By Andy Row
There is no magic or push button way to make money with affiliate marketing. However with a genuine effort you can make money and make a rewarding lifestyle. Like with most things there are a few bad eggs out there so it pays to be a little careful at first. Common sense applies though -if you are being promised instant success then it may not be what it appears.
Essentially what you are doing is helping a business owner make a sale and they reward you with a commission for doing so. You are not face to face but through your web presence i.e. a website. When people visit your site and make a purchase you are rewarded. There are different methods to choose depending on what you are selling. You can sell a product and receive a commission on it. Another way if you get people to click on a particular link like a google ad you are paid per click. You can also get money by obtaining leads i.e. a name and email so a business can follow up and continue to market to them.
There are so many affiliate programs out there it sometimes can be difficult to choose. THe most important aspect though is matching the website you make to the product you are trying to sell. it would be difficult to to sell candy on a dentist blog. Your recommendation should be a sincere one as you will make many more sales if the reader has trust in your site. It is an established marketing fact that sales increase in direct proportion to the level trust they have with you. With all the different affiliate marketing programmes out there it important to select the most suitable one. Your site needs to complement the product you would like to sell. Its no point in promoting chocolate on a dental surgery’s website. You also need to be able to establish trust with your reader as you are likely to make a lot more sales. A honest and sincere recommendation will convert a lot better. Online is no different to shopping anywhere except people are even more skeptical so creating trust is paramount.
Here are some reasons why promoting affiliate marketing programs is a great way to make a living. First of all you work from home. Or from anywhere actually, anywhere there is a computer and an internet connection. Another thing that I like is the nature of the passive income, meaning that the income is steadily generated even if you are not actually working. The third major advantage is the fact that you don’t need much of an initial investment. There are lots of other benefits but I just wanted you to make a general idea, to have a big picture before you become member of one of the affiliate marketing programs.
You need to be proactive to make this work. It’s not rocket science but there is work to be done. Its pointless wishing for it happen. Those that can follow though and not give up will succeed.