Building a blog can be an exciting process. After all, you get to discuss an issue that's close to your heart and others get to read it. However, if you're not making money with your blog, what's the point? There are a number of ways to do this, but there is one way in particular that is convenient and can be very profitable; affiliate marketing.
The object of affiliate marketing is to sign up to advertise other professional's products, make sales and receive a commission for your efforts. Although this kind sound complicated, it's a relatively simple process.
There are a number of online companies that offer you the opportunity to sign up as an affiliate and begin advertising products right away in order to make money. One of the most popular and successful ones is called ClickBank.
The first step is to sign up with them. Simply go to www.clickbank.com and go through the sign-up process. You will be asked for a few different pieces of information including your name and email address. Be sure to provide the correct email address because this is what Clickbank will use to contact you with after you initially sign up with them.
Once you have received their email, you'll find that you have been given a password along with a personal identifying nickname. Be sure to write these down for safe keeping because you will need them with every interaction you have with Clickbank, including logging into the website. It's recommended that you create a Word or Notepad document with this information and save it on your desktop or your 'Documents' folder.
Once you log back into Clickbank, you can browse the literally thousands of products that are available under different categories. Make sure to pick a category that is closely associated with the topic of your blog. For example, if your blog is about environmentally friendly options for daily living, you might choose to advertise an ebook that discusses natural ways of producing energy or how to dispose of recyclable packaging the right way.
When you pick a product, you will be given a unique hyperlink that identifies you as the particular affiliate that is promoting that product. Make sure you add this link to the Word or Notepad document you created earlier! This is very important to your success as an affiliate.
The next time to add a new entry to your blog, you can use this link to advertise the product with. The key is to write naturally and eventually lead your readers into the subject issue that is directly associated with the product you are advertising. When you get ready to, you can post this link within the blog article you are writing. When your readers click on this link, it will take them to the sales page of the product you are advertising.
Here's where the fun begins! If your blog visitors happen to purchase the product you are advertising, it will register with Clickbank and you will receive a commission that is based on a percentage of the cost of the product they just bought. It's not too hard to see how you can generate a constant income by advertising products as an affiliate this way.
It's important to remember that there is still a lot to learn if you want to make great money with your blog. This is just the basic process. It's up to you to take the time to fine-tune your understanding of the process. There are plenty of tutorials available on the Clickbank website that are very valuable for your further education.