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Short Overview Of What I Have Learned So Far…

Affiliate marketing is a way to create an income for simply promoting other people's products. You find a product or service that you want to promote and sign up for their affiliate program. Once the customer has clicked on the affiliate link your job is done. Hopefully a good percentage of your referrals make a purchase and you earn a commission with no items to package or ship and no payments to process.

What skills are helpful?

Writing is important as content is what will attract people to what you have to offer. Some basic marketing skills will help you develop the right kind of content and make the best affiliate program recommendations for the people you're reaching.

Another skill that can and will come in handy is SEO (search engine optimization) optimization. The higher your website is ranked due to SEO skills, the easier it will be for people to find your website and see the affiliate promotion.

What tools are needed?

The only tool really needed is a website or blog. Your website/blog will be used to promote your affiliate’s products or services. Maybe you want a few different websites/blogs for a few different affiliate programs, that’s entirely up to you. Some people actually promote affiliate programs just by putting affiliate links in their email and forum signatures - no website/blog involved.

How do you get started?

It’s quite simple to get started. If you already have a website or blog you can easily find an affiliate program that pertains to your website/blog (for example if your website is about natural parenting you can look for an affiliate program for a natural parenting product to promote) simply by doing a little research.

After you have signed up for the affiliate program you will be given an ID. This unique ID will be used in the links that you provide on your website/blog. This is how the person or company you signed up with will keep track of your referrals and payments due.

You are now set up and ready to go. Affiliate marketing is a nice at home business that you can do without having to keep inventory, process sales or deal with customer support.

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