You might have a lot of questions about affiliate marketing, if you're aiming at making money online. Doing affiliate marketing is one of the best money making ideas to implement. You can do it for free, or for a low price, depending on how you do it.
I went through the Google AdWords Tool to find some of the most frequent asked questions about affiliate marketing, and then I searched for answers from experts. You get it all below as well as my comments, based on my experience. I've been doing affiliate marketing and making money with it since… nah, not the Stone Ages, but close. It must have been since 1997, where I joined Amazon's affiliate program.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
First things first. There's no need to talk about affiliate marketing, if you don't know what it is, so let's see what the experts say it is.
Perhaps the 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.
In other words, you can find a product, you love, and see if the creator of it offers an affiliate program.
If he does, you can join, and you'll get a link from him to use on your website, blog, email signature or forum signature.
When a person purchases through your link, the creator of the product can tell that the sale came from you, and he'll thank you for it by paying you a commission.
You don't have to create a product to make money. You don't have to take care of customer service, build a sales page or anything.
Does that sound interesting?
How to Start Affiliate Marketing?
If you liked the idea about making money by selling other people's stuff, your next question is probably: how to start affiliate marketing? At least, that's what a lot of people are wondering.
Lynn Terry at ClickNewz has an answer to this question:
You can sign up as an affiliate for a company and they will give you an Affiliate Link. You promote that link, and anyone that goes through your link to make a purchase will be tracked – resulting in a commission to you for that sale.
It sounds simple, and it is.
How to Become an Affiliate Marketer?
AffiloRama has created this video, showing you how to become an affiliate marketer without having a home page.
The video holds great information, although some of it probably is outdated. It was uploaded in 2009, and I'm pretty sure that you cannot use their idea about selling non-physical goods on eBay. Anyway, it's great inspiration for somebody who wants to know how to become an affiliate marketer.
What is the Best Affiliate Program?
Allan Gardyne from Associate Programs made a top ten over the best affiliate programs five years ago, and I'm delighted to find some of the products I've recommended over the years on that list.
The list is old, so these products might not perform as well today. Other programs may be the best affiliate program available. But the question is: What IS the best affiliate program?
I know that this is one of the most frequently asked questions, but I've never asked it myself. I did it the other way around, in fact. I found a product I loved, and then I checked if there was an affiliate program associated.
That's how I discovered # 6, # 8 and # 10 on the below list from 2007, taken from Associate Programs' website, and I would still recommend these products today. They are evergreen and of high quality with lots of useful content.
#1: Site Build It!
#2: Niche Profit Classroom
#3: Day Job Killer
#4: Niche Content Packages
#5: Inside Secrets to Marketing Your Business Online
#6: The Amazing Formula
#7: Underground seminar
#8: Super Affiliate Handbook
#9: PLR Pro
#10: Confessions of a Lazy Super Affiliate
The best affiliate program is the best product combined with awesome service from its creator combined with your ability to presell it.
What Questions Do You Have About Affiliate Marketing?
If your question wasn't among the above frequently asked, then write it below in the comments, and let's see if there's an aswer to it 🙂