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Affiliate Marketing For Dummies In 2011
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No...no...no. I am not say you are intellectually inadequate. I just wanted to simplify affiliate marketing by providing an outline of some of the most common misunderstandings, fallacies and guru driven scares in the affiliate world...affiliate marketing for dummies in 2011 style!

Without further adieu...

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is the relationship between a merchant and an affiliate, where an affiliate is paid a kickback for an action (revenue, lead, or click based) that they perform for the merchant. Typically this is a sale and the merchant will offer the affiliate a percentage of the commission. In some cases, particularly for digital products, this can be a higher perecentage (75%).

Why should you care about it?

You should care about affiliate marketing because there are affiliates out there making millions online simply by promoting other peoples' products. Yes, MILLIONS. These are not typical stories, but there are many affiliates out there earning a full time living. The great thing about being an affiliate is that you don't have to handle any of the transactions, customer support, email support, chargebacks/refunds, or deal with any of the payment. You simply drive traffic and sit back. Not quite that simple, but it is much easier than being a merchant.

What is the real benefit to the merchant?

Say you own a company and you want to get the word out about your product. It is pretty tough for you to get in touch with 1,000 people let alone 100,000. However, if you created an affiliate program you could open it up to unlimited numbers of affiliates. If you have 1,000 people sending you just 100 clicks per month, you would be getting 1.2 million clicks per year. Being a merchant with an affiliate program will get you reach that you never would have gotten by promoting your own affiliate program.

The most important Affiliate Marketing for Dummies rule.

It is not about the niche. No, it is not about the affiliate program either. What is earning a living through affiliate marketing about then?

Choose something that you (a) are passionate about (b) are very interested in becoming knowledgeable of.

Trust me, there are affiliate programs out there promoting “how to build bird houses” that regular people like you and I are making a significant amounts of money with. Here are some other examples.

People are selling robots for trading stocks.

People are selling chicken coup construction kits.

People are selling watches, earrings, and necklaces.

People are selling lingerie.

People are selling “tickle me elmos”.

Seriously, you market as an affiliate is the “entire world”...so it is less about what the successful guy/gal next to you is promoting, and more about what you are interested in promoting. It is much more about who you can "help" versus who you can sell to. If you help people, the money aspect will naturally follow you. If you can help someone lose weight, you will earn money in the process naturally.

It is a 24/7/365 around the clock, global marketplace...and with over a billion people searching for something on the Internet every day, every single niche (no matter how small gets explored).

So remember, it is not about the niche. It is how you address that niche, how you understand the customer base within it, and how in line your promotions are with what they would be looking for. Hope you enjoyed my thoughts on affiliate marketing for dummies in 2011.

Focus on the people, not the promo.


Street Talk

"I M For Dummies?" What about this -"Without further adieu...", what ever happened to 'without further ado...'? Adieu means goodbye or farewell!

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  about 2 years ago
francis2  

Sir i quite disagree with you on the statement that "So remember, it is not about the niche. It is how you address that niche, how you understand the customer base within it, and how in line your promotions are with what they would be looking for" because the first thing to considered is the competition in the niche because not all niche are profitable.

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  about 4 years ago

~Thank you, but how can I get those clicks on my articles?

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  about 5 years ago
  

You can get higher click-through rate on your articles by engaging your reader. If you produce content that is not worth reading, then people are not going to read to the end of your content nor are they going to click on your links. This is very important when it comes to every content generation aspect for affiliates, no value equals very little success.

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

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  about 5 years ago
  

No problem Stacy, glad this article could help you out! If you every have any questions, let me know.

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  about 5 years ago

I got the idea. Thanks.

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  about 5 years ago
  

Glad I could help Juan!

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  about 5 years ago
GIL3  

I do not really much interested in the failure of others. I do what I can, and if I fail I will have the knowledge and experience of having tried something different.

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  about 5 years ago
GIL3  

It may be advantageous now be in affiliate marketing, but may be too saturated in the future. too much promotion for affiliated courses.

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  about 5 years ago
  

There will always be competition in everything you do, but there is never too much to succeed. You just need to be willing to do what the other 95% of people are not willing to do, which in most cases is not all that difficult.

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  about 5 years ago
C4rmen  

"Focus on the people, not the promo" thx Kyle - awesome reminder!

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  about 5 years ago
  

No problem, people often time get lost in the process. We need to all remember that there is a human on the other end of every search, every purchase, ever lead...and we need to treat them this way.

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  about 5 years ago
crunga  

How do I set up an affiliate site? Where do I get items to promote?

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  about 6 years ago
  

In this day, I recommend setting up your OWN website, which requires both a domain and hosting, as it gives you full control of the content, the framework, the functionality, and the branding. In saying this, there are free ways to create a site. You can use services like blogger (google driven) or weebly to put a free site together. If you are looking for products to promote, do a quick search in Google for "affiliate program + niche". Replace niche with the niche you plan on promoting. An example of this within the dieting niche would be "affiliate program + dieting".

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  about 6 years ago

Kyle, I was working for an online text company who pays authors $4 for 400 words for affiliate marketing skills. Thanks to you, I now know that I can make more than that. Thanks so much. You have changed my life and gave me hope for my writing skills.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Partricia, this is great. You can definitely levrage your writing skills (in particular if you have them like it sounds you do) for your own benefit versus the benefit of someone else. Glad I could help you out...that is my goal! :)

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  about 6 years ago
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