It’s not a saying when you say, “Affiliate Business is not a cake-walk”. Yes, you might have read rags to riches stories of people who made it big using online programs. But unless there is a vision, plan and strategy to build a network empire of loyal subscribers, your hard-work will succumb by an ash tray. Before you have heard the term “affiliate” or “associate”, you might have already run a query in Google for “make money online”.
But most of the results are scams. By the time you research and dwell into the inner pages, you will definitely get a headache and there is lot of confusion. So if you are reading this post to genuinely make some money using internet marketing programs, then I’ll present to you some honest data that I know of.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
According to the Wikipedia article,
Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought 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.
But in more simple terms, as a publisher or affiliate or associate you will be promoting other people’s (company’s) products without investing a dime in the infrastructure, resources and man-power to directly make that product. You will be interacting with the main site or company which will produce that product or sell that product. Then you are given an affiliate URL or link or banner to promote on your blog or website or social network and you get rewards when someone buys or registers using that link.
For example, Amazon is a great publishing company. So they sell different products related to books, electronics, hardware, software etc. Say for example, a “Windows 8” book is sold on it for $5. To become an affiliate or earn some money from that product, you must first register into the Amazon Associates Program. (link given in the list below).
After that, you are given a specific user id, which will be attached to every shopping URL of Amazon products you promote. Now you write a review or describe the pros and cons of that product on your blog or website. Otherwise, just simply share that affiliate URL in your favorite social network.
So if somebody clicks that link and buys the product, you get a commission like 10%. So here in this case you will earn $0.5 whenever a customer buys using your affiliate URL. So you need not spend any money, infrastructure, resources to create that product. All you have to do is invest some time researching that product.
Is Affiliate Marketing that Simple?
Though it may look as simple as that, but in 2015 it’s tougher to make proportionate income from online business. Bandwidth has increased, people awareness has increased and the number of scams have also increased. So unless you try the product yourself and present an honest review to your loyal base of subscribers, it’s not that easy to earn affiliate income.
First of all, your blog should attract sufficient visitors and then they should convert into your loyal readers. You should have good knowledge about the niche you are blogging on or writing about. The product should be beneficial not only financial wise, but to his intent.
When a customer believes you in what you are promoting, he will definitely re-visit your blog for further updates.
Is there a Case-Study?
A blogger from India, earns around 5 grand from affiliate marketing. I am just giving this example, because I know this person and his words can be believed. So if you look into his December 2014 report, you can assess the amount of opportunity lying in affiliate programs to earn money online.
The same blogger earned from WarriorForum, around $800 from a single product.
My Personal Experience?
Though I have been blogging for almost 6 years, I still have to find my gold niche. First of all, I don’t have proper funds to invest in affiliate marketing and also the time to do full-time blogging. So my online income is very less compared to the greats. Also all my knowledge gathered was using Internet and have very few contacts who can guide me in this regard.
I recently earned an affiliate commission from Cimaware of about 33 EUR. This is my first affiliate income. I also had another sale for HostGator using my affiliate URL. But that is yet to be materialized. Though I’m earning through Sponsored posts and Adsense, I still have to look into ways of earning money through affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Business requires full-time energy and time. Unless you do good SEO and promote your products well, you will be lost in the crowd.
List of Affiliate Programs and Links to Sign-Up
Some of the products listed are individual and some are network based. So when you sign up most of the programs, using the links below, you will be given an UNIQUE ID and URL for each product. Using this you can promote your products following their privacy rules and guidelines. Some programs prevent your URLs being promoted on social networks, so you have to be beware of that.
All the links given below are NOT affiliate links. So you can safely click them. Only thing is you have to review that product.
CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction)
Sly Media Networks
Advanced Web Ranking
Long Tail Pro
Link Research Tools
IX Web Hosting
Web Savvy Marketing
Stellar Data Recovery
Most of the above products are either related to Hosting, SEO or WordPress themes. There are certain other networks like WarriorForum, Amazon, FlipKart where you will find unlimited number of products. Since I’m concerned with Technology Niche I have provided these affiliate programs related to that topic only. But if you are in a financial or health niche, you can definitely find more programs using Google.
The relevance of this article is that all the URLs have been tested by me and are working fine. So no need of doing research again and searching for a particular affiliate URL. It’s only your creative methods and marketing techniques that will give you rich dividends when coming to affiliate business. Just be patient and increase your loyal base. That will give you impetus for further scale of earnings.
What are your problems related to Affiliate Marketing Programs? Have you been scammed anytime? How much are your earnings from this business? Do you find time and money to swell your online income? Please share your feelings in the comments section below.