Are you thinking about selling other peoples products online? Do you know where to start?
Affiliate marketing is a great way for a complete newbie to start making money online. Do a little research for a profitable niche, find products to sell, and build a platform to sell them on.
If money is tight you can start by creating a blog and use that as your main platform. Blogs are easy to create. Many, if not most, online marketers are using blogs today because they are free and they offer so many features that would have to be built into a website. Then create some Web 2.0 properties where you can talk about your blog.
What Are Web 2.0 Properties?
They are a type of community where you can share information with other people. This lets you build relationships with your visitors and generate quality backlinks to your blog. Building quality links pointing back to your blog will help you get recognized by the search engines.
Some Web 2.0 Properties to consider?
WordPress is a great place to build your main blog. Once your blog is built, you can use the other properties to link back to it.
Content is king. If people like what you have to say, and have an interest in the products you are selling, you will begin to have repeat visitors. You might use the product yourself and can provide an honest opinion about it.
Finding Merchants Who Have Affiliate Programs is Easy
There are affiliate networks you can sign up with who provide hundreds of merchants to choose from. Many merchants will manually approve sites before they accept affiliates members so be sure you have your blog built with some great content added to it before applying to any of their programs. You do not have to be an expert; just create a simple blog and add some quality content.
Here are Some Top Affiliate Networks:
- Commission Junction
- ClickBank-provides information products to sell
You can also become an affiliate with sites like Amazon, Dotdot.com, Buy.com and even eBay. Amazon would be a good place for a newbie to begin.
You can sell anything from toothpaste to hot tubs with online marketing. Stick to products with less competition until you are an experienced Internet Marketer.
Create a simple business plan with reasonable targets you would like to reach over a 12 month period. Take you time and build your business slow. Also, keep focused and do not start jumping from niche to niche or you will find yourself overwhelmed.