No. If you know how you use Facebook or twitter, you could become an affiliate marketer. Just share the product and the information to your SNS. If someone is shopping via your link, you will get the commission.
Amazon’s obviously a really big one. It’s an easy one that a lot of people like to use. So I would start with Amazon if you’re new to affiliate links. The other places I would check would be CJ.com, LinkShare.com, ShareASale.com, and ImpactRadius.com. They’re like the affiliate networks or the houses that house all the different brands inside. So you can find the Wal-Marts and the Targets or whatever inside those networks. So once you get approved for their service, you can just start applying to all those different ones.
Once you have built this all things, you’ll need traffic to your landing page. The best way for getting traffic is Guest Posting. Do guest posts on blogs on your niche and in author bio, leave link to your landing page.
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You become an affiliate for something that you’ve used yourself, had a good experience with, thoroughly tested and feel good recommending. You should be fairly confident that others will get the same results you did (or better), as long as they do the work.
GREAT POST SEAN, I AM VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT AFFFILIATE MARKETING. I HAVE READ A COUPLE OF ARTICLES ABOUT IT INCLUDING YOURS. THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS I DONT HAVE A WEBSITE OR A BLOG. AM ,HOWEVER, INTERESTED IN GETING ONE , BUT IS IT REALLY ADVISABLE TO DELVE INTO THE AFFILIATE BUISNESS AS A NEW BLOGGER HAVING NOT AMASSED GOOD TRAFFIC ON THE SITE ?
I recently started a blog (I became an Amazon affiliate) and I just launched (a few days ago actually) my own online store. I’m familiar with blogs, ebay, etsy, etc. I have searched and searched online for information on affiliates, blogs, etc. You are a lifesaver because your blog seriously is the easiest way to understand PLUS you even GIVE us some affiliates. I’m tring LiveMocha now and I already now what I’m going to write about in my next blog (Hello Espanol). Anyway, looking forward to getting your emails for sure. Oh…question for ya…how can I add an etsy link to my blog? Not sure if it’s just a banner or an affiliate banner somehow…? I’ve seen people who make things on etsy-they have a link/banner on their site? My MAIN goal is to somehow link all my stuff together…my store…my blog…my facebooks (heck I got educated and opened an twitter account but thats slow going b/c I’m so new)…etc. PLUS advertising is so darn exspensive espec. when you are just starting out… Thanks 🙂 Cheers! Happy bloggn!
You’re right, Javier – the Smart Blogger audience is mostly beginning and intermediate bloggers and online businesses. The merchant side is more of an advanced topic. But good suggestion. Maybe they’ll address the merchant side in the future.
As to the issues in IL… there are plenty of ways to avoid having your business closed up by an idiotic Governor including like moving your business to a neighboring state that’s actually business friendly. There are ways around the issues and I know I wouldn’t let Amazon shutting the program down in my state stop me. I can’t legally advise you what to do, but I’m just saying there are ways around it.
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I have just recently started following similar steps and have to say if anyone really wants to Succeed in Making money online you need to be following these steps or you will fail… You have to think of your online venture has a business and has with any business you must start with the foundation and build it up form there. Good luck to all are willing to put the time in to actually build your business.
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Affiliate marketing is great way to earn, but its a difficult task to start getting leads, until you are well experienced about same. It might take a long period, setting up blog quality blog, subscribers, ebooks and what not,well yes patience is a must. But once, we get loyal subscribers, its true getting sales is also fast and prominent.
Awesome advice. This article pointed out a lot of things that didn’t think to do. I’ve now dialed in one of my sites according to your advice, and now hopefully it will begin to perform. Thanks for the info. You’re great.
All this comes from a blogger who knew NOTHING at all about marketing or affiliate marketing before starting. My “success” is due to the fact that I always put my reader,not my own profits, first. And my readers know it very well.
I was using Google Adsense, but my account was shut down. I am trying to find a new way to make money with my blog, and this affiliate ads sounds good. I just can’t find any products/services that fit into my niche (Religious discussion)
Armed with this knowledge you’d think that people would spend more time testing their theme or website layout to determine the optimal way to make money from their website right? Well, I still see some of the worst converting themes around and that’s why I actually paid for a theme to be created specifically for these physical product focused websites I had been building.
I’m just curious how you get traffic to the actual site you build for each Amazon product. Do you build backlinks? Do you build the site around a keyword that gets them to your site? Or just build the site, then leave it so people move through it to Amazon? Thanks.
That way, if you decide to write a review to promote it or send the affiliate link for the product’s sales page to your email list, etc., you will have first-hand knowledge of how it works. This will help you to decide it the product has real value pertaining to your niche. I, personally, won’t sell anything I haven’t tried myself to be sure they work as advertised. Selling just to make money with no real value is a sure way to lose customers and ultimately destroy your business. Bad reputations are hard to get rid of once you get one, especially when there’s money involved. With that being said, I hope you all have a great holiday season.
Also, some bloggers may deliberately deviate from this path. For instance, if you’re serious about creating your own products, you might start to replace affiliate products with your own offerings around Stage 2.
Amazon affiliate sales don’t usually bring in a lot of income, because Amazon is known for its low prices, and your cut is typically around only 7%. But it’s easy to sign up and get links, and a way to hone your blogging and promotional skills.