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This Newbies Guide to Affiliate Advertising doesn't go into all the subtle tricks of writing good adcopy and maximizing traffic.  Those are things you will learn as you grow.  These steps outline the basics of getting into the internet marketing world.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for memberships to affiliate programs.  Usually this entails applying for membership, filling out a form, and accepting a couple e-mails.  It shouldn't cost you any money.  See the links for some easy affiliate programs:

  • ClickBank
  • Commission Junction
  • GDI*

*Note that GDI costs about 10 bucks a month after the free trial, but you get webhosting and other services that you can use with your other affiliate programs too.

Some affiliate programs will review your application before accepting you.  The ones listed above do not.  You will need a website – and if you don't want to pay for one, you can sign up for free websites through blogspot and sites like Weebly  UsFreeAds is another excellent site to post your advertisements — it costs 10 bucks a month but you can put up unlimited advertisements and it actually gets pretty good traffic and page rank.  The Newbies Guide to Affiliate Advertising really recommends an account on UsFreeAds because you can construct advertisements relatively quickly and easly and see traffic almost immediately.

Once you become an affiliate, you are given access to "links" that take visitors to the sites that sell your product. Be sure to read the FAQs on how to use the links properly so you get credit. These links have your ID code so you get a commission if the visitor clicks on your link and purchases something.

To get started affiliate advertising these links need to be posted on your websites, blogs, forum signatures, etc.  Thus, you are going to have to spend some time setting up relevant websites.

Remember that you need to TARGET your advertising to have any real success.  You won't sell much if you have advertisements for "Roast Beef" on a website about "How to be a Vegan."  No one who goes to a Vegan website wants to buy Roast Beef — but an advertisement for Football Helmets might sell well on a website about the NFL, for example.

Once you have membership to affiliate programs and websites to post on, you have the basics to get started.  From there it is just a matter of time learning how to write your ads so they look exciting and interesting and encourage people to click, as well as developing traffic of potential shoppers to your sites and building up a nice network of websites with your advertisements on them… and later on lists of customers you can sell directly to via email and whatnot.

Thank you for reading the Newbies Guide to Affiliate Advertising