Affiliate Marketing Programs - The Basics
It is very difficult knowing just where to start, if you are new to affiliate marketing but you want to give it a try just the same, then why not become an affiliate to what is one of the best, if not the best affiliate programmes out there on the Internet.
You will find further details at the end of this article, down at the bottom of this page.
There just so happens to be many networks and simply thousands upon
thousands of companies offering affiliate programmes. They have now
become a standard way for companies to market their businesses.
Before you start out as an affiliate, you should first of all, at least try to understand the basics of becoming an affiliate.
If you have a website, it makes sense to try to monetize the traffic to your site in one way or another and affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to do this.
As previously mentioned there are many affiliate networks to choose from. Here are just a few of them:
SiteBuildIt(SBI) This, in my opininion is The Best Affiliate Programme Out There. I have used it to build my two sites.
Clickbank: They deal Primarily in digital products, downloadable e-books etc. They have some excellent e-books that you can promote, but be careful, don't just promote a product because they have high commission rates per sale, it could come back to haunt you.
Promote e-books that are relevent to the theme or topic of your website and of value to your visitors, even though the commission is much lower than other products unrelated to your niche.
Commission Junction: Another good Affiliate Network. This one deals with every major industry: travel, entertainment, leisure, marketing, retail goods etc.
Once again study their products carefully and choose only the ones which are relevent to your particular niche until you are well versed and knowledgeable in the ways of affiliate marketing.
ShareAsale: A large Affiliate Network with well over 2000 Merchants to choose from.
Affiliate Future: This is one of my favourite Affiliate Networks. Another large network where excellent commissions can be earned. They have a low minimum payout as well.
There are many companies on the internet with great affiliate programs, but it can be very time consuming to set each one up individually, whereas with a network, you can apply for as many programs as you like at the click of a mouse.
Do not overdo it however. Always remember, to promote a product successfully, you should first of all own the product, know how it works and like it before you recommend it to anyone else. Don't choose to promote more than on or two when you first start out. First of all test the water.
If you do not like the product then you should not recommend it to anyone else, it's as simple as that. Besides, your customer base will soon come to recognise your honesty.
They will therefore come to like you, trust you and be in a ready to buy frame of mind should you recommend any products to them in the future, buying from you and not someone else.
In order to generate significant revenue, you will need to attract a large volume of traffic to your website.
Far too many people think that you just have to build a website, join an affiliate marketing program, place some banner advertising on it, upload your new website to the internet, wait a while and Hey Presto! The money comes rolling in.
Nothing could be further from the reality of the situation. You may as well just open a shop out in the middle of nowhere. You will need a very busy highway to make any money at all from pay per click programmes.
The best way to build an affiliate website is to build a Content website. Choose a niche/topic that you know a lot about and love and just subtly blend your affiliate links in with your content.
Always ensure that the products you are recommending are relevent to the needs of your specific audience.
For instance if your website caters for the travel industry, you could successfully promote travel accessories, travel insurance, accommodation etc. but it would not be relevent to promote weight loss, or children's birthday parties on your travel site. Likewise, it would be most unsuitable to promote dating ads. on a children's birthday party ideas website.
It is always better to stick to well established affiliate marketing programmes, but as I stated earlier you should always, always know, trust and like the programmes you promote and the best way to do that is to own them.
Here are the details, which I promised at the beginning of this aticle, of how you can become an affiliate to what is one of the best, if not the best affiliate programme out there on the Internet.
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Affiliate Marketing Programs