Find Your Products
There are companies that do nothing but line up affiliate marketers with companies who want to use them. They offer lists of places they represent, usually in an easy to follow format. The best known of these are
You donít have to use any of these programs, but they can make it much easier to find what youíre looking for.
Affiliate guidelines vary from one company to the next. Some offer horrible commissions of 2-3%. Others offer higher incentives for you to sell their product. Companies may only allow your link to be active for a specified number of days or months. Others require you cash your payment check in a limited number of days from issue. Read each companyís rules to prevent frustration later on.
While you donít have to be an expert in the category of items you market, it helps to know something about them. Because youíll be writing blogs, articles, commenting on forums and trying to sell to people who are already interested, having an interest in the products is an essential. You can always research and learn more, but research with no interest in the topic is not going to work.
If you enjoy doing something, discussing certain topics or engaging in a particular sport, those are good places to look for affiliate links. Theyíll be easy for you to write about or discuss on forums and, consequently, more successful.
This is a free way to get traffic to your affiliate link. Write an article or blog about the item. This isnít a sales letter; itís a way to generate interest in your product line. If youíre marketing posters, for instance, you can write an article about how to decorate teen rooms with posters. You might include ways to paint frames around posters of a teenís favorite sports hero, ways to use posters as headboards or unique ways to wrap and give posters as gifts. At the bottom of the article, place your affiliate link. If the reader is interested (and inspired by your idea), they can click over to the store to purchase, giving you a commission on the sale.
You can also link to your affiliate number on appropriate forums. While dropping your link into any and every forum wonít produce anything except some ugly comments, posting a comment in a forum related to your product, along with your affiliate link, may generate sales.
There is no honest way to get rich quick on the internet. Anyone who promises you that is probably trying to take advantage of you. Do your homework, make informed decisions and be prepared to work for your dollar. If you decide affiliate marketing is for you, be prepared to do what the name implies Ė market.