Every day millions of people join affiliate programs. It is still one of my favorite ways to make money online.

In this article let’s go back and look at the basics you should know and follow to make money with affiliate programs.

1. Target one niche. When you join an affiliate program you want to be in a specific niche.

Because there are so many affiliate programs to join you need to understand niche marketing. Targeting a single market allows you to eliminate some of your competitors and become more targeted in what you promote.

2. Research multiple affiliate programs. Not all affiliate programs are created equal. Many people tend to focus on just what their commission rate will be.

A better approach is to look at the affiliate program in total. This will include products, marketing tools, customer service, and so on.

Look at affiliate networks as a way to find affiliate merchants. ClickBank, Amazon, and Commissions Junction are a good place to start.

3. Build your own niche website. Never rely on the website provided from the affiliate merchant.

Learn how to build niche websites around keyword phrases that will help your site rank for the targeted niche you are in.

4. Advertise. Budget time and money to promote your new site.

Also consider outsourcing this function to people at Fiverr.com. This will free up your time to develop new websites in new niches.

5. Monitor traffic. Knowing how much traffic your site is getting is important in your attempt to make money.

The more traffic your site is getting more potential money you will earn. Develop a well-rounded marketing campaign to help increase traffic in multiple ways.

6. Email list. Build your own list so you can follow up with subscribers.

Run ads to other Internet marketers list as well. Promote a landing page and use it to help increase your own number of subscribers.

7. Reply to your emails. Some people prefer to do Internet marketing in a hands off way.

A better approach is to take the time to answer emails you receive from your subscribers and potential customers. This is a good way to help build up relationships and increase trust which leads to more money for you.

8. Stay focused and do not quit. A high number of people who join affiliate programs never make any money.

This does not have to be you. Stay focused on one website until it’s profitable. Then branch into a new niche and repeat what is working for you.

Never give up and you can join those of us who make money from affiliate programs everyday!

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