I have something new for you today.
For the last couple of months, I've been referring to Terry Dean's Internet Lifestyle System as the best way to learn how to make money online.
Obviously, it's not the only way.
While Terry focuses on creating your own products to sell, it's a lot easier to promote products already created by other people.
You still have to pick a niche in which to work, and you still have to find out what folks in that niche want to buy, but once you do this, you can jump right in to marketing products.
Now, marketing products is not about 'making' anyone buy something they don't want.
It's about helping them identify a problem they have, and showing them how to solve it.
There are many ways to do this.
Personally, I like a marketing style I refer to as "educational marketing".
This is when you show people how to solve a problem or reach an objective, and where it makes sense, you introduce them to a product or service that can make it easier.
It's what I'm doing right now.
You don't even need a website or mailing list to do this.
You can post advice to discussion forums and social media sites, and include a link to a helpful product or service.
Purchases associated with your special affiliate link are how you make money.
Most affiliate programs online will pay you 50% of all digital sales coming from your referrals.
Some programs will even pay 100% or more, because they know how to make sales after the first one.
And some programs will pay you for every referral, whether or not they result in a sale.
Now, if you're not sure of your ability to write informative articles that help people and give them a reason to buy a product, many affiliate programs will give you pre-written articles.
You can use these articles just as you would use articles you write yourself.
Post them to forums, social media sites, or email them to folks you know.
You could take the information in these articles and make audio or video clips to post on YouTube and other places that have a lot of people in your target niche.
You could print business cards with a brief blurb about the product and your affiliate link, and pass them out to people you meet.
I've seen signs posted by the side of the road with shortened affiliate links.
If you're really creative, there are 1000s of things you can do with basic information provided by others to help sell their products.
Of course, you don't HAVE to be creative to make money as an affiliate promoting other people's products.
It's actually quite easy to make a few hundred to a few thousand per month with just the basics.
You can do it in your spare time, outside of your regular job.
And if you want to grow your business, it's not that hard to build a mailing list as I have, and help 1000s of folks at the same time.
Or, if you're more of a numbers-person, you can use a tracking system like CPV Labs (a great program, btw) and place ads in various ad networks to drive traffic to your affiliate offers.
Okay, I can't teach you everything about affiliate marketing in one post.
Today's post was all about introducing you to the idea.
I'll be sharing more with you over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, if you want to learn everything you need to know to be profitable quickly, there's a low-cost resource that's widely considered the gold standard.
It's only $27, and is written by someone who lost her job as an air traffic controller and found she could make more money promoting online dating services.
Obviously, she's expanded her business since then.
I've bought her book 3 times so far, as she updates it from time to time.
If you're interested in making money promoting products created by others, and your time is worth more than $1/hour, you really should invest in this book.