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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing Explained

Online Affiliate Marketing is a popular method of promoting someones web business, product, or service.  The affiliate is rewarded for every, buying subscriber and, or customer provided to the associate Website through the owner of the affiliate websites efforts.

It is similar to the practice of paying introduction fees for finding new clients for a business. Compensation is usually based on a set value for each visit (Pay-per-click), registrant (Pay-per-lead), or a commission for each customer or sale (Pay-per-Sale) known as affiliate income. The most attractive aspect of affiliate marketing, from the merchant's viewpoint, is that no payment is due to an affiliate until something is sold.

So, how do you become an affiliate?

  1. First it is advisable, as an affiliate, to have a fully functional website. designed specially for trading as an affiliate Business.

  2. The website and Domain name must relate to your chosen affiliate niche.

  3. The content on your website must be first class and relevant to the niche you are promoting.

  4. Make sure you are promoting a product, or service you would be happy to buy yourself.

  5. You need traffic to your website before you can promote as an affiliate.

  6. Make sure you have the proper affiliate tools before you begin.

  7. Test out affiliate advertising as away of promoting your products you are selling.

Where do you find such products to promote?

There are a number of ways, but be wary, not all merchants sites offering affiliate deals are on the level.

Okay, where to start? One of the easiest and reputable to go with to begin your affiliate income is CLICKBANK

Clickbanks affiliate page is where you can signup to promote products on Clickbank. Remember all CLICKBANK products are digital so if you want to sell hard products you will have to find other affiliate merchants. For now we will concentrate on CLICKBANK.

So now we will pretend that you have signed up for an affiliate account at CLICKBANK and you are ready to get your hopad builder tool.

Now its time to look for products like Affiliate Marketing, or software to sell from CLICKBANKS marketplace page. Below is a list of categories to choose from. Choose one that is nearest to your niche.

CLICKBANK Catagories

  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Betting
  3. Business / Investing
  4. Computers / Internet
  5. Cooking, Food & Wine
  6. E-business & E-marketing
  7. Education
  8. Employment & Jobs
  9. Fiction
  10. Games
  11. Green Products
  12. Health & Fitness
  13. Home & Garden
  14. Languages
  15. Mobile
  16. Parenting & Families
  17. Politics / Current Events
  18. Reference
  19. Self-Help
  20. Software & Services
  21. Spirituality, New Age & Alternative Beliefs
  22. Sports
  23. Travel
As you can see there is a comprehensive list to suit everyone.

You will be taken to the Marketplace page where merchants are promoting their products to affiliates like you. Below each each one you will see a stats:box.

This where CLICKBANK advises you how to go about finding the right product to begin your affiliate marketing business.

Once you have completed all the steps including creating your hoplink you are ready to begin promoting your chosen affiliate product.

The best way to do this is by using a text link to your merchants chosen product and don't try and sell the product with a sales page. Instead give your visitors what they came to your site for in the first place: INFORMATION

A lot of affiliates (especially when emailing) use alink cloaker to help and hide the affiliate link to their merchant. But it still does not hide all of it and everyone seeing the product link can quickly see it for what it is.

By using a text link you do not have to show your affiliate link and it gives you visitor more confidence in your website. One such text link is used in the new Socrates Wordpress Theme.
This has been created for affiliate marketing to easily get started on becoming an affiliate. It uses WORDPRESS as a base and is a complete packaged website. You can create and monetise custom niche wordpress blogs including multiple layouts, custom header graphics, background styles, social media and more. It is also monetised for adsense and Clickbank. For less than a hundred dollars for the package it has to be a snip.   Just plug in and get started.

Rapbank is another newbie  quickly gaining in popularity. Similar to clickbank they do not have all the restrictions that are placed on sellers and promoters of products that CB have.

There are other quick ways to find advice on becoming an affiliate and finding the right product to sell.  This has only been a skirmish into the complex world of the affiliate. We will have more as we delve into Affiliate Marketing.

A word of warning be careful in your selection of what product, or service to promote. Do it gradually and always check out the merchants website before you sign up to promote their goods. Done well, it can bring in a good income.

With new regulations on reselling on the internet everyone earning an income from affiliate marketing has to declare it to the customer or visitor, in a prominent place, either on their website, or in an email.


Affiliate Marketing

Your Business Plan as an Affiliate
Good grammar and good punctuation are one on the things partners or investors will look for in your Affiliate business plan. If you cannot be bothered to check your grammar and spelling how can you attract the right kind of interest in your plans? You have to be professional when an investor looks at what you intend to develop in your business plan. Being professional is what it is all about, whether it is a little thing like a missed period or a missed capital letter or badly laid out business plans. These can send partners and investors looking for another business. Your business plan should show that you have researched and have a broad knowledge of affiliate internet marketing. You will also have to show how you intend attracting customers to your business and how you intent selling affiliate products. It is not difficult just as everything you tackle in life, plan it well and you will stand a better chance of success.

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