Making Money with Articles as an Affiliate

If you can do one of two things relating to article marketing, you can become an affiliate and earn money on the Web. The two things are writing good to great articles and possessing the promotion and marketing skills to publicize articles that others write. Many successful affiliates will tell you that becoming an affiliate for several companies may be a great way for you to generate a good income right from your own home.

You can be like many affiliates who receive part of the revenue from sales that are the result of Internet users who visit a merchant’s product/service page via “click throughsa” from your website on which the merchant’s links are strategically placed on various pages.

Since you will be promoting a product or service, your most helpful tools are going to be a powerful and effective sales pitch as well as compelling website content intended to pique your readers’ interest in the products/services you’re promoting; because ultimately your objective is to convince them that they cannot live without the product/service in the hopes of keeping them coming back to your website time and time again for more recommendations in addition to your useful content.

All these steps combined are geared to get them clicking on your links once again. Although many affiliate companies only give you money off of the first sale you make from each customer, you have the option of promoting a good range of companies so that you can still make a profit off of your returning customers.

If you cannot write this kind of content on your own, there are many ways to pick up free or paid-for content to place on your affiliate website, keeping in mind – of course – that there are many reasons why paying for such articles would be to your advantage.

First, you will be able to tell the writer exactly what you want, the kind of product you are trying to sell, and what direction they can go in to keep your readers interested and informed. On the other hand, when you search for free content, you are limited to what is already out there.

Secondly, you will own the copyright to this content. That means that no one else can reuse it without your consent; but if you opt for free content, you will be sharing that content with an unknown number of other affiliate websites, plus the original author will be able to place their byline at the bottom of each article which could result in them stealing your traffic.

There are many products that have nice affiliate commission rates for those who know how to pre-sale their product and deliver click through customers that are ready to buy. As long as you choose to promote a product or service that can be very useful to a wide variety of people, then pre-selling your chosen company may not be that difficult at all. The key in this situation may likely be getting those customers to your website so that they have a chance to see your recommendations and click on your affiliate links.

Money from Content Articles and Banner Ads

When you are trying to make money off of the articles on your website, it is important to effectively promote your website so that you will attract customers and they can see just what a good, quality site you have. There are several ways to market and promote your website, one of them being with banner ads.

What Banner Ads Can Do For You

Banner ads can help bring visitors from other sites to your own. Although monthly fees can be expensive to advertise on high traffic sites, it may be cheaper and/or faster in the long run to start seeing significant revenue from your website advertising efforts, rather than waiting for SEO techniques to bring your site to the top of search engine results pages (SERPs).

Aside from paying to advertise on website owned by someone else, there are also free banner exchanges you can choose from, so we will look at the pros and cons of each banner advertising method below.

Free Banner Exchanges

Free banner exchanges are the result of various website owners (webmasters like you and other site owners) exchange each others banners in a way that allows their banner(s) to go on your site and your banner(s) to go one theirs; and although this option is free, there are two main problems with it.

First, if you want your banner on a significant number of sites, it will mean cluttering your own site up with banners from all these other website owners. This could even work to defeat your purpose if you run an affiliate website because, instead of clicking on your affiliate links, your visitors may be clicking on your banner exchange links.

Secondly, you have to be really careful about the types of sites that you exchange banners with, since some sites like to gather a as many banners as they can so that they can create a banner a directory or portal site and not really have any relevant or useful content. These “banner farms” or “link farms” will do nothing positive for your site and, in the meantime, you will be bringing them potential traffic.

Paid Banner Ads

As we saw above, paid banner ads cost money, but they will eventually pay off if you choose the right ones. You need to ensure that the site produces the amount of traffic that their owners say they do, and that they have your ad placed in a strategically conducive location which works to invite visitors to click without being too pushy.

You’ll also want to choose a site that does not house too many other banners on the same page as yours or that there are no competitor links on the same page. All in all, banner ads can end up being profitable for you site if you go about it the right way; so if you do decide to check out banner advertisement as a marketing strategy, be sure to keep the above tips in mind.