Friday, December 26, 2008

What is Affiliate Marketing?

The first question to answer is probably what is an Affiliate Marketer?    The best way I can think of to answer would be to say an Affiliate Marketer is comparable to being a salesperson.

You basically "sell" something for someone else.  You can "sell" through your website, through writing articles, blogging, and many other ways.

Your first step is to find out what you want to sell.   There are many affiliate sites that will help you get started. 

Clickbank is popular for those just starting out.  They deal with a lot of ebooks.

Some of my personal favorites are:

Linkshare and Logicalmedia

Sign up with the company that is going to give you the best selection.

Once you are signed up you can pick the websites and companies you want to "affiliate" with.   Once you are accepted you will get an "affiliate link".   This is the link you will use to "sell". 

Place the links and banners containing your unique ID on your website, in your forum signatures and in your articles (if allowed). 

Now when someone follows your banner or link, you will get paid.   Well okay, it's not that easy.   Usually your visitor will need to make a purchase or sign up for a service.   THEN you get paid.  

This is the short version.  For more in depth discussion please visit us at and feel free to ask questions! 

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