What is Affiliate Marketing Online?

I’m sure by now you have seen advertisements all over the place on becoming an Affiliate Marketer. So what exactly is affiliate marketing online?  Let’s start with the definition, thanks to Wikipedia.

Definition: Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer. The market has grown in complexity, resulting in the emergence of a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates, and specialized third party vendors.

There are two ways to approach affiliate marketing: You can offer an affiliate program to others or you can sign up to be another business’s affiliate.

Affiliate marketing at its very core is about relationships, a relationship between three parties, the advertiser, the publisher and the customer. Your customers are the core to your business, keep them happy by sharing facts, helping them solve problems and giving them what they need and want.

Training


Signing up to become an affiliate for a business is the easy part.  You need to learn how to market first.  As an affiliate marketer, you have to not just send people to your websites, but convince them to purchase whatever it is you are offering at that website.  There are many things to learn before you can become successful.  Building a website is just the beginning, a website needs to be filled with quality content that will help others find the answers to the questions they are searching for.  You need to earn people’s trust in you and your products.  It is very important to get good training, you can do some research on ways to get affiliate marketing training or take my advice and join Wealthy Affiliates. I personally don’t think you will find another program that offers as much as WA does. Once inside you will have everything needed to become a pro at marketing. Once you learn you will be able to market anything and I do mean anything from Baby Clothes to Retirement Homes and everything in between. Think of it as taking a class to higher your education so you can earn more. How much does it mean to you to become your own boss by starting an online business?

If you want to truly succeed in affiliate marketing you need to learn how. As infants, we all must take the first step before we can run. We go to kindergarten to learn the basics we advance to grade school then high school to continue our education, many go on to college to earn degrees. This is no different, you need to start at the beginning and surround yourself with like-minded people who are willing to help you grow.

 

 

 

 

Programs


There are 10,000’s of programs out there. If you can buy something online, chances are you can promote the product as an affiliate through their affiliate program. When you join an affiliate program they give you a special link you put on your site to promote their products. I recommend Amazone and ClickBank as good places to start with, look for items that offer a 50% or higher commission. Offer a nice variety by combining digital products with physical products. ClickBank offers a High Gravity Rating, this is based on the number of different affiliates that have made a sale during the week. A high gravity rating means that lots of affiliates are making sales and, in general, you can take this to mean that the product is in hot demand and has a good chance of being profitable for you.

There is one exception to this rule: Internet marketing products.

Internet marketing products are frequently purchased by affiliates through their own affiliate link. By doing this they get a big discount on a product; unfortunately it also radically skews the gravity, so when viewing the gravity of internet marketing products, don’t take the gravity of these kinds of products, mostly Marketing & Ads, at face value.

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

Bill Gates

I hope you found this information helpful if you have any questions please leave a comment or visit my profile.

To Your success,

Cathy

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