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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate People

Affiliate marketing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get started earning money online.

Affiliate marketing is a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to you for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.

There are tens of thousands of affiliate programs to choose from.

Some companies have certain restrictions or requirements where others have very liberal guidelines for accepting new affiliates. There are affiliate products/services for nearly every subject and most of them have a variety of tools you can use to market the products or services such as links and banners.

Affiliate marketing is very versatile but it does require some form of medium to publish content.

The most common is a website but some marketers use Twitter or forums (forums are not recommended as it is usually against the rules and considered spam). A popular choice for affiliate marketing for years has been email. If you have a substantial and responsive email list, a carefully crafted email with affiliate links could be perfect for you.

Be mindful of your reputation and don't spam. Nobody likes getting junk mail or unwanted advertising shoved in their face. Besides, spam is very rarely ever effective and it is sure to ruin your reputation and have negative effects on the affiliate company you are working with.

Want to start compiling a list of sites that have affiliate programs just for you?

Go to Google and use this search operator intext:affiliate your search terms go here.

This will search for your terms within websites with the word affiliate also. You can modify this search in several ways to suit your needs. You could use affiliate program and then your preferred subjects.

Some of the bigger name companies like:

have affiliate programs as well but you may find when you first get started that you may not qualify.

Amazon for instance reviews your website to determine if you are a good fit, if you are just starting out online, you will most likely be rejected so it is best to avoid Amazon in the beginning.

There are websites that are dedicated to the affiliate marketing world and allow you to join them, providing you access to thousands of affiliate programs all from one easy to use system. Sites like:

have been around for years and are very well known.

If you pick the affiliate marketing path, be prepared for limitations if you do not have a suitable website to market the programs from. Not every program will require you to have a website, but it is a fairly common requirement.

Most people start with a website that is focused on a specific subject or two, build content and traffic. Then they introduce some affiliate marketing into the website to produce income streams. It is a process that can take significant time but when done properly and consistently, a relatively passive six-figure income is not unheard of.

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