I'm asked quite often "what exactly is Affiliate Marketing?" and "Does this Affiliate Marketing thing really work?" Before I answer people, I always ask them how long they have been online, do they have a "mailing list" and a "buyer's list", and do they have targeted Social Media accounts for the types of products they will be affiliated with. Let's explain just what Affiliate Marketing is... Affiliate Marketing, according to Wikipedia
"Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate's own marketing efforts."
So, as an affiliate(you), you are promoting someone else's products to your lists, social media or any other marketing source - for a commission. Here's the thing...one of the best benefits of Affiliate Marketing is that anyone can actually get started right away. That's right, you can actually get started literally within minutes of gaining access to affiliate products to promote. You DO NOT need a product. You DO NOT need a website - initially, that is. But, here is the one big mistake that many people new to affiliate marketing make...they fail to spend the right amount of time and give the right amount of effort into actually targeting their promoted product's campaigns. In addition, another major stumbling block is new affiliates fail to understand the power of "enhancing" promoted products before actually promoting said products. That is, new affiliates have a tendency to just blindly send out an affiliate link - hoping that people will see and click their affiliate links. So, with all this being said - we are back to the initial question, Does Affiliate Marketing Work? The absolute short answer is... YES!!! What you do need to know though, is what types of products (and niches) you want to promote to your list (if you have one) and your traffic sources.
Now, once you have an idea about Affiliate Marketing and how to get started, you can begin to promote some of the top and most recognized non-digital products including items from:
- Brick and Mortar Companies
- Food and Beverage
- Shoes, clothing, etc.
- Cellular phones and accessories
- and much more
You can find just about any niche specific product to promote on some very good product networks, including Amazon, Clickbank, JVZoo, eBay, Shareasale, and others.