If you would like to earn some extra money via *e-commerce* then affiliate marketing online might be just what you are looking for. That being said, affiliate marketing can be extremely difficult if you don’t know what you are doing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is simply the process of selling companies and products and you getting a commission for the sales. You don’t need to sell or market anything or even provide any form of customer service, you just market some information on the Internet and try to get people to buy something. Obviously this isn’t easy and will require perseverance and a willingness to start at the beginning.
There are actually quite a few different types of affiliate marketing, while some might pay you for every click on their link; others might only pay you money when your clicks turn into sales. The last type of affiliate marketing involves clicking through and filling out a survey or other forms.
To make great affiliate income you need to set up a blog/website as outlined earlier (we recommend using WordPress). Without a blog, generating sales will be extremely difficult. The best thing you can do is narrow your topic down so you have just a tiny market – it’s always better to start small and then grow. If you try to start off big with a broad topic you’ll find it harder to get ranked in search engines and gain your targeted traffic.
Next, consider your product. Do some research and read some reviews. Once you have narrowed down your list, it will be easier to find a product to sell. You want your product to be very similar to what you are trying to sell to your website visitors. Always look for an affiliate programme that has a good reputation, one with lots of good reviews and a range of products. It’s always good to have something that is always updating and changing, so try not to start with a beginner programme because it will become harder for you to manage once sales grow.
So, how do you keep making money? Start off with a well thought out long term business plan, once you have started to make some good sales you should then consider focusing on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and G+, video marketing – such as Youtube and also e-mail marketing as a way to market your product, gain exposure and maximise your sales. The more sales you make – especially consistent sales – you will see your profits becoming more long term.
If you are really looking at making some good money through affiliate marketing you really need to put in time and effort, and remember this isn’t going to happen overnight. You will need to preserver to reach your goals. Do your research, know what your goals and plans are and know your product well. It is possible to make good money through affiliate marketing, just take your time, don’t rush, but put in the time and effort needed.
We’re always keen to hear about your affiliate marketing experiences – please share them in the comments below!