Each week we receive several email requests asking "How do I become an Affiliate Marketer and earn money Online?".
Becoming an Affiliate Marketer is easy. Earning money from affiliate marketing requires a website or blog site and traffic or interested followers.
There are several types of affiliate marketers and you need to determine which one or more types of Affiliate Marketer you want to be:
Discount shopping site - offering product deals, discounts, or Buy One Get x Free
Cash Back Site - Shoppers earn money or points for every dollar they spend on your site
Charitable Contribution Site - Shoppers select a charitable organization and a portion of the affiliate commission is donated to their selected cause
Content Site - Information on the site is specific to a topic area such as How To or About the topic
Blog Site - A specific topic site where people can post information about a specific topic, start a discussion thread, or simply add additional information about the topic
Discount sites and cash back sites are extremely plentiful and competing in this type of site will be very difficult. I'm not saying it can't be done but you'll be competing with giants that have been doing this for a long time. This can be much easier if you have a targeted source of traffic such as a large company staff or an organization of followers.
Examples: ShopatHome, Ebates, Mr Rebates, FreeShipping.com
Charitable Contribution sites are also plentiful and in order to succeed here you will need an audience with specific interests; church goers, non profit organizations such as communities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, clubs, organizations, etc.
Examples: iGive, uPromise, ShopForMuseums
Content Sites - to be successful here you will need information from subject experts. Think about Wikipedia or WebMD.
Blog Site - again there are thousands out there however there is always room for more. This type of affiliate site requires a specific topic and generating a list of interested followers who are also willing to add information or post comments. There are also many business to business blog sites.
The first step then in becoming an Affiliate Marketer is to decide which type of affiliate you want to be. Remember that building your site and becoming successful will take up front capital and dedication to growing your site.
Once you've decided which type of site you would like to become you will need the following:
Website address/URL and hosting services
Website Software Design and training or an understanding of website HTML or other site building software
Web Site Management Tools - update your site and understand how site visitors move around/click through your site
Pay Per Click or Paid Search Training- this is the best way to drive traffic to your site and produces some of the highest conversion rates. You will need to set a budget and continually test
Email Marketing software - sometimes email software will be included in your hosting account
You will also want to join Affiliate Forums and Social Groups often very helpful when you have questions regarding your site build or generating traffic.
You can find several resources by clicking here and looking at the specific topics listed on the page.
Once your website is up and running it's time to start finding merchants you want to partner with to market their product or service offerings and start earning money.
The best place to start is with the affiliate networks.
These are the top three and the largest affiliate networks which I call the majors are;
Google Affiliate Network
There are many secondary networks but the well branded merchants such as Sears, Target, Walmart, DrugStore.com, Dell, to name a few are most often in one or more of the major affiliate networks listed above.
Additional Affiliate Networks:
You may perform a search for the others but these are the main players.
We hope this article assists you in becoming a successful affiliate marketer. If you need additional help Profit Rank is ready to work with you to guide you on the right path. We do however charge a consultation fee for our services.