affiliate program, also known as “referral”, “associate” or “partner” program, allows website or blog owners to earn commissions from their websites by referring people to products and services.
If you don’t have a product of your own to sell, you can join affiliate programs to bring in additional revenue to your site.
Let’s say your site is about home improvement and you offer tips on various household projects, painting, tools, etc. You would join affiliate programs from hardware companies and refer your visitors to their products from your own website.
These companies will pay you a commission for every product sold as a result of your website referral.
The key to finding success with affiliate programs is to build a content-rich website with useful information centered around a specific topic or theme.
Don’t just haphazardly throw up a quick site or blog and string a bunch of affiliate links all over your pages. You have to start by building credibility. And the best way to do that is to write about something you know a lot about.
I believe one of the main reasons is because they are misinformed and misguided on how to actually make the process work.
Affiliate programs are not get-rich-quick-overnight schemes. You must spend time building your affiliate website just like you would any other business.
Second, let’s take a step back for a second and look at the concept of your existing or future affiliate website. Are you really knowledgeable about the topic you’ve chosen? Are you extremely passionate about it? Do you think you could write pages and pages of content on it?
Did you just choose the topic because you saw others doing it and it just seemed easy?
Did you join one of those affiliate/money-making programs where you’re given a replicated website and the company tells you to announce it to everyone and you get paid when your friends join under you? (MLM marketing).
You assumed you could just submit this site to the search engines, people would find your site by typing in “make money”, sign up under your site and Voila…you’d be rich!
First of all, those company replicated affiliate websites won’t get added in the search engines because of the duplication penalty. So in order to have any chance at getting your site found you’ll need to create your own website with your own domain first. Of course these companies don’t tell you that.