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Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing
Steps to Success

What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote other companies’ products. When someone buys through your affiliate link, you earn a commission

How does it work?
The merchant gives each affiliate a unique link so they can track who was responsible for a sale. When someone clicks that link, a small file called a cookie gets stored on their device. It helps the merchant attribute the sale back to the right person. It holds an expiration date, so you get paid even if the buyer delays their purchase. Our link is good for 360 days - most are 90 days or less. Some are only 24 hours. Here is the good news - if the customer buys more than one product you get paid for the entire sale not just the product you promoted.

How much money can I make as an affiliate marketer?
The simple answer is that there is no limit. It depends on your niche and the amount of work you put in. The most successful affiliate marketers make six or seven figures. Others are very happy with an extra one or two hundred dollars per month. Don’t expect life-changing income or the freedom to quit your 9 to 5 overnight. Internet marketing takes time.

Pick a platform
Instagram, YouTube, your blog, your emails or any social site that allows this type of linking.

Note that you will need to disclose the fact that you are including affiliate links. The Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) requires you to be transparent when receiving income from an endorsement. Place it in your privacy or about us page or include it in the footer of your website as in this sample:

We participate in the Amazon Services LLC Aassociates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising revenue by linking to Amazon.

Choose a niche market
Choose a topic that focuses on a specific category. For example, the topic of office supplies is an enormous category. Rather than tackling that, try something more specific, like journal and ledgers or high security checks.

Find products and categories to link to
Learn how to create links for your email or web page

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