Affiliate Marketing – What do you think? Does it work?
Have you ever considered Affiliate Marketing and wondered does it work? There are many people who have asked themselves this question and have gone on to find out that with the right learning process, time and effort Affiliate Marketing does work for them.
What are the basics of Affiliate Marketing?
Wikipedia describes Affiliate Marketing as performance-based marketing. A business rewards someone for a referral. You can see the full description of Affiliate Marketing here.
I like the description ‘performance-based’ because an Affiliate Marketer is only paid when they successfully refer someone to a business or product.
Mostly, but not always, it is only if that person makes a purchase that the marketer will receive a commission.
It is simply a way that businesses can find new customers and individuals can make money by directing potential customers to a business.
It is in effect, a form of advertising.
How can you learn to make money with Affiliate Marketing?
There are many ways to make money from Affiliate Marketing.
This includes creating a website or blog to promote a product, selling through an email list or even simply by placing adverts with an affiliate link.
There are also lots of places where you can find products to promote, but how do you learn the best way for YOU to promote?
I believe that the best way is with a step by step training system.
If you know the options, you can choose which is best for you. It is my personal opinion that a website is the easiest and best way for a newbie to get started. You can use a website to build an email list for later if you wish. You can use advertising to build a list or promote a product, but this often takes a reasonable amount of money. However, setting up a website and turning it into an opportunity to make money is relatively inexpensive. In fact, I do it for around US$1 a day.
How do you create a website for Affiliate Marketing?
I believe the best way to create a website for affiliate marketing is to make a blog.
A blog allows you to write about a topic that interests you and allows you to recommend products to help others solve a problem.
As you are always adding content, as long as it is good content and relevant to the topic you are discussing, you are building credibility in the eyes of the search engines and when someone is looking for help you have the opportunity to offer the solution.
An e-commerce website can do the same thing but sometimes it is harder to keep updating the content so that the search engines realize that the website is still current. As a new business, it is harder to get started in e-commerce unless you do a lot of promoting and advertising.
How do you make money from affiliate marketing in your blog?
There are many ways that you can make money within you blog. Most will only apply once you have built a blog and are getting traffic to it. This includes allowing others to place advertisements on your blog.
Affiliate Marketing really is the easiest because you can recommend products that you like and use to others. It is important that you write honest reviews of your product choices, so you should always know the product that you are promoting.
You can review other products and compare them to your favorite, but again this must be an honest review. If you are not familiar with products on a particular topic, then you should not promote them.
As part of your training, you are taught to write about a topic (or niche) that you are passionate about. This is because you will know the sorts of issues that people need help with and will be likely to research the solution thoroughly and offer good advice and referrals.
Where do I learn about Affiliate Marketing?
The website that I use to learn about creating a website and affiliate marketing is called Wealthy Affiliate. It is a step by step training website.
However, it is also more than a training website.
It will teach you to create a website and learn how to build it step by step so that you can make money with Affiliate Marketing.
However, you can also learn about a lot of other making money ideas such as social media promoting, email promotion, the best ways to write your blog so that the search engines like you.
This is generally called SEO (Search Engine Optimization). You learn how to add images and videos to your website and so much more.
Wealthy Affiliate will also host your website so that you don’t need to pay an external hosting site. This keeps the cost down and if you ever decide to move, your website is your own and you can transfer it to another hosting platform. Most free platforms do not allow you to move, so you never own your website.
Within Wealthy Affiliate is a community of people all building online businesses. Some for themselves, some for other people as a business. These people become your mentors and master-mind group. When you have a problem, they will try and help you solve it.
You must always do the work yourself, but a helping hand is never far away if you get stuck. Many members also offer tips and training to help others over and above the step by step training offered by Wealthy Affiliate itself.
There are weekly live webinars within Wealthy Affiliate that cover many different topics relating to website building and promotion. These are recorded so you can always have access to information. There is just so much information, not only about Affiliate Marketing but website creation and marketing in general.
How do I know Affiliate Marketing Works?
I know because I have made money through affiliate marketing. I have this and an earlier blog and I promote through social media.
Within Wealthy Affiliate is also a lot of other members that are making money through Affiliate Marketing.
Members do share their successes to encourage others, and failures to help others understand that sometimes an idea does not pan out.
Do you think you are ready to learn to make money with Affiliate Marketing?
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