In this blog post I am discussing the difference between an affiliate marketer and an internet marketer. Well, they both use the Internet to do their business, but it is done differently. An affiliate marketer is one who promotes other peoples products and collects a commission for doing so.
An Internet Marketer is one who sells his own products, whether they are material products or digital, he still is the sole owner of them.
Affiliate marketing is the one business you can start with very little money.You do need some money but in comparison to starting any other business the amounts are small. You need a computer, a good internet connection, a paypal account, and a little money to purchase your domain name, and your hosting for your website. Remember in a previous blog How to get Domain Names and Get Them Hosted I explained that if you use Hostgator you can have many domains for the price of $9.95 a month, and that is very reasonable indeed.
You also need a Clickbank account, because Clickbank is the place where you will find some of your affiliate products. Amazon, Commision Junction and eBay are other places where you can get affiliate products. I will write another blog post later on about using Clickbank and Amazon as an affiliate marketer.
You will also need an Autoresponder account.I use Aweber, but I will discuss in a later blog post the reasons why you need an autoresponder, and how to use it. Aweber costs me $19.95 a month, and worth every penny.
The beauty of becoming an affiliate marketer is simply you can do this anywhere in the world.
It is a business that enables you to work from home, if you are able enough, and if you have enough time to do all that is necessary to get the business up and running. Even so, you can do it in a part-time capacity and earn the little extra to pay those bills that you are struggling to pay.
The other great thing about being an affiliate marketer is simply you don’t have a product, so you don’t need to worry about sending the product out, especially if it is a physical product and not a digital, you don’t have to worry about sales pages, you just use the products sales page, you don’t need to worry about stock and keeping an inventory, or indeed postage etc, you are just promoting someone else’s products and they have all the worry.
To become a successful affiliate marketer you need to pick a good niche market, I discussed this in the blog post ‘How to Choose Your Niche and Research Content, so if you aren’t sure than go back to that blog post.You can find a good product in your chosen niche by going to Clickbank if it is a digital product, or Amazon for anything else. Amazon pay a much smaller commission, but often the product is more expensive, and people may be more interested in buying it, so you can often make more money by going to Amazon.
Some people maintain that you can be an affiliate marketer without a website, and in fact the first time I tried, I bought a course that was very good, I was able to watch over ‘his’ shoulder and he walked me through using a html editor and gave me 50 landing pages that I could adapt in the html editor to the product I wanted to promote. But when I had these hosted on the web, I was told I needed an Index page for the landing pages to be hosted. And then I had to learn how to do this. This was a head banging time for me, so now I make sure I do have a website.
WordPress is the application I am using now, I am finding it very flexible, I think it could do exactly what you wanted it to do, if you have the know how. Fortunately mostly what I have learned is on the web in the form of free tutorials on You-tube, so don’t forget to go there if you are having problems with how to manage your WordPress site.
A landing page is where you describe the product you are promoting and where you will have an opt-in box so you can collect email addresses for further newsletters to who ever signed up in the first place. Some affiliates don’t worry about the opt-in box, and therefore they don’t build a list. It is collecting those email addresses that are very important as it is constantly said ‘the money is in the list’. That is mainly so you can send out repeat offers, in the hopes that a small percentage of your list will buy from you again.
If you don’t have an opt-in form, than you only have a one time buyer and no list. If you have a landing page, you do need a webhost to host it. The landing page can be your wordpress blog, but you will need a certain amount of content to go with that landing page.The more content you have on your site, the higher the ranking in Google.
That completes my blog post on become an affiliate marketer, my next post will be on how to use Clickbank, and Amazon and Commission Junction.