You have your website set up, you are sitting at your computer and waiting for someone to visit it, and now you wonder, “What do I do next?” That is what many people are asking themselves. I am going to tell you how you can generate an income on your site and begin making money online by doing affiliate marketing. Affiliate income is a passive income source once you get traffic coming to your site. I mean passive because you can even make money while you are not working, it even can make you money while you sleep. Some benefits of making money online by doing affiliate marketing are:
- “Efficiency of effort” because you do something once and get paid for it over and over
- Income potential is unlimited
- you can work from your home
- you can do other things while your income is being generated
Making money online by doing affiliate marketing is generally accomplished by getting an affiliate id link from whatever company or service you want to represent, and then pasting that on your site. Usually, this link is in HTML format and all you have to do is to copy and paste it in the appropriate spot on your site. An affiliate link has your information and works as a portal and whenever someone clicks on it, you get you credit for the sale when it is purchased and it goes into your affiliate account generally.
To get people to click on your link, you have to generate traffic to your site. This is probably the hardest part of making money online by doing affiliate marketing, I would say. It requires some work but if you love working on the internet and writing then it will not seem like work most of the time. You can generate traffic in a couple of ways.
- Forum marketing is a popular way to get people to visit your site. You simply go and participate in conversations that are taking place in the forum and offer legitimate assistance and conversation to people. This is considered a silent agreement in a way because as you participate you will get people wanting to find out more about you and they click on your website. You may end up doing the same thing as well.
- The other way I use is article marketing. This is just writing articles to use with your link in your signature. It’s fun, for myself, because I like to write and if you do then it will be fun for you as well.
You can begin making money online by doing affiliate marketing today, all you have to do is go and find the affiliate companies you want to work with. The income will come in but keep in mind that it takes time to build the traffic and get your site in front of people. I let people know it may take more time than getting paid per hour, but the results are way more because the income can be generated over and over for the same article or affiliate link and is therefore much more cost-effective and has more potential income.