What is Affiliate Marketing ?

Companies which sell a product like shoes, shirt or even electronic gadget often offer “affiliate program” all you need to do is sign up their respective affiliate program and start earning. It is as easy as that all you need is your website/blog where you can refer any product or service directly or indirectly and if the visitor buys that product from merchant site you will get a commission on the sell. If you focus on below points affiliate marketing become much easy for you.

#1 How does it work?

So let’s learn the fundamental of affiliate marketing. Simplest way to explain affiliate marketing is that it is a way of making money online whereby you as a publisher are rewarded for helping a business by promoting their product, service or site.

There are a number of forms of these types of promotions but in most cases, they involve you as a publisher earning a commission when someone follows a link on your blog/website to another site where they then buy something. Commissions are often a percentage of a sale but can also be a fixed amount per conversion.

#2 How much does it cost to join an affiliate program?

There is no charge for joining an affiliate program; however, your total cost depends on what promotion technique you are using. For example, a blog post cost you next to nothing, but PPC marketing, email marketing, and advertising come with various price tags.

#3 Important factors to run successful affiliate program

While affiliate marketing can be incredibly lucrative it is important to know that affiliate marketing is easy but require a lot of hard work and focus. These are the few factors on which you must pay attention

a)Traffic (high traffic helps a lot)

b)Finding relevant products

c)Building trust with your readers

d)Having a readership who is in a ‘buying mood’

e)You being able to write good sales copy (and more)

There’s also some risk associated with affiliate marketing in that if you push too hard or promote products of a low quality you can actually burn readers and hurt your reputation and brand.

I hope this article help you to understand basic of affiliate marketing. If you have any question, feel free to ask me in the comments section below.

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