Imagine you can earn commissions from a popular brand of products, just by putting a link on your website or in your email. That, my friends, is “Affiliate Marketing” So at first glance it seems quite simple. It does not have to be very complicated, let’s see …… Let’s start with some definitions. An advertiser or merchant, is the company that is selling a product. An affiliate, sometimes known as a publisher or partner, is another person or company who helps promote the product and earn a commission for doing so. (That could be you!) In the middle is the management service for advertisers and affiliates, that track sales and commissions.
If you want to be an affiliate, you must first choose a product to sell, service or account management. You will end up with both, but the choice of a determines the choice of another.
If you choose a product first, the advertiser will direct the account management service with which it already works. If you first choose a service account management company, this service will provide a list of merchants seeking affiliates to promote their products. To see if your favorite product or company offers an affiliate program, go to their website and check in the menu bar or at the bottom of the screen. Look around the word “affiliates.” Once located, click on that link, read about your program, requirements, and fill your order, I emailed all you need to know to get started. Some companies require specific types of web sites to place their links.
If you do not know which product you want to promote, or want to promote several, I recommend that you browse through the website of the participating merchants in the Account Management Service. Try to keep the products and ideas with which you are familiar and passionate. It will be much easier for your visitors, if you can add value to the product that promotes the benefit of its customers who are going to buy the product that you touted as Affiliate.
Personal recommendations or stories get better results for the conversion, with only one banner or text link alone. Give them a reason to “click here.” Welcome to the world of Affiliate Marketing! Good luck with your new adventure.