Benefits of Being an Affiliate Marketer and Google Adsense Profits

Affiliate marketing has become one of the most effective ways to advertise online. It is also one of the easiest ways for anyone with a website to make a profit online. Affiliate Marketing is an agreement between a merchant and a website owner. The website owner, or the affiliate, allows the use of their site for the promotion of the merchant’s products by linking to the merchant’s website. In exchange, the merchant pays a commission to the affiliate on all sales generated by the affiliate. Every time someone clicks on the link on the affiliate website and proceeds to make a purchase, the affiliate gets a commission. The merchant will pay the affiliate only when a customer clicks on the product link and makes a purchase.

 

Are you a webmaster who needs funds to keep your website running?  Or is your website the only way for you to earn income?  Whichever you are, for as long as you are a webmaster or a web publisher and you need cash, affiliate marketing may work well for you.  With affiliate marketing, you may get a lot of cash pouring into your bank account easily.  And if your website is rich in great contents and you want to earn more profit, why not get into the Google Adsense program as well?

 

Why Affiliate Marketing?

 

Well, simply because affiliate marketing is the easiest and probably the best way to earn profits online, unless otherwise you are a businessman and would rather sell your own products online than advertise other businessman’s products on your site.  But even online retailers can benefit from affiliate marketing programs, because affiliate marketing actually works for merchants as well as it works for the affiliates.

 

Affiliate marketing, simply said, is a relationship or agreement made between two websites, with one site being the merchant’s website and the other being the affiliate’s site.  In the relationship, the affiliate agrees to let the merchant advertise his products on the affiliate’s site.  The merchant, on the other hand, would agree to pay the affiliate in whatever method they have agreed into.  This would generally mean easy income for the affiliate, as he would do nothing but place the retailer’s ad on his site.  This would also be very beneficial for the merchant, as getting affiliates to advertise their products would be a lot more affordable than hiring an advertising firm to promote their products.

 

There are a variety of methods on how the merchant would compensate the affiliate for his services, and for the webmaster, these methods simply translates to the method by which he would earn easy cash.  Among the more common methods of compensation are the pay-per-click method, the pay-per-lead method, and the pay-per-sale method.  The pay-per-click method is the method most preferred by affiliates, for their site’s visitor would only have to visit the advertiser’s site for them to gain money.  The other two methods, on the other hand, are better preferred by merchants, as they would only have to compensate you if your visitor becomes one of their registrants or if the visitor would actually buy their products.

 

Getting much profit on affiliate marketing programs, however, does not depend so much on the compensation method is it does on the traffic generated by your site.  A website that can attract more visitors would generally have the greater chance of profiting in affiliate marketing programs.

 

What about Google Adsense?

 

Google Adsense is actually some sort of an affiliate marketing program.  In Google Adsense, Google act as the intermediary between the affiliates and the merchants.  The merchant, or the advertiser, would simply sign up with Google and provide the latter with text ads pertaining to their products.  These ads, which is actually a link to the advertiser’s website, would then appear on Google searches as well as on the websites owned by the affiliates, or by those webmasters who have signed up with the Google Adsense program.

 

While one can find a lot of similarities between Google Adsense and other affiliate marketing programs, you can also see a lot of differences.  In Google Adsense, all the webmaster has to do is place a code on his website and Google takes care of the rest.  The ads that Google would place on your site would generally be relevant to the content of your site.  This would be advantageous both for you and for the advertiser, as the visitors of your site would more or less be actually interested with the products being advertised.

 

The Google Adsense program compensates the affiliate in a pay-per-click basis.  The advertisers would pay Google a certain amount each time their ad on your site is clicked and Google would then forward this amount to you through checks, although only after Google have deducted their share of the amount.  Google Adsense checks are usually delivered monthly.  Also, the Google Adsense program provides webmasters with a tracking tool that allows you to monitor the earnings you actually get from a certain ad.

 

So, where do all of these lead us to?

 

Where else but to profits, profits and even more profits!  Affiliate marketing programs and the Google Adsense program simply work, whether you are the merchant or the affiliate.  For the merchant’s side, a lot of money can be saved if advertising effort is concentrated on affiliate marketing rather than on dealing with advertising firms.  For the webmaster, you can easily gain a lot of profits just by doing what you do best, and that is by creating websites.  And if you combine all your profits from both the Google Adsense program and other affiliate marketing programs, it would surely convert to a large amount of cash.

 

All the same, the best benefit of being an affiliate marketer is the opportunity to increase your income; and you can make a profit even if affiliate marketing is only a sideline business. With your own affiliate business, you can earn easily earn extra income, although you do have to exert effort and use your imagination to maximize your earning potential. Indeed, affiliate marketing is one of the simplest and most effective business opportunities on the web today.

 

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An Affiliate Marketing Glossary

Affiliate Marketing is a concept with its own terms. To get started, you’ll have to know what the middlemen and affiliate program pitches mean when they use them, otherwise it will strike you as a bunch of gibberish For those of you with some experience already in this matter, these terms are for the beginners.

 Ad Copy: A written sales pitch, also known simply as ‘copy’. Most follow the AIDA form (Attention, Interest, Desire, Action) and examples can be seen on any site that’s selling something.

 Affiliate Link: This is how the company knows who to pay. These are the hypertext links given to you by the affiliate program that differentiates you from generic traffic at large. Unless you send someone through an affiliate link, you don’t get paid.

 Affiliate Program: An agreement with a given company that has this sort of program to advertise and promote their products in exchange for payment, usually as a commission per sale. You do this at your own expense, although the programs themselves are free to join. I have heard of those that require payment to join, but I strongly recommend against them, as there are plenty of good programs you can join for free.

 Commission: This is how you get paid by all affiliate marketing programs. It’s not a salary or a fee, and taxes are not deducted and thus your problem to track. Commissions are usually expressed in percent, although some are given in dollars per sale.

 Conversion: The percentage of people you send to an affiliate site that buy. 1% is the industry average. Getting conversions is the name of the game in affiliate marketing.

 Creative: The collective reference given by some programs to the sum total of all their advertising stuff, like ad gif’s, testimonials, product photos, and copy text.

 Pay Per Click: You get paid anytime someone clicks on a link from your site. The biggest example of a program that does this is Google AdSense, which gives you Pay Per Click ads to put your site and pays you every time someone clicks on it. Miva and Yahoo! also have ad programs that work this way.

 Pay Per Lead: This one is not common but very handy. When you send someone to a site and they sign up for a free trial, e-mail list or sales call, it’s called a lead. Some companies pay you to give them leads, which is good for you, because you are getting paid to give a potential customer something for free.

 Pay Per Sale: The most common ways to get paid in affiliate programs. When you send someone to a site and they buy a product, eBook, download, or membership, you get paid a percentage of the gross on it.

 Super Affiliate: An affiliate marketer in the top 5% of all affiliate marketers. These are the ones that make 80% of all the commissions in affiliate marketing and the aspiration of all affiliate marketers looking to get rich doing this.

 Two-Tier Program: An affiliate program that pays you for your sales and those of anyone you recruit. For all intents and purposes, if you recruit and train your second tier, they will make you money.

 Some programs are also multi-tier, which means you get paid on down line several tiers beneath you or more.

 These will get you started with your affiliate marketing understanding.

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Affiliates Must Pre-Sell–Don’t Make the Mistake That Will Most Hurt Your Business

The Internet is bursting with Web sites created by affiliates to steer visitors to merchants’ sites. This is the simple elegance of affiliate marketing–create a Web site, sign up as an affiliate with companies that sell products you like, then sit back and watch the money pour in. At least that’s the theory. But many affiliates make the one mistake that most hurts their business. They fail to pre-sell their customers.

 

Creating a Web site that is one big sales letter is not going to lead to huge sales. Why?  Because visitors will resist your sales pitch no matter how enticing your Web site, and they will not likely click through to the merchant’s site. Even if they do click through, they will be faced with another sales pitch, possibly with some of the same wording.  By selling you are actually hurting your chance to make a profit.

 

If this doesn’t make sense, keep in mind why people in the millions everyday go on the Internet–content. They want to learn something, or they are looking for help with a problem, or they have some other need.

 

People don’t go online to be confronted by a sales pitch. That’s why your affiliate site to be successful must create a sense of credibility by offering lots of interesting and informative content–articles, headlines, news, blogs, forums, free newsletters and email courses, and links to more content that might be of interest. These things will keep your visitors interested and they will then click through with pleasure to the merchant’s site in a mood ready-to-buy.

 

This is the beauty of the pre-sell. It’s this pre-selling that puts your visitor in a positive frame of mind, which leads to a sale. If you turn your visitor off in the beginning with an obvious sales pitch, it’s almost impossible to overcome that, and you’ve lost a potential customer.

 

There are two important things to remember to effectively pre-sell your visitors:

 

<strong>Carefully craft your site to the theme of your merchants’ products or services.</strong>

 

If you are signed up as affiliate with several dating sites, then your site should obviously be devoted to dating and getting people together, along with anything associated with relationships–flowers, candy, special holidays, jewelry, cards, or gifts. You name it. Be creative. Obviously a pitch for the greatest money-making opportunity won’t fit.

 

<strong>Put yourself in your visitor’s shoes.</strong>

 

Analyze your site with brutal honesty and try to understand how a stranger would feel navigating through. Is the site complicated and hard to figure out? Do all the links work? Does it have a central, specific theme? Does the site deliver valuable, appropriate content? Do you get a trusting feeling? Will it make the visitor more open to buy? If so, then you can safely recommend merchants to your visitor. People will usually only buy from someone they trust. And that should be you.

 

Pre-selling works because it’s a two-step process. The first step is up to you by providing a content-rich, interesting site where visitors will feel comfortable. As you gain their trust, they will pass on to step two by clicking through to the merchant’s site. By now they are interested enough to buy, so they will not be turned off by the sales copy. 

 

Let the merchant do the selling. Your role is to educate and help your visitors by providing answers to their questions or solutions for their problems through quality content.

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Affiliates, 3 Things You should Own Even Though You don’t Own a Product

Three essential requisites for affiliates to success in promoting their affiliate products.

1. Your own web site:

Most affiliates put a redirect link directly to their affiliate

product. It is not such a good practice.

*Register a domain that closely resembles your affiliate product

website. For example, if you are an affiliate for affiliateproduct.com

web site, try to register affiliate-product.com or affiliateproduct.net.

*Follow the lay-out of your affiliate product web site.

*Put content on your web site (minimum of 10 pages). Like articles

and reviews related to your affiliate product. No need to say to put up

links leading the visitor to your affiliate web site.

*If you have a multiple different affiliate products, don’t mix them up

and put all of those links on same web site. Choose a multi-domain host

and host your different affiliate web sites for cheap.

2. Your own opt-in list:

You need your own opt-in list **no matter** what you sell and your own

or your affiliate product.

Start giving free ecourse or an e-zine related to your affiliate product

and collect email addresses.

You need a follow up autoresponder or a mailing list manager to manage

this process of collecting emails, follow up, sending promotional emails

etc. etc.

3. Your Own E-zine articles:

Yep! You have to spread the word about your affiliate product. Don’t You?

Write articles related to your affiliate product and publish them on your

web site, send them to publishers, submit them to content sites.

Do a search on Google like ‘submit+article’, you will get a

big list of sites. Keep your favorites on your Favorites folder and submit

to them on regular basis.

Few tips in writing e-zine articles in the affiliate’s perspective:

=Don’t expose your affiliate link directly in your resource box.

=Usually affiliate links comes as long URLs. These tend to breakup.

So use some kind of redirection.

=Only promote one product in one article.

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Affiliate Yourself And Start Earning Income With Your Blog Site Starting Today!

 

Not only are there a lot of people out there blogging for fun, many of them are finding ways to make money by blogging. There are a number of ways an income from blogging can be achieved, but one of the most popular is by affiliating your blog. If you are blogging or considering starting a blog and you are not yet affiliated, you will quickly find that you should. Otherwise, you are just leaving money on the table that you may not have to.

The first thing you may be asking yourself is this: what is an affiliate program? Well, that is a great question and one easily answered. An affiliate program is one where the seller offers a part of the money generated by a sale to those who refer customers to them. There are, in fact, a lot of websites out there who are parts of affiliate programs.

With these companies, you need to sign up. You will, in most cases, be given a unique ID from that affiliate. That ID is for identifying you as the one who has referred the customer to the site and made the sale. If, then, you are successful in helping to sell the product, you receive payment that is generally stated in whatever your affiliate agreement includes. The amount you might get paid ranges greatly. You may make as little as one cent in US dollars or as much as one hundred US dollars depending on the product, the company, and sometimes the amount you help to sell.

Once you have made the decision to use an affiliate program and have figured out which one you want to use, then you are ready to get started. Sign up and register for the affiliate program and start adding your affiliate’s codes to your blog. Ah, but there is the next issue: how do you include affiliate links? There are a few ways you can do that. First of all, you can do reviews about a product and then link to that product through your affiliate program (obviously you would need it to be a product offered by your affiliate program). A second way, if you don’t want to do a review, is to compile a recommended list that is either in a blog entry or along the side of your blog. A third way to get your affiliate program involved in your blog is to use codes or scripts in your coding that will generate random links to products in your affiliate program.

Once you have your links and your program in place, it will be all about product. It is important to note that most people are not going to keep reading a website if they think it is just all about selling. Make sure your content, which you update regularly, is useful to the reader. You want that reader to keep coming back and hopefully working through your affiliates, so you really should concentrate on good, solid, useful content that is going to keep your readers coming back and not make them feel like they are being sold all the time. If, however, you really want to sell, you should try to label your site as a commercial endeavor. Keep those things in mind and your affiliate program will hopefully help you turn a profit.

No matter what your blogging experience may be, it is possible that you can blog for fun and profit at the same time. There are a number of ways to make a profit off of your blog, but the most common right now is to affiliate yourself with certain other sites and products. Affiliate programs generally cost little or no money and can help you make money on your own. They are basically a way of getting commission from helping someone to sell a product or service. So find the ones that work with the theme of your blog and get those codes up on your site. Once they are up, make sure you are finding ways to drive traffic to them without going overboard on the selling and making sure your content is useful. Stick with these tips and stays focused and before you know it, your blog can become a success through the use of a good affiliate program.

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Affiliate web sites make money

 

Making money from your affiliate business.

If you have a hobby that you can turn into a job, you will never have to do a day’s work again! Do you have a hobby? Want to know how to turn that hobby into a work from home business?

Working from home and making money from your hobby is one of the easiest ways to generate an additional income for you and your family. The lucky ones get to work from home all day but I suggest you don’t give up your day job!

You have to build your income.

A work from home business is the same as any other you need to work! However the amount of work you put in will be rewarded and besides, if it’s a hobby, you don’t mind doing it. All you really need is a web site and an interest. It might even be possible to earn money from home with subject matter to which you have no knowledge.

So how is this possible?                          

By using pay per click (PPC) schemes, the classic being Google AdSense. Each time a visitor comes to your web site and clicks on a link, you earn money! It really is that simple. Or is it? Well actually yes it is! If you can build a web site or get one built that you can add content too, then simply buy putting your knowledge onto your web site with some AdSense links, you may earn some money. I say may, only because if your user does not click a link you will not earn but you are rich in the knowledge that you have helped someone. At least you should be, as if your site is good they might well return. This time they might click a link or two and then you start to earn.

How much can you earn?

There is no hard and fast rules here. Working from home and making a living from your computer should always be your secondary income. What you earn should be considered a bonus. A holiday fund or a new car fund. Your work from home income will be your luxury fund! Payment is worked out automatically, you basically get what you get but if you can attract visitors to you web site, you will start to earn a little extra money this is almost certain. Why so vague? There are no real methods of telling what a given home based affiliate web site might make in terms of money. The site needs to attract visitors who in turn need to click on an advert. If you have no visitors, your home business is going to take some extra work. You have to tell people about your site and where it is.

Promotion

Search engine optimization is the first port of call. Build your web site with the minimum of code and make it fast loading for your users. Add a site map to your web site. Add a link to your signature in any forums you belong to. Add links to pages in any reference you make to your site. Add the site link to your e-mail signature. Have cards made up and make sure your web site address is there too. Anywhere you can leave a link to your home based business is a seed for future earnings.

Content.

Content is king and search engines love it. If your web site business is hobby based, be sure to include everything you know into your web site and as you learn more, add that too. Keep adding and adding, content is great spider food and spiders love fresh content. Updating your web site regularly is a must.

Don’t be fooled.

You might come across adverts that say ‘earn $5000 a month working from home. It might even say $10,000/month working from home! I challenge these work from home schemes to prove the fact! The truth is no home working program will give you an instant money tap. Many of these get rich quick sites are simply a rip off. A well-crafted site will earn you a good income but you have to work at it, keep it updated and promote it every day if you can and eventually your seed will grow. How big? Only the effort you put in will tell.

Good luck

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Affiliate Tip – Create A Newsletter

The average person has to be exposed to a product seven times before he makes a decision to buy. What does that mean to you as an affiliate marketer? You need to be able to get the product you are offering in front of your visitors repeatedly. One of the best ways to do this is by getting the visitors of your website to sign up for a newsletter.

By capturing their email address and getting them on your newsletter list, you can keep bringing them back to your site. You will also be able to repeat your offer several times in your newsletter, and if you can’t get them to buy the first product, you move on to something else. Sooner or later they will start buying and you will get your commission from the sale.

A newsletter is also a great relationship-building tool. Think about it, who are you more likely to buy from? A complete stranger or someone that has already provided you with great content on the subject you are interested in. You’d probably buy from someone that has given you great information already.

The same goes for your visitors. To turn them into customers, allow them to get to know you, show them that you know what you are doing and provide them with good content in your newsletter. Then offer them your affiliate product.

The biggest mistake I see new affiliate marketers make when it comes to newsletters, is to try to use their personal email client (like Microsoft Outlook) to run a newsletter. It is very time consuming to manually add and remove subscribers from your list. You also run the risk of being shut down by your webhost if you send to many emails at once.

I recommend you use an autoreponder service like aweber right from the start. You will be able to create signup forms for your website. Adding and removing of subscribers is done automatically, and you can schedule messages to go out at a certain date and time.

You can use the actual autoresponder feature to your advantage by creating a series of newsletters that are not time sensitive. Each new subscriber will receive the newsletter editions you have written in sequence starting with message 1. All you have to do is add a new message each week, or month. Of course you can also send time sensitive messages – like a holiday promotion – to your entire list right away.

To encourage visitors to your site to subscribe to the newsletter, add a signup form on each page of your site. It also helps to offer them something free for subscribing. Create a report, or even an ebook related to the topic of your newsletter and use the autoreponder feature to automatically send it to them when they sign up.

Try to stay in touch with your subscriber list at least once per month; preferably twice per month or even weekly. You could see the first sales coming in within a few weeks. I encourage you to give it a try. Newsletters are one of the most powerful affiliate tools and they are easy to implement.

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