What Is Affiliate Marketing?
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What is affiliate marketing?
Sometimes when I tell people that I am an affiliate marketer, they give me a blank stare in return. Affiliate marketing is something that you’ve all seen (given the assumption that you use the internet.) In short, affiliate marketing is when you advertise for other companies via social media, your own website, or other means of bringing a customer to the seller.
What Does Affiliate Marketing Look like?
Sometimes these ads are really annoying with pop-ups or video ads that you have to sit through, and others can be discrete. Surely, you’ve seen ads off to the side or in the middle of webpages. These ads are the most likely the website owners ‘affiliate links.’
How Do You Make Money as an Affiliate Marketer?
In order to make money from being an affiliate, 99% of the time, the customer you refer has to actually make a purchase. So, if you’ve ever clicked on an ad from a website and made a purchase, chances are that website owner made a little commission from sending the client a customer (you).
Who Can Become an Affiliate Marketer?
Anyone can sign up to become an affiliate marketer; however, there are companies that have specific criteria before you are allowed to advertise. MOST of the time, you will need to have your own website. Some individual companies require your website to be receive sufficient traffic before allowing you to advertise.
Sometimes you will be approved right away and other times there will be a waiting period. You won’t get approved for all advertisers – but don’t worry, there’s plenty of companies who are looking to get their products on the market.
How do you become and Affiliate Marketer?
My favorite affiliate marketing sites are
and CJ Affiliates.
You can sign up for an account with these companies and then browse through their advertisers. Choose a couple companies or products you would like to promote and request to become an affiliate for that business.
Another easy way to find affiliate programs is to type in “your niche” (or product related to your niche) + affiliate into Google and see what programs are out there that would be a good fit for your website.
For example, if you run a parenting website, you could Google “parenting + affiliate programs” and see what pops up. Here’s what happened when I did:
How to Succeed as an Affiliate Marketer
The best way to get customers and make a sale with affiliate marketing is to create your own website and define your ‘niche.’ A niche is your ideal group of people that will visit your website. Try to display ads that your ideal customer would be interested in. For example, (let’s stick with the parenting website analogy) if you display baby ads on a parenting website, you are more likely to get a sale than if you were to place ads about low testosterone fixes.
Anyone can make a website and anyone can grab affiliate links and start placing on the internet. Does this guarantee that you will make money? NO.
There are other skills and criteria needed if you want to be successful as an affiliate marketer. Think of the hundreds of websites on the internet. There are certain things you can do to get your site noticed and ranked on Google’s first page. Because if Google never picks you up, most likely you aren’t being seen.
Learn the Skills Needed to Succeed!
If you are interested and you’d like to know more, you can sign up for my FREE Affiliate Marketing Course. These 10 hands on video lessons will enable you to start your very own niche website and begin making money with affiliate marketing techniques.
You will gain access to an incredible online community of affiliate marketers who have been doing this for years and who are happy to give you advice. Plus, you will have me there beside you every step of the way too! I’ll be there too – it’s like I’m your very own personal coach! Because my business is helping YOU succeed.
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