Affiliate Marketing for Beginners – Where to Begin
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I don’t have to tell you about the benefits of working from home. Nothing beats the 10 second commute! Internet Marketing and Affiliate programs have created fantastic opportunities for average people to have fun and make money online at the same time.
What is Affiliate Marketing and How Does it Work?
An affiliate program is basically a partnership where you (the affiliate) recommend products or services from a merchant and receive sales or referral commission.
Affiliate marketing is a win-win for both merchants and affiliates. The business owner benefits from having a network of affiliates driving traffic to their website, while the affiliate benefits from having products and services they can recommend to their visitors and generate income as a result.
What is an Affiliate Website?
An affiliate website is essentially one where the income generated is primarily from referral commissions. Typically this will be a review or comparison website, or it could be a blog based on a particular topic where the affiliate relationships are related to that topic.
Like to see an example? You won’t have to go far…you’re looking at one! Web Business Solutions is based on the theme of small business site building and starting an online business. Importantly…the vendors I chose to work with are based on my own personal experience and involved companies and products I was proud to recommend. You can of course choose any vendors you like but for your recommendations to resonate with your audience it’s essential that you actually use, own or have experience with these products or services. These days many countries have laws that require you to fully disclose affiliate relationships so you don’t want the message you are conveying to your visitor to be…
“Buy this product because if you do I will earn a commission”.
That only works for you and the vendor. If the product turns out to be poor quality or doesn’t fit your visitor’s needs, that visitor will not be interested in any other recommendations you may have. They simply won’t be back. Opportunity lost.
Instead, you want your message to be…
“This is a product that is a good fit for your needs. I recommend it because I use it and benefit from it. If you buy it I will earn a commission and you will get a quality product that works for you.” Win-win.
Learn Affiliate Marketing
So…you like this idea of building your own affiliate marketing website? It’s exciting hey. But just how do you start an online business? Where do you go to learn the basics? What are the best resources and tools?
There are literally thousands of “how to earn money online” schemes out there…the majority of which are scams or simply don’t work. There are also tons of “gurus” who may have been very successful themselves but their teaching methods don’t always translate to success for you. Or they want to charge a fortune to teach you.
Over the years I’ve invested in a lot of courses, programs, seminars etc. but there is one resource I’ve found which stands above all others…and that is Mark Ling’s Affilorama. Mark is actually from my part of the world…well sort of…he’s a Kiwi (New Zealand)…and I’m an Aussie. But apart from being hugely successful as an affiliate marketer (as in 7-figure annual income huge) he has put together one of the best training programs I’ve found for newbies.
The good thing about Affilorama is you can join for free and get access to a ton of resources and tools, including over 100 free lessons. So if the fear of investing in a training program…and not seeing a return on that investment is holding you back…here is a way to learn the basics without risking any capital at all.
Prefer to hit the ground running? As well as Affilorama, Mark created AffiloJetpack…a DFY (Done For You) system where everything is set up and ready to go so you can start earning commissions instantly.
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