Looking for an internet marketing online affiliate program that will make you money? Or do you simply want to learn about internet marketing and how to find and leverage an online affiliate program?
Today I will be showing you some quick and easy methods that you can use to find affiliate programs as well as provide you with a basic education on internet marketing.
Don’t worry, you’ll feel much better than the baby on the right by the time you’re done reading this article.
Internet Marketing Online Affiliate Program Basics
How does internet marketing and affiliate programs work? Maybe you know this, but for those who don’t, it’s a very simple & cool concept.
Almost every product or service sold online has an affiliate program associated with it. An affiliate program works by allowing a person/business/website (a.k.a. affiliate marketer/internet marketer) to affiliate themselves with a product or service.
With each affiliate program that you get approved for, you will get a tracking code that is specific to you, your company, and your website. That code is embedded in the form of a link or banner that you place up on your site.
So if someone comes to your site and clicks on an affiliate link, they are instantly connected to the sales page or website where they can purchase the product or service. Once purchased, you as the affiliate marketer would get a commission for the sale.
Now this will not cost the customer anything extra for purchasing a product through an affiliate link or banner. That fee comes to the internet marketer from the seller of said product.
The only major stipulation for most online affiliate programs is that you need to have a website. Not all do require the physical presence of a website, but the majority do.
So if you’re really looking to get started with affiliate marketing, you need to start by building a website.
You can build a free website using the Siterubix Website Builder below. Just put in your website name and you can start building your site right now for free.
Now one thing to note with all free website builders, you won’t have your own domain name. For example, with this site Shaymurat, if I used a free builder, my domain name would be http://learntogrowwealthonline.siterubix.com/ AND NOT /.
If you’re just starting out with internet marketing, you can always go with a free website. You can still get content ranked and sell affiliate products on a free site. But if you want a more professional name, like a .com or .org, you will want to purchase your domain name.
You can purchase a domain name from Wealthy Affiliate’s Domain Name Service. This is who I use on all my websites and they are quite easy to work with and provide quick service. Plus their domain names cost under $13 dollars.
You will also need hosting. You can have free unlimited website hosting with Wealthy Affiliate, or you can opt for a service like Hostgator.com.
If you need help putting up your site, I’d go with Wealthy Affiliate. If not, Hostgator will work fine. If you have multiple websites, Wealthy Affiliate offers state-of-the art Cloud Hosting for up to 25 sites with a WA Premium Membership.
I don’t know anyone who owns 25 sites, but maybe you do. Click here to access the WA Premium Membership.
Already Have Your Own Website or Blog
If you already have a website set up, then you simply apply to be an affiliate with the product you would like to promote. Once approved for the program, you can promote that product on your website or blog.
The tracking of affiliate marketing from website to purchase is completed using “cookies” that are stored in the buyers web browser. These “cookies” allow you as an affiliate marketer to get credit for the sale when the buyer goes on and purchases the product.
“Cookies” typically are stored on the buyer’s internet browser for a specific period of time (usually 30 days). This allows the affiliate marketer to get credit for the sale even when that buyer makes their purchase at a later date.
So say for example that I want to market Dr. Dre’s Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones.
I would first set up my Amazon account with their affiliate program and that would allow me to get a tracking code for this product (already completed). You can set your own Amazon Associates Account right here.
I would then place this code into my photo here and if someone clicks this link (embedded in the photo) and buys these headphones, I would get a commission.
So it’s a win-win situation for both the product owner and the internet marketer.
The internet marketer can earn commissions for virtually any product available online while the product/service owner can increase their sales numbers and further their product outreach without paying costly advertising fees.
The commissions will vary per product or service. But if you have a website that sees a decent amount of traffic or if you can drive traffic to your site, you can make some good money in sales commissions.
The Basics for Creating Successful Marketing Campaigns
Like I said, the majority of affiliate programs require that you have a website. So if you need to get started building a website, you can learn how to build a quality website right here.
Once you have the basics of your site established, you need to be able to drive traffic naturally to your website or pay for advertising to get visitors.
Most sites that are set up only with advertisements are ignored and will never see good search engine rankings. They’re considered SPAM sites by search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
People need a reason to stay on your website. You need to be able to offer something of value. Most of the time this is in the form of content. I’m talking about website content that provides your users with valuable information so that they can be better informed and come to a buying decision.
In most cases with Affiliate Marketing this in the form of providing a quality product review. Your review needs to contain substantial information backing up why you recommend or don’t recommend such and such product.
You need to offer your visitors something of value if you want them to stay and read your take on a certain product, so really you need to offer your readers Quality Content.
Quality Content does a couple of amazing things for websites.
- It provides value to your readers.
- It establishes credibility and trust with you and your website.
- It provides search engines a way to rank your content and website, & drive traffic naturally to your site.
For example, let’s say you are marketing a product from Amazon. If you write a basic product description and review just like the ones that already exist on Amazon, then what are you really offering that’s different or unique from what Amazon already provides?
Amazon provides a product description and reviews for every single product they sell.
Your content needs to be original and based on your unique perspective as someone who really knows the product. You want to give a first hand experience as to why owning that product is beneficial.
If you sound like a salesman, you won’t do well in affiliate marketing. But if you write quality content based on your personal perspective about that product, you won’t even have to try to sell the product. It will sell itself just like a personal referral from a friend.
Have you ever asked a friend about a product or movie recommendation? Of course, we’ve all done that.
Once your friend gives you the basics, you don’t even question the referral, you just trust your friend and make your decision.
So if you honestly convey yourself through your product reviews or promotions, you will build trust with your audience. It will be like you are just giving a natural recommendation to a friend for such and such product.
Do Your Research Before Marketing Products
The last thing you want to do to yourself on your website is promote products that are low in quality. You want to put in a little due diligence and investigate the product. Better to first look at the product you want to promote and see what kind of product reviews are out there.
Are there any negative ones? Is the product durable and well made? Does the product have great reviews on Amazon or other sites that sell the product? What type of warranty does the product offer? How stable is the company that sells the product? What is their customer service and exchange policy like?
Below is a review of the Dr Dre Beats headphones that I listed above.
With this review there are several negative reviews (2 Stars or below = 66 negative reviews). So I would have to dig in and research the product as well as buy it if I really want to promote this product as an affiliate marketer. But we have a good start here with over 280 5 star reviews.
Questions like the ones I listed above will allow you to find solid products to represent and market on your site. Remember it’s your reputation too as the owner of your website and business.
How to Find Internet Affiliate Programs
Now this is about the easiest thing in the world. So if you haven’t heard of this technique, you’re going to love it and never forget it. Ready here it is…
Product Name + Affiliate Program
Just take whatever product you are looking for and do a Google search with the “Product Name”, a + sign and the worlds “Affiliate Program”. You will then see within the first few search results the affiliate program that you’re looking for.
With this system, you can also find affiliate marketing networks that represent a specific line of products or 1,000’s of other different products.
For example, let’s say I love Schwinn bikes and want to promote them on my site. I type in Schwinn bikes + affiliate programs.
You can see within the first 3 results that there are three affiliate programs. Two from Schwinn themselves as well as one from Performance Bicycle Affiliate Program. I would further investigate who has better commission structure and so on.
I would then click into their affiliate program, check out their pay structure and policies and then sign up to be an affiliate.
You normally just need to put in your website address, name, and personal information of your business or self. Many times the affiliate program will give you an approval with in 24-48 hours.
Once approved, you will get your special tracking link and choice of banners that you can put up on your website.
Special Note: Banners don’t prove to be as effective as links. So content driven reviews that use links that are placed strategically create higher sales conversions and more payouts.
Exceptions to the Rule
Not all affiliate programs will accept you if you don’t have a well developed site that sees a good amount of natural traffic. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen. So taking the time to build your website based on quality content and keyword research.
You’ll find this is very important in order to build a successful long term affiliate marketing business.
What are Affiliate Marketing Networks
Sometimes when you type in a Certain Product Name + Affiliate Program, you will be taken to an affiliate marketing network (like the Performance Bicycle Affiliate Program listed above). These networks represent multiple products, sometimes 1000’s of them.
You still follow the same procedures to get approved with affiliate marketing networks, but you have some advantages.
Once the Affiliate Marketing Network approves you, you can easily apply to market multiple products. Examples of these types of networks are:
- Amazon Associates
- Commission Junction
Now these are well know affiliate marketing networks that have thousands of products to market and sell.
But there are literally thousands of other products and services that have their own affiliate programs or affiliate networks.
You can even market books, hotels, flights, vacations, online educational systems, etc.
Just use the method above and you can find an affiliate for whatever product you want. Remember, just type into Google…
Product Name + Affiliate Program
You’ll be able to find the affiliate program that’s right for you.
Now there is an amazing tool that I mentioned earlier, Jaaxy.
Jaaxy streamlines the whole process of finding affiliate programs, domain names, and awesome keywords, but I won’t get into that today.
If you would like to read more about this tool, just click the link here for an in depth look at leveraging keywords to launch your affiliate marketing campaigns. It’s powerful stuff.
If you really want to understand how to create awesome affiliate marketing campaigns, build authoritative websites, write quality content, then get yourself educated today.
I learned how to do these tasks through an online university called Wealthy Affiliate. You can read all about the Wealthy Affiliate University right here and get started on the right track.
Thanks for reading my internet marketing online affiliate program article. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading and take care,