In 1997, Amazon.com
launched the pre-existing idea of affiliate programs. (Amazon.com
practically sells anything, but primarily books, and sells online only).
Since books are
all-inclusive on any subject of human activity, Amazon.com thought why
not utilize all websites out there, who offer knowledge, in such a way
that these websites will offer links from their sites to Amazon.com
(thus boosting traffic levels and revenue for Amazon.com), and
Amazon.com in return will pay commissions to the referrer (affiliate)
for each product sold. That's how affiliate programs started and the
An affiliate program
works, using Amazon as the example, as follows; the affiliate provides
links from his site to certain books on the Amazon site, books that are
related to the affiliate's site content. Amazon uses advanced software
that tracks who sends each visitor. If and when the visitor buys, Amazon
pays the affiliate a commission. Affiliate program is a service offered
to people who want to make money.
Affiliate programs work
for anyone, since there are thousands of merchant companies out there
who offer affiliate programs on thousands of different products. Online
Businesses that offer Affiliate Program are broad in scope; Computing &
Internet, Fun & Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Home & Family,
Marketing & Advertising, Money & Employment, Society & Culture, Sports &
Recreation. There are, surely, offline businesses that offer partnership
too, but this article is indifferent to Offline Business. At any rate,
online business is immensurable easier then an offline business and
success rate is higher, partly owing to the easiness of starting an
online business, and also due to the fact that online business stands
steadfast in front of a Global Massive Market, instead of a Local
Market. Of course this may not always be true. Success of some
businesses depends on promotional efforts.
Get Back To Affiliate Programs:
All the book-keeping,
order processing, shipping and handling is taken care by Merchant
companies. Your only goal is to make people click on the link which will
send them to the merchant company. And Its FREE Join affiliate programs.
Broad nature of
affiliate programs makes it possible for anyone to leverage Internet,
which brings us to the specific method I mentioned on the headline.
hobbies into income generating websites
Let me tell you one
thing before going further, To transmute hobbies into income is only one
way to make money through affiliate programs. There are other ways, such
as, if you have an established business, you can promote related
affiliate products on your website as recommendations. If you are
conducting an e-mail campaign then you can advertise affiliate products
in your e-mail campaigns. The way I am talking about is largely
desirable for beginners, but it is universal. Letís move onÖ
People who have website
Take a look at any
website that doesn't sell anything but has some content on a particular
subject, and you will find an online business that will offer an
affiliate programs for that subject. And the owner of that website can
make money. So if you own a website, consider searching for a related
If your website is
about Movies, you can get affiliated with Amazon.com and get access to
their movie database; you can advertise anyone of their Movies on your
website and get commissions if any visitor from your website follows
your advertisement and buys from Amazon.com. As I said earlier,
companies identify which visitor came from which affiliate by the use of
advanced software technology. Each Affiliate has a unique URL that
points to the merchant company. When you get affiliated with any company
you are told how exactly this tracking process is handled.
People who don't have website
If you donít own a
website, then here is what you can do if you are interested in affiliate
business (this is only one way to do it, I just want to give you an
idea, but remember, most companies will give you tips and tricks to
jump-start once you get affiliated with them).
One way which works
well for many people is to concentrate on a small niche. Choose a topic
in which you are passionately interested, and create a web site around
that theme. Then select associate programs which closely fit the theme
of your site and blend them into the site, using text links.
- Write articles or
find articles with reprint rights that match your passions. You can
find articles with reprint rights on http://www.articlebank.com
- Select affiliate
programs that fit the theme of your articles
- Create an informative
website containing these nice Articles. To create a quality website, I
recommend http://www.websitewizard.com. With this service you can
create a website if you can stack blocks.
- Ingrain into your
website, your unique affiliate links, wherever you see fit.
- Once your website is
ready, promote it by submitting to search engines. I have provided for
you a free software that will submit your website to search engines.
Click here to download.
This is what might
happen; supposing that people are now visiting your website. Interested
People will come and read your articles; they will like your webpage
(for whatever reason) and will perceive that you know what you are
talking about and so check out your recommendations (your affiliate
advertisements), and they might click and buy through them. Thus, you
will make commissions. Of course, thatís only a possible outcome.
Whatever I am saying in this article is not scientific or proven
information. You might make money or not. But it largely depends on your
website content, and your promotion.
Affiliate Programs are
very good way to make money, since you donít need to own products.
There is one other
advantage for signing up with affiliate programs, which is, you get
extensive, tested and proven marketing materials, tips and tricks on how
to improve your promotion and get more visitors to your website, hence
bigger commissions. All this material is yours free if you sign up with
their program. Why? Because your success is their success.