Have you dreamed of running your own business from home, but don’t know how to start? One road to success is affiliate marketing. You make your money online by selling your affiliate’s products, keeping a commission on each sale. But you have to know what you are doing – affiliate marketing can be a hard industry to master. If you haven’t worked in marketing before, you will face a steep learning curve. You can find any number of resources to learn the business, but you must beware of hucksters and con artists who want to bilk you.
The first decision you’ll need to make is what product you want to market. My suggestion is electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). They are very hot items, and a great way to break into affiliate marketing. People all around the world are looking for alternative ways to get their nicotine hits without risking their health on tobacco products. E-cigs fit the bill – they delivery nicotine smokelessly, without all that nasty “tar” that can take years off your life. Here are a few tips to get started:
- Exploit Social Media: One of the most effective ways to market affiliate products is through social media channels. First, purchase a catchy domain name and set up a website to sell your product. Then, using Facebook or one of its competitors, you can create a business or fan page for your product. You use these pages to promote your product and link back to your product website. Create targeted ads to drive traffic to your website. You really can’t be a successful e-cig affiliate marketer without making full use of social media.
- Employ Email Marketing: Emails can be very effective, but you have to go about using them in the correct manner. You see, there are laws banning unsolicited emails to recipients who haven’t opted in for the email. The solution is to add a call-to- action on your website that allows visitors to opt-in to email alerts, special promotions and newsletters. You can use this as the basis for creating your own email campaign to promote your e-cig products. Check out the various online services that allow you to set up your own email database.
- Create Free Ads: There are websites that provide fee advertisements. Create ads there and link them back to your website. If the site doesn’t allow affiliate links, then link back to a blog that then links to your sales page.
These and other methods can get you going in the right direction. With a little luck and skill, you just might be able to make money through affiliate marketing.