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How to Make Money Online With Affiliate

Updated on December 10, 2007

If you have ever researched online internet businesses I am sure you have

heard the phrase "affiliate programs" before. Affiliate programs and affiliate marketing

One of the lessons of the Internet so far, is that while new methods of communication open up businesses to a whole new world of potential customers, they also open them up to new worlds of competition. Merchants and retailers have discovered that it isn't enough to have a web site - they also need a way to draw people to their web site. One of the most effective ways of doing that is for a merchant to start an affiliate program - the merchant pays other sites, known as "affiliates" commissions based on them referring sales (known as "pay per sale"), leads (known as "pay per lead"), or visitors (known as "pay per click").

If you're just a person with a computer and a desire to make money online, the opportunity here is to become an affiliate and earn those affiliate commissions.

as 90%, or sometimes more) of affiliates are not very good; they send only a handful of referrals, and earn very little either for themselves or for the merchant. That said, there is usually also a percentage of affiliates who take their business very seriously,

The question then is how to get started.

1- Do your research and be sure to read and understand the terms of each program, especially regarding commission structure, payout, and product return rates. Each of these factors should be considered before deciding which program is the one for you.

2- Identify one or more topics that interests you. Don't do the first thing that pops in your head, or something that everybody else is doing, but think about it seriously.

3- Find and register a domain name for your site. This is the name which identifies your site . You should do this step yourself and keep the domain password secret. This is very important,

4- Choose a web host. This is the company that stores your web site on their servers, thus making it accessible to the world. If you are even slightly serious about affiliate marketing, you should look for a company which offers multiple domain hosting, as this allows you to run lots of websites without paying a hosting fee each time.

5- Start creating your site. That means creating lots of quality content, perhaps adding a discussion forum, may be creating an email newsletter, etc. Over time, you want to build up your site with more and more content, perhaps add product reviews and recommendations (using your affiliate link for these) and so on.

6- Include straight-adverts (such banner adverts) or text links in your pages, but don't go overboard. The idea is to become a leading authority site on your topic, as this generates buzz and word-of-mouth marketing, and also encourages people to trust the product recommendations

7- You should also be marketing and promoting it, because the more people that you attract to your site, the more money that you will make. You should in fact beginning promoting your site as soon as you have a basic site .

8- It's now time to start your second (on a different topic). When you finish that, you start your third, and so on. An advantage of creating multiple sites is it takes time for new sites to be indexed by the search engines anyway, and it providing insurance in case one of your site's income dries up finally the basic idea is to focus your efforts on those sites which offer the greatest financial return on investments of your time.

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