Have you ever wanted to become your own boss and work from home?
The dream of trading in your 9-to-5 job to work from home is a dream for millions of Americans.
However, there’s a limited number of jobs that you can do from home.
That’s where affiliate marketing comes into play.
If you’re like me, you probably want to jump right in and start making money with affiliate marketing. However, you must choose a niche first if you want to make more than a little side money.
Finding your niche can be challenging. It can be something that you’ll enjoy selling or something that’s in high demand. For example, there’s a high demand for web hosting, which happens to have a competitive affiliate market.
After choosing a niche, you can set up your own blog to drive traffic. On such a website, you can do web hosting reviews, blogs and content about web hosting in general. Remember to keep SEO in mind when you create this content. It will attract people to your site.
Sign Up for Affiliate Programs
In order to push products, you have to know which programs to push. This is when you need to find the best affiliate programs to join. Start by looking for affiliate programs within your chosen niche. Once again, if you choose web hosting, you would search for web hosting companies that offer affiliate programs.
It’s possible to sign up with more than one affiliate program. In fact, joining multiple affiliate programs is a great idea. Doing so makes it possible to create a range of content, such as a list of the best web hosting companies.
Then, you can push more than one affiliate link. Also, it gives your website a little variety so that you aren’t just pushing the same web hosting company or whatever product that you choose to endorse.
Understand the Different Affiliate Marketing Programs
Are you having trouble choosing an affiliate marketing program to join? You can narrow down your options by understanding the differences between the models. For example, a tier-one affiliate marketing program is one in which you get paid based on the sales that you generate from your specific affiliate link.
On the other hand, a tier-two program gives you a commission based on the sales that come from the affiliates that you refer to the company. Typically, a tier-two program pays a commission based on your sales too. Keep in mind, though, that it’s only fruitful if a lot of referrals sign up under you.
Additionally, there’s a climbing-tier program. The amount of money that you get per sale increases as you sell more. While you might not start off making a lot with such a program, it eventually evolves into a high-paying affiliate marketing choice.
Some other types of affiliate marketing programs include:
- Pay per lead — You get a commission based on the total number of leads that you send to a business.
- Recurring commissions — You get a bigger commission the longer that people stay subscribed to a service. This is common with subscription-based services.
- Cookie commission — You get a commission based on everyone who uses your affiliate link and buys from a store. Unlike a traditional commission link, though, you get paid even if the visitors don’t buy anything right away. This is made possible thanks to cookies that the website stores on each visitor’s computer. Typically, the cookies last between 30 and 90 days.