Affiliate marketing in simple terms is used to refer to an online marketing program in which you promote a merchant's product on your own website or blog to help the merchant generate more sales. Affiliate marketing is a very simple, yet effective way of earning money online. The amount you earn is directly proportional to the quality of time you put into promoting the product (s) on your site. And remember, time is money.
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AFFILIATE MARKETER
For you to be an affiliate marketer, you will need to have a website or a blog (although websites are more productive) as they are the medium with which you reach your customers online. There are several affiliate programs available on the internet today, but take note and be careful because not all of them are valid. So do not fall a prey. Personally, I use Linkshare.com. They have been great and are doing a nice work.
1. Targeted traffic is the life-blood of your online business. An increase in TARGETED traffic produces more SALES which in turn produces more INCOME for you.
2. You must learn how to create a Theme-Based Content Site … a site or blog that is loaded with high value Keyword-Focused Pages that rank highly with the Search Engines and get the click through to income-generating sites.
3. You must endeavor to read the TOS of your merchants or affiliates before signing up for their program.
4. You are not expected to sell on your site or blog, instead you pre-sell to your visitors (tell them a little review of the product) and lead them to your merchant's site where they will buy the product and generate income for you .
Cheers as you walk your way to the top.