Affiliate marketing basic how-to: start today

Over the past week I’ve had several questions about how to get started with affiliate marketing.

Here’s the simplest way. The only thing you need is a website, and you can get that in two minutes by using Blogger.

Here’s how to start promoting products as an affiliate:

1. Go to Amazon.com, and join their affiliate program. Amazon sells products in almost any category you can imagine. Whatever the topic of your site, you’ll find products there you can sell with a few clicks.

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You’ll find the link to join Amazon Associates (that’s their affiliate program) on the home page; scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see the link, as in the image above. Just follow the instructions to join.

2. All done? Great. Now search for something on Amazon.com that’s related to the topic of your blog.

For example, let’s say that you’re blogging about weight loss.

Just enter “weight loss” into the search field on the home page of Amazon.com.

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I just did that, and I got the results you can see in the image above.

Click on a product you want to promote.

I clicked on the alli product.

Now look at the top of the product page, above the Amazon logo. You’ll see a grey link bar, as in the image below.

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Click the link which says: “Link to this page”.

A box similar to the one in the image below will open.

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Click the Highlight HTML button, and copy the code.

Now all you need to do is paste the code into your webpage, or blog post — the code already contains your affiliate information. Whenever someone buys using your link, you get credit for the sale, and once your affiliate sales mount up, you’ll get paid.

Simple, right? That’s all there is to getting started with affiliate marketing. Now go and sell some products. :-)

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