So, you want to know about affiliate marketing?... Well, you're certainly not alone. Affiliate marketing attracts many people that are looking for a way to make money online.
Here are some the answers to frequently asked questions by people interested in getting involved in affiliate marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is basically an agreement between a merchant (the owner of a product or provider of a service) and an affiliate, where the affiliate agrees to promote the merchant's product... and if the promotion results in a sale, the merchant agrees to give the affiliate a commission (a percentage of the cost of the product).
Why You Should Become An Affiliate Marketer?
Simple... Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest and quickest ways to use the internet to supplement your current income or replace it entirely (Yes, that is very possible). Becoming an affiliate marketer gives you the following benefits:
- You don’t have to purchase anything
- You don’t have any inventory
- You don’t have to have a business license
- You don’t have to ship anything
- You don’t have to handle credit card transactions
- You don’t have to handle refunds, returns, queries, inquires, etc
- You don't require any employees
- Your business runs 24/7
How Do I Quickly Get Started Affiliate Marketing?
The beginning of the process is education.
Step #1: Educate yourself
This is the key, opening the door of opportunity. It's also the common thread connecting successful affiliate marketers. Education lays the foundation - the building blocks to success. Start by gathering the best information you can find about affiliate marketing and absorbing it.
Step #2: Turn that information into usable knowledge
Even the best information remains kind of worthless, until after you discover how to use it - how to make it serve your purpose.
Step #3: Start applying the knowledge
Take action... start building your affiliate business. Will you make mistakes, even though you have invested all that time educating yourself? Yes, you most likely will make mistakes.
Step #4: Test and tweak, test and tweak.
This one never ends. And it's often the dividing line between succeeding and failing. Attention to small details often returns big rewards.
How Much Money Can Really I Make As An Affiliate Marketer?
This is really up to you. There are real people who make millions every year from affiliate marketing.
What Are Some Of The Tools I Would Need As An Affiliate Marketer?
To build a real affiliate marketing business, there are some basic tools that you need:
- A way to easily and quickly build websites - Using WordPress is recommended.
- A reliable webhost for hosting your sites
- An email marketing service for building your list of subscribers
Check out the Recommended Resources page for services I use.