What is Affiliate Marketing and How Do I Get Started?
Definition of affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing is taking someone else's product or service and
advertising it using your own affiliate website or link in order to make money. The owner of the
website / product / service will pay you a percentage of each sale generated through your unique
affiliate link or website. Sounds a bit confusing, but in reality is a very simple process with a
win/win situation for all parties involved and a fun way to make money online.
How to get started:
You have two options to consider when doing affiliate marketing, whether to have a website or to simply
advertise using your unique affiliate link. Many affiliates will create an informational website to be
used as a basis for related affiliate links. This can be a great option, due to the fact that you would
only need to advertise one website in order to make money.
To go this route, think of something that you are passionate about or something that is a hot topic
right now. Once you have determined your theme you need to decide on a website name. To find ideas and
keywords to be used as a URL, or domain name, I would recommend using
wordtracker.com to find appropriate popular keywords
related to your theme. It is good to use a popular keyword as your website and domain name so that
you will rank higher in search engines.
Once you have your theme and have chosen a name, you need to register your domain name and obtain
website hosting. I recommend using Yahoo for your website hosting needs. They offer a free domain name
and website builder that does not require knowledge of html when you purchase website hosting. They
also allow you to pay monthly rather than having to pay a year in advance which helps you save with upfront costs.
Your next step would be to build your website and fill it to the brim with great information related
to your theme. A great and easy way to do this is to get articles from free article websites like the
ones listed below:
Then, once you have a great website full of information about your theme, your next step is to work on
search engine optimization. Do a search on Google for SEO and you will find lots of free information
on how to do this. You also need to offer a free newsletter so that you can establish repeat visitors.
When your informational website is complete and fully optimized, submit it to all of the major search
engines. Google's "submit a URL" can be found under "About" Google. This is the main one and the best
place to start. Yahoo charges a fee to submit your website to them so this would be something you could do later.
Now you are ready to start adding affiliate links to your website so you can earn money! Sign up
at these free websites and find appropriate websites to affiliate with:
Also, add Google Adsense to your website for added revenue. Advertise using Pay Per Click such as
Google.com/Adwords and Overture.com. Continue to add a page of information to your website daily. The
more information you have, the higher your chances of ranking with more keywords on the major search
engines. Have fun maintaining your website and watching your traffic ... and your revenue grow!
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money and your earning potential is almost endless.
Affiliate marketing is something you can get started doing today to earn money online.
Monica Faircloth is a freelance writer and work at home mentor, as well as the owner of: