Do you have a topic you’re passionate about? Maybe you just love to breed tropical fish. Maybe you enjoy talking about parenting or baking cupcakes. With a little planning you can actually make money talking about your favorite subject. You can become an affiliate marketer.
What is an Affiliate Marketer?
An affiliate is someone who promotes products or services. In return, they earn a commission. Having a team of affiliates promoting a company’s products is good for them. It’s good for you too. You can spend your days discussing a topic you’re passionate about and make money at the same time.
Here’s an example. Perhaps you are passionate about technology. You love anything new and advanced. Every day you blog about the technology you’re trying out. You post on Facebook about why you like, or don’t like, a new gadget. In your blog posts and occasionally on Facebook you post a link, your affiliate link, to the company’s sales page or offer. If someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you earn a commission.
The great part about being an affiliate is that you’re promoting products that you stand behind. You promote products that you like, respect, and own or would buy yourself. And you don’t have to sell the product, simply talk about it and link to it. In fact, trying to sell the product often doesn’t work.
The most effective way to earn money as an affiliate is to simply discuss the products and link to them. In fact, a simple product review works quite well.
What Do You Need To Get Started As An Affiliate Marketer?
There are really only four things you need to get started as an affiliate.
1) A niche topic – What are you going to write about? The more specific it is the better. For example, technology is a broad topic. Mobile technology is more specific. Android mobile technology is an even tighter niche.
2) A website – A website is an essential. It’s how you communicate with your audience. It’s how you promote your affiliate products. It’s how you provide value to your readers.
3) Affiliate accounts with products/services that fit your niche – You can find affiliate products to represent by looking on affiliate directories. You can also visit the websites of products you love. Many companies have affiliate programs. If they don’t you might consider contacting them to establish an arrangement.
3) Content – Content will be your most useful too. You can create audio, video or print content. Post it on your blog, on your website, on article directories. Podcast and share content on social networking sites. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite topic and make money.
Being an affiliate marketer requires very little startup money. You’ll want a website or a blog. That’s essentially all you need to get started. Because there are so many top notch blog templates to work from, you can set up your blog yourself. That means all you have to pay for is a domain name and hosting.
So, what do you love to talk about? Start planning your affiliate business today. Find your topic, choose products to promote and start making money.