There are many ways to use the Internet to generate an income. In this article I’ll cover how to make money online if you are a beginner. It’s for anyone who is completely new to the concept of making money online, and for anyone struggling with their current program.
In either situation, your best opportunities making money online lie in what’s called Affiliate Marketing. The reason is, Affiliate Marketing is easy to set up, it generates an income rather quickly, and there is little to no investment to get started.
As an Affiliate Marketer you are basically referring, or selling, other peoples products for a commission.
Let’s start by looking at the major players in the Affiliate Marketing arena.
A vendor, or merchant, is the company who is selling a product.
An affiliate, sometimes referred to as a partner, is an independent person or company who assists in the promotion of the product and earns a commission for doing so. (That could be you!)
An account management service that partners the advertisers with the affiliates, and keeps track of the sales and commissions. (I’ve listed some of the top account management services at the end of this report)
If you want to become an affiliate, you first need to choose either a product you want to sell, or an account management service. You will end up with both, but the choice of one will determine the path to the other.
If you choose the product first, the advertiser will direct you to the account management service that they already work with. If you choose the account management service first, they will provide you with a list of merchants that they do business with.
If you don’t know what specific product you would like to promote I recommend browsing the participating merchants on the account management service’s website.
If possible, try to stick to products or ideas that you are familiar with and passionate about. It will be much easier to market to your visitors if you can add value to the link you want them to click on.
Personal recommendations or stories will get way better results than just a promotional banner or link. Give them a reason to “click here”, and to want to buy.
Affiliate Marketing is by far the best way for beginners to make money online. Give it a try and start your journey to online success.
Account Management Services
Clickbank is one of the most well-known and also very popular. It’s focus is on digital informational products. They currently have over 100,000 affiliates that are selling over 12,000 products.
Clickbank is a great place to start if you are new to affiliate marketing because it has a wide variety of products to choose from, it’s very easy to get started and they offer a comprehensive knowledge base.
The commissions are very generous as they range from 50% to 75% of the sale. Right now,
Commission Junction (CJ) is another popular site that has many affiliate marketing offers from which to choose. The merchants that put their products and services on Commission Junction tend to be bigger and more established companies who are experienced in product development, marketing, and promotion.
Amazon was the pioneer of the affiliate movement. It is a noteworthy affiliate network to join, especially if you want to sell physical products from your site or blog.
While the commissions with Amazon are generally lower, it is extremely easy to get set up, and they do offer a huge inventory of products. You can even choose to set up what is known as an Amazon aStore.