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3 Facts Affiliate Marketers Should Know To Make Money Online

Updated on June 3, 2018
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I have been a chef for the last 10 years but I enjoy writing as a hobby. I really enjoy writing for Hubpages because it is fun


Affiliate marketing in a nutshell

The internet has made it possible for companies large and small to sell their products to a global market. Any business owner can start up a website to showcase their amazing products. The downside to this is that any business owner can start a website and showcase their amazing products. This means that the internet is flooded with businesses wanting to show off what they have got. There is so much competition out there that some companies have had to create new ways to get their products seen by the billions of potential customers surfing the web every day. Big companies have bigger funds and can afford to spend lots of money on advertising and branding and cut through the competition. This means that smaller companies with less fund may struggle. So smaller companies devised a way of getting their products seen. Thus affiliate marketing was born.

There are thousands of bloggers and writers online who have audiences that read their work and take their advice on products and services. Small companies started to offer these writers an incentive for placing a link to their products on their blogs and articles. The writer would write a blog post or article reviewing a particular product and would then post a link to that particular product. If any of that writers readers clicked through to the product and then bought it the writer would earn a percentage of the sale. After a while many companies saw the benefit of this and got in on the action. Amazon is one of the most well known and one of the most popular. Amazon sells everything from books to dog food and everything in between. Many writers like to use amazon affiliates because there is so much variety of products that they can write about what ever interests them and find a related product that they can link to and earn money from.

Affiliate Marketing Introduction

When it comes to affiliate marketing it is always a good idea to seek out a profitable niche. Affiliate marketers are always searching for a niche that will pay them a lot of money. Unfortunately some affiliate marketers assume that there is some sort of magic blue print that they can follow to make loads of money. This is completely wrong! The affiliate marketers that make the “big bucks” are the ones who have spent years honing their skills and have figured out a way to make money that works efficiently for them. Please not that there is no magic formula that will allow you to make loads of money through the use of affiliate marketing.

Every single one of the successful affiliate marketers has a tactic that works for them. That really is the key to affiliate marketing. Find a method that works for you then repeat the method until you become very, very rich. It sounds a lot easier than it is but once you have a tactic that works for you then you should repeat that tactic to continue to make money.

If you have not stumbled across a winning tactic yet then the following three tactics may help you to become a successful affiliate marketer.

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Which tactics work well?

Firstly it is always a good idea to create a unique web page to promote the item that you have chosen to affiliate yourself with. Every single page that you create to promote that product must be unique or your affiliate marketing success will be zero. If you have your own website and are using that to promote products then it is a very good idea to make a page about each product that you are promoting. This same tactic works for article marketing and blogging.

Creating a product review is a very good way to make some money. When you write a product review you will notice that the majority of your target audience are potential buyers so if you make a good case for your chosen product to be bought you will find that you receive more sales. If you are writing a review please remember to include pictures of the product because people like to see what they are going to buy.

You can also write articles highlighting the uses of the product and include them on the website as an additional page. Make the pages attractive compelling and include calls to act on the information. Each headline should attract the readers to try and read more, even contact you. Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the page is about and will want to find out more.

If you have created a site that reviews products, such as a website that reviews electronic products it may be a good idea t writes some articles that are related to the products that you have created. For example you have created a webpage that is all about the iPad 2 you have information throughout your website about the iPad 2 and it is all unique and clear. If you were to publish articles about the iPad 2 that have backlinks to your original website your website would get a higher ranking from due to the numbers of backlinks. Also each and every one of your articles could contain an affiliate link to the iPad 2 and they in turn could earn you a commission.

The second thing that could help you to become a successful affiliate marketer is that you could offer a freebie to your readers. People love to receive free gifts even if it is not exactly what they were after. Basically you offer to give the reader a glimpse of the information that you are willing to offer them. The reader then snaps your hand off to get that information because they believe that they may be able to gleam the entire strategy of the information/product from the little teaser that you give them. It really does have to be a teaser though. There would be no point in giving all of the information up-front. For example you are promoting a really good and unique cookbook that costs $20 you may wish to use excerpts in your report from the cookbook. This would peak the readers interest but would not give away so much information that purchasing the cookbook would become an act in futility.

Thirdly the most important thing about becoming a successful affiliate marketer is that your website/webpage/blog/article must have a lot of targeted traffic. Traffic is very important to people who want to make a living online because the higher the number of people who look at your site the higher the number of sales (I know that this is a very simplistic view of the whole thing but I used this as an example for those who do not fully understand the power of affiliate marketing). The traffic that you do get must be relevant to the product or service that you are promoting. There would be no punt what-so-ever in creating a website full of products are amazing for the disposal of baby diapers and then filling the website with keywords that are highly searched for but have nothing to do with diapers. For example you would not create you diaper website and fill it with keywords to do with JLS even though JLS are highly searched for. What would happen in this case is that people would search for information about JLS and then they would find your site and realise that it does not contain any pertinent information about JLS and would click the “Back” button. This is a very bad thing in the online business world.

Article writing is a great way of gaining targeted traffic because there are loads of high profile sites that will publish your articles and will help them to rank very highly in Each one of these articles would contain a backlinks to the particular product/service/website that you are trying to promote and make money out of. Article marketing is very successful because the internet is used often by people who want information and they want it NOW! The internet is full of greedy people who want their information spoon fed to them so that they can absorb the information easily. Try to keep your articles short and to the point so that the reader doesn’t get bored half way through and click that horrible “Back” button that affiliate marketers hate so much. If you were to write at least 2 articles a week and ensure that they are updates as and when needed you could be looking at 1000’s of views a week.

Affiliate Marketing Conclusion

The main thing about these three points is that they are not difficult to emulate but the all require you to spend time on them. When it comes to affiliate marketing the old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” stands very true. It takes time to build up a decent portfolio of blogs, websites and articles that can make you money. Time and hard work is the key. If you feel you cannot sit and write 2 articles a week then affiliate marketing is not for you!

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    • Jtstretch1217 profile image

      Justin Stretch 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great informative information. I'd suggest adding a few more pictures to give your viewers a time to take a break from reading, but other than that you're spot on. Article marketing has been my go to, so it's all in how you promote your artcle

    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Very informative and voted up!

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      Reena J 6 years ago

      Affiliate marketing brings long term traffic and sales to the business. Interesting one!

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      clearblue99 6 years ago from Clear Blue Sky

      excellent! thanks for the info


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