First of all let us cover the basics. Affiliate marketing is a legitimate method to make money online and not like any other scams that you might have fallen prey to sometime in the past like filling survey forms or something like that.
Affiliate marketing is pretty close to actual marketing. Consider a situation where you own a blog page or a website. You decide to join an affiliate program which in turn asks to take up some part of your website or blog. Now you would want to ask why you would let this take up space on your blog and not a real advertisement. Well for starters it is not easy to get people to advertise on your still not internationally or nationally popular blog or website while you can sign up for affiliate programs very easily and can make money pretty much instantly from there.
Okay so coming to the point of what affiliate marketing actually is. They take up a part of your page and for every person who clicks on their advertisement from your page and goes to their site and buys something, you get a commission. Or if you sign up for Google adsense you get paid everytime anyone even clicks on the advertisement!
Sounds simple enough right? Now what you would need to actually run a profit making business from your blog would be to first of all actually have a blog. Okay sorry about the bad joke. After you get your blog, fill it up with content you are actually equipped in knowledge with. After you are done doing these two things, you should popularize your blog by spreading awareness about your blog by posting the links on your Facebook or twitter or mailing the link to your friends and updating them every time you post new content on your blog.
Once you get your blog up and running and you are updating content regularly and also getting some traffic on your website, it is time to sign up with a good affiliate program. Now you would want to put up advertisements to things which are relevant to the content you are posting on your blog. Like, if you are posting about a sport, let’s say about football, you would want to sign up with programs which are trying to sell football jerseys or football kits and shoes etc and not sign up with a program trying to sell dog food because, if I really have to explain why, maybe affiliate marketing just isn’t the thing for you.
Making money through affiliate marketing is not as easy as you think so follow these five tips to make most out of it.
- Offer reasons to readers and visitors to come back again especially where you have affiliate links:
If you are marketing through email, ensure that you provide your readers and subscribers enough information to read.
- Increase Your Visibility
Note that the more people who discover your site, the more are the chances you have in displaying your affiliate products. This can be done through SEO and social media marketing.
- Select Your Affiliates Carefully
Big names (e.g., eBay, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) may seem remarkable. But, will your website/email newsletter/weblog really have advantage from them? So, it’s always better to have targeted affiliates.
- Product Reviews From Affiliates
Nowadays, just inserting link to your product or service, is not enough. For better conversions from your affiliates, start writing reviews on particular product. At last make sure, that it doesn’t sound spam just for marketing. Sales can even see a good rise through reviews.
- Special Offers & Coupons
It’s often seen that most affiliate owners offer special coupons or discounts that can be helpful to readers. Ensure you make most out of them.
Okay so all of this is clear to you, now here are some affiliate programmes you could sign up with based on the credibility and well actually, these are really not in any order just putting up the names I can think of first, first.
- Googles adsense
Well, honestly just google affiliate marketing anywhere in world and you will get a long list of companies who are willing to help you out with this thing.
All the best people, happy money making.