by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make a living if you do it correctly. As an affiliate marketer you promote other peoples’ products and services and receive a commission on each sale your efforts generate. It is the online version of the commissioned salesperson popular in many traditional businesses. Many successful affiliate marketers make six figure incomes.
There are literally countless businesses which offer affiliate programs you can sign onto, including even traditionally offline stores and services such as Walmart. As an affiliate marketer you can sell almost any product you find interesting. Affiliate marketing is the perfect business for people with varied interests because you can make your business go in almost any direction.
The better affiliate marketing programs will even provide you with professionally produced marketing materials such as banner ads and buttons, email copy, articles and free promotional reports. To step above the average affiliate marketer you will need to use these free items as raw material and then personalize them for your purposes rather than simply copying and pasting them with no changes.
If you are the type person who likes to start many projects but often fails to finish, then affiliate marketing might be a great fit for you. Because you are selling products produced by others, what you get paid for is to produce interest in a product. The sellers of the products will then take over, make the sale and provide customer support and follow-up. You earn more by starting the process for more potential buyers.
To become a successful affiliate in the long term you must always have your customers’ best interests at heart. Don’t try to sell them one poor quality product after another. Search for quality products and quality companies because if you are successful, your own reputation will be highly affected by theirs. If you build a supply of loyal customers in a niche, you can make your living from them as long as they know you have their best interests at heart.
The best sales tool for an affiliate marketer is information. Creating great information and then making sure people find out about it when they need it is the heart of successful affiliate marketing. The more interesting and informative web content you can publish every day, the more trust you will build and the more sales you will make.
In addition, once that information is published it remains out there to continue bringing in new potential customers. The value of new information in this process is why affiliate marketing is such a great fit for professional writers. It can be an effective way to make your writing pay off very well without ever having an agent or a publishing contract.
If you have a talent for creating new web content, then affiliate marketing is an excellent way to make a living.
Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to make a living if you treat it like a real business and apply yourself to it consistently.
Make yourself a schedule and work regular hours. The difference between those who are able to earn money as an affiliate marketer and those who don’t is consistently taking action toward your goals. If you work at affiliate marketing consistently, you can earn the extra income you need.