Friday, 7 March 2008

Earn Money As An Affiliate


Do you have a web site? Or an email newsletter? If so, you may be able to earn a little extra money on the side for very little effort.

One of the biggest marketing crazes on the Internet at the moment is what's called Affiliate marketing. That's where a business provides a commission when one of their products or services are sold via your web site or newsletter.

Here's an example of how it works. Let's say I'm a florist with a web site. I set up an Affiliate program where people can place my logo on their web site or in their newsletter, and every time someone clicks on the logo, visits my site, and buys some flowers, I pay the referrer 10% of the sale. We all benefit. I get the extra sale and you get a 10% commission without any outlay of cash or selling required.

There are literally thousands of businesses out there that offer Affiliate programs. If you already have an established web site or email newsletter, it's a good idea to consider joining some Affiliate programs and placing ads on your site or in the newsletter. There is no fee to do this, and each time someone visits your site or reads the newsletter, there is a chance they will click on the ad, and you have the chance of making a commission on a sale.

How do they know the visitor is from your site? Most affiliate programs employ sophisticated tracking systems that know when a visitor has come from your site. In basic terms, you are given an affiliate code, and when someone visits their site from yours, it contains your code so the system knows to pay you if a sale is made.

Obviously, just having a bunch of buttons on a blank web page isn't going to earn you much. But if you have a site that is getting some decent traffic, or if you have a newsletter that is gaining momentum, it's worth considering. Once the ad is placed, there's no more work to do, so any commissions are earnt without any further effort.