Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one way to earn real money online.

One way that you can earn real money online is through something called affiliate marketing.

So what is affiliate marketing, anyway?

Affiliate marketing is simply where you sell someone else’s products or services, as an affiliate for the website. Now, this isn’t direct sales, although depending on the product or service you could promote it to friends, family or acquaintances. This is more along the lines of sharing stuff online through social media, blogging, or running your own PPC advertising campaigns to promote the product or service in question.

Once a potential buyer purchases the product or service, the sale is tracked back to you because you use a unique referral URL (link) that tracks back to you and thereby gives you credit for the sale. You’ll get a commission off of the sale, which can vary dramatically from one company to the next. It could be as little as a few percent of the total sales price, or it could be upwards of 70-80%. You have to remember, however, that the company providing the product or service is trying to make money too, so don’t expect a 100% commission. I can almost guess what your next question is …

What kind of products or services would you be promoting if you decided to do affiliate marketing?

Well, let me tell you, the marketplace is wide open. Ever been to Amazon dot com? They run one of the largest affiliate programs on the internet. Some folks earn a full time income just promoting items from Amazon. Ebay is another company that also has a huge affiliate program. As does the world’s largest retailer, Walmart. Then, there are some companies you’ve probably never heard of, such as Clickbank or Linkshare, that have a wide array of products and services, many of which are digital in nature and not a physical product at all. Think ebooks, software, videos that can be streamed or delivered online. These are all part of the digital age of marketing and just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to earning real money online today.

Do your homework before joining any companies!

It really should go without saying, but I felt the need to say it anyway. You’ve got to do your homework before joining just any company out there. Just like in any other business making opportunity venue, there are folks out there who will take advantage of people who want to become affiliate marketers and lead you down a road that will only cost you money with very little hope of ever seeing a return on your investment. It’s sad, but true. So, when looking at affiliate marketing opportunities, be sure and see what the users have to say. See what the former affiliates have to say. Sure, some of it will be ugly, but don’t you want to hear both sides of the story? Don’t go in half-blind, or you’re only fooling yourself.

There are two different types of affiliate marketing companies that can help you earn real money online. There are the actual affiliate marketing networks that are offering the products and services, like Clickbank and Linkshare, etc.. Then there are affiliate marketing training groups or companies that offer, for a fee, to help you develop your own niche affiliate marketing websites (more about niches later) where you can promote products and services from the affiliate networks. Some of these focus on traffic. Some will focus on SEO (search engine optimization). Some will focus on PPC (pay per click) advertising. Some will focus only on blogging.

What to look for in an affiliate marketing training company…

Let’s step back for a second and assume that you are here thinking about how you can earn real money online and you are now considering affiliate marketing. but you have no idea where to begin. What do you look for in a training company? What components are the most important? Should you get your training from multiple sources so that you can compare notes and see what works and what doesn’t?

Ok, so the following is absolutely my own personal opinion on the matter. Having created my very own first website in the year 2000 and being involved in affiliate marketing of various sorts shortly thereafter, I have seen almost everything. I’ve probably quit more programs and given up more than you’ve ever started (and yes, it’s a lot for me). I’ve had a modicum of success here and there. Learned a few things about eggs and baskets. Had some really great ideas and some really dumb ones, too. But this year, in 2015, I’ve started back at square one. Say, what? Why would I do that?

Because what I was doing wasn’t working. I was never able to develop the type of passive income stream I wanted from affiliate marketing (which, I believe, is the best way to earn money online). Sure, I had some sales. This isn’t my first rodeo. I earned my first dollar online years ago. I just never had that breakout success that you hear about. Until now.

Why you should take a look at Strong Future International (SFI), despite the cheesy name.

I truly believe that Strong Future International has the most concise, step-by-step training program for affiliate marketing on the planet. Yes, I’ve investigated most, if not all, of them. I’ll be doing reviews of some of the others down the line. But today, I want to talk about SFI. So, what’s so special about SFI?

It’s everything in one package, under one roof. Remember all that different training I mentioned earlier … traffic, SEO, PPC, blogging, etc.? SFI doesn’t just focus on one single aspect of training, or even two. They cover the whole ball of wax. When I say that they cover everything, I’m not kidding. I’m dead serious. The other thing that is truly impressive is that they have the main training sessions, called LaunchPad Lessons, in order, step-by-step, to walk you through the whole process. There is literally no reason you can’t learn affiliate marketing with this program. It is nothing short of a business-in-a-box, a turnkey system, if you will, for new affiliate marketers.

Want to know the best part? You can sign up for a FREE, no strings attached. My other favorite part of this site is the social network aspect. There is a robust forum that is active almost 24/7, as well as an instant message system. You’ll meet some pretty amazing people, and a lot of people who are having a great success with affiliate marketing, thanks in no small part to the training from SFI. You can ask questions, any time of the day or night.

There are so many positive aspects to this program that you really have to experience it for yourself. No, really. If an internet marketing veteran of 15 years who has been around the block a million times like I have has found something that I, in all honestly, can’t find anything wrong with (and I’m a real Debbie Downer – just ask my wife! lol), then you owe it to yourself to take a look.

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