If you are one of the thousands of people looking for a way to supplement your income, or endeavoring to replace the income you lost when you were laid off. You will be happy to know that thanks to the advances in technology and the World Wide Web you can begin to create an income in a very short period of time. But you must be willing to work at it. If you are prepared to do just that; work that is, this article will give you some tips that will help you to get a head start on affiliate marketing Internet style.
Affiliate Marketing Background
Just so you know, affiliate sales have been around for centuries and centuries. However, back then the guy who created the product or bought the product wholesale, contracted with the guy who owned a backpack, tent or horse and buggy to go around the countryside selling the product. Once it was sold the owner of the product and the guy who he contracted with settled up. The owner then paid the contractor a percentage of the profits from the sale. In other words the contractor was a commissioned salesman. Shocker! Yep affiliate marketing is commissioned sales.
Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds. Let me introduce you to Ken. Ken was 9 years old when he first became a commissioned salesman (sorry ladies but that’s what it was called back then). Ken saw an ad in a comic book that needed someone to sale Christmas Cards on a percentage basis. Back then it didn’t cost any money for him to sign up. He signed up and the company sent him a top notch demonstration folder of Christmas cards.
To make a long story short Ken sold Christmas cards from August through the end of November and he made $250.00, which was unheard of for a 9 year old in the 1950’s. By the way that kid named Ken is me. But I didn’t tell you this story to brag, I wanted to make a point about commissioned sales (affiliate marketing). If a 9 year old kid can learn how to do it; then you can. Now let’s move on to the Tips about affiliate marketing.
What kind of money can be made by an affiliate marketer internet style?
Tip 1: In order to put the maximum amount of money you can into your pocket it is important to choose a top notch product; just like I did when I was 9 years old.
If you’re just starting out it’s very easy to determine what’s good and not so good, by using the internet. Simply go to your favorite search engine, type in the name of the product (e.g. “Hood TV reviews”) and bam usually you will have more reviews than you can shake a stick at. You can use this technique to check out any affiliate product.
Tip 2: Going along with Tip 1 you can also check out the actual affiliate program you want to promote. Use the Search Engines and type in (e.g. “Ken’s Baloney Affiliate Program review/reviews”) and you can find out if Ken is a good payer of his commissions or if people say he is a scoundrel and a cheat.
Tip 3: Perhaps the most important tip I can give you from my perspective is don’t pay to join an affiliate program. There are way too many top notch affiliate programs it doesn’t cost a dime to join.
Tip 4: You can check out places such as clickbank.com, associateprograms.com, paydotcom.com, commissionjunction.com and many others to find good programs to make affiliate money in.
Affiliate Marketing Internet style is not difficult to do. But like anything else that is worthwhile you must be willing to work at it. One last tip for you, the better programs will provide the necessary tools for you to promote their product and not charge you a thing for the use of them. You can’t any better than that.