Affiliate Program Tutorial â€“ Mastering the Basics
Posted on 3rd August, 2006
Affiliate program is one of the most widely used and effective ways to make money online. Affiliate program is an online marketing method where you refer visitors from your website to the merchantâ€™s website.
You donâ€™t have to fulfill any products or service, handle customer service issues or do anything else except refer your visitors from your website to a merchantâ€™s website.
Because it seems so easy to setup and run, most people, especially newbies would simply send spam emails or spam the forums with their affiliate links to promote their programs.
Some will go one step further by creating websites or blogs and plaster their affiliate banners and links on all available space, then sit back and hope for the money to roll in.
Unfortunately, thatâ€™ll never happen.
If you canâ€™t seem to make any money from affiliate programs, than itâ€™s likely because you havenâ€™t mastered the basics. Therefore, the most important thing youâ€™ve to do is to master the basics before trying to create marketing empires.
To be successful in affiliate marketing, you need to offer value to your visitors. The basics are
1. Build an interesting, and valuable site
2. Attract targeted website traffic via search engines, pay per click etc.
3. Promote things your visitors want
So you see, thereâ€™re actually only three variables you have to deal with here i.e, website, traffic, affiliate products. If you can master all three, then you can start making money from affiliate programs.
Allan Gardyne of the fame AssociatePrograms.com has written an affiliate program tutorial to help you master the basics. He makes little updates to it every now and again as things change and new materials become available.
I highly recommend you to read the tutorial which is available here: