How Affiliate Marketing Works
Affiliate marketing is a home based job that earns residual income without a whole lot of effort involved.
Most people that get emails, messages, or postal mail informing them about affiliate marketing will typically just trash the information assuming it is some kind of scam. However, affiliate marketing is a real job that can be worked from the comfort of your own home.
The reason some people doubt the legitimacy of affiliate
marketing is because it sounds like a scam. When the concept is broken down to the basics, the legitimacy of this kind of work becomes crystal clear. An affiliate is someone who works with a company to sell, market, or advertise a service or product. Basically, an affiliate marketeer is someone who markets a product that belongs to a company who pays them a commission each sale.
How do you become an affiliate for a company or business to begin with? First, you have to either have a product or know how to get involved with a company that pays you to advertise their products. The product needs to be validated. A product or service is only validated if it has real selling potential. There are online tools like Topsy.com that allow you to plug in some keywords that will tell you if your idea or product can be validated.
Affiliate marketing websites that allow you to place ads on your website to boost their sales usually require that your website, blog, and/or social media pages have a specific amount of traffic. This makes sense since you have to have a decent amount of traffic (viewers, followers, and/ or patrons)on your pages to have a better chance of making any kind of sale for a larger company.
Affiliate Marketing Reviews
1. Amazon Affiliate
Amazon is one of the most popular and trusted affiliate programs available. There is a vast amount of products that can be monetized on your website.
Registering for the Amazon Associates program is a simple process. To begin, visit affiliate-program.amazon.com and click “Join Now for Free.”
The commission made from each sale varies by product. However, Amazon does have some of the highest commission rates for top rated products and services.
The affiliate program’s tools are very easy to understand and use, even for beginners. Amazon also has one of the friendliest support to help you if you run into a problem or get confused. However, customer support does have a bad habit telling you one thing then turning around and telling you something different because they are just as confused as you are.
Even with that, the biggest problems you might run into with Amazon’s affiliate marketing service are:
– The amount of products to be reviewed are excessively numerous which can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. Especially for beginners.
– The Terms Of Service (TOS) is one of the most confusing
things to muddle through, and Amazon reserves the right to
change their TOS without your knowledge and is under no
obligation to update their customers, buyers, sellers, and
affiliates when they do.
-Some niches may not be as fruitful as others. Choose your
products, services, and niches wisely.
2. Click Bank
Click Bank is another one of the most reputable affiliate marketing programs out there. They have tens of thousands of sellers/vendors and more than one hundred thousand affiliates. Their commissions are as competitive as Amazon’s, possibly higher and payed on time through their system.
Click Bank is easy for pros and beginners to learn and earn from, depending on the selected niche. There is no need for a new affiliate to invest any money into Click Bank to get started. They place a fully integrated and accessible ecommerce platform on your page, website, or blog.
The main problems with Click Bank are:
- Some niches, products and services are not a very good selection. You do not want to advertise something that your followers do not care about and would probably never click on let along purchase.
- Click Bank’s customer service has a high number of unsatisfied users and reviews. However, most of the issues could have been avoided if the user had researched the products/services they intended on displaying on their
2. Click Funnel
Clickfunnels is another highly reputable platform that can work out well for pros and beginners. Their platform interface is one of the easiest to use.
They have an easy to use drag and drop system to customize your continuous landing pages. You can even add in some automated emails (these are not drag and drop, and can be slightly confusing), pop-ups for opt ins, and sign up forms on your pages.
Clickfunnels’ sales funnel is one of the best in the business to get people to become paying customers that earn you a decent commission.
The biggest problems with Clickfunnels is it does not contain all of the automated email marketing technology you would need to run a successful business. However, they do provide enough to get you started and well on your way.
Learning to set up funnels can be difficult because of the URL changes, domains, and subdomain changes.
There are no CRM tools, so any emails and/or namees of leads have to be rerouted through another tool.
ClickFunnels’ email support is highly rated as friendly and helpfool in case you become overly confused or need extra assistance.
Which Affiliate Platform Is Better?
Amazon Affiliate, Click Bank and Click Funnel, are all wonderful places to start your venture into the world affiliate marketing. They all have pros and cons that are similar which makes choosing a better platform difficult.
The problems with every single one of these options are pretty much the same thing- the chosen niche. However, if you do some research about what you want to advertise based on your interests as well as your audience’s, deciding what to place on your website or blog should not be too hard.
The best way to determine which one of the above affiliate
marketing systems is by doing some thorough research and comparing the type of service they each offer. Either way, there is no real wrong answer when it comes to these four very reputable and highly recommended affiliate marketing platforms. All you really need to do is figure out the product,
service, or niche you want to work in and decide what you want to advertise.
Remember to keep your audience in mind. They will be more likely to click on or purchase something that is related to your current content. Also, keep in mind the amount of space you have to work with. If your space is pretty limited, you would probably be better off going with an ecommerce form integration rather than a bunch of ads that would take up space and make your page look unprofessional, overcrowded, and confusing to your audience.