Affiliate marketing, best schemes and affiliate programmes to join, no hidden marketing costs, just easy ways to make money from the internet.
AFFILIATE MARKETING / AFFILIATE SCHEMES / AFFILIATE PROGRAMMES
Affiliate marketing can be a highly effective way to earn money from the internet. You don't need to invest in any stock and, unlike with a lot of money making schemes, there are no joining fees to pay.
Depending on how successful you are, online affiliate schemes can earn you anything from a few pence to several thousand pounds per month.
Before we go any further, let's clarify what affiliate marketing is and what makes a good affiliate programme.
There are usually three parties to an affiliate marketing transaction: the affiliate, the merchant and an affiliate network.
An affiliate is someone who owns or manages a website and is willing to put banners or links on the site which advertise another company's products or services. This company is known as the merchant.
So, as an example, let's imagine that Mark has a website where he provides film reviews that he has written. The site is free to use and so Mark has no income from the site to cover his hosting expenses or the time he spends writing the reviews. He runs the site purely because he enjoys doing so. But an affiliate programme could change that……
What Mark could do is to put a banner on his site advertising a company (the merchant) that sells DVDs - for example, HMV or Amazon. When one of Mark's visitors clicks that banner, they will be taken to the merchant's site.
The merchant's website will know that the visitor came to them via Mark's site - usually through the use of affiliate tracking cookies. If the visitor goes on to buy something from the merchant's site, then the affiliate (Mark) will earn a commission - typically something in the region of 5% to 10% of the order value.
Joining affiliate marketing schemes and networks