Affiliate marketing for newbies lesson one

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Lesson One: Affiliate Marketing for Newbies

Affiliate marketing can be and often is an excellent way to make money on the Internet. That said, let's be clear about what affiliate marketing is. Basically you would use your website to advertise or promote some else's website, product, or service and in exchange you would receive a commission based on sales, by visitors to their website from yours, by number of clicks, or any other arrangement you mutually agree to. If you are a merchant with a product or service to sell, placing affiliate ads on has many websites as possible gives you the widest possible marketplace for the fewest dollars.

If making money on the Internet and owning your own business is your goal, affiliate marketing is a good way to start. In order to be successful, there are a number of key elements of affiliate marketing that need to be fully understood and incorporated. The first is to be realistic, no matter what any one says, affiliate marketing is not a sure-fire easy method for instant riches. It is a business. It takes time. It takes commitment, and it takes focus.

Second, do your research investigate the products and services that want your affiliation. Spend time going to Internet forums, talk to other marketing affiliates, learn from others.
While you may be tempted to jump in feet first, you'll save yourself time, money, and frustration by first doing your homework.

One place to begin is clickbank.com. Take an hour or so and explore their website. While they are hardly exclusive in what they do and offer, their site is easy to work with, and easy to see how things work together. Once you've looked at clickbank, you might also want to look at similar sites, such as Commission Junction and Linkshare. All of these sites pay per sign-up. Sometimes that means actual purchase of a product or sometimes it means the visitor signed up for a newsletter. It can mean whatever the merchant wants it to mean. So read carefully.

Another way to make money as an affiliate marketer is to run banner ads. Each time the banner ad is seen or clicked on, you make a bit of money. Before deciding on anything, explore some of the sites that offer banner ads. A few you might want to explore are: (1) Burst Media, (2) Fastclick, and (3) Tribal Fusion. Compare the rates and terms before you make a commitment.

Still another way to affiliate is to participate in advertising networks that match ads to the content of your website or blog. Say for instance your website or blog is devoted to strategies and recipes for living with diabetes. If you participate in a contextual network, they would place ads of interest to diabetics and you would receive a commission. In theory, everybody wins.

As a newbie to affiliate marketing, look first at all the possibilities. See what fits best with you and your website. Then, and only then take the first leap.

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