F.A.Q

New ideas and new activities come always with even more questions. The truth is that it is hard to answer to every single question, so I have put together a list of the top question I get and my answers. I try to come back as much as I came to people that are blocked and need a hand, but it is likely that you will find your answer below or in the resource and link I share through site.

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Question: Well, everything sounds very interesting but what is exactly Affiliate Marketing?

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Answer: Well, imagine the company “Alpha” that is the happy own of a brand new product that will help people to stop loosing hair “KeepUp”. They have a website where you can buy the product… but nobody know them and visit their website.

Before the Internet boom, the solution to get some exposure to the public /potential costumer was to pay for massive advertising campaign: TV, Newspaper, and Placard. Nowadays, additional tools are available; one of them is the Affiliate marketing.

Basically, rather than putting thousands of dollars in a campaign that is not sure to give a return on investment, they pay commission (from 3 to 70%) to people (like you and me) on every sale they earn. To do so, “Alpha” gives you a special affiliate link that tracks your visitors and automatically gives you a commission if your visitors buy something.

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Question:  I have nothing to sell and don’t know where to find company or product to promote?

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Answer: Don’t worry if you don’t have your own product, because as an “affiliate marketer” you promote other people’s products and service in exchange for a kick-back in commission. There are 10,000’s of affiliate programs out there, like Clickbank or CJ, in every imaginable industry. There are even affiliate programs for selling rocks!

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Question: What is the potential earning of such activity

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Answer: Some affiliate networks out there that pay 75% on most of the products, so if you sell something that is $40, you get a $30 cut. Pretty cool right?

Now, imagine the million people online each day, and you succeed bringing 4 or 5 costumers per day buying through your link, then you will make $150 extra/day. And all that without tons of work!

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Question: Do I need a website to promote a product?

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Answer: Yes and No.

It‘s absolutely possible to be affiliate marketer without website, for that you will use Pay Per Click tools of Google and Yahoo.

However, I would strongly advice having at least a Blog or a Squidoo Lens where you can promote the product the way you like. It’s also important to try before to sell anything, then having your Blog allow you to give a genuine review that might be more relevant for the potential costumer than a simple description.

The reason I recommend training services like Wealthy Affiliate is that they give you access to in-house software, and train you exactly how to use it to build quickly your blog and start promoting products. Having the right tools will truly JUMP START your path to success.

However, for various reason (SEO, no customisation’s limit,…) many marketer prefer to work with websites. The main software to help to build a site are: NUV and Dreamweaver.

I personally use both Blog and website and my tools are SiteRubix, WordPress and WordPress Express that don’t request you to know anything about programming to get great result.

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Question: Do I need to be an expert in what I promote?

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Answer: To be honest with you, I prefer to focus on topic that I know and enjoy. It makes the whole activity interesting and I don’t get bored. You can essentially promote anything you want as an affiliate. I promote photography because I love it and it’s one of my hobbies. You can do the same with whatever you are interested it.

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Question: Can you guarantee that I will make a living or even any money?

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Answer: Can I guarantee that the next Chinese car will be a success in South America? Or Can I guarantee that WalMart will increase its profit this year? Can I guarantee that we will work at it?

Well we are talking about business, and likewise most of all business you need to spend a bit of time to understand some basics and most of all to find the right product that is so much awaited

The reason I recommend training services like Wealthy Affiliate is that they give you access to in-house software, and train you exactly how to use it to build quickly your blog and start promoting products. Having the right tools will truly JUMP START your path to success.