First, you need to understand what affiliating marketing on the Internet is, and what it isn’t. It’s not like any other kind of business. Affiliate marketing takes away the hassles of running your own store, with products to store and ship, the need to be able to take credit card payments or any type of payment at all, or the need for your own business and merchant account website. You don’t even have to have a website when you start out, though top affiliate marketers do use their own websites to entice people to click on links that take them to the merchant’s website, where they’ll choose products and make payments.
Affiliate marketing on the Internet could be likened to a salesman’s job, but with a twist. If you walk into a car dealership, you’re approached by a salesman who does everything but rub your forehead in order to convince you to buy a car. With affiliate marketing, you do try to convince people to click a link to take them to a merchant’s website, and there is some salesmanship involved if you want to go beyond the very basic marketing that only requires a banner or link available for clicking. But unlike that car salesman, you don’t have to approach each individual customer and spend time convincing them how great that new car will be. You create each pitch one time, whether it’s a banner you’ve placed on a website, or a short article you’ve written to promote the product, and it keeps working for you.
Then, when the potential customer clicks your link, the merchant’s website works hard to sell to them. Once they make a purchase after reaching the merchant’s website via your link, you’re paid a commission on that sale. Affiliate marketing on the Internet sometimes doesn’t even require sales. Some programs offer a small commission for each person that clicks through, whether they purchase anything or not, or you’re paid a commission for each person who then registers at that site to join a mailing list, for instance, because that’s a lead that the merchant can use to make future sales.
By signing up with some merchants and using the links they give you, you can promote their products and make money. By posting ads online, writing articles relevant to the product with links, or promoting them on your own website, you can profit by affiliate marketing on the Internet.