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How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Written by HENRY OZOR

Writing about ” How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing” is a very essential effort that will propel the minds of affiliate marketing lovers. Affiliate marketing is a type of online marketing that has been recognized as one of the leading factors that drive e-commerce sales. It is a part of online marketing, which means you can use this strategy together with other online strategies to make money online. For example, starting your own blog enables you to monetize it in many different ways, one of which is affiliate marketing.

For example, with any of these strategies, you will need to understand the basics to be able to determine how this could help you and how this can be to your benefit. Affiliate marketing is performance-based marketing. It is a strategy that is based on tracking performance and enabling you to earn income this way.

Read about ‘How Affiliate Marketing Works For Beginners’ HERE.

Merchants and affiliates

There are two principal roles in affiliate marketing. Firstly, there are merchants. These are individuals who have a product or service they need to promote. In order to do so, they create affiliate programs where the affiliates can join. The purpose of these affiliate programs is to allow potential affiliates to get the tools needed to promote the products and services on behalf of the merchants. Merchants are also called advertisers and they usually provide the material necessary for the promotion, which includes banners, images, product/service descriptions, and most importantly, affiliate links.

On the other hand, there are affiliates who search for interesting affiliate programs to join. Affiliates, also known as publishers, are individuals who are interested in monetizing their online presence by featuring affiliate links.

To cut a long story short, the whole process looks like this.

You will be a publisher (also called an affiliate) and your goal will be to find merchants (advertisers) you want to work with. Using special links that track clicks, you will promote the products on your blog on behalf of the merchant. Each time a sale is registered through one of your links, you will be given a percentage of that sales price. The income affiliates can earn represent the percentage of the sales price. This is why this type of marketing is also called performance-based marketing.

If your blog is successful, you will generate more traffic and you will maximize the income through affiliate links. Once featured on your blog, these links will keep bringing income from the sales you manage to generate, for as long as your deal with the merchant is active.

When it comes to merchants, this arrangement is even better for them, as they do not need to invest in promotions and they do not have to pay affiliates in advance.

Since the title of this article is focused on making money with affiliate marketing, we will explore affiliate marketing from the point of view of an affiliate.

What do you need to become an affiliate?

As an affiliate, you will look for available affiliate programs to join. In order to be accepted into an affiliate program, you will need to fill in an application form and go through the approval process. This application usually includes:

  • You name
  • Company name
  • Email address
  • Website
  • Social media accounts
  • Country

Other details might include questions about your company, such as size and the number of employees. The goal with all these questions is for a merchant to assess whether or not you are a good fit for their campaign.

It is important to have in mind that merchants are usually cautious when choosing affiliates because there are affiliates that might damage their reputations. Also, some merchants have a specific target group or a region they are targeting, which means there could be additional criteria when approving someone’s application to become an affiliate. For example, if they believe that your target group does not match theirs enough, this might be the reason to turn you down.

Since this whole process works only if you have a way of reaching online users, you will also need to have an online presence and relationship with customers.

Here is an example of an application for an affiliate program.

At times, you will find affiliate programs that are hosted on a particular affiliate network, in which case you will need to become a member of the network to join.

How to find affiliate programs to join?

General tips when starting out with affiliate marketing and in need of finding programs to join include:

  • Choose a brand you want to work with and explore if they offer an affiliate program
  • Join affiliate networks to get the opportunity of browsing affiliate programs
  • Start with Amazon and eBay affiliate programs that provide quite a diverse selection of products to promote

Try and also be selective when it comes to joining affiliate programs. Consider all the details such as the percentage of commission, the cookie lifetime, and other restrictions or requirements.

How to know if the program is right for you?

There are so many affiliate programs online, and as you start exploring at times, you might even be torn regarding which programs to choose. Here are some essential questions to answer about whether the affiliate program is good for you.

  • Does this program include promoting a product/service your target audience will benefit from/find useful/like/ appreciate?
  • Does this program enable you to monetize your influence/blog enough?
  • Is this a strategy that will give results?
  • Does the merchant have a good reputation?
  • Does the merchant offer benefits such as help with setting up the campaign, a progressive increase of commission, etc.?

All of these could be deciding factors when evaluating a particular program, considering whether or not to join or even comparing the two programs.

The final idea is that you want to use this strategy only if it is profitable. Unless you see any conversions, you are just flooding your blog with useless links. Always try to promote products that are really relevant to your target group.

A positive aspect of this strategy is the fact that you will not have to make much effort about this. You already have a blog, you already have content where you can place affiliate links. Of course, you will be creating more content, and the content strategy can be influenced by affiliate marketing and the type of products you will be promoting. Again, your reputation is something you need to consider as a deciding factor when choosing to work or not to work with specific merchants.

Also, to increase the performance of the affiliate links featured on your blog, you will need to invest more in your blog promotion and online exposure.

About the author


Hey! I’m Henry, A blogger, Digital Marketer, Web Developer, and Business Instructor. A proud founder of Kamsy Business Network. "To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart."

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