Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Three Easy Ways for Newbies to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a term used to describe an advertising agreement between a website owner (affiliate) and a merchant. A strategic affiliate marketing agreement can be a very profitable online venture for both parties. The affiliate earns a commission for generating leads, clicks, and/or sales for the merchants website. The merchant enjoys a healthy profit without having to do a great deal of work.

If you are an affiliate marketing newbie interested in entering the business of strategic affiliate marketing, here are three simple steps to help get you started:

Step One:

The first step in developing a strategic affiliate marketing campaign is to find a niche. Your best bet is to find a subject that you are interested in or passionate about. Having a fair bit of knowledge on the subject won’t hurt either.

Step Two: The second step to getting started in affiliate marketing, and possibly the most important one, involves finding merchants whose products you would like to promote. You will want to find high-paying merchants and high converting products. Before making a final decision, you will also want to consider the merchant’s stance on strategic affiliate marketing. For example, do they offer affiliate support? What about marketing materials? The more support offered, the better.

Step Three: The final step to developing a strategic affiliate marketing campaign is promotion. For some, this is the hardest part. However, if done correctly, it is possible to earn large sums of money in the affiliate marketing business. To learn the best ways to promote your website, you must do your research. Read everything you can on strategic affiliate marketing, advertising techniques, and website promotion. Knowledge is the key to unlocking your success as an affiliate ma

About the author: Cliff Posey, owner of CRP Marketing, owns and operates
http://webbusinesstoolsonline.com. Cliff Posey has also operated several other successful web businesses including Love Song Cards and Radio Career Consultants. The content in this article was developed from his experience in these businesses and his continual research into further business improvements.