Affiliate Marketing

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According to Webpopedia, an affiliate program is an automated marketing program where a Web advertiser or merchant recruits webmasters to place the merchant’s banner ads or buttons on their own Websites. Webmasters will receive a referral fee or commission from sales when the customer clicks the affiliate link to get to the merchant’s Web site  to perform the desired action, usually make a purchase or fill out a contact form. The most common types of affiliate programs include pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead and pay-per-click.

Joining an affiliate program is the easiest way for a beginner to start an online business. The reasons are there are no startup costs required, free registration and does not required steep learning curve. Basically you just need to know how to construct a website and a little bit of HTML to start the program. Upon signing up for an affiliate program, you will be guided systematically on the way to set up the links in your website, usually involving pasting some HTML or JavaScript code into your web pages. After that, you just wait for your potential customers to click on your links and complete a transaction, the rest of the process will be handled by the merchant, including order processing and products delivery. And for each transaction, you will earn a commission. The beauty is you don’t even have to manage your account. You just sit back and wait for the pay check!

Watch the video below to learn about the advantages of affiliate marketing:

Types of Affiliate Programs

Basically there are two types of affiliate programs, affiliate program for the seller and affiliate program for the vendor. Affiliate program is for affiliate members to promote and sell products and services provided by the merchant who own the particular affiliate network, and they are paid a commission which is a certain percentage of the sale. The affiliate member do not have to handle order fulfillment and payment, they are managed by the merchant. Therefore an affiliate member is getting a kind of passive income, which means he or she can earn money while sleeping and playing, and just watch the cash flowing into his or her account! Successful affiliates may earn up to five-figure income monthly, a few can even become millionaires, so the potential of affiliate business is great! There are many affiliate programs for sellers available in the Internet, two of the better known companies are Amazon.com associate program and Clickbank affiliate program. If you wish to look up for other affiliate programs, you can check out this affiliates directory site at http://www.affiliatescout.com.

If you have created your own digital products such as ebooks or software and wish to sell them over the largest affiliate network for downloadable products in the world, you should join Clickbank as a vendor by clicking the image below:

Learn how to sign up a Clickbank account by watching the video below:

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