Affiliate marketing is when you are promoting someone else's products and in return you get a percentage of the amount of the sale. This is one of the best way people with home based internet marketing businesses can start out.
There are various affiliate networks that help you hook up with the people who have products that you can sell. Some of these networks or services are better than others for what your particular list might want, so you may have to join more than one site to find the products you need to promote.
The biggest affiliate network sites are ClickBank, PayDotCom, Commission Junction and LinkShare. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.
ClickBank has a wide variety of digital products … meaning they are like ebooks, courses, etc. But they have them in a big range of topics. You can look for products in health and fitness, pets or crafts, for example. So let's say your niche is quilting … you can start by searching for quilting products … maybe patterns or how to books for example.
But you don't have to just stick with quilting … there is a crafts section with tons of interesting products and maybe you know that the quilters on your list do or might be interested in other sewing type crafts, so you offer products on embroidery, sewing, crocheting, knitting, etc.
How cool is that? This same concept works for other niches, too. Just make sure that you are sticking with products that will make sense to your list! It shouldn't be too big of a stretch for them to understand why you would be recommending they buy a product.
ClickBank products have to be digital and they cap the sales price … but it is a great place to start because of the range they carry and good commission.
PayDotCom.com is good for an Internet Marketing list, as most of the affililate opportunities at PayDotCom are about Internet Marketing, though the site is growing daily.
PayDotCom does carry both physical and digital products, and the price point of the product can be higher.
The downside is that there aren't as many products available.
Commission Junction and LinkShare
Commission Junction and LinkShare both deal with physical products. They have relationships with more big businesses including clients like eBay, Best Buy and Pfaltzgraf.
You can sign up to become an affiliate for one or many of these companies. When you do that, you aren't trying to build a Best Buy store … you just want to pick and choose products from that client (or many clients) that fits your list.
So say your list is built around gaming … then you could promote a specific hot new game or gaming system that is available at Best Buy. If you have a targeted list and you write your emails well, you can do really well this way. How well depends on how tightly that product relates to your list and the relationship that you have built with them.
There you have it, some affiliate networks, what makes each of them unique and great for home based internet marketing businesses. Go check out a couple, find a few products and start your affiliate marketing program-and start making money-right away.