If you are not sure what an affiliate is, what exactly does an affiliate do, or how to make money doing affiliate marketing, keep reading? This article will cover the bases of affiliate marketing, and how you can make money as an affiliate.
What is an affiliate?
An affiliate is an individual or a business that promotes a product or service in exchange for a commission for selling the item.
E.g. Skip McGrath has an excellent book entitled Home to Make Money Blogging from Home which I have purchased and read, that I would like to recommend to Blog’N Paycheck readers. Next, I signed-up for Skip’s affiliate program. I copied and pasted the link created by Skip’s affiliate program into my blog post, social networks I subscribe to, bookmarking networks, emails, etc. If someone clicks on the link and buys the book Home to Make Money Blogging from Home, I receive a commission for the sell.
Who can be an affiliate?
Anyone can become an affiliate. Simple visit the website of the product you want to promote and fill-out the application for affiliate marketing. Signing up for Skip’s affiliate program took only a few minutes to complete. The best part about being an affiliate is that you can promote as many products as you like; you are not restricted to promoting just one affiliate product.
How much can you earn?
With affiliate marketing, there is no limit to the amount of money you can make. A good affiliate programs has no limits on the amount of sales you can make.
Does it cost anything to become an affiliate?
No! If you come across an affiliate program that wants to charge you to sell their products, I suggest you leave the site and find another program. Plenty of excellent affiliate programs do not charge to become an affiliate.
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With this book, you will learn how to find your niche, and work your magic of making money online with very little investment. Actually, you can begin making money without an upfront investment using worpress.com, or blogger.com.
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With Skip McGrath’s Home to Make Money Blogging from Home, you learn content editing, how to monetize your blog using multiple sources, search engine optimization, driving targeted traffic to your blog, using social media sites like FaceBook, Twitter, and MySpace to increase your traffic, and blog directories.
If you have no experience with blogs, Skip also has a section that takes you by the hand setting up your blog using Blue Host.com, but the instruction can virtually be used with Host Monster.com, and Host Gator.com if you prefer either of these better.
Creating income using a blog, and affiliate marketing is by far the easiest way of generating financial stability for you and your family on a very low budget. With affiliate marketing, you have the power of ramping up your income, ultimately changing your quality of life, and the quality of life for the most important people in your life.
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