There are many ways to make money from your blog or website, such as advertising, pay per click, your own product, and affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s product for a portion of the sale price. This percentage is often called “commission”. The most important and sometimes most difficult part of affiliate marketing is finding products to promote to your niche. You want the product to be useful for your niche as well as profitable for you.
There are numerous ways to find products to promote. You can start with products you use if they apply to your niche. Simply ask the person you purchased the product from whether they have an affiliate program or not. If they do, they will likely send you the link to sign up. If they don’t, you might be able to work out a special program just for you in exchange for your marketing efforts.
Clickbank.com is an excellent place to find profitable products to promote. Clickbank.com offers a simple way to find products to promote via their search engine right on the site. It’s free to sign up as an affiliate for Clickbank.com and there are a lot of products to choose from. You’re sure to find something to promote that works with your niche. Don’t be afraid to buy the product yourself to try it out, or ask for a review copy.
eJunkie.com makes it simple to find products to sign up for their affiliate programs too. The system is a bit more confusing than clickbank.com but there are plusses to it too. With clickbank.com you have to meet some minimum requirements before you get a pay out, with eJunkie.com it depends on the product you’re promoting.
Amazon.com is a great place to find products from almost any niche. Like the other networks, it’s free to sign up for an affiliate account. Amazon.com makes it very simple to promote products through a variety of means from straight text code, to pictures, to creating an entire store based on your keywords.
If you know the names of products you think your niche might like, you can do a simple Google search for the name of the product and then check to see if they have an affiliate program. Some affiliate programs are also called referral programs or partner programs so be on the lookout for those terms as well. As mentioned earlier, when in doubt use the contact page to ask.
Another way to find products is to find your competition and see what they’re promoting. Likely, if they are promoting a product on a regular basis that means it’s profitable. You can click on the products and look for the affiliate program information in order to start promoting the product on your website or blog too.
In addition to the ideas for finding affiliate products to promote mentioned above there are the larger networks such as Commission Junction, LinkShare, Shareasale, and numerous others. Try doing a search on “Affiliate Networks” in Google and you’ll find more than you need.
Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.