Affiliate Marketing is a relatively new concept that has come to the fore recently, but is quickly becoming one of the leading ways for internet marketers to earn a living online. Affiliate Marketing is essentially a form of internet marketing where an affiliate (also known as a publisher) earns a commission for every visitor or client brought about by the efforts of the affiliate’s marketing efforts. This means that every time someone clicks on your link, the merchant who sent you there (usually a website owner) makes some money!
The concept of affiliate marketing is simple and very lucrative, especially if done correctly. There are so many opportunities for people just like you to start earning commissions online. But before we get started I must tell you that most affiliate marketers have not done it properly and have probably wasted hundreds of dollars on ineffective strategies. So, before I get going I have to warn you about some common mistakes you may be making with affiliate marketing that you should never do again.
I will start by telling you that most people fail to build a relationship with their potential customers, and end up with low conversion rates as a result. It can be really frustrating trying to sell something to someone who will not take the time to listen to your pitch, or simply ignores your sales pitch, but even worse than this is the fact that people will often click away from your links without ever having made a purchase!
Also, many people fall into the trap of thinking that they can just sign up with an affiliate program and be off to a good start right away. But this simply isn’t the case, because a lot of the top programs actually require a lot of initial work on your part.
In addition, some of the top affiliate programs charge you a large membership fee, which is really unnecessary for most people. If you want to start earning affiliate commissions easily and without paying large amounts of upfront fees, then you will need to look for programs that offer a free trial period for a limited number of days, or are a no risk way to start.
Affiliate Marketing can be very profitable if you take the time to learn how it works and to develop a strong relationship with the best affiliates out there. If you stick with a proven program you will get a steady stream of income coming in overtime. Don’t forget to test your techniques at first with free programs, and then move onto higher value programs. And remember that success with affiliate marketing is not going to come overnight; it requires a long time to see good results, so don’t be tempted to rush.