How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

What is affiliate marketing? It's where businesses pay you (the affiliate) commissions for promoting and selling their products. It can be one of the easiest ways to get started in an internet business.

Let's get two things straight right now. Starting an affiliate marketing business involves a bit more than signing up for some affiliate programs and then sitting in front of the computer waiting for the money to start coming in. However, if you have some discipline and can learn from those who really do make money online, then you can make a decent living on the internet.

So what does it take to get started in affiliate marketing? It's fairly simple. Decide on your market. Try to choose something you are passionate about so you'll stick with it long enough to see some results. Could it be health and fitness, cooking, gardening, travel, crafts, juggling? These are all businesses that have been started by friends of mine and each of them is making a good living.

Next, find affiliate programs that pertain to your market. There are plenty of places to do this. My favorites are Clickbank, Commission Junction, and Affiliate Ranker. Just follow the instructions on these sites to find and join the products you wish to market.

The next step is to figure out a way to reach your potential customers. You will need some sort of web presence. While most affiliate programs provide you with a website, these are all cookie cutter sites with nothing to set them apart from every other affiliate. You need something of your own. If you can't afford to hire a web designer and don't know how to build your own website, there are a couple of options. You can try a great product called SiteBuildIt! to create your site. Or you can create a blog which works almost as well as a website to get you started.

Once you have identified your business niche, your products, created your website or blog, then it's time to market your products to your prospective customers. There are all kinds of ways to do this and what works for one may not work for you. The best way to learn about internet marketing is to study what the experts have to say. Learn all you can from people like Ken McArthur, Ewen Chia, Rosalind Gardner, Jeremy Schoemaker (aka Shoemoney), Michael Angier, Yanik Silver, or Mike Litman. If you can buy some of their products, great. If not, at least sign up for their mailing lists and newsletters. They are the "gurus" in this business and can teach you all you need to know. How do I know? Who do you think taught me? (I have even had the honor of personally meeting Ken McArthur and Michael Angier and they are two great guys!).

This is just a brief outline of how to start an affiliate marketing business. There simply isn't room to go in depth here. But if you will follow these basic steps and listen to the experts, you can make money online. Boomer Business Ideas Home Internet Marketing Ideas

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