What EXACTLY is “affiliate marketing”?
According to the dictionary… a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals. For those of us who speak HUMAN…lol… It’s simply where a person can make money from recommending products and services to others. In most instances, this is NOT going to be like winning the lottery. It’s usually a small percentage of the sale, 1-10%.
How do I get started in affiliate marketing?
- Decide on a niche.
- Research affiliate programs, products, and requirements.
- Build a site, or set of landing pages, or share on social media.
- Create unique content.
- Establish an audience.
- Promote your affiliate product(s)with links.
- Repeat steps #4–7 on a consistent basis!
CJ is a “bank” style website that offers a plethora of marketing opportunities. Each company has it’s own requirements regarding using a website with a minimum following, or the ability to use social media, or even just a landing page.
There are really 2 types of affiliate marketing options. Individual companies that offer affiliate marketing and “banks” which is a website with multiple companies, many of which offer single products for marketers. Below are several individual companies that I personally affiliate market for. Some offer cash compensation while others offer money off of the services I use.
Clickbank’s name is enough to tell you what type of affiliate opportunities it has available. I have used both of these of “banks” myself, and the individual companies. It becomes a matter of preference and the type of marketing you are interested in.
I use affiliate links throughout my website. These links are used to track my performance in sharing products and information with my audience and also pays me a small fee as a result, and in no way adds any extra costs to any items available through clicking links on this site.
Apply, share customized links for products you love and then wait for a sale. You start with a 4% commission and can upgrade your % based on consistent sales.
Legging Army is an online retailer for women’s clothing (and even children). It offers a 25% discount and a 25% commission for each sale. It even has a tiered earning program in case you want to create a “team” under you.
This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding affiliate marketing. Check out my affiliate marketing board on Pinterest! I welcome any comments and ideas you wish to share! Who are you an affiliate for?
In order to stay compliant with the FCC, you must post a disclaimer on EACH page with affiliate links. Make sure to do your due diligence in research to avoid any legal issues.