I’m going to go through the basics of Affiliate Marketing today, something that is done by many people making cash on the internet. It’s not the only method, but I should tell you it’s one of the simpler ways to make cash on the internet, which is why so many individuals simply love it!
If you don’t already know what internet marketing is, it just means you market and promote someone else’s existing product and get paid a percentage of the price as a commission . There are several good companies that you can go to and find products to sell – such as Clickbank.com, PayDotCom, Commission Junction, etc. They all have their pro’s and con’s, but I prefer Clickbank myself so that is the one I will use as an case in point here. (Note: check the others out too, don’t blindly go behind me or anyone else’s dictate – be your own person and weigh the benefits that you favor).
One of the most vital things to think about when selling a product as an internet marketer is to select your product wisely! I can’t emphasize that enough. First of all you need a product that you at least know a little about, and even better yet think about yourself a fan of (or consumer, if it’s a product) the product so you can sincereley promote it. Believe me the genuineness will show through when you must make sales copy or write articles for this product. The other imperative thing to consider when choosing a product is find a product that has a “built-in” demand already! You can’t compel people to buy something they don’t want or require, so choose cautiously what you will promote. They way to do this is to locate the products “gravity” once you log into Clickbank, which is a number ranging from zero to several hundred depending on the status of the product at the instant. This number changes frequently, so choose one that is at least 80-100 so you know there’s a market ready to buy. This will make selling the product much easier!
Once you have chosen a product you like, that has a rather decent gravity, you’re approximately halfway there! Go to the “pitch page” of the product and make sure it appears to be a professionally done site, and if so, signup for the product. Once you sign up for their affiliate program you must make what’s called a “hop link” – which can be done simply by clicking on the “create hoplink” link in Clickbank for the product you have chosen. This will open in a new window, and you simply copy and paste this link into a text file. The format will be like this: http://xxxxx.myproduct.hop.clickbank.net (where xxxxx is your clickbank ID, and the myproduct is the clickbank ID of the product you are selling). Of course in order to get your Clickbank ID (also called your “nickname”) you must sign up with Clickbank first. This costs $50, but it’s well worth as you will soon be a wealthy internet marketer, right?
Now comes the part where you must find out how a little bit about Affiliate Marketing – sounds tough but you don’t need a big Einstein brain for this, really! Once you have your affiliate link, you need a way to get the link in front of as many eyeballs as possible, preferably through your website. You can either: 1) buy a domain name relevant to your product, and forward this name to your affiliate link or 2) buy a domain name, setup a website, and start getting the content you need to provide value for your visitors. Now these ways both will work, so I’m not going to hold forth over the virtues of either one right now. Suffice it to say you have to do your own homework and decide which is best for you!
Either way you need traffic to the domain, and the ways to do that are diverse – PPC advertising is the easiest, but can be very expensive. Writing articles and posting them on Ezine sites is another way which takes more time, but lasts much longer! You can also start up a blog, and write blogs that not only promote your product but have text links that will help you get traffic from the search engines. The top approach I’ve found is to do a combination of several ways so that you aren’t relying on one resource for your traffic. Nevertheless you get the traffic, you can’t make cash as an internet marketer without it so become an authority on this part of internet marketing. If all of this sounds a bit foreign, check some other articles that myself and others have written here and other ezine hubs, and learn as much as you can. Of course I have other articles and posts on my blogs, check them out and learn more!
The truth is, if you can get individuals to click on your link you will make cash. And that is the truth
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