Affiliate Marketing

Ready to start your home business?  The internet is providing a new way to make money from home.  You need an internet connection and a good computer system to take advantage of building an online business.  Take an inventory of the skills that you have and see how you can use them in your home business.

Blogging has become hugely popular in recent years and for good reason. Blogs are extremely easy to set up and can be monetized in a number of ways. So can YOU make money from blogging? The short answer is a definite yes!

The first step is to choose a market and decide what you are going to blog about. Blogs can be created on any subject under the sun, and sometimes the best money making blogs may not be in markets you expect.

Once you’ve chosen a market it’s time to set up your blog. You need to choose a blogging platform, the most popular and well known being WordPress, although there are other options such as Blogger, which works slightly differently. In most scenarios I would recommend WordPress.

When you have your blog (remember you will also need hosting and a domain name if you’re using WordPress) the next stage is to customize it. You need to make your blog look nice and professional –  and the easiest way to do that is to choose from the many themes which are available, many for free.

If you want to make money from your blog you now need to monetize it. There are a number of options available, with popular methods including Google Adsense, CPA, text links, and promoting your own products (or those which you are acting as an affiliate for).

A blog isn’t a blog without content, so you need to get posting useful information which is relevant to your market. The best blogs are fun to read and contain good info – have  a read of other blogs in your area to get a feel for the sort of content they post.

You will also need traffic. One of the easiest ways to do it is to leave comments on other peoples blogs. Engage in the conversation and get to know other blog owners and their visitors.

In addition to your main business lines you should start thinking about more products and services that you can offer.  Think about affiliate marketing to the mix.  Find products and services that are a complement to the business that you are already running.  You can start by signing up with some of the marketing companies listed below.

Some companies focus specifically on digital products like clickbank.  The process for signing up with an affiliate network is pretty straight forward.  You enter information about yourself and your company.  You will need to supply the affiliate network with information about your website and how you plan on promoting products.

After you get approved by the affiliate network you will have to go to each vendor that is working with the affiliate network and get approval from them to offer their products.  If you get approved, you can get access to links and graphic banners that you can include on your websites and blogs.

When people come to your website and click on links or banners that interest them or purchase products through those links you receive a commission.  Each affiliate network has its own process of how payments are made.  Getting started with affiliate marketing can be a new income stream to add to your business.  Listed below are a few of the more popular affiliate networks.

E-junkie, Commission Junction, and Clickbank are some of the affiliate networks that are easy to join when you are just getting started.

Getting started with clickbank is easy.  Just sign up for an account and you are off to the races. When you get a clickbank id you can search the clickbank marketplace for products that you want to promote.  Just copy and paste the code into your website and when people use your affiliate links to buy you earn a commission.

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