What is Affiliate Marketing? “A web-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts.” Wikipedia
Get Started Links
Affiliate Marketing 101 Caroline Middlebrook, Making Money Online
How Affiliate Marketing Works (video) Rosalind Gardner
How to Select A Top Affiliate Program Ezine Article
What Does This Look Like?
Amazon’s Associates Program This is a widely-used affiliate marketing program.
3 Ways that People are Making Affiliate Sales (That Work) Caroline Middlebrook
Affiliate Marketing 101 Caroline Middlebrook. See especially her “hype and fact” section.
Affiliate Marketing Wikipedia article (see its discussion of compensation methods)
Affliliate Marketing: Programs Dosh Dosh — 9 thoughtful articles on various aspects of making money in affiliate marketing.
Affliliate Marketing Marketing Sherpa (must join, pay for reports)
100 Webmaster videos from YouTube see subheading on affiliate marketing
Affiliate Program Directories and Forums
Lists of affiliate programs Open Directory
Commission Junction University “Commission Junction’s network, the CJ Marketplace, provides high rewards for publishers and extensive reach for advertisers while remaining the industry’s most productive and only truly global network.”
I have never done affiliate marketing. For this post, I joined the Amazon Associates program. I can choose one of 22 link and “widget” formats. (Widgets look like the one in the graphic above and are “objects on a computer screen the user interacts with” according to Wikipedia). I can’t insert widgets on this blog because my free WordPress account does not accept Java or Flash code. I can, however, create link versions of Amazon books I like, as below.
And I can create a link to a single book, with whatever text I wish.
If you click one of these links and decide to buy the book, I get a small commission. That’s the story of affiliate marketing. If I were really serious about this, I’d be raving about the book, adding cover graphics and more.
I bookmark links on Delicious that I come across on online marketing topics. Click this link to see what I have seen recently on affiliate marketing.
Have you used affiliate marketing? What’s your experience and advice? Please leave a comment.
See other posts in my Online Marketing Series, which has 20 link-rich posts on 18 online marketing techniques.