Affiliate marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.
Here are five ways to make money as an affiliate marketer:
1. Affiliate Website or Blog
You can develop your own website or blog that is geared strictly towards marketing the products and services that are provided by others. Building an affiliate website or blog usually involves identifying a profitable product or service, developing content that is geared towards that product or service, and displaying affiliate links that will send visitors to pages for that product or service. Affiliate websites and blogs can be used to target single products or services, or multiple products or services. Those that are built for the purpose of promoting one product or service are often referred to as “minisites”. The profitability of the affiliate website or blog will depend on the quality of the content, the cost of the product or service, and traffic.
2. Product Reviews
Another great strategy for making money as an affiliate marketer is with product reviews. You can set up a website or blog that is strictly dedicated to reviewing popular products in different categories. The idea is that when customers search for particular products or services, hopefully they will find the reviews that you have created. If your reviews are compelling enough, visitors will click your affiliate links which will lead them to where they can make a purchase.
3. Email Campaigns
You can also use email campaigns as a means for distributing your affiliate links. If you have a large email list, you can send out occasional emails that contain links to interesting products and services that your target audience might be interested in. Emailing, when done properly, can be a great way to reach a large audience quickly. Not only will your email contacts receive the email, but there is the chance that they will forward the email to other contacts as well.
4. Forum Posts
Forum posts are also an effective strategy that can help you make money. If you’re an affiliate for a particular product or service, you can locate forums where that type of product or service is discussed in order to provide your input to the users of that forum. In most cases you can place your affiliate link(s) in your profile and even your signature. If you provide a lot of valuable input to the users of the forum, they might click on your signature links to the products or services you are advertising.
5. Article Marketing
Article marketing is another great affiliate marketing tactic that you can use to generate traffic to your affiliate website, blog, or other online or offline publication. Articles that provide valuable information to readers can attract a great deal of traffic as well as help improve search engine rankings.