How To Make Money Online With Affiliate Programs

Just in case you have never tried your hand at affiliate marketing here is an easy guide for you to get started and a few tips to help you avoid the mistakes that many “newbie” marketers often make.


I have heard it said over and over again that in order to make money online you first have to give something freely. That is very true when it comes to affiliate marketing. Also have a sincere “Give before you get” mindset. Give your audience good quality, original information and they will reward you with great sales.

Before you select affiliate products to sell you need to focus your attention on a marketable niche. Notice, I didn’t say a niche but a marketable niche. There is a huge difference. A marketable niche not only likes your product but also has the disposable income to spend on your product.

Let me illustrate this for you literally:
Kids who love SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS are a very large niche. But since children don’t usually have their own money to spend they are not the marketable niche that you want to go after.

The real marketable niche for Spongebob is the parents of the kids or in many cases even the grown ups themselves who love the crazy cartoon character and don’t mind spending their money on the multitude of products that bear his likeness.

See the difference. Focus on a niche where people have money that they don’t mind spending on your products.

Choosing Products
Now let’s talk about where to find products online to sell. Here a few companies or affiliate product directories where you can sign up as an affiliate and earn a commission on referral sales that come from your links. There are many more but these are just a few of the most popular ones to get you started.

http://www.Clickbank.com – The world largest marketplace for digital products.

http://www.Paydotcom.com – Sort of a cross between Paypal and Clickbank but vendors can sell either digital or physical products.

http://www.LinkShare.com – A huge directory for major businesses

http://www.CommissionJunction.com – Affiliate manager for major companies

http://www.Amazon.com – More than a bookseller, Amazon is a huge affiliate marketplace

This is just a tip of the iceberg. You can find millions of products to offer to you niche audience just by searching for “affiliate programs” at your favourite search engine.

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