Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to break into the world of ecommerce. You can either become an affiliate merchant (creating your own product and having others sell it for you) or a promoter of affiliate merchants products. Basically selling affiliate products is a numbers game. The more targeted affiliate traffic you create the better.
Basically the way it works is you sign up to sell the merchants product. There is a link code you get that informs the host site e. g. ClickBank each time you make a sale. You than get a percentage that can vary anywhere from 5% to 70%
It is important when creating your website to promote affiliate products that your website pages correspond to, i. e. the affiliate product you’re promoting. So if you are promoting an ebook about writing, make sure you have a page about that topic on your site.
You have to be careful when picking an affiliate. They will all tell you they’re the best but this is often not the case. It is important to research a company before you represent them. Go to the search engines and find reviews.
Here you also have to be careful. If you read a great review, chances are good you will find a link at the bottom of the page. Chances are better that the author is promoting the affiliate he’s reviewing. If you look around however, you can find independent reviews. There is one I would recommend. It is ratingshub.com This is an independent ratings site that rates hundreds of affiliate marketers.
Sometimes a visitor to your site will click on your page, but not buy. However the information will be stored in a cookie database for up to 90 days. If that customer buys at a later time you will still get credit for the sale.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get your feet wet in internet marketing. Keep in mind you are going to have to work hard and learn all phases of internet marketing since they’re all related.
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