Essentially affiliate marketing is simply the marketing and selling of someone else’s product for a commission which you only earn when someone takes an action (buys the product). It is the most popular way to make money online from your website, blog or social media accounts.
So that sounds easy enough! How does it work? Well, online affiliate marketing is a type of referral arrangement, to start using the terms of the industry, in which an online company or advertiser pays you a commission when users purchase their product from your referral link.
First, you have to find a company or product that you want to promote. Next, you have to partner up with the company by joining their affiliate marketing program. This makes you their ‘affiliate’. All traffic you send to their website from your referral link is tracked and every time a user makes a purchase, you will earn a commission.
The idea is to make your referral links available to a wide audience that would consider purchasing that product. If you already have a large following on your social media accounts you may consider advertising the product to them. If you have a membership website or blog you can add banners to your website or write a product review and add your referral link to it.
How do you find the best affiliate marketing program?
It is always a good idea to start with products you already use. For example if you’re a camgirl or webmodel, find out if the website or websites you are using have an affiliate marketing program you may join, as most of them do. Advertising such affiliate marketing programs will fit right into your social media environment and naturally entice your followers to become active members. This means you earn a commission of every purchase they make on the respective website, depending on the terms of the affiliate marketing program they offer.
Look for programs that other people in your line of work already successfully promote and join them. How will you know that they are using affiliate marketing? Look for the obvious banners on their websites and hover your mouse on them to take a peek at the links under them. Most affiliate marketing referral links have an affiliate ID instead of just the plain link to the website the banner is advertising.
When you already have an audience, keep them in mind when choosing an affiliate marketing program. You need to make sure you are not just offering the products that earn you the highest commission but rather, the products your followers are already interested in and are therefore most likely to buy.
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