If you are like most people who frequent the Internet such as to visit social networks, business networking websites, or shop online, you probably have thought about how much money these websites make, and how you could get a piece of the action.
You probably also have seen all of the various advertisements for products online and have received email solicitations to buy products and services from companies with which you have done business with or subscribed to their publications and wondered how these companies make money with these ads.
Well, if you do a web search for how to make money online, you will find so many ideas that it will make your head spin! And the vast majority of these methods will be way too complicated to try and thus take years to learn, quickly drain your pocketbook by costing way too much money to implement, or promise easy money with little to no effort on your part which produces dismal results. A rare exception which gives you a much better chance of success is affiliate marketing.
So what exactly is affiliate marketing, you ask?
Affiliate marketing is a way for you to earn money by selling a brand’s products. As strictly a marketer, you have no inventory and work for commission. Generally, affiliate marketers receive payment when a consumer they referred buys a product or service or completes a specific task.
Nowadays, anyone who has an internet connection and the right knowledge can make money by helping brands grow and sell online through affiliate marketing. While affiliate marketing at first can be somewhat tough, it can also be a great source of income if you’re willing to stick with it.
So read on to take a step-by-step journey through the world of affiliate marketing for beginners, including what it is, how it works, and how you can make money doing it.
Questions answered in this first chapter include: 1) The three distinct parties to affiliate marketing and their special relationships; 2) The pros and cons of affiliate marketing; 3) Whether affiliate marketing still viable for newbies; 4) Why some people still think that affiliate marketing is a scam; 5) How long it take to start making good money; and 6) How affiliate marketing compares with drop shipping.