You need to identify the product you wish to market and register with the owner of the product and help to sell the products to people on your list. You in turn earn a percentage of the sales which could be 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 75%, etc. depending on the owner or the network on which you are doing your promotion.
The advertiser (or product owner) provides you with ads code to place on your website or blog to enable visitors to such sites click on them and be redirected to the advertiser’s site to buy the products. They also add tracking codes on those ads to enable them determine which publisher (website owner or blogger) is generating the sale or action. This will enable them pay you at the end of the month if the transaction is completed.
You may also be given text links for your e-mail marketing, in which case, you need to insert the text link into your newsletter or mail to enable those on your list click on them to buy the products or register to become affiliates. Whichever is the case you earn some percentage for the action taken (buying or becoming a co-affiliate or advertiser) as the case may be.
Doing business online has become simpler and easier to monetize even though you are not a genius at creating products. You can leverage on what others have done and yet make tangible income as you provide your visitors with great content. That’s exactly what affiliate programmes is all about.
To be able to succeed as an affiliate however, you need some marketing skills because of the level of competition out there. It has been observed that visitors don’t easily buy from you at their first visit to your site. It takes about six visits before they finally make up their mind to buy. That is why you need to know how to follow them up and also the kind of messages to send intermittently.
The most important thing you have to start with before you can succeed as an affiliate marketer is to build a cordial relationship with your list. They must be able to trust you before they can part with their money. If you are trusted then there is hope that when you recommend a product to them they would buy it.