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What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is a way of making money online by promoting the products or services of another company for a commission on each sale you generate.
People who promote products in this manner are called “affiliates”, or sometimes “partners” or “associates”. Most affiliates promote products through their websites or email lists, but you’re not restricted to these methods: Basically, anywhere you can put a website address or a hyperlink can be turned into a promotional vehicle — the only limit is your imagination.
Affiliate marketing isn’t a pyramid-selling scheme, and it’s not a tool for scammers and spammers. Affiliates are regular people looking to earn some extra cash from their websites, or individuals wanting a serious work-at-home business that they can perform from anywhere in the world, with serious earning potential.
New to affiliate marketing? Not sure what it’s all about? Basically, it comes down to promoting products online to get a commission whenever a sale is made through your recommendation.
You’ll make a website, which isn’t as hard as you might think, and then you’ll place affiliate links to the products you are promoting throughout that website. Then, when someone clicks on your link and buys the product within a certain time frame, you get a commission!
There’s a variety of affiliate networks that you can join to find products to promote, and if you pick a topic (or “niche”) that is interesting to you — first making sure with a little market research that it’s also profitable — it can be quite a lot of fun to build your affiliate website.
There’s a huge range of different methods for getting visitors to your website, including signaling to search engines like Google that your website is relevant to your topic, and spreading the word on social media. Because of the variety of strategies available to you, you’ll be able to find something that suits your strengths to get the ball rolling for your own affiliate website.
The goal is to be making your own money just with your own efforts and a computer, setting yourself up for some great potential income. These lessons will give you a thorough introduction, show you what affiliate sites look like, and walk you through the basics of these important affiliate marketing concepts.