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What Is Affiliate Marketing?

We have been discussing How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Would you like to earn money online? Have you thought about starting your own business? Are you looking for a way to take your passion and use it to supplement your retirement?

I have discussed how to become an affiliate for free, how to’s about training, niches, websites, research, and keywords. But what is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website(you) for traffic or sales generated from the referrals you place on your website. When you become an Affiliate, you promote other people’s products, earning a commission if people actually end up buying thanks to your marketing.

 

Why Is Affiliate Marketing Becoming So Popular?

In the discussion of 85% of People Hate Their Job I have listed a number of reasons. And add to those, people are more and more looking for ways to Take control of their Time and their Lives.

Affiliate marketing can be very time-consuming in the beginning. The training you need, the website, the content that you are providing on your website and it takes from 3 to 6 months or longer before you begin getting traffic. They earn from pennies in the beginning to a couple of hundred dollars a month.

You can take a look on Internet Live Stats and you will see a continuous update. There are approximately 1.7 billion websites being searched by more than 3 billion Google searches at this very moment. What are they searching for? Merchandise, information, How to make money, How to buy a home, How to create a website, Self Improvement,,,,, and thousands of other things. As an affiliate marketer, with your own niche website, recommending any one of thousands of different retailers, you are not only providing a service you are also creating an income.

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As an affiliate, you are rewarded for promoting all types of products and services. Regardless of your age, education level or background. All you need is an internet connection and a computer to get started. People from all walks of life are earning money online through affiliate marketing.

4 Reasons to Begin an Affiliate Marketing Business

1) It Is a Low-Cost Business to Get Started

With Wealthy Affiliate, you can Get Started for Free. Your training program walks you through every phase of affiliate marketing from creating your own website or blog, to all the training necessary to become a successful affiliate.

Website hosting and domain names are part of the program.

You will also be learning different ways to make your content Go Viral. Viral content is an article, image, video or any other material that’s shared faster in the online market. When your website goes viral because of the amount of Traffic that it is producing, the links that you have pointing to the portal of the Affiliate company your Earnings begin to spiral upward because of the products you are recommending. You have built Trust with your readers.

2) You Gain Independence Both Personally and Professionally

You become your own boss! You decide your own hours! You can work at home or on the beach, from the coffee shop or beside the pool. Wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection.

You can also earn as much as you want. Earnings are not limited by the number of hours you put in. Once your Niche is established you simply continue to publish the meaningful content. You are learning how to turn your passion into profit.

3) It Is Perfect for People Who Love Competing

As an Affiliate Marketer, you own your own website or blog in your particular Niche.

You are writing articles that attract traffic to your site and promoting items that you associate with in your blog. These items are then linked to the company that you are signed with as an Affiliate. You are competing against the thousands of other people that are writing blogs and affiliates with the same companies.

And you are the best at what you do.

4) You Are Selling What You Want

You are your own boss.

Your honesty and integrity remain intact. You only work with people that you want to associate with. You only affiliate with those companies that sell the highest quality of products that you believe in. There is beauty in that. You are creating and shaping your career on your own.

It’s important to note that as an affiliate marketer by law you need to have an affiliate disclosure statement on all pages that contain affiliate links. This is a requirement by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). This goes back to integrity and honesty again.

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Conclusion

On another website that I designed and built I checked out several affiliate programs. ClickBank, ShareASale, eBay partner network, Amazon. I chose Amazon because of the number of products relating to my Niche alone, 470,000 products. Amazon US sells more than 606 million products. Here is just an example of the hundreds of books they carry on Affiliate Marketing.

The nice thing about it is that when I place a link on my website for a product that the reader may be interested in, the user goes into the Amazon portal from my registered link, as an affiliate. They may be looking at an item that only sells for $22.00.

Once the user is in Amazon they start looking and thinking about what else they might need. Would it be unusual for someone to come out having spent $100 to $1000? And if you only earn 6% on the entire sale? My first check from Amazon was for 2 weeks in December and the full month of January. I received my commission direct deposit in February. It was only $13.43. Did I smile? This was all that it took for me to understand how Affiliate Marketing really works.

The end of May will be here soon and I am already getting excited. One thing more, each Affiliate company has its own guideline policies and rules. Be very diligent in reading and understanding them when you become an Affiliate with whatever company you decide to go with.

I look forward to welcoming you today to Wealthy Affiliate, the place to make dreams come true. and will be there to answer your questions as you begin your journey. Not a get-rich-quick scheme. But a chance to build a long-lasting business.

If you enjoyed the content of this article and it was helpful to you, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. If you have any questions please enter them in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to answer them.
 
Remember, when you become a Free Starter member you will have instant access to me and many others that will be happy to guide you to success. Easy to follow training programs, straight forward and paced for your learning and enjoyment. When you are not clear on something, ask us a question. This can be one on one, hand-holding training and support.
 
Yet, even though your future success still depends on the decision YOU make and not me, it starts with the understanding of what to do and how to go about doing it. The Wealthy Affiliate community has all that and much more. 

 

 

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How to Learn Affiliate Marketing [for Free]

A short time ago, I joined an Affiliate Marketing program. A few days ago I built and published this, my first website. All of this came because a friend was kind enough to share an idea with me. The great thing is that I was able to get started and learn how to do this for Free.

Beginning

The first day that I joined I looked around and began familiarizing myself with the company and the Wealthy Affiliate website. I read through some different programs, checked out the Free membership and what I would receive. Included was the 5-course training programs for beginners named the Online Entrepreneur Certification training. I was eager to learn and was comprehending slowly, as this was all new to me even though I have been tinkering with computers and online activities for 20 years.

Starting again

So I set myself a schedule and did my best to follow it. Being currently retired and single I had literally no distractions. And even being retired I knew in order to do this I had to schedule my plan and then work my plan. I would get started after my coffee in the morning and time would fly by. I was beginning to find out about the Community at Wealthy Affiliate. I was meeting new people from all over the world and all walks of life. There will be more about the Wealthy Affiliate Community to come.

After finishing lesson 3, a member of the WA community mentioned the Boot Camp program to me. So I switched to it and went through Phase 1 and the tasks that accompany them.

One of the nice things is the conversations between other people that are part of this company. If you have a question, it is generally answered within just a few minutes.

Back to the first program

Upon finishing Phase 1 of the Boot Camp, I went back and started the Online Entrepreneur Certification training lessons again. The challenge I was having, in the beginning, was choosing my Niche, especially when I didn’t know what the word meant. Now it was all becoming clear to me. I was beginning to learn how to turn your passion into profit.

After a couple of days, I was able to weigh my choices and decide what I could build a site on with one that I was passionate about. What could I build a website on that answers the question does affiliate marketing make money? ANYTHING.

There are thousands of companies that have a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals because of a website that You or I am hosting.

Did I mention that I was able to do all of this For FREE?

Conclusion

The MMO(make money online) Industry is a huge industry and there is a myriad of ways that you can earn a substantial income. If you are looking for a part-time internet job, internet home jobs, supplementing your personal or retirement income, or wanting to change direction in a new career where you can control your time and your life, then I would highly recommend you take a closer look.  Do you have a particular passion and would like to learn how to turn your passion into profit?  The sky is the limit. And you can get started for FREE.

If you have any comments please leave them below and I will be happy to help you out.

 

 

 

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