Making money with affiliate marketing is possible and very lucrative only if you do it the right way. Just building a website, or just finding a great product to promote, or just writing review wont work. You must do all the steps correctly in order to make serious money. You need to do a good planning, develop an affiliate marketing strategy and work hard in order to be successful.
So what does a great affiliate marketing strategy contain?
First you need to find a profitable niche and a great product to promote. This will probably take from several hours to several days. You should become an affiliate with affiliate networks such as Clickbank, Commission Junction, Share a sale or other from the large number of affiliate networks. These networks contain hundreds of products you can promote, so spend some time researching them. After you find a product that you can promote on your website you should write a great review for it and post it along with the affiliate link on your website or blog.
The next step is to drive traffic to your website or blog. If there is no traffic no sales and no conversions for you. Generating traffic can be done in a number of ways. Some of this ways are paid for, others are free. The best way to drive traffic is PPC (paid to click), but this method costs money. In order to drive traffic through PPC you should join some PPC network such as Google Adwords. There are many free ways to generate traffic to your website or blog. Probably the best of them is writing and publishing articles. What you need to do is write an article about the product or the service you are promoting and pulish it in some of the online directories. In the article you have written you there will be link leading to your website or blog. To be successful you should write many high quality articles and publish them in many different directories. Free directories are Triond, Hub Pages, Streetarticles, Articlealley, Articlecity and many others. Other free method to promote you website or blog is through social media sites such as Facebook, Digg, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Delicious and others.
The secret to success of your affiliate marketing campaign depends in driving website traffic to your site. More importantly, driving a targeted traffic to your website. That means getting visitors who are interested in what you are promoting and not just random internet surfers. There is no point in having someone interested in video games coming to website promoting something else. There are lots of products online claiming that they can teach you how to become affiliate marketing millionaire over night. There is no magical system. Serious money can be made through affiliate marketing, but its not over night or through some fancy secrets. It requires hard work, dedication and persistence