What Exactly Is Affiliate Marketing And How Does It Work?

Affiliate marketing has enabled me to work from home and have plenty of time to raise my daughter, attend school functions and just overall improved my quality of life by not being tied to a 9-5 job. You can do the same thing by getting started with affiliate marketing part time. In this article I’ll show you how you can start building a web presence on a topic that’s of interest to you, how to get started with affiliate marketing by recommending products to your readers and last but not least, how to continue to grow your site.

Let’s take at what affiliate marketing is and exactly how it works. It all starts with you sharing your expertise. Think about some of the things you are good at. These could be from your professional career, or a hobby. You start by sharing that knowledge via a website or blog.

Next affiliate marketing comes into play. As you create more and more content on your site, start recommending other people’s products to your readers. Sign up for affiliate programs for those products and you will be given a special link that tracks customers from your site. If they end up buying, you get a percentage of that sale as a commission. That percentage can range anywhere from 2% to 4% for many physical products to 50% and 75% commissions for information products like eBooks.

Continue to grow your web presence and income by adding content to your website on a regular basis, building a mailing list and marketing your site. Go out and connect with your target audience via social media and popular blogs in your niche. Look into things like article marketing, forum marketing and guest blogging. There are plenty of opportunities out there to market your site without spending a penny. All it takes is a little time and effort to grow your affiliate website.

As you can see, getting started in affiliate marketing isn’t very complicated. It does however take some time and effort on your part. Go ahead and give it a try. Just start with an interesting topic you will enjoy writing about. Set up a small blog or website and become familiar with the process. Down the road you can “rinse and repeat” this process to grow your affiliate income to a point where it can replace and then hopefully even exceed your current day-job income.

Source by Susanne Myers