The interest in affiliate marketing has been rising the last few years. This is probably one of the simplest money making opportunities available out there, but not necessarily one of the easiest. Thousands of people are making money simply by being affiliates, but it sometimes takes a lot of hard work to be successful. The concept is actually really simple. As an affiliate you register with a merchant and acts as a sort of marketer for the merchant. In return you receive a certain percentage of every successful buyer you refer. There is thousands of opportunities available for you to market from online dating websites to promoting e-books on various topics. The possibilities are almost endless.
The methods for promoting, or advertising, the products you are affiliated with, are almost just as numerous, but we are only going to look at using a website for now. Making use of advertising campaigns via pay-per-click programs like Google AdWords is probably the fastest way to go, but it can also be the most expensive if you do not know what you are doing. The advantages of your own website are that it is actually quite cheap, but it can be a slow process. Do not let this deter you since you can really get a very nice constant income for almost no input once your website is set.
Of course you will need somewhere to host your site. Luckily there are lots of free hosts available, although some offer more than others. The simplest way to find them is to do a Google search on “Free webhosting” and browse through the different options. It is always better to get a stable host with a guaranteed uptime, but they usually charge a monthly fee. You an always move your site to a paid host later, but to get started as cheaply as possible a free host could do. You can always consider starting your own blog and blogger.com is another free option, hosted by Google. You should also consider buying a cheap domain name. This can cost around $9 for a full year. Some free hosts allow you to use your own domain name. This will really help you.
Signing up with a company like Clickbank will help you get in touch with literally thousands of merchants looking for people to be their affiliates. Clickbank is free and some affiliate programs even pays out 75% of the sale to the affiliate marketer. This can give you a very nice income, believe me. Browsing through Clickbanks’ marketplace will give a very good idea of how vast the possibilities really are. It is always a good idea to start with something that you are at least familiar with, but do not let this stop you entering new and exciting opportunities.
There is thousands of people on the writing good quality articles about almost any topic imaginable. This is a wonderful opportunity for you. Since your website or blog must have some content, hopefully high quality, this gives you the opportunity to get your hands on excellent content without needing to write it yourself. Just remember that there are rules that apply when you use another persons articles so read the conditions first before posting their articles. Updating your site by adding new content regularly will help your sites’ ranking improve with the search engines increasing your visitors. It can also be a very good idea to search Google for “Search Engine Optimization” to help you get an idea of what you can do to improve your websites’ rankings.
Look for some reviews on the products you are promoting, but always read them carefully before posting them on you site. Or even better write your own reviews since a good, unbiased review can really help your visitor decide to buy the product.
The biggest disadvantage of using your own website is that it will take a few months for your website to reach a good ranking with the websites so it takes time. The biggest advantage is that once you manage to get a site with a good ranking your online business is almost on autopilot. As long as your site is up and running visitors looking for the products you promote will find your site and you can lead them to the merchant site. Hopefully they will buy and you can earn more money.
I believe that although this method is not the fastest method to make money online, it is one of the most effective money producing methods in the long run. A good designed website with good content and reviews can be a source of thousands of dollars for years to come. There is a lot of free information available on the net to help you get started in this wonderful world of affiliate marketing.