Let’s Talk a Little Bit About Marketing
I hope everything is going smoothly for you and your dreams are coming true. Are you dreaming of making money on your website? Maybe you have a great idea for a product to sell. Having a product is great. I wish you success in your endeavor.
But personally I don’t have a product. I wish I did; but if I’m being realistic, I probably wouldn’t want to spend my time doing all the producing/ buying, packaging, and shipping. I have other things I would rather be doing. Did you know, you can make money from a website with nothing but your time and creativity?
So How Do You Market on Your Website With No Products of Your Own?
You market someone else’s product. .Someone else will be doing all the producing/buying, packaging, storing, shipping and — paying you a commission. That sounds good to me. How about you? I am going to tell you a little about a type of marketing.
I know marketing sounds very big business and mysterious and scary; but it is just the way you will be able to make money on your website, sharing the things you love. I am going to tell you about one kind of marketing. A type of marketing you can use called affiliate marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
“Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.”
For example with a pay-for-sale affiliate program you are paid when you create a sale. In other words, if you are affiliated with a business, you will be rewarded for sales of their product, generated from your website. If you recommend their product and drive visitors or customers to their website, you will receive a percentage of any sales from those customers. (percentages can vary from 1% to 75% depending on the company). Customer traffic is conveyed via a link to their website that the company provides. You place this link on your site in an appropriate spot
The businesses you affiliate with should have products relevant to the content of your website; pots and pans for a cooking website, lawnmowers for a site about beautiful lawns.There are thousands of companies with affiliate programs. Some well known companies with affiliate programs are Amazon, Ebay, Microsoft, Google and Walmart. To find out if a company you are interested in has an affiliate program; go into their website online and look around in the corporate information, usually at the bottom of the page, for “Affiliate Program”. There you will find information about their affiliate programs and how to sign up. Affiliate marketing is free. Don’t sign up with anyone who tries to charge you.
Now Let’s Find Affiliates For Your Website
So you have a website about outdoor entertaining and you would like an affiliate for patio furniture. Where do you find them? You can search Google. – Type in something you want to find affiliates for + affiliate programs in your website search box.
I typed in patio furniture+affiliate programs and got almost 3 million results. You can see my results below.
About 2,910,000 results (0.50 seconds)
Top Affiliate Program – Make Money Promoting Top Offers
Join Coupons.com Affiliate Program!
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Coupons.com has 9,099 followers on Google+
Home and Patio Decor Center Affiliate Program
Welcome to the Home and Patio Decor Center Affiliate Program! Earn revenue with your web presence by sending customers to homeandpatiodecorcenter.com…
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Affiliate Program. Why Join? Build your own online furniture & home decor store! If you have a web site, you can make money selling furniture & home decor …
Affiliate Program – Garden.com
We carry a huge selection of garden décor products including patio furniture, … If you have a website, our affiliate program will allow you to earn money by …
Affiliate Program – Labadies Patio Furniture
route=affiliate/account Labadie’s Patio Furniture affiliate program is free and enables members to earn revenue by placing a link or links on their web site which advertises Labadie’s
You can find affiliate programs you can link to for practically any niche market you can think of. HAPPY HUNTING!
There are also Affiliate Networks. Collections of companies that have gathered together and are managed by a company which keeps track of the tracking and payments for all of them. This allows you to join one program and have access to thousands of different companies. Just search for Affiliate Networks on Google for millions of results.
ClickBank, ShareASale, CommissionJuction, MaxBounty, and LinkShare are examples or the thousands of affiliate networks. One word of caution, make sure you have an up and running website with good content BEFORE YOU APPLY. Sometimes your website has to be approved before you can sign up,
SLOW DOWN – DON’T GO OUT OF CONTROL!
It is best, if possible, to put all your links on one page and link to that page from content on your other pages. This will get you better rankings with the search engines and higher traffic.
Thanks for reading my page I hope it was helpful. I am still working on becoming an affiliate marketing expert. If you want to become an affiliate marketing expert too, checkout how I am doing it. Go to my Getting Started page.
Happy Marketing, Pat
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