You may have heard the phrase "Affiliate Marketing" floating around everyone's vocabulary these days, and wondered what they are talking about. In it's simplest form, affiliate marketing is selling someone else's product or service for a commission. That's it. Now, before you run right out and look for affiliate programs to start marketing and making money, there are a couple of concepts that I'd like to share with you.
First, there are literally thousands of affiliate programs on the market today and they range from selling food to better ways of exercising. You name it, and you'll probably be able to find an affiliate program for it. In many respects, this is good news since the first pointer I'd like to share with you about affiliate marketing, is to choose your program carefully. With so many available, choose one that you have some familiarity with. Since you can relate to the product, you'll have a better idea on how to promote it to the customer.
No matter which program of interest you choose, you're bound to find an affiliate program available with the Internet's top affiliate marketplace, ClickBank. ClickBank is the Internet's leading retailer of online digital products. Signing up with ClickBank is free for affiliates and you can start promoting and collecting commission right away.
Once you have a ClickBank account, and have chosen a product to sell, you need to promote it. This is where many affiliates fall short and eventually abandon their efforts out of frustration. Please don't give up. Promoting a product does take a little time and patience. Remember, if money grew on trees, everyone would be rich. Well, in order to make money, you're going to have to give careful thought on how to reach potential customers.
The second suggestion that I'd like to share with you, is to join web forums related to your product. Pitch your product on these forums and provide links back to your website or that of your affiliate site. Remember, unlike door-to-door sales people, no one can see you, so there's nothing to be embarrassed about.
Affiliate marketing is making many people rich, why not you too. It does take practice and commitment, but with the right attitude, you can do it!