) as the marketing vehicle for the millions of products out there that need buyers.

As an affiliate marketer you are essentially a salesman selling great products that you believe in or have an interest in (you can choose from literally millions of affiliate products), but there are no conventional “sales” jobs involved in selling them.

Select A Product

The first step is to select a product to promote from literally millions of products and services that exist on the Internet. There are usually 2 types of affiliate programs with similar yet different concepts. Both concepts are designed to make affiliate sales but how you get there is a little different for each.

Affiliate Program Concepts

Which one is best? They both have their place in the online marketing arena. Each affiliate needs to make that decision for themselves as to which concept serves their needs the best … The one common thread both concepts have is you will need to join whichever program you choose by providing identifying information as to who you are (name, address, email, social security number, etc.) and how you want to be paid (mailed check, direct deposit, PayPal, some programs may offer others too).

Your affiliate link is how you get paid (make a commission) for referring potential buyers to the product website. By using your affiliate link for referrals, the product website then knows which affiliate has sent the buyer to the website. If the potential buyer does in fact purchase a product from that referral, the sale is tracked and credited to the referring affiliate.

The first concept is you have a single product or service where that one item is offered by itself. Usually the author or a reseller (someone who has the rights granted by the product owner to sell the product themselves) offers an affiliate program for the product. To become an affiliate you will need to join and be assigned a unique affiliate link and password to your account. The link will both identify you as an affiliate for that product and also identify which affiliate you are so they know who to pay for a sale. You will need to keep track of what affiliate link goes with each product you sign up for as each product will have a different affiliate link.

The second concept is having one affiliate program wrapped around numerous individual products and/or services. This type of affiliate program has numerous advantages over the single product program:

Only one account for all commissions to accumulate (this is a huge advantage as you will see a little later)
One account, one password to keep track of for numerous products and services
Numerous products and services to promote with one account
New products are added regularly into the one account
High volume activity and usually a support staff exists which provides quicker support responses
No need to worry about getting paid. These sites exist by keeping their affiliates happy. This may or may not be the case for an individual running an affiliate program
“Down Side” to Affiliate Programs
There are couple of “down side” points to make about affiliate marketing. Payments for credited referral sales (earned commissions) are usually not paid right away. There are good reasons for this practice by those running affiliate programs:

When a sale is made at a website, the buyer is usually given a money-back guarantee period of time, usually 30 days, to use and evaluate the product to make sure it meets the users needs. If the buyer requests a refund of the purchase, then the affiliate also loses their commission for the sale. Payments to the affiliate are usually delayed until after the refund period has expired so the product owner is not “left holding the bag” for already paying a commission on a sale that has now been refunded.
Commissions are usually paid on a regular payment cycle, normally monthly. What you earn in one payment cycle is usually not paid until the next payment cycle. This way all commission payments can be handled at one time and is not a full time job paying daily or even weekly.
The main “down side” to affiliate marketing is that most, if not all, affiliate programs set a minimum dollar amount you must reach in commissions before they will cut you a payment. This usually ranges from $20 – $50 or more in some cases. Breaking this down in simple, easy to understand terms is best served by an example.

Say for example you sign up for an affiliate program that has a $30 minimum payout level and the product sells for $49 with a 50% commission. You do all of your work and generate a sale from your affiliate link. OK, you have made a $24.50 commission (it will actually be a little less as you are paid on the net sale, after all processing expenses are paid) … You get that paid to you on the next payment cycle, right? Not exactly … You see, your commission does not reach the $30 minimum payout the program sets before they will incur the expense of cutting you a payment.

So what now? Well, you have to wait until you make another sale to get you over the minimum before you get your commission on the first sale. This could actually carry over for months before you actually get paid. In some case, you may never reach the minimum if you do not make more than one sale. In that case, your commission remains in “limbo” forever.

And to make matters worse, this minimum payout level applies to each individual product for which you are an affiliate. Different products are owned by different people and the earned commissions for all products do NOT accumulate to get you over any minimum payout level.

Any minimum payout level problem is solved when using affiliate sites instead of individual affiliate programs (this is the huge advantage referenced earlier). Each sale you make under the umbrella of the affiliate site is accumulated into one qualifying pool so you only have to make cumulative commissions to meet the minimum payout level to get paid.

To qualify for your commissions, you could make sales of 2 different products and the earned commissions from both are combined for you to reach the minimum payout level. Yes, this is huge … Instead of having 10 different sales individually setting in 10 different affiliate programs, none of which meet the minimum for you to get paid, now you have those 10 sales commissions added together to get you over the minimum payout level and now you get paid for all 10. I hope you see the huge advantage the umbrella type of affiliate programs offer.

How To Get Your Affiliate Link Online

The beauty of affiliate marketing is that unlike a salesman in the real world, you are not trying to convince anyone of anything. You just register a domain (which is recommended but not required) and put up a product review minisite, a one page website that describes and promotes all the features and benefits of the product being promoted.

Although a product review site is recommended for the best results, it does require that you do have some web space on the Internet. Hosting accounts are available for just a few dollars a month so this should be within anyone’s reach that has a true desire to be an affiliate. Many review sites can be placed on one hosting account. In fact you could well have thousands of review sites on one hosting account.

If you do not want to create product review sites, there are alternatives. Some affiliate sites offer you pre-made products and websites and are available for free for your use if you join their affiliate program.

Promoting Your Product

The seller in essence does all the conversion work; you just have to send targeted traffic to the sales page.

Here are a few ways to promote your affiliate link:

Article Marketing: Write an article describing the features and benefits of the product
eMail Marketing: Use your article as an advertisement in ezines or mailing lists
Classified Ads: These are available all over the Internet for free
Pay Per Click Marketing: Choose the best place for your ads
Many of the larger affiliate sites offer training and promotional materials for your use for free
You are only limited by your imagination on how to market your affiliate link. Be creative. Step “outside the box” and create a new way that works for you. You can also research Online Marketing by searching the Internet. Online Marketing is a huge field and there are tons of informational products already written on the subject. Take advantage of that and you are on your way to financial freedom.

Making Money

Affiliate marketing is all about making money for both parties and often the commissions on sales (buyers you send to the site through your affiliate link) are 50% or higher! Some of the better affiliate programs pay as high as an 80% commission on every sale you make.

Although the product owner handles the product delivery, customer service and virtually everything else beyond your referring targeted potential buyers to them, including overhead, you get paid the same amount if not more as they do on the sale! Your only overhead is your domain (usually under $10 a year) and web space (a few dollars per month) if you decide to do review sites.

You can use the many free advertising venues such as online classified ads, article submission sites and more to refer traffic to your affiliate link site, however you would be missing out on building a much higher income potential because you would not be able to push these articles up in the search engine rankings as easily as if you had a domain. Getting traffic from search engines is the gold mine of affiliate marketing!

Thank you for your time and interest in learning more about affiliate marketing. Choose your affiliate programs and products carefully and wisely. We hope we have provided some insight into what to expect if you decide to enter the affiliate marketing arena. We wish you the best in planning your strategies and implementing your plan.

Just remember, if you keep doing what you are doing now, you can expect to keep getting the same results. We urge you to challenge yourself, move off your comfort zone and try something new. It can be very rewarding both in satisfaction and financially…

You do not have to want to become a full time marketer to enjoy affiliate marketing. Use it for a little extra Christmas money or to put a little spending money in your pocket you can just blow on something you have been wanting.

Step “outside the box” and give it your best shot.

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How Affiliate Marketing Works (Explained by Millionaire Affiliate Marketer)

Secrets to Affiliate Millionaires – 6 Winning Attitudes for Super Affiliate Marketing Entrepreneur

Online agreementHave you ever thought why you are failed whereas other affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are successful in promoting the same markets and affiliate products you do? Regarding to the investigation, the significant key to your success for the different between successful and failure is yourself. Thus, you have to improve yourself in order to succeed in any kinds of business. Within this article, you will discover and learn how to improve yourself as a super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs and learn top inside personal attitude of super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs.

1. Self-Determination. The first personality attitude is the determination. You have to push yourself moving forward toward to your goals. As an affiliate, you have to set up your goals, plan your works and push yourself toward to those goals. Without this personality attitude, it appears that you will not move forward or closer to your goals and succeed in affiliate marketing business. However, to setup your goals, you have to set them up as smart, measurement, achievable, and realistic goals.

The secret to affiliate millionaires is to push yourself to work out as your plan. You have to keep yourself stay in the path toward to your goals all the time.

2. Positive Thinking. Many studies reveal that there are two groups of affiliate marketing entrepreneurs: (1) people who can do anything and (2) people who can not do anything. Those studies also reveal that all successful affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are in the first group, people who can do anything. It appears obviously that you are what you think and choose you are. If you believe in yourself that you can succeed in the affiliate marketing business, you will definitely successful in this business.

The secret to affiliate millionaires is to change your thinking to positive. You have to change the way you think in the business. Of course, everything has two sides: good and bad. It is absolutely great idea to underestimate the obstacles and try to find out the solution rather than giving up.

3. Self-Motivation. There are many obstacles to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs and success in affiliate marketing business. The real key to pass those obstacles is your self-motivation. You have to motivate enthusiastically yourself to move forward and solve all possible problems in your affiliate marketing business. You have to build, run and grow your affiliate marketing business every day with your highly motivation. With the highly motivation, you will definitely become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur and achieve your goals.

The secrets to affiliate millionaires are to: (1) enjoy what you are doing and (2) motivate enthusiastically yourself all the time.

4. Eager to Learn. Obviously, to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur, there are many things you have to learn to achieve and succeed in affiliate marketing business. For example, you have to learn how to start the right affiliate marketing business, how to build and grow your online business in the right way, how to build your own affiliate website and how to drive traffic to your website. With your passionate and eager to learn, you will boost skyrocket your knowledge and know-how in order to success in the affiliate online business. Otherwise, you will be far away behind your competitors.

The secrets to affiliate millionaires are to: (1) learn everything you have to know for your affiliate marketing business and (2) learn from other experiences and success stories.

5. Patient. The affiliate marketing business is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It will not come to you overnight or several weeks. You have to be patient with your goals, plan and strategies you implement for your affiliate marketing business. Without the patient or faith, you will give up too quickly in this business. Many studies reveal that all successful super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are willing to work extremely hard and expect the results in the long-term.

The secrets to affiliate millionaires are to: (1) think about the consequence of your action today and (2) keep your eyes close to your goals and action.

6. Consistency. The last personality attitude for becoming a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur is to be consistency. The consistency will definitely lead you to success in any kinds of business. You have to work out your plan year after year, month after month in order to ensure that you reach your goals. It will be there absolutely!

The secrets to affiliate millionaires are to: (1) conduct the fixed affiliate marketing plan for your business and (2) improve your self-discipline for yourself and affiliate marketing business.

Final thoughts, the major different point between successful affiliate marketing entrepreneurs and failed entrepreneurs could be the personality attitude. It can generate a huge different in the long-term affiliate online business. In this article, you have learnt how to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur through the personality attitude and success in affiliate marketing business. All you have to improve are: (1) self-determination (2) positive thinking (3) self-motivation (4) eager to learn (5) patient and (6) consistency.

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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Guide – 2015

I really hope this guide makes it easier for beginners to start affiliate marketing in 2015!

Affiliate Marketing Using Commission Junction

Affiliate Marketing is currently one of the most popular and lucrative business opportunities online. It is an agreement between the merchant, or the one with the product to sell, and the website owner or the affiliate, or the one who allows the use of his site to promote the merchant’s product or service. Thus, affiliate marketing is a relationship between the merchant and the affiliate.

 

Meanwhile, an affiliate-marketing network is a program that involves a network of individuals and organizations with the purpose of helping each other through affiliate marketing. There are many affiliate-marketing programs where both merchants and affiliates can go to find what they need. In such affiliate marketing networks, affiliates can choose from thousands of products to advertise. Similarly, the merchants can proffer their products and look for affiliates who will advertise their products.

 

The Commission Junction Affiliate Program is, one of, if not the largest affiliate marketing networks in the internet today. It is a leader in performance based online marketing offering excellent opportunities for both merchants and affiliates. The company serves millions of clients making it one of the largest ad networks today.

 

It facilitates the relationship between advertisers and affiliates and leverages its expertise in the affiliate marketing business to ensure the best results for its clients. Commission Junction has affiliate programs mostly for physical goods. The company excels in niche markets, as most niche markets require physical goods as affiliate products.

 

As the market leader in affiliate marketing solutions, Commission Junction offers many advantages for both merchants and affiliates. The Commission Junction system is excellent and full of good features for both parties. As a Commission Junction merchant, you only need to sign up and have your affiliate program available to thousands of potential affiliates. New merchants are listed on the homepage of the Commission Junction Account Manager. Affiliates will be able to see this listing upon log in, ensuring maximum exposure for the merchant. In this manner, the merchant has the opportunity to attract the best affiliates to carry his product or service.

 

Another advantage that Commission Junction offers to merchants is the promotion to the Commission Junction affiliate network upon sign up via the Commission Junction email newsletter. Being in the Commission Junction affiliate network provides excellent opportunity for the merchant to find quality affiliates who can bring in more clients and more sales.

 

Since the key to affiliate marketing success for merchants is finding the right affiliates, Commission Junction offers the best way for merchants to succeed, by bringing merchants and affiliates together. The merchant’s affiliate program will also be listed in the Commission Junction Account Manager for life giving you more exposure. You can also purchase special listing for higher affiliate exposure.

 

Commission Junction also has many advantages for affiliates. It has more merchants than any other affiliate marketing company today. An affiliate of Commission Junction has access to the largest directory of affiliate programs encompassing thousands of products and services. Affiliates have the luxury to choose what product they will advertise.

 

Commission Junction has an excellent record of accomplishment in the affiliate marketing business, so it makes sense for any affiliate to be a Commission Junction affiliate. The company offers a huge number of affiliate programs in every category of products and services. In addition, affiliates of Commission Junction receive notices via email whenever new affiliate programs are added. Commission Junction offers the best opportunities to make a profit for both merchants and affiliates. It combines resources to further the sales or profit of each party.

 

However, Commission Junction also has its downsides. For one, the commissions are relatively lower, being in the 7% to 20% bracket. Yet, despite of the lower income potential, Commission Junction is still one of the best options for affiliate marketers. Commission junction has also had its share of setbacks such as during the early part of 2002 when merchants dropped out because of the hike in prices.

 

All the same, Commission Junction remains as one of the best choices when it comes to affiliate marketing. It offers the best features and opportunities for merchants and affiliates. Its marketing solutions help marketers increase their profits. Indeed, there are many reasons why any affiliate or merchant who want to succeed should join Commission Junction.

 

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Affiliate marketing on the internet – your questions answered

This article is perfect for those who are looking to start out with Internet Marketing, as well as those who are new to it, and want to know more about what exactly is affiliate marketing.

I’ll attempt to answer all questions you have about affiliate marketing in this article.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

I’ve seen lots of people asking this question – I’m going to answer this question in layman terms here, so everyone can understand.

Affiliate marketing is where you’ll be promoting other people’s products and services to potential customers and get paid commission whenever someone purchases the products and services you recommend.

Is Affiliate Marketing Legitimate Or Is It A Sham?

Of course affiliate marketing is 100% legitimate.

Lots of people have managed to generate millions of dollars from affiliate marketing every year and you can do the same as well. 😉

It is definitely not a sham…

What Are The Advantages Of Affiliate Marketing?

Some of the advantages of affiliate marketing include:

No need to bother about inventory

No need for you to have a warehouse to store products. It is done by the merchants.

No need to set up payment processing

No need for you to set up payment processing as well – as it is also done by the merchant. All you need is to sent potential customers to the merchant’s website, and everything else will be taken care of.

You can make lots of money from affiliate marketing

Take digital books for example – most of these merchants pay out up to 75% for a sale of a digital book – for example, if you manage to refer a sale for a digital book worth $40, you’ll receive a commission of $30 – it’s as simple as that.

You can sell to anybody around the world

There’s no boundaries on the Internet – your website or promotion will be seen by everyone around the world – this means that you have a chance to sell to anybody around the world! This is unlike a physical business, where you can only (in most cases) sell to people within the country where the business is located.

What Is The Difference Between Affiliate Marketing & Multi Level Marketing (MLM)?

In affiliate marketing, the amount of money you will make will depend on the amount of sales you make – and the merchant will pay you a certain amount of commission based on every sale. There are no downlines in affiliate marketing – you work directly work the merchant.

However, for Multi Level Marketing, the amount of money you’ll eventually make will depend on the money you make as well as the money your downlines make. The more number of downlines you have and the more money they make, the more money you’ll make in turn. It is impossible for you to profit a lot from Multi Level Marketing if do not have a good downline. I personally am not into Multi Level Marketing so I can’t comment any further.

Affiliate Marketing – How Quickly Can One Start Making Money?

My answer to this question is – it all depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it.

You need to follow the right steps and strategies – there are many people out there who claim that they can help you make millions of dollars overnight – most of these are scams, so please do not believe them.

It is possible though to make millions of dollars over a period of time – you need to first establish yourself on the Internet community as someone people can look to for answers on a certain subject/topic – and once you’ve built that trust with people, you can be sure that the community will buy whatever product/service you promote (and that’s when you’ll see millions of dollars coming in)

Does Anyone Really Make Any Money On The Internet Or Is It Just A Dream?

To be honest with you – when I was first introduced to this Internet Marketing business in late 2006, I, too, was also very skeptical as to whether this whole thing is genuine or is it nothing but scam.

After some persuasion, I decided to try it out and I was lucky enough to learn from the right Internet Marketing gurus (I was also scammed by some) who taught me the right techniques and strategies to profit from Internet Marketing as an affiliate marketer.

What Can I Sell To Make Money As An Affiliate?

You can choose to sell either physical products (e.g. televisions, cameras, books, computers, etc.) or digital products (e.g. digital books, MP3s, etc.).

If you are interested in selling physical products, you may wish to sign up as an affiliate for Amazon (where you can promote anything on the Amazon website and get a commission of about 4% – 8% per sale), or an an affiliate in Commission Junction, Performics (In Commission Junction and Performics, you can find many companies where you can promote products for – such as Sony, HP, etc.)

If you are interested in selling digital products, you can sign up as an affiliate for Clickbank where you can sell digital books on any topics such as business, health and fitness, personal development, marketing, etc.

In addition, you can also make money by giving out free memberships to people, free products (like free game consoles, free gift cards, free ringtones, etc.) or when someone requests for a free financial quotation, etc. – Here are some of the networks you may want to sign up – MaxBounty, ClickBooth, CPA Empire.

How & When Will I Receive My Payment?

Most of the affiliate networks (such as ClickBank, Commission Junction, Performics) issue out payments by check, and most of them issue out payments once every month. However, there are some (like ClickBank) that issues out payment every fortnightly.

Once you’ve received the checks, you can just bank them in your country’s local bank the same way you bank in normal checks. However, the checks might take a little bit longer to clear – between a week to approximately a month, depending on the bank – my suggestion is to check with them directly.

Is There Any Way To Track The Number Of Sales I Generate As An Affiliate?

Yes, all affiliate programs will have an option for you to see how many sales you’ve generated as an affiliate, as well as how much you’ve made over a period of time – such as in a single day, in a week, in a month, or in a year.

You’ll also know when payments are being sent out.

How Do I Get Started With Affiliate Marketing?

Ask yourself these questions – “what am I interested in?”, “What do I like to do in my spare time?” – For example, you love playing golf during the weekends, and you have an affiliation for it, then that’s what you should start off with – selling golf products as an affiliate.

Still continuing with the example of golf, you can either sell digital books on how to improve your golf swing, or you can sell golf clubs, golf balls, etc.

Next, you’ll need to find a merchant in the golf niche that has an affiliate program so that whenever somebody you referred to purchases something from the merchant’s website, you’ll be paid a certain amount of commission.

How you can find merchants in the golf niche that has an affiliate program is very easy – just head over to Google and type in the following:

[your area of interest] affiliate program – using the example of golf, you’ll type the following into the Google search:

golf affiliate program

Google will return a list of websites with merchants that offer an affiliate program. Visit those sites one buy one and sign up for their affiliate program. Normally, you do not need to pay to sign up for their affiliate program.

Once the merchant approves you to be their affiliate, they will give you a unique link (known as your affiliate link), which you’ll have to give to your potential customers to visit to purchase products/services that you’re promoting (the reason is because you’ll only be paid commissions if your potential customers purchase the products/services through your affiliate link)

That’s how you can get started with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Product Marketing – Do I Choose The Product First Or Niche?

I would say you should look for your niche first. There’s no point in choosing the most profitable product to promote but you know nuts about that product – it will be very difficult for you to be able to convince potential customers for that particular product to buy from you as well.

Affiliate Marketing On A Zero Budget – Is It Possible?

Absolutely. Let me show you how.

First of all, it’s free to sign up to become an affiliate for the merchants. Next, you can make use of a free blogging website such as Blogger to set up your website to promote products for the merchant.

Once you’re done with your blog, you need to drive traffic to it (no traffic = no sales) You can make use of free traffic generation methods such as MySpace, FaceBook, Friendster, etc. to drive traffic to your website.

You can also drive traffic by placing advertisements on free advertisement sites like usfreeads, or write articles around the product/s that you’re promoting and submit them to the various article directories – such as EzineArticles, Article Dashboard.

By using the methods above you’ll be able to receive tonnes of traffic to your website, and get some sales.

So there you have it! A nutshell of how you can do affiliate marketing on a zero budget. 😉

How Do I Drive Traffic To My Website?

There are many ways to drive traffic to your website – both paid and free.

Let me go into the paid methods first – you can advertise your websites on the various search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN. For these paid search advertising, you’ll have to pay whenever someone clicks on your advertisement to go into your website.

Next, for free advertising, there’s lots of ways for you to drive traffic to your website (I’m going to list some of them here):

1. Write articles and submit them to the various article directories – in the author’s byline, include a link to your website.

2. Participate in forums in the area where you’re promoting products in (for example, if you’re promoting golf products, then you should visit golf forums). Some of these forums will allow you to put a forum signature – which is a link that’ll appear at the end of all your forum posts – include a link to your website there.

3. Sign up for social networking websites – such as MySpace, FaceBook, Friendster, etc. and connect with people in your niche area.

4. Post a free advertisement in free advertising networks such as usfreeads.

How Can I Market Affiliate Products Without A Website?

You can make you of advertising sites such as usfreeads, or you can pay to advertise on the various search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Is It Possible I Use Only Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing In Affiliate Marketing And Succeed With It?

Yes, you can use Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing alone in affiliate marketing (I’ve done this before and made quite a lot of money from it).

However, you need to be equipped with the right skills in order to be able to create profitable campaigns.

Which Is More Profitable? Affiliate Marketing Or Google Adsense?

Here’s my answer – both can be very profitable – if you do them right. I won’t go into Google AdSense here but in essence, as a newbie, you should pick one (either affiliate marketing or Google Adsense) and focus on it.

Should I Use Landing Pages / Squeeze Pages With Affiliate Marketing?

First and foremost, for those of you who do not know what a landing page / squeeze page is, it’s basically a page that is used for the purpose of collecting your potential customers’ first name and email address in exchange for something – it could be a free report, free email training course, free audio program, etc. It has the intention of eventually leading the potential customers to the products/services you’re promoting.

As to whether or not you should use a landing/squeeze page with affiliate marketing will depend on your marketing effort – some of them build one to build his/her list so as to be able to sell to them in future (as the saying goes “the money is in your list”). But remember this – do NOT build a list and just send them emails to ask them to buy the products/services you are promoting – it’s probably going to turn them off. You have to give them VALUE, such that they’ll open up your email when they see them in their inbox instead of sending them to the thrash can.

There are people who did not use a squeeze/landing page – they would just send potential customers directly to the product sales page.

So it all depends on what your marketing strategy is – my advice is, try both of them out, and see which one works for you better.

What Is URL Masking In Affiliate Marketing?

URL Masking is basically hiding your affiliate URL and make it shorter. Let me give you an example – if you are promoting a ClickBank product, your affiliate link will look something like this:

http://your_affiliate_id.product_id.hop.clickbank.net/

Does the above link look very long and bulky?

One look at the URL people will know you’re trying to sell them something as an affiliate.

Here’s where URL masking comes in – to hide your affiliate id as well as to make your link shorter.

You can make use of free services such as TinyURL or PinURL.

What these sites does is that they’ll turn your long URL into a short one – such as http://www.pinurl.com/1ab – isn’t this URL much shorter and easier to remember? Also, your affiliate id is hidden from people.

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Secrets to affiliate millionaires – 8 steps to run Multiple Streams of Affiliate Marketing Income

Obviously, running multiple streams of affiliate marketing income is totally a great idea to grow your affiliate commission and online business. With those multiple sources of affiliate marketing income, you are running multiple affiliate marketing strategies at the same time. Also, you will maximize your profits online with those many affiliate marketing strategies. In this article, you will discover and learn basic steps to run multiple streams of affiliate marketing income.

With those steps, it is easier for you to run your own affiliate marketing business and build your own multiple streams of affiliate marketing income. You will leverage those simple steps and learn how to maximize your affiliate commission below.

Affiliate Marketing Income #1: Discover High Performance Keywords.

The first step is to discover high performance keywords for your affiliate marketing business online. With those high performance keywords, you will ensure that you can maximize your profits online and earn huge of affiliate commission. To discover the high performance keywords, you can use pay per click (PPC) search engine to test and find out which keywords are super-profitable and high performance for your business. Without testing systematically, it is difficult to identify which keywords are super-profitable and valuable for your home based affiliate marketing business.

Affiliate Marketing Income #2: Write Quality Relevancy Content with High Performance Keywords.

The next step for running success multiple streams of affiliate marketing income is to write quality relevancy content with those high performance keywords. You have to build your own original related to your market based on those high performance keywords. The highest recommendation is to focus on your reader’s mind and the proper of writing.

Affiliate Marketing Income #3: Build Your Website Ranking Based on Your Content.

The next step is to upload your content given from previous step on your website. You have to optimize your web page with those high performance keywords as well. It means you must include those high performance keywords into your web page and content for your affiliate website. Also, there are many search engine optimization techniques on the internet to help you to build your website ranking in search engines.

Affiliate Marketing Income #4: Consolidate Your Content into Your Own Article.

The article marketing is one of the most effective affiliate marketing strategies to drive quality relevancy traffic to your affiliate website. All you have to do is to consolidate your content into the articles. You have to focus on writing, article layout, article structure and article formats. With those stuffs, it is easier for you to maximize the profits through your articles. Additionally, submitting your articles to other article directories is a good idea to build up your reputation and creditability. Also, it will help you drive more quality traffic to your affiliate website.

Affiliate Marketing Income #5: Post Your Articles into Your Blog.

To run the multiple streams of affiliate marketing income, building your own blog with those same articles from previous step is a great idea. However, you have to customize those articles for your own blog. There is a different point between post messages in the blog and article. You have to put more your personality and be more personalised into your blog. For blogging online, you have to build up the relationship with your readers. That’s why you have to be more personalised and socialised, rather than writing the articles.

Affiliate Marketing Income #6: Include Your Articles into Your Newsletter.

Providing newsletter strategies has proven that it is very powerful to drive more traffic to your affiliate website. Thus, to run multiple streams of affiliate marketing income, newsletter is one of the best strategies you should not forget. You can include your articles from the above step into your newsletter.

Affiliate Marketing Income #7: Participant in Forum through Your Articles.

Many studies reveal that participating in forums through your articles will help you boost skyrocket affiliate commission and grow your affiliate marketing business. The highest recommendation is to use this strategy properly, rather than trying to sell your affiliate products in the community. You have to share and exchange the ideas and information related to your affiliate products among other people in the forums. That is the best way to maximize the power of forums and articles together!

Affiliate Marketing Income #8: Place Online Classified Ads.

The last step to run multiple streams of affiliate marketing income with multiple affiliate marketing strategies is to place online classified ads. With the content and high performance keywords from above steps, you can conduct your own online classified ads. The best approach to maximize profits from classified ads is to include properly your high performance keywords and benefits into your ads.

Final thoughts, it is important for affiliate marketing entrepreneurs to run multiple streams of affiliate marketing income. In this article, you have learnt how to combine several affiliate marketing strategies, like pay per click online advertising, search engine optimization, article marketing, blogging online marketing and email marketing, to run multiple streams of affiliate marketing income. The real key to your success for multiple streams of income is your creativity. You have to combine those affiliate marketing strategies together to maximize your profits.

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Affiliate Marketing: Fuel Your Passion

Render of a Affiliate Marketing Concept.“Tell me the secret to being a successful affiliate marketer!” I get this type of email on occasion. I always dutifully read the email and send a polite reply. In the reply email I always try to stress the following points:

There are no secrets in affiliate marketing! I don’t care what the guru’s tell you. Being successful in affiliate marketing isn’t a matter of luck, or the result of some type of magical wizardry. Being successful in affiliate marketing involves knowing the ingredients that makes other affiliate marketers successful. One of the common threads that I have observed in all successful affiliate marketers is their ATTITUDE toward their affiliate marketing business. Jim Martell, Rosalind Gardner, Jim Edwards, Allan Gardyne and many other highly successful affiliate marketers, that you may not have even heard of, all LOVE affiliate marketing. They have the passion a burning desire to be successful in their affiliate marketing endeavors.

Passion for affiliate marketing has to be the one key ingredient to achieving success, not only in affiliate marketing, but in any pursuit you undertake in life. Without a passion for your affiliate business, you are traveling down the road to failure. Your passion is what will keep you moving forward one tiny step at a time when your affiliate marketing business is going through difficult and trying times. That same passion will be the key factor in ultimately moving your affiliate marketing business toward the rewards of financial success!

Do you have this type of passion? I don’t know. Only you can answer that. I do know that without belief, interest, and determination you will never develop the passion that pushes other successful affiliate marketers to extreme heights of affiliate marketing success.

Let’s take a look at some of the traits that will fuel your passion to be successful in affiliate marketing:

Belief

Do you believe in the opportunity you have to be successful with affiliate marketing programs? If you don’t, then you need to start right now. You MUST believe that you will be successful in your affiliate marketing efforts. How do you get this belief? Simple, do some research on affiliate marketing. You will find that many ordinary people, like you, can and are doing quite well in the world of affiliate marketing. Some people who were once in the same position you are in right now are earning thousands of dollars a month through their affiliate program marketing efforts. Don’t be fooled into thinking that only the Cream of the Crop, the Super Affiliates with their names plastered all over the internet are the only ones making money with affiliate marketing. That isn’t the case. Many people you have never heard of are making a very nice income from affiliate marketing; they just choose not to attract attention to themselves.

What is your goal for your affiliate marketing business? Maybe you can’t answer that right now. Do your research. Set a reasonable goal for this month. Write it down. Do everything in your power to make that goal a reality. Once you’ve achieved that goal, move on to your next goal. You have to crawl before you can walk, walk before you can run, eventually you will be off and running. Affiliate marketing is a marathon, it isn’t a sprint. Pace yourself. These frustrating days you may be experiencing now will soon be a distant memory. BELIEVE that you will be successful. It can be done. It isn’t going to be easy, but then again anything worth having is going to take time and effort.

Interest

As an affiliate marketer you have to have a genuine interest in the merchant products that you are promoting to your prospects. To me, it means you should own and use these products. Why? You can give your prospects a fair and honest evaluative review of the product or service. Point out the features that make this particular product unique. Stress the benefits that your prospective customer will receive by using this product or service. The benefits that you have derived are probably some of the same benefits that your prospects are looking for. They need validation!

Think of it this way. If you have a genuine interest in the product and service you are promoting and you own and use the product for your own benefit, you have the advantage of putting yourself in the shoes of your prospective customers. You will become acutely more aware of their needs and are in a much better position to answer those needs.

You can truthfully share your interest in the product and experiences with the product. Even the most casual and curious browsers will be attracted to your product because you wrote a review or gave a testimony to a product you already own and use! Honest reviews and powerful testimonies about the benefits of a product or service are two of the most powerful tools that you have in your affiliate marketing arsenal. Use them often and use them wisely. Remember, your credibility is at stake!

Determination

Be Determined! You must set your chin and be determined to succeed in your affiliate marketing business. I am a huge College and Pro football fan. I am firmly convinced that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the world champions today because of the determination of their head coach, Bill Cowher. He willed that team to victory throughout the playoffs and the Super Bowl. He was not daunted by several previous setbacks in AFC championship games. He found new and better ways of getting the job done. Today he is a world champion.

You can do the same with your affiliate marketing business. You cannot get too high or too low in the world of affiliate marketing. Don’t let a few setbacks get you down. Chalk each set back up to a lesson learned. Go back and rework your idea or plan. Find another way of approaching a problem. Find new and better ways of promoting and pre-selling your affiliate products.

When belief, interest and determination are present in your affiliate marketing business your passion for affiliate marketing and the goods and services you are promoting will shine brightly. All of your prospects will be able to see and feel your passion. Find your passion and you will have captured the most highly sought factor for your success in the world of affiliate marketing.

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