Although I hate the term and don’t own a tiara, my colleagues call me the “Queen of Affiliate Marketing“. 🙂 In the industry since 1998, a trade magazine pegs me as the most experienced female affiliate marketer. (Watch this video to see my affiliate earnings in real-time.)
Over the years, thousands of ‘regular, non-technical folks’ (just like you — and me) have learned how to start and run their own successful affiliate marketing businesses using the methods I teach in the Super Affiliate Handbook (and as an industry expert speaker, magazine columnist, and consultant) and YOU can learn them too!
From blog installation, to design, content creation and all methods of marketing – I STILL do it all. (Note: Many other affiliate training packages use MY affiliate sites as examples without my permission. That’s because those so-called ‘trainers’ don’t have affiliate sites. They pretend to be working affiliates to take your money, but they don’t have any real experience.)
So, if you’re tired of bogus claims and hype and want to learn how affiliate marketing really works, keep reading…
In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is an arrangement between an online merchant and affiliate (you), in which the affiliate earns a commission for generating sales, leads and/or clicks for the merchant’s web site.
For example, many credit card companies will pay you between $5 and $20 in commission for each visitor that you send to their site who completes a credit card application, and up to $55 for those whose applications are approved.
That’s a great commission, and although many companies pay less, there are also many companies that pay much MORE!
How much you will earn depends in part on the products you choose to sell, and in the Super Affiliate Handbook I show you exactly how to find the best companies and products to promote.
According to one report, total sales generated through affiliate networks in 2006 was ?2.16 billion in the UK alone. MarketingSherpa’s research team estimated that, in 2006, affiliates worldwide earned $6.5 billion in bounty and commissions from a variety of sources in retail, personal finance, gaming and gambling, travel, telecom, education, publishing and forms of lead generation other than contextual ad networks such as Google AdSense.
An entire industry has grown around online affiliate marketing since the mid-1990’s and it is getting bigger all the time.
Conventions are regularly held and attended by thousands of people and there’s even an offline magazine devoted entirely to the subject of affiliate marketing.
Entire affiliate networks such as Commission Junction, Linkshare and Double Click Performics exist for the purpose of bringing merchants and affiliates together.
Basically, any company trying to do business on the web WITHOUT an affiliate program nowadays is dead in the water – and they all need affiliates to promote their products! Here are some of the BIG brand-name companies that use affiliate programs to promote their products online: