Make Money With Affiliate Programs - A Beginners Guide
If you're new to affiliate marketing, one of the easiest places to not only learn about
affiliate marketing from some of the great products but also how to get started promoting
products is Clickbank. This is a marketplace of electronic products that you can start
promoting any number of different products from dozens of different categories. It's good
because they have a relatively high payout per sale. Unlike some affiliates that pay a
small percentage of a retail product, you'll typically be making about $20 - $60 per sale
which allows you to get less sales to achieve your financial goals.
Most affiliate networks require a website and an application process. One of the more
well known affiliate networks is commission junction. Google now has an affiliate program
as well. You can also find dozens of other affiliate networks by doing some simple
searching on the internet for keywords like affiliate network or affiliate programs.
CPA Networks are another type of network you can use to generate revenue. These can be
easier to get a conversion because you're not asking someone to buy something, instead,
you're asking someone to take some action, like fill out a form or complete a survey.
Companies will pay you for this information or the work to get the leads.
You can promote affiliate programs through classified ad websites. Some easy ones to
use for affiliate programs are backpage.com, usfreeads.com, adoos.ca, and check out as
many local classified ad sites sponsored by either local newspapers, tv or radio. The
benefit to these types of sites are that they have built-in promotion. The radio, tv and
newspaper will typically promote through advertising their own classified sites which
means they will get traffic. Craigslist is also a good option but must be used with care
simply because Craiglist will "ghost" your ads which basically means they won't make it to
the category listings on Cragislist which will severely limit their visibility.
Article marketing is one of the best ways to promote affiliate products. Depending on
which article directories you use, the idea is to write the article on a topic that is
related to the product you'll be trying to promote and submit that article to article
directories. The idea is to submit unique articles so that the search engines rank those
articles which gets traffic to the articles and clicks to the links in your "resource box"
or "author profile". I've found from personal experience that the click through rate for
people who click on the links in your resource box is anywhere from 5 to 15 percent
depending on the article and the specific call to action in the resource box.
You can use social media websites to promote an affiliate program as well. Some social
media sites that are easy to use and easy to setup are Squidoo.com, Hubpages.com, Ning.com
and several others sites similar to this that allow individual users to setup free
accounts and create pages with whatever content they choose. These social sites typically
have guidelines and some have regulations that might affect what you do to promote
specific affiliate products. If you provide good solid advice and content, you'll be ok
with most of these types of sites.
Blogging is perhaps the easiest way to get a website created without having to learn
html or some new software. Blogs can be used to discuss benefits of ownership of a
specific product (which you'll promote as an affiliate) or some service that you can also
promote as an affiliate. One key to success with blogging is consistency. If you can be
consistent with your blogging, you'll add a lot of power to strategy.