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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is available for everyone, and getting started is easy. In this step-by-step guide we will suggest a strategy to make $1,000 per day as an affiliate.

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliat Marketing is a branch of online marketing where businesses rewards its affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's marketing efforts.

WARNING!

This article is very long! Sorry, but I am not good at writing short articles, so I just type out just about everything I know about the subject...

If you want to learn how to make money from affiliate marketing, but don't want to read a lot of text, I suggest you go straight to this affiliate marketing video tutorial site - great content there.

What Is An Affiliate?

An affiliate, in this context, is typically an induvidual (or sometimes a company) which markets products and/or services on the Internet. They get access to marketing materials for products and services from through affiliate programs provided by companies (such as eToro partner program), or they have signed up with affiliate networks (such as CJ.com) which contains as much as thousands of affiliate programs.

Some would claim that...

It's not easy to make a lot of money from affiliate marketing, but it can be done.

Others say that...

Affiliate Marketing is the easiest money in the world.

So who's right, and who's wrong? The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Affiliate Marketing can be learned!

Everyone can succeed at affiliate marketing. While I do not promise overnight riches, I do honestly believe it's a thousand times easier to get rich from affiliate marketing than it is to get rich from beeing a real estate agent, stock broker, lawyer, or any other profession that is often associated with wealthy people and big fat pay checks...

Why do I think it's easier to make millions in affiliate marketing than in most other professions? Because it may just take a few months to fully master affiliate marketing, while it'll take years and years of education and experience to become an successful lawyer or real estate agent.

AM and MLM: On a sidenote, affiliate marketing has nothing to do with Multi-Level-Marketing. We've been into affiliate marketing for a long time, and I really don't like the name "affiliate marketing" as uneducated people associate it with MLM.

How To Make Money From Affiliate Marketing

Affiliates makes money by directing traffic online. For example, they may direct people to a certain website for a credit card company, and if they succeed at generating a lead or sale they will get a reward, and almost always the reward is money, and NOT gift cards, tickets, products, services, etc.

Project: Affiliate Marketing

Target

To make $1,000 online in Affiliate Marketing.

Difficulty level

Medium

Time to implement

One day to start. It could take several months to build a full time income. Some people will succeed within weeks, others will never make it.

Startup cost

Approx. $10 for domain and hosting

Must have

Domain and hosting (see recommended hosting solutions here)

Required skills

Basic writing skills, in any language you prefer.

How to become a successful affiliate? If you know how to write simple articles and reviews, in any language you may prefer, then you have what it takes to become an affiliate marketer. However, you must learn how to provide content that sells and distribute it to people by getting targeted traffic.

Who can make money in Affiliate Marketing?

Almost anyone can become an successful affiliate. With very limited knowledge (basic computer knowledge and basic marketing skills) you could gradually learn how to succeed in Affiliate Marketing.

Make Money In Affiliate Marketing Without Owning A Website

You can succeed in Affiliate Marketing even if you don't know any HTML or server side programming. Some affiliates use White-Label websites (distributed by the owner of the Affiliate Program). Others don't even have a hosting account or a domain — they simply use PPC advertising or other advertising methods and then use their affiliate links directly in their campaigns (PPC Arbitrage). Others market their affiliate program through email lists.

The best (and easiest) ways to succeed in Affiliate Marketing is to advertise affiliate programs by creating niche sites. For example, if you're trying to make a profit from a credit card affiliate program, then you could make a website about credit cards.

Make Money In Affiliate Marketing With Your Own Website

In this step-by-step guide we're going to show you how to make money in Affiliate Marketing with your own website.

Types Of Affiliate Websites

There are several types of affiliate websites

  • Comparison Sites - comparing products and services that are available through affiliate programs.
  • Reward Sites - a percentage of what the affiliate makes will get paid back to the users of the website.
  • Cupon Sites - many affiliate programs offer cupons to the end user.
  • Blogs - bloggers review or simply mention products and services, and then use their affiliate links.
  • Co-Registration - websites that need registration combine the registration process with an registration from affiliate programs.
  • Directories - directory where the external links are affiliate websites

The site we're going to build in this guide will be to market products and services through a blog, since it's the easiest way to start with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Programs

There are hundreds of advertising networks on the web. Some are really good, and others are not so good. Here's a few good ones:

My suggestion; Forget about Amazon Associates, CJ (Commission Junction), Chikita, and other networks. They got tons of advertisers and products, but the commissions you earn here are terrible. Why settle with 3% when you can get 30% to 40%?!

In this step-by-step guide we're going to use eToroPartners in our example, as they have attracted some of the best advertisers in the business of Affiliate Marketing. However, you're free to use any affiliate program you'd like. You may find other affiliate networks from the list of list of advertising networks.

You might also want to check out this site: Forex Affiliate Program Reviews which is a great place to find affiliate programs in the forex industry, one of the highest paying industries in the affiliate business!

Get Rich As An Affiliate

YES, people do get rich from affiliate marketing. And by that I don't suggest that the super affiliates make $500,000 per year. No, the real super affiliates make $500,000 or even more per month! However, your very first goal should be to make money, make just $1, then maybe $10 per day. Once you know how to make $10 you can make $20 per day, and from there it's not much harder to get to $200. Work your way up from there, and soon you'll be at $1,000 if you do the right things.

Work at it and you You can and will get rich in Affiliate Marketing if you do your job well, and if you do everything right. As an affiliate you are promoting other people's products and services. Two key points in Affiliate Marketing is (1) to promote stuff that people are willing to buy, and (2) stuff that pays out big commissions.

If you sell a flatscreen TV for $6,000, and get $300 in commission, then you will have a 5% commission payout, which is not much. Instead, look for affiliate programs that pay at least 20% in commission. If you want to make money in Affiliate Marketing you need to find the companies that pays you well.

Here are some industries that typically pays high commissions to its affiliates:

  • Ringtones
  • Dating
  • Pharmacy
  • Adult
  • Gambling
  • Credit Cards
  • Loans / Financing

Affilliate Marketing is NOT Chairity

What you need to realize is that Affiliate Marketing is not chairity work. You're in this game to make money. However, if you're just doing Affiliate Marketing to get rich, you will probably fail. Affiliates that succeed are interested in marketing and they are passionate about the industries they are involved with.

What To Do

As I have already mentioned, there are many ways to make money as an affiliate. However, in this particular step-by-step guide we're going to make money from a blog, as an affiliate.

Here is what I are going to do:

  1. Finding opportunities
  2. Create a (free) blog
  3. Write content that sells
  4. Get targeted traffic
  5. Automation
  6. Setting yourself apart from the competition
  7. Avoiding common mistakes
  8. The 10-2-10 Method
  9. Making $1,000 Per Day

STEP ONE: Finding Good Opportunities

First thing you need to do to ensure your affiliate succes is to locate products that sell online. We've mentioned some affiliate networks above (see Advertising Networks above).

It's important that you realize what people already want to buy. While it is hard to create a need, at least as an affiliate, it is much easier to cover a need that is already there. Finding a good choice of idea or product is always accompanied by interfacing the demand for the product in the current market and the level of competition or market share that the product will be having in the long run.

What products or services should you promote? Or what everyone is asking: What products are hot selling? and What products can make me the most money? (No, asking these questions does not make you selfish -- you're just answering to demand that is already there)

The questions above are the questions most people are trying to find an answer in order for them to make the definite decision. And if I really want to know the answer to this question, our only choice is to do some research. That's right: R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H. That sounds like dull right? Well, it's not actually. Once you really get into affiliate marketing it gets more and more fun, all aspects of it, even the research part.

So how can you identify products and services which are in high-demand?

  1. Well, I must be able to understand and satisfy the need, wants and expectations of our customers on a certain product that they're trying to buy. Needs are the basic reasons or the minimum requirements consumers are looking for in a product or service. They are called the qualifying or "gatekeeper" dimensions in a purchase. Wants are the determining dimensions among many choices. Expectations, on the other hand, are values or intangibles associated with a product or service. Expectations are actually part of "wants" but they become extremely important when products or services are not differentiated.

    The Internet is just another place to sell products. The basic concept of demand is the same there as it is anywhere else, and has been all the time. You just need to find out how to satisfy those demands.
  2. You will also have to research the level of competition or the market shares do your product will have. Market share or level of competition means the ratio of your brand sales versus the total market sales.

    While companies would naturally define its target competitors, it is actually the consumers who ultimately decide the competitive frame, or the list related products or services that consumers consider when exercising their purchasing power. I must therefore choose the market segment where I can have a potential leadership or at least a strong challenger role. Because the overriding objective of getting into this business is not just to satisfy the needs and wants of our customers but to do so profitably better than his competition. Otherwise, our competition will end up satisfying the customers better than our own interest.
  3. Next, you need to research the general interest level about the product. General interest in a product helps us to gauge where our demand and competition numbers fall into the big picture. Simply saying, if there isn't much demand for the product, and there isn't much competition, it would seem that it might not be good a good put up for sale. But the research doesn't stop here; there is one last thing to be considered to exactly find the hot selling products that you've been looking for. I must also learn how others are advertising those products. If there are a good number of them doing so, it may mean that it's a good product to get into. Coming to the last phase of the process is analyzing and evaluating all the information that has been collected. I have to look at all of the data I have collected on demand, competition, and advertising, and make decision as how they all balance out.
  4. Furthermore, there are a whole set of factors that must be measured, as scientifically as possible... Oh well, most successful affiliates go with their gut feeling, and honestly, for us it works just as well. However, if you don't have enough experience then it's likely that you will not be able to make the correct assumtions.
    Other factors you need to measure includes if there is too little demand, which basically means not enough people are going to buy.
    Furthermore, you would want to know if there is too much competition, which means not enough of a profit to go around.
    Too much advertising drives up the price of pay per click ads, and competition as well, so if you going to use paid advertising for your affiliate offers then you might want to avoid the offers where the competition is unusual high.
    Finally, if there is not enough general interest, combined with low demand, means there may not be a good market even if there is competition trying to make the sales.

Before you continue to the next step, sign up with some advertising networks, or find individual affiliate programs. There's thousands of affiliate programs out there. A good way to start would simply be to think about the products you have used lately and that you have been impressed with. Then search various affiliate networks for affiliate programs, or contact the owner of the product directly and ask if they offer any affiliate program for the product.

STEP TWO: Create a (Free) Blog

Now that you have found an opportunity (an affiliate offer), it's time to do something with it.

A blog is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. However, your blog will function as a promotional blog where your main goal is to promote one or more products and/or services through affiliate offers.

Several approaches to create a blog:

  • Create a blog using developer-hosted software: This is software services which is operated by the developer, and thus requiring no software installation for you. All you need to get rolling is a user account, and you could have your blog up within a few minutes, and you don't even need any programming skills. This is the best option for beginners. If you want to continue with this option, I recommend that you use either Blogger.com or Wordpress.com (NOT Wordpress.org as this is for the open source software, see below).
  • Create a blog using Open-Source software: This is the most common option, and it's 100% free. Most popular software in this category is Wordpress (www.wordpress.org), but there are many others. For information on how to install and use the script, go to wordpress.org, download the script and see the documentation. I would strongly suggest that you create a blog by using a open source blogging script such as Wordpress and install it on your own host (I would recommend Bluehost for this).
  • Create a blog from scratch: There's a lot of good software out there, both free and commercial, so this option is really nothing you should consider. Forget about creating your own blog script. At least, if you want to make something completely new, then you should at least use a ready-made script as your foundation. But I would recommend the two options above; creating your blog script from scratch takes too much time and is not worth it. You want to make money, not waste your time building something that other already provide for free. However, if you insist, you can get more useful information on how to develop your own website from scratch in the article Building Your Own Website. But as I said, most affiliates use ready-made software (weblog scripts) when they create their blogs.
  • Get help to create the blog: If you don't know how to install a blog, and if you don't want to use any of the options above, then you have one more alternative: Outsource it; pay others to create the blog for you.

Our recommendation

Our best advice is to create a blog with Bluehost and install the Wordpress script with just a few clicks, it's very simple. All you need to do is to visit their homepage (link above) and find yourself a domain.

STEP THREE: Write Content That Sells

You must have good content in your blog if you want people to read it. Furthermore, if you want to make it profitable (of course you do) then you must provided good content that sells, or more precisely; you must have good content that convert. "Converting" in affiliate marketing simply means that your visitors takes a desired action related to your affiliate offer, which in turn makes you money.

A lot of things could be said about how to write good content that sells. In affiliate marketing this is mostly about giving honest reviews of the products itself, and if the reviews are any good, then they might have a good chance of converting. It's not all about writing good reviews though.

Furthermore, you must radiate credibility and authority because nobody want to listen to someone who doesn't tell the truth, and who doesn't know what they are talking about.

Before you finish this step, make sure you read the complementary article from the section: Writing Content That Sells.

STEP FOUR: Get Targeted Traffic

Getting targeted traffic is the key to making money as an affiliate. Instead of repeating what is already said before, I simply suggest you read the article Traffic That Converts before you continue to the next step. Take action by implementing the strategies you learn from this article.

STEP FIVE: Automation

Now, this is where the fun part begins: Automation! In this context, automation simply means that you make your blog run on autopilot.

For static websites (meaning waebsites that do not update its content very frequently) automation is already taken for granted. With such websites, you make it and forget about it. I will get back to this later in this guide.

Automated posting. You can also automate the blog process. One way to do this is by writing all the blog posts first, and then schedule the postings. For example, you could write 30 articles in one day, but instead of publishing all of them you could use Wordpress to update your blog with just one post per day.

Outsourcing. You could also outsource the writing and publishing of the articles, but you will need expertice in affiliate marketing (particulary knowledge about what type of content is rewarded) before you can begin to use outsourcing successfully. Outsourcing blog posts is therefore not for beginners, because you need to know if the blog posts will cover the costs of what you pay for the outsourcing itself.

Anyway, automation is the key reason why you would want to do affiliate marketing at all... Automation gives you the opportunity to make money while you sleep, make money while you're on vacation, or even make money in affiliate marketing while you work at another place at the same time.

For now, I just want to to think about ways to automate the blog. If you're beginner then don't expect it to make an successful attempt to automate your blog, it's not easy to do if you don't have indepth knowledge of what works and doesn't in affiliate marketing. However, if you already have such knowledge, I urge you to either use blog posting scripts or outsourcing in an attempt to successfully automate your blog.

Scheduling postings in Wordpress is easy, this is explained in the Wordpress FAQ: Can I schedule a post?. Outsourcing is explained in my article Outsourcing Your Work.

STEP SIX: Moving Competition Away

You cannot always move away from the competition. However, what you can do is to move the competition away from you.

While affiliate marketing is by many considered as one of the best and easiest way to earn money today, it is simultaneously attracting heavy competition. The solution however, is to find some ways to distinguish yourself from the competition. Your competitors is not only other affiliate marketers, but anyone promoting the same products as you are - even the company that own the product you own could be your competitors!

You should own your own website if you are considering affiliate marketing as your professional career. In fact you should have many many MANY websites, but let's take it one step of the time. For now, for the sake of this step-by-step guide, let's just stick to the free blog as an example.

Prospects (Potential customers) primarily go to websites in order for them to search and sometimes purchase items they were looking for. For the same reason that it is much easier to remember than a certain URL that you may be using and you can just point to your visitors the affiliate page in your website.

Another thing to remember is to have your own ad, and your own ad copy (the "presell text"). A lot of times affiliates marketers have published the same ad two or three times done by advertisers. In this case, you may email the owner of your affiliate program asking that you make your own ads. This way, people may not become immune to ads, because sometimes seeing the same ads over and over again, may just make your potential customers to just skip it all together. Besides, your primarily purpose is to attract or encourage people to click and read your ads and be curios enough to click through your website.

Once you have your website going, it is important to have some products or services that your customers can't find with other affiliate's site. You want your customers to keep coming to your site and the best way to do that is to have something on your site that they can't find on others. Being an affiliate marketer I must then choose a certain market segment where you can have a potential leadership or at least a strong challenger role.

For blogs it's extremely important to build a strong relationship with people who already buy your product. Now, in order for you as the marketer to fully answer the query of your potential customers, it is best to try and buy the product by yourself. For some products you don't need more than 1 or 2 sales to earn back the money from the product.

You may also be able to provide a support if necessary or you may provide a confident tutorial or steps on how to use the product that you are trying to market based on your personal experience. Entailing this idea is to be totally honest about the product that you are trying to market. If you find out that the program you were promoting is a scam, stop promoting it and inform your readers about it. This will help you build credibility with your lists.

Successful affiliate marketers operate in one or more niche markets. The do not do the all-at-once approach. For example, take eToro affiliate program; Focus on one market (forex or gold or oil) and market services that your market will use.

Also, if you really want to separate yourself from the competition, remember that it is the customer who decides what to buy and not the company or the affiliate marketer. Most affiliates actually forget this.

Be smart, work smart, and drive the competition away.

STEP SEVEN: Avoiding Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, and there is always a lesson to be learned. Buy it is better to avoid the mistakes in the first place and learn from where others have gone wrong.

You could easily avoid some common mistakes that affiliate make.

  1. Getting into affiliate marketing with nothing but fantastical notions of wealth swimming in your consciousness. Affiliate marketing seem very appealing and attractive to many, and that's probably why it has become so popular. However, people who do not know the entire system are prone to believing that it is something capable of giving them great fortune overnight.

    You've probably heard the stories of affiliates who earn tremendous amounts of money swim in their heads, and while these stories are as true as they can be, there are those who believe that they are going to have the same fortune once they indulge in this particular business.
    Yes, affiliate marketing is financially rewarding once you understand how it's done. Having gone through the A-Z of AM, however, these folks are the ones who know that while such business is highly lucrative, there is absolutely no overnight riches.

    Aim for long-term success, forget about overnight riches.
  2. Not learning from previous mistakes. It's never guaranteed that you will succeed in affiliate marketing. Some people never make it. It is tempting to say that if one cannot succeed in affiliate marketing, they you surely must be a crippled, helpless and incompetent fool... at least if they have really worked hard at it. However, if you cannot stand seeing that just one of your affiliate projects simply doesn't generate any revenue, well... then affiliate marketing is not for you. Maybe you will fail over and over, but if you learn from every time you make a mistake, big or small, you will have to succeed sooner or later.
  3. Not knowing the market. Not everyone succeeds in affiliate marketing, and one of the biggest reasons for this is perhaps the fact that they do not have actual knowledge of how the entire business runs. Affiliate marketing is not as simple as an affiliate promoting a merchant's wares through his website and getting paid for it. It's way more than that! Most imporatantly however, could be knowing the market and the customers at hand.
  4. Lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power, at least in affiliate marketing. The more knowledge you have, the more money you will make... at least if you apply the knowledge you have. The most common mistake affiliates make is their lack of knowledge concerning principles involved in their business. In particular, this refers to the affiliate's knowledge of search engines.

    Affiliate marketing involves, of course, marketing and thus advertising. However, with search engines you can get advertising for free, sort of. You must make search engines your best friend by studying search engine optimization closely. Buy SEO books, test and watch your results, and adjust accordingly. This way, you are able to know what to do in connection with building a better website to ultimately use for his business.
  5. Inapropiate advertising methods. As professional affiliates ourselves, I cannot do nothing but laugh when I see amateurs plastering their websites with blinking banners and annoying graphics. You must avoid at all cost providing banners that do not provide enough information about the product at hand. The Internet is much about sharing information, and if you fail to deliver the goods then don't expect any results either. You must provide quality content hand-in-hand with such banners, or even better, use undercover marketing (or Stealth marketing) to promote your affiliate offers. However, there's some great risks with this kind of marketing, as it may hurt the credibility of your business and tur off your visitors. It is important for customers to know and understand the features of a product, and good content will be able to help them realize this goal.
  6. Promoting products before testing them. Sure, you cannot test all products and services you promote. But at least you should make sure they are legitimate and that they provide exactly what they promise they will do. I learned this lesson the hard way by promoting a service that turned out to treat their customers in the most horrible ways (and of course I were unaware of this fact at the time). However, this backfired on us, and I suddenly became "one of them". I took down the site immediatley as the site I promoted this company on became worthless overnight. Knowing what you promote is the alfa omega of affiliate marketing, and if you want people to percieve you as credible then you need to act accordingly. Change your way of thinking; avoid the commercial pitch and instead write/talk/promote as if you were doing it to your friends and family. If you can find affiliate offers that you really think is great, then you will have a far greater success at 'winning' in the exciting game of affiliate marketing.
  7. Promoting only one product. If you do, then it better be good. However, I don't know any successful affiliate that has promoted just one single product (and I know a lot of successful affiliates!). If your visitors are not given enough options to choose from, then they will leave you. Plain and simple. People like options. There is also the risk of generating fewer sales as compared to having more options for customers ponder about. It is always better to give them a few better alternatives than to give them only one. However, it's not a bad thing to letting your visitors know which is your favorites.
  8. Promoting too many products. Now, this is dangerous. If you were promoting hundreds, or even thousands of products, you wouldn't really know what you were promoting, now would you? As a result, your visitors will get confused and end up beyond making a choice. It is perhaps good to give them only the best choices. This is because it is ultimately up to them to judge which one is the best for them to patronize.

All in all, as an affiliate you are already doomed to fail in this business if you do not exert enough effort to understand everything involved in the industry. Knowledge, along with taking massive action is the key to success in this business.

STEP EIGHT: The 10-2-10 Method

I have used the 10-2-10 method successfully, and by using it I have found some really unbelievable high profit niches which I could dominate within just a few months. In other words, I made a LOT of money by using the 10-2-10 method, but do get prepared for some really hard work to go through with this.

Okay, we're not done yet. Affiliate marketing is not extremely easy money after all. You will have to put some work in to get something back. You can make millions from promoting affiliate offers, but you have to create yourself an empire first.

What we're going to suggest now might be the straw that breakes the camel's back...

However, please don't give up... as this is the only way to really succeed in affiliate marketing.

So here I go:

  1. First, make 10 blogs. YES you need to make TEN blogs. And each blog should be about a distinct niche. For example: (1) Polar Dogs, (2) Modern Furniture, (3) Scientific Weight Loss, (4) Dog Breeders in Italy, (5) Jokes about George Bush, (6) Free Credit Cards, (7) South American Travel, (8) Online Games for Toddlers, (9) Anger management, (10) Wedding rings. Now it's your turn. To begin with, create just one blog, get some traffic, and update it daily. Then create another one and another one until you have 10 blogs in ten different niches. For every blog, make at least one post per day for two months, including weekends!

    Affiliate marketing is hard to begin with, but once you're established your website empire it's almost too easy to make money. When you hear about people that make money while they sleep, and they make millions while on vacation, well, that's just because they've worked hard to get there. It's an exclusive club, but if you are determined and work hard, you can join them. You don't need a lot of brains to succeed in affiliate marketing, but you will need to push yourself to do what you have to do. Making TEN blogs is the first step.
  2. Track the traffic carefully, and keep attention to your visitors; use website analytics tools. I suggest you use Google Analytics (http://www.google.com/analytics/) to do this, it's free. Simply copy and paste the code you get from Google into your blog. For detailed instructions please see their documentation.
  3. Now keep all the ten blogs for six months, and post frequently for each of them. At the end of this six-month period you should be able to make a lot of money just by doing this.
  4. When the six months have passed, you should have a good idea about which two blogs has generated the most money for you. Keep them, and sell the other 8 blogs on ebay or other auction sites. Alternatively you can still keep the 8 blogs, and outsource the posting jobs if you can make it profitable. However, your new focus now should be the 2 blogs that has generated the most money so far. Chances are they could make you a lot more money, or at least you could make a lot more money in this niche.
  5. Now, you have two profitable blogs, and your focus is on two niches. Your next goal is to make 10 static websites for each of these niches. The difference between blogs and static websites is that you will need to continously update a blog, but for static websites you create it and forget it (well almost, you should in fact do some Search Engine Optimization work now and then to ensure you get high quality targeted traffic).

    So create 10 static websites for the first niche, and then another 10 static websites for the second nice. For information on how to create websites, see the article Building your own website.
  6. Keep posting in your 2 blogs, and keep them alive. Take a look at the section if you need information, inspiration and advice on how to make money from your content online, also there's a lot of information in the V.I.P. section that will help you in your quest for wealth.
  7. If you have worked hard, then within a year, at least, you should have your 2 profit-making blogs, plus 2x10 static websites in niches that you already know are profitable.

You cannot believe how amazing this method is... before you try it. Once you realize the power of the 10-2-10 method you will begin to use it again and again, and the money you make will grow. It's a money-making snowball-effect which will continue to last for years. When affiliates brag about making money in their sleep and when on vacation, this is how they made it.

STEP NINE: Make $1,000 Per Day

So you want to be an Internet millionaire? You probably can too.. it's all about putting enough effort in, and working smarter rather than harder.

The humdrum existence of going to the office day after day doing the usual 9-5 shift is a trying task for those who have lived all their lives doing so. This is why the convenience of doing work at home under amazingly flexible working hours is a dazzling prospect to them. Doing work at home that is as fulfilling as having a career working for a computer on the 19th floor of a skyscraper is already a possibility in these modern times. This is because the jungle-like network that is the internet has given birth to a business that has given some people practically new lives doing nothing but so.

This particular business allows people to work at home under flexible working hours. There is no boss to scream around putting pressure on everyone about the deadline at hand. There is no clutter of messy paperwork that needs to be completed the soonest possible time. Conveniences such as these are experienced by those who are into affiliate marketing, the newest way to earn money without having to go through all sorts of routine found in regular employment.

Those who have been in the business long enough can attest to the fact that it is a lucrative business indeed, one that can actually give people things that they could not possibly possess or experience under ordinary circumstances.

The business called affiliate marketing involves an affiliate's promotion of a merchant's website. Here the website owned by the affiliate is made to advertise and market the website of the merchant through the affiliate program that they run. Whenever someone clicks on the merchant's website promoted by the one owned by the affiliate, the affiliate is given a commission. This is in recognition of his effort in helping the merchant make a sale.

The system involved in affiliate marketing seems easy, but it also takes a lot of diligence and perseverance for one to be able to penetrate it thoroughly. Those who want to get into this type of business should possess the necessary skills to be able tread through the industry with confidence and self-assurance. Still, other factors are needed by one to be able to really break in. Knowledge about the business at hand is very important as it dictates the actions that are to be done by people who are into it.

The leading figure in affiliate marketing is the super affiliate. You are basically an e-mail marketer who collects large databases of e-mail addresses through newsletters. Super affiliates are also those who know the business even better than affiliate managers as a result of their knowledge about the affiliate marketing industry inside out. Those who want to be super affiliates should know that becoming a super affiliate is not easy, because it takes a lot to be able to master the marketing craft.

Becoming a super affiliate means having your own website and autoresponder. These tools will help a lot in your facilitation of the business. Building your own list is another. Creating a loyal customer base and taking care of it is one secret that successful super affiliates have. Making good customer relations is also important if you wants to be a super affiliate to reckon with.

Continuing to market to the people on your list is another must if you want to succeed as a super affiliate. Sending out quality content in lieu of ads is an advantage as products are marketed better whenever enough information is given about them.

Building traffic to your own site is also one of the most essential points in the affiliate marketing business. Making your affiliate links his own business will allow him to build a strong relationship with his customers, enabling him to market to them over and over again.

The most important thing you should remember if you want to become a super affiliate is to treat affiliate marketing as a business first and foremost. If you are capable of doing this, then you will never have to go back to the humdrum existence of working the 9-5 shift. A career as a super affiliate in the business which will change his life forever could possibly take that unexciting job's place.

If you still haven't joined any affiliate program, I suggest you check out Forex Affiliate Program Reviews and research available forex affiliate programs. There is no industry in the world that pays its affiliates as much as the forex industry.

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Comments about "Affiliate Marketing"

Trade Forex (26.01.2011)

At the moment I both trade forex and affiliate for forex brokers. I find I make about the same money through both, but the best thing about being a forex affiliate is there is no risk involved.

Neville (10.10.2010)

Affiliate marketing is a solid path towards other opportunities right now I am building my blogs through Search Optimization and email marketing. My goal by the end of 2010 is to be generating a comfortable monthly 5 figure income through my marketing efforts.

Kevin (07.09.2010)

Great guide! I will def refer to this article from my blog.

Affiliate marketing is a hobby of mine, it's a 1-hour a day thing for me.

I was making $100 per day on average (net) from affiliate marketing three months ago, last month I had a net average of $160 per day. My goal is $400 within the next two months.