How to be an affiliate, I guess the first question that I would like to answer first is what is affiliate marketing?
as wikipedia defines it : is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's own marketing efforts. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as 'retailer' or 'brand'), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as 'the affiliate'), and the customer. The market has grown in complexity to warrant a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates and specialized third party vendors.
This is I think one of the best way to make money online. There are a lot of ways a person can use affiliate marketing to make money online. and you can actually combine it with different source of income to do it.
I have list some check list below in order for you to start being an affiliate.
What is Clickbank, ClickBank is one of the best affiliate network in the market today. They Paid more than 2 Billion Dollars to their affiliates. They only sell digital products that are downloadable.
They are the best place to start your affiliate marketing journey.
I can't stress this enough you will need to have your own website in order for you to be able to accomplish and control what you want to do with your website.
I would even tell you to start building multiple websites if you really want to make money online. To be able to be an affiliate that earns money online you will need to learn a lot of things. You might see a lot of advertisments that actually promises you, that it will be easy for you to make money online to be an affiliate.
Believe me it's not that easy, if you see this claims go ahead and close that page. They are trying to sell you one of their products that does nothing for you but to make you go around circles again.
There are different ways to accomplish this, you can outsource it, have someone create it for your. There are sites where you can actually hire a web designer/programmer to do the work for you. Some of these sites are www.freelance.com or you can do it your self, one of the best easy to use software that lets you do this is SiteBuildIt! which really has a lot of good reviews.
When starting new on this affiliate marketing you will feel lost on which needs to start, its always a good idea and good for your business to start focusing on what niche you would want to use.
This is a tricky part. you will need to try and test different types of niches in order to find one that actually work. And if you find one that actually works stick to it, before moving to the next.
I will tackle different niches on my next article.