Basic Affiliate Marketing Explained
Who wouldn’t enjoy having more money in their bank account? For many of us, our money doesn’t go as far as we’d like. How would you feel about an extra ten, hundred, or thousand dollars to spend? Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to find diverse ways of earning extra money online. Think about it. Including yourself, how many people do you know who have a personal web page on sites like Facebook or MySpace? Did you ever wonder why the owners at Facebook allow people all over the world to post personal pages on their site? It’s very simple. They make money from it. Every day, all over the world, people visit sites like Facebook and MySpace to see what their friends are doing. While they’re reading and posting, they might see an ad that interests them. If they click on an ad, Facebook or MySpace gets paid by the advertiser. It’s pretty amazing, huh?
So, why aren’t you and I benefitting in the same way? Actually, I am, and that’s what this article is about. Affiliate marketing sounds complicated, but it’s just a word describing a relationship between two parties. In affiliate marketing, every time you introduce someone to a company’s product, you can get paid on the inquiry (click) or the sale of the product. You can get paid for both; however, that may take having several different kinds of relationships in place at once. In this article, we’re going to keep it simple.
Google AdSense and Yahoo Publisher are two companies that supply web site owners with advertisements. These advertisements match the theme of the website. They send spiders to read the content of your page and find advertisements that match the content. All you have to do is paste their code into your pages. They have lots of tutorials explaining how to work with the code and get the most out of your advertising.
That’s one type of affiliate relationship.
Another type of affiliate relationship is with a large, affiliate product brokerage like Commission Junction or Share A Sale. Through these companies, you can search for products and services that match your site’s content. Again, like Google and Yahoo, they make it easy to join and operate.
After you have a website in place, you can add Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher ads. After that, you can add all the affiliate product companies that you want. Your next challenge will be getting targeted visitors to your site. As your traffic numbers increase over time, so will your earnings.
One of the greatest aspects of running an affiliate marketing campaign is that you can start out with little or no money to invest. All you have to do is spend your time learning and taking action. You can even find free sites to begin posting content. If you’re looking for a free blog, check out Blogger dot com. After signing up, you can post content and add advertisers to the pages. Blogger will even host the blog so you don’t have to pay for a domain name or a web hosting company.
So, with all these free tools available to get started, what are you waiting for?