Affiliate Marketing – Why Aren’t You Doing It?

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The idea of affiliate marketing isn’t a new concept but if you are unfamiliar with it the idea is simple. I have a product and if you tell your friend about it and they buy it then I will give you 20% of the sales price. Sounds great right? But how is this accomplished in the virtual world? This is done via affiliate URL’s that are tracked using your internet cookies. When you click on a promotional affiliate link it stays in your cookies and if you make a purchase on that website it then tracks who the affiliate member is. You can click the link today, but then go back months later to the site to make the purchase and the affiliate can still be tracked and make their commission.  It is a nice way to make money while you sleep too!

In my affiliate marketing I focus on Internet Businesses (Business Coaches and other Virtual Assistants) as well as promoting products that I use or feel are a good fit for my readers. There are plenty of Entrepreneurs out there who have affiliate marketing programs that work really well because they have proven products that work and the Entrepreneur is well liked and trusted. When looking for an affiliate program to join (and joining is free) you will want to join one that gives you the tools to easily promote that Entrepreneurs product.

Most affiliate programs will have product graphics, pre-written email messages and Tweets. If they don’t provide those types of items then you are going to need to create them on your own and that can take some time to do on your end. How do you know if someone has an affiliate program? If they have a program this will be listed on their website and you can check it out before joining.

An example of some really great programs that I am a member of are Ali Brown, ShareASale and CJ Affiliate.  I feel that t is important to promote products that you like because it makes the promotions more genuine.  I believe in Ali Brown’s entrepreneurial products because they have helped me grow my business.  I use CJ Affiliate and ShareSale so that I can promote companies and products that I like and use.  They also have specific websites called Affiliate Resource Centers where you can grab affiliate links, banners and content as well see how many clicks and sales you have generate

Most affiliate programs will pay you one to two months after the sale is made once your sales amount reaches $50. The money can be transferred right into your PayPal account or bank account or you can opt to be paid via check.

I have made money with these affiliate programs and you can to, here’s how.

  1. Utilize the pre-written email messages. Why? Because a professional Affiliate Manager  has written them and they are the ones who know how to sell their products. These message can be sent out to your email marketing list or made into a blog post on your blog.
  2. Utilize the pre-written Tweets provided and create automated Tweets to be sent at specific times to promote a specific product, service or upcoming event. I currently use HootSuite to automate my Tweets and Status updates.
  3. Add a graphic to your side bar or a banner graphic to your web site promoting the product.

Affiliate marketing can be fun, especially when making money!! What are your favorite affiliate marketing programs?