Ever wondered what affiliate marketing is? In this blog post not only I teach you what it is but also how to start using it, and making money from it, for yourself today!
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is the process of promoting another persons good or services through a blog or website.
What does it look like in practice?
So this is my affiliate link for the kindle money mastery product (review here) on clickbank:
It has my clickbank username (xxx), the product nickname kmmastery, the site clickbank.net, and the hop is short for hoplink which is a clickbank specific thing (read more here)
This is my affiliate links for Wealthy Affiliate (review here):
So how does it work (technical bit)?
When you click on the link, the website you go to saves the cookie with my affiliate extension in it. A cookie is something that helps the website load quicker the next time you visit it. Therefore as the initial route you took saved the cookie with my unique affiliate code in it, it means each time you log on to that services the website knows you got the link through me.
Why do I make money?
Affiliates are great because they promote your product or service for a small share of what they sell. This means online entrepreneurs barely have to do marketing ploys etc if they have a strong affiliate network.
How do I become an affiliate marketer?
Well you will need to set up a website, attract customers using techniques such as SEO, backlinking, keyword targeting to name a few. Then you will have to sign up for affiliate programs (amazon is a very widely used program). Then put your link in with useful content on your site and voila! wait until the customers come in and use your links.
I recommend this website Wealthy Affiliate (its an affiliate link 😉 ) as it is the best platform for learning that I have found (review here). It will teach you how to make a website and become an affiliate in under 10 days.
Is there anything else I should know?
Its not easy and it will take time and effort to get a website up and running, attract customers, and sell products, but if you stick with it you can make any amount of money (I have seen $100,000+/month) depending on how much time you spend on it.
Affiliate marketing is a good way to make a little extra income online, and can be very effective. However it takes time and effort which means you will have to persevere for it to pay off. Good luck!
If you would like to know or have a question more please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or drop a comment below any post and I will get back to you asap