You here all hub bub about affiliate programs. If you have been online a while you have undoubtedly seen a flashing banner, blinking button or an ever so dreaded "but I think misunderstood and over used" pop up window inviting you to make big money by joining a particular affiliate program. Promising you will make lots of dough doing nothing but putting a line of code on your site and running a few ads. Hmmmmm...I wonder?
Well I'm hear to tell you that it isn't that easy! But I'm also going to tell you that you can make a considerable amount of money if you WORK AT IT! Don't get wrong idea. I am by no way trying to tell you that affiliate programs aren't worth your time or effort. I make very nice commissions from several well chosen programs. If my tone sounds a bit harsh it's only because I want it to be clear that affiliate programs are just like any other business and must be approached in same way.
Think of it this way, if you went to work in an appliance store or started to sell Avon and your income depended on your percentage of sales you made wouldn't you expect to have to put some effort into making those sales? Well it is same when you sign up for an affiliate program. Your income depends on you getting sale.
The nice thing is it's not hard sale. You don't have to be in your customers face or pounding on their doors. You get to do soft sale, friendly recommendation, informative helpful advisor. Your a gentle persuader. It's nicer side of sales.
When you master art of being gentle persuader you will be making money with affiliate programs.
There are so many ways to market your affiliate programs, especially online and new techniques are around every corner. The biggest decision you will have to make is which programs are for you and what is best way for you to promote them.
Choosing right affiliate programs takes time and research. You don't want to just jump in and promote any old program that comes along you want to find ones that will make your job easy and fun. Look for businesses that have been around for a while that have a solid background and good rankings.
Ask yourself....What do I enjoy?
I know you may have heard this before but look for programs that are in an area of your interest, hobbies or something that your familiar with. Like if you enjoy camping, fishing or just great outdoors. Go to your favorite search engine and do a quick search for: camping + "affiliate program" and a list of companies that sell camping equipment or related items pops up. Waa la!
Now just read through their website and look over commission structure. Don't overlook terms and conditions of affiliate agreement. Make a list of programs that you would consider joining and then narrow it down to no more than five programs to start. Resist urge to join them all. I know it's tough but you can do it!