Introduction to Making Money with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is another simple yet profitable way to monetize your blog and make money online. There are 1000’s of manufacturers in all industries who have products or services available for you to sell and make a commission on.
You don’t need a product to sell, you don’t have to take payments, and you don’t have to ship anything. Plus, you don’t have to deal with customers, returns, or refunds.
An affiliate marketing company pays you when a visitor from your website clicks on an affiliate link. The customer is sent to the affiliate marketing company’s website and makes a purchase.
How Much Commission Can You Earn With Affiliate Marketing?
Commissions vary between affiliate marketing companies. Information and downloadable software products can average commission rates of 50% to 75%, whereas, physical products or services usually bring in commission rates between 5% and 10%.
Example Of An Affiliate Marketing Product
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When a visitor clicks on the ‘START ClickBank University’ button they’re directed to the affiliate company’s website to continue with their purchase.
How To Start Selling Affiliate Marketing Products
You can search on Google for the type of products or services you want to sell. When you find the company selling it, you can call them directly. Many of these affiliate marketing companies also have their own affiliate programs. They then allow you to sign up on their website to promote the sale of their products or services.
Your affiliate marketing company will also give you a login section on their website. From there, you can keep track of your sales, and payments.
Consolidators – Affiliate Marketing Websites
There are also companies that have consolidated 1,000’s of affiliate partners under one umbrella. You can register through these affiliate marketing websites and select the kind of affiliate products you want to promote.
ClickBank sells information-based products and downloadable software products like PROFIT 365 with commissions ranging between 40% and 75%. You can register for free on ClickBank and immediately get approval to sell any of the products from the companies they represent.
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LinkShare & Commission Junction’s product lines range in commission from 5% to 10%.
One example of LinkShare’s companies where you need to be approved for selling their unique product lines is SkyMall.com. You may have seen their product lines in magazines on various airlines. Approvals are easier to get when you create an online store already.
Affiliate Banners & Tracking Affiliate Links
Affiliates Marketing Companies provide you with affiliate banners or tracking affiliate links you can easily copy into your website. You simply copy and paste affiliate links into your store which tracks your visitor purchases.
When a visitor clicks on one, the system will direct him to your affiliate company, and the tracking system will track the sale. Links can usually track returning visitors for weeks or months and you can still receive a commission if they return to make a purchase. You should ask your affiliate partner the time frame that they attribute the sale to you for returning visitors.
You can feature affiliate products and services that are complementary to what your website is about. This way, you can feature them in various website pages alongside your primary revenue stream.
You can sell an unlimited number of affiliate products on your website. Look for affiliate marketing programs that best suit your website and income goals and start promoting them.