All right, you have a web site on a certain niche and you are getting visitors. What next?
For some people, this will be enough as they are only using the internet to be known and share information with their friends and family. For most of you though, since you are on a site called “TheBigInternetMarketingGame.com”, I am assuming you are interested in monetizing your internet marketing business.
In the beginning, you may not be able to do everything and creating your own products can be time consuming. One solution is to sell other people’s products.
How to find good products to sell and get a nice commission
If you have followed me right from the beginning, you know what my first answer will be: do a Google search. Such a search would be “plasma television affiliate” or “dating sites affiliate”. You get the idea. Once on their sites, you will have to sign a registration form and the seller will provide you with all the banners, salesletter and marketing material you need.
When signing-up to become an affiliate seller for a certain company or product, take the time to check these:
-Carefully read their terms of service, making sure when and how you will get paid.
-Make sure this web site has a good reputation and has been around for a while.
-Make sure they offer good quality products and customer service. One good way to test that is to buy one item from the company and see what kind of service and quality product you get.
-Many web companies will only do affiliate business with US companies. I have learned that often after wasting much time registering (I am Canadian).
There is an excellent e-book on affiliate marketing written by Rosalind Gardner. Although she sometimes gets into the more technical stuff (which I don’t understand), she provides great info on affiliate marketing. You can get it here: Super Affiliate Handbook
In her down-to-earth, sincere and often humorous style, Rosalind Gardner guides you through the entire process of building an affiliate marketing business on the ‘Net.
Frequently revised and updated to reflect industry changes, the Super Affiliate Handbook now consists of 235 pages and 235 screenshots that will show you step-by-step how to become a Super Affiliate. , you’ll learn how to pick the best programs, negotiate a commission raise and save time, money and effort on everything from affiliate software to web hosting.
To learn exactly how she does it, Click Here.
The other ways to find affiliate products is to register with sites that specialize in that field:
There are thousands of affiliate sites out there.
The most popular ones are:
– Clickbank. This interface allows you to see the most popular products and the ones making affiliates the most money. They have recently added memberships and recurrent billings in their products.
-Commission Junction. You have to know though that your affiliate links become inactive if you have not made a sale within six months. Which means all the links on your site(s) are invalid and they close your account.
Other sites that have affiliate programs are: Amazon, eBay, Walmart and so many more.
There is also all the affiliate marketing branch called CPA (cost per action)
A word of caution here: There are out there programs with cool names and promising generous income that are nothing more than MLM (multi-level marketing or “pyramid” schemes). Stay away from any affiliate program that asks you to put money up front. The only ones getting rich are the ones on top of the pyramid. Furthermore, such “businesses” are illegal in many countries.
Some people might be happy and earn a great living on the internet promoting other company’s products. You might be interested in creating and promoting your own products. This will be covered in the next sections.
HERE IS YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
1) Open a clickbank account and then spend time browsing through their website looking for products that you could promote honestly.
2) Open a linkshare account and do the same.
3) Open a Commision Junction account and spend time on their web site finding products you really believe in.
4) Do a Google search by typing: affiliate and then whatever your niche is and see what comes out.
5) I invite you to come and visit my own affiliate web page at: http://www.hypnoharmonie.com/affiliate
See you on the next square!