Using Affiliate Networks to Give the People What they Want

by Tom McEwin on 13 March, 2010

In my last post I looked at how to make money working online by identifying a hungry crowd and attracting targeted internet traffic.  In this post I am going to look at some handy affiliate programs that enable me to ‘give the people what they want’ – to feed the hungry crowd and earn a commission in doing so.

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There are several online affiliate networks which are free to join, and will provide a great range of products available for promotion.   While there are plenty of other products available which can be marketed online, these affiliate networks are free to join and great to get started with:

For now, I’m going to focus on just two of these, the ClickBank Affiliate Program, and Amazon Associates.

ClickBank Affiliate Program

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The ClickBank affiliate program logo

ClickBank is an affiliate network that focuses on providing digital content (e-books, software, memberships and subscriptions) to consumers around the world. The ClickBank network claims to have more than 100,000 active affiliates and over 12,000 vendors selling tens of thousands of unique digital products.

So why is the ClickBank Affiliate Program a great way to make money working online?  Well, there are a couple of really good reasons, both of which flow from ClickBank only stocking digital products.  Firstly, the products can be marketed anywhere around the globe easily – there are no shipping limitations to worry about.  Secondly, because the products don’t need to be physically manufactured, the affiliate commission rates can be quite high, up to 75% in some cases.  So this makes the commissions on inital sales really begin to add up.

Amazon Affiliate Program

Sign up for the Amazon Assoicates ProgramAmazon.com is the largest online retailer in the US.  While it originally started out selling books it has since diversified in to a range of household, sporting and office goods, as well as music and ebooks.  So chances are that Amazon will have something that your niche market (or hungry crowd) might be interested in. The commission rates on Amazon products generally range from about 4% to 8.5%, depending on the volume sold, but up to 10% on ebooks and mp3s.

Given that Amzaon has been around for quite a while, it is also a place that people who shop online are more likely to be familiar with and therefore more willing to purchase from.  For more information on the Amazon affiliate program, check out the Amazon Associates site, and for information on how to easily set up an Amazon Store see the free version of Year of the Affiliate ebook.

Way Forward

In my next couple of posts, I’ll be reviewing the ClickBank Terms of Use, demonstrating how to sign up for the ClickBank Affiliate Program and covering off any useful introductory information I spot along the way.

Catch you then.

© Tom McEwin
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Eileen March 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Good introduction for those starting out Tom.

I’ve used both affiliate programs and found them both quite easy to navigate.

Cheers, Eileen.
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Lina Nguyen March 15, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Gotta love the O’Jays… Very appropriate song for this post! Nice work…

You’ve definitely covered the top affiliate programs there. Very helpful start for anyone wanting to get into affiliate marketing.
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Tom March 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Thanks for your comments Eileen and Lina. I’m hoping to build this blog to show my development as an internet marketer and so that anyone who is new to affiliate marketing can read it from the beginning as a means to get started. Hopefully I can also make it fun/useful to the more experienced as well.

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