Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

I showed you how to get started with Google AdSense yesterday. It’s a great program to make some extra cash, but the majority of us won’t be getting checks for $132,994 each month like Shoemoney! 😉

If you want to make real money, you’ve got to get involved in Affiliate Marketing. People make it sound complicated, but it’s really not. Here’s how affiliate marketing works:

  1. You sign up to be an affiliate for a specific vendor, either through their website, or through an affiliate network.
  2. You wait for the vendor to approve your application.
  3. Once approved, they will provide you with “creatives” that you can use on your website to promote them. (Creatives = Graphics, Banners, Text Links, etc.)
  4. You place these creatives on your website.
  5. A visitor comes to your website, and clicks on one of these creatives.
  6. You earn MONEY!

Ok, maybe I made it sound a bit too easy. Note that each vendor has different terms; Some will pay you for each person that clicks on their ad, which is known as Pay Per Click (PPC). Others will pay you for each lead you generate (a person that signs up for more information, signs up for a mailing list, etc), which is known as Pay Per Lead. But the majority of vendors will do what’s known as Pay Per Action (PPA), where you’ll only get paid if the person makes a purchase from the site you referred them to. Sometimes this is a flat-rate payment, and sometimes it’s a commission.

Affiliate Marketing is a win-win for everyone. The vendor gets the sale, and the affiliate gets paid for directing that visitor to their website.

Most companies run their affiliate programs through one of the major affiliate networks. In order to get started, sign up with the following networks as an affiliate:

LinkShare  Referral  Prg

Commission Junction is by far the largest affiliate network out there, with 2079 merchants! However, I also use the other networks listed above, as CJ doesn’t manage the affiliate programs for a number of merchants that I wanted to promote. Since you’ll be promoting multiple products from various vendors, you should sign up with all of the networks.. There’s no cost to you, so sign up today!

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