Earning money as an Affiliate Marketer is different than the revenue streams most think of when they think of Internet Marketing; most think of Internet Marketing as a way to perform Multi Level Marketing, Network Marketing, or the selling of info products.
You earn money as an Affiliate Marketer when you make money from the ads on your web site; you are driving leads to your site, to pick up free knowledge. By placing smartly targeted ads, provided by Google (using Adsense) or Chitika, for example, in all the right places, you will earn money as users click through to other sites offering the product; you earn money online by simply providing the lead.
The tools and techniques you use to present your knowledge, and influence leads to take the action you want them to take, include a Landing Page, an Optin form, an email auto-responder, a shopping cart, and promotion methods (such as banner ads, Pay Per Click ads, and or exposure with massive amounts of content).
When you promote an item from an Affiliate, the quality of information is important; however you do not get a chance to change it. All you can do is decide which item you want to promote.
The amount you will earn as an Affiliate will not depend on the quality of your knowledge but on the quality of the knowledge of the seller and their item that is for sale.
What you as an Affiliate Marketer bring to the transaction, is trust.
Your website will give you an audience. As your leads are browsing your website, you let them know about a product. Most of the time they may never have heard of it and they did not know they even needed the product. If they buy the item, it is because you introduced them to the item and suggested they should buy it. They simply click the link you suggest, press the shopping cart button, make a purchase, and you as the Affiliate Marketer have money in your pocket.
Again, what you as an Affiliate Marketer bring to the party, is trust.
Using this overview of the Affiliate Marketing process as a foundation, I will provide in future blog posts, a description of exactly what it means to be an Affiliate Marketer, how to find merchants and products you can promote, how to sign up for programs offered by Affiliate Networks, and several success strategies that can be implemented.
As I conclude this post, I trust you are getting excited about the opportunities in Affiliate Marketing. And so far, what I have introduced has just been the tip of the iceberg. Let me explain.
Last year (circa 2009), a recent study reported that there are over 225M websites; 30 years ago, a similar study highlighted there were 30,000 websites. With this explosive growth has come the money. In 2008, advertising distributed by the four top online ad agencies – Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL – was worth approx $33B. Britain reports that more advertising money is now spent on the Web than on television.
Overall, the $33B is just the money spent on influencing people to buy something. The estimated value of the items purchased, as a result of being influenced by online research, is $200B.
This highlights that making money online is a fantastic opportunity and a gigantic gold mine that everyone has access to undertake. You don’t need a giant company nor do you need advanced college degrees; all you need to know is how the system works and have the patience and drive to succeed.
This blog, and related posts, will continue to provide a blueprint for making money online with Affiliate Marketing. You will find step-by-step road maps for various parts of the Affiliate Marketing business. You will find tools, education, training, and support. And you will find a community of like minded entrepreneurs that are using the Internet to get out of debt, build wealth, and secure their financial future forever.
Finally, a good book to read would be “KaChing” by Joel Comm. This book describes How to Run an Online Business that Pays and Pays and was the source of some of the material provided in this article.
In closing, be sure to Read More of my Posts at my Internet Marketing blog; Obtain Some Tips About Being No 1 on Google; and Learn How to Be Savvy with Your Money Like the Insiders.
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Happy Reading and Here's to Your Success! Mike Farrell, founder, owner, and operator of the aspenIbiz group of online businesses.