Monday, April 10, 2006

How to Earn an Income with Affiliate Programs

An affiliate is someone who earns a part-time or full-time income from selling other people's products and then earns a commission on each product that is being sold through promoting it on their own website, newsletter or email list, depending on the preferred method of delivering their online business. Commission can range from around 5% to approximately 75% for each product, according to the value and popularity given to the products that are promoted.

Selling information appears to be one of the most profitable ways of earning an income as an affiliate, since the public tend to go online to search for information about a subject they want to find out more about. The commission for selling information products online is usually in the region of 50% and higher for digital products. This obviously provides the affiliate marketer with plenty of incentive therefore to promote the products on offer.

So how does someone become an affiliate?

1. Decide on a subject that interests you, since you will be creating a website, newsletter or writing articles around the theme of the product you are selling. For instance, are you interested in dogs? If so, you could create a basic website around an aspect of dog ownership.

Have you any special hobbies or talents that you enjoy spending time doing? Then, perhaps you could create a website or newsletter around the theme of your hobby or talent?

Are you getting any ideas?

2. Once you have decided on a suitable subject for your website, you are ready to start searching for products to advertise based on the theme of your website. For example, a website about dogs could involve all aspects of dog ownership or one aspect such as dog training, dog breeding or dog grooming.

3. When you've decided on a product to promote and sell, you should then sign up as an affiliate with the company offering that product on sale. This usually involves a straightforward means of completing an online registration form to list you as an affiliate of their company. They will then send an email to you with confirmation details of your affiliate membership and a special code that identifies you with the sale of each product that contains your code details.

4. Start creating your website. If you are already experienced at developing websites, then this aspect of building your online business will be the easiest part of your affiliate product promotion. However, if you are like many other online marketers who are new to the concept of web design, you can either learn to do this for free with the number of good tutorials that are available online or through books such as those sold on Amazon that teach you to build a website from scratch. The other alternative is to hire an experienced web designer to build your website for you for a reasonable fee.

5. When you have your website created, you are ready to let the world know your online existence. To do this, you can submit your website to the search engines such as Google and Yahoo for free. Also, write and post articles on your chosen subject and post them on relevant article sites as well as on your own website. Start a newsletter and get people to sign up for it through providing a place on your site for people to leave their names and email address. Also, you can join relevant forums and start posting messages with details of your own website in your signature. There are countless means of promoting and selling affiliate products online.

This article has hopefully provided you with a few ideas to get you started with earning a part-time or full-time income as an Affiliate on the Internet.
Michael Russell - EzineArticles Expert Author

Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Affiliate Programs


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