Affiliate marketing is the practice of paying other people (affiliates) to market your business and/or products.
Affiliates are paid to get visitors to your website or sales of said products. It’s up to the affiliate to build a marketing and advertising campaign around the product.
There are also affiliate programs where you can create a downline and are paid a bonus for your downline activity. Affiliate marketing is attractive because:
- there is NO COST to get started
- the company provides banners, text ads and other market materials
- you don’t have to buy, store, or ship a product
- the company provides customer service so your obligation ends when the buyer clicks your link
There are many ways to become an affiliate. Amazon.com and Walmart.com both offer programs. To locate lots of different companies that need affiliates for a product launch or a seasonal promotion, go to comission junction (cj.com). The last option is a company that pays for bringing in affiliates and marketing their products, SFI marketing group is a good example of this.
Once you have selected a product you can advertise it on a blog, a website that you build for that specific product, and also articles that you write about the product in which you will provide a link back to your website or blog. On your blog or website you want to place product reviews and testimonials as well as offer any accessories that go with the product. If you have money and understand pay per click advertising , I recommend using PPC to market your product also.
To be successful at affiliate marketing you need to understand keywords and Search Engine Optimization. Mark Ress, an internet marketer, is giving great FREE training over at ressonomics.com all year long.