To make money online don’t have to create, own or stock your own product. You can direct potential customers to websites already selling products that have been created by other people and if somebody buys the product following your referral to that website, the product owner will pay you a commission.

The product owner also organizes the customer payment, delivery and fulfillment of the product. This is called affiliate marketing and it’s your job as an affiliate to connect prospective customers with products or services that they’re looking to buy.

So how do you get started?

Choose Your Audience

Before you start to look for products you can sell, you have to determine your target audience or niche. What problems do the audience in your chosen niche want to resolve? The affiliate products you promote should offer the solutions they’re looking for. You can find a huge number of products to sell from affiliate marketing companies like Amazon, CJAffiliate, ClickBank and JVZoo.

Start Small

You won’t make hundreds of thousands in a single day. Start small and keep improving your online reputation. Develop and provide high-value content on your website and social media. There are affiliate programs that do not require a website, but your own website makes it possible for you to concentrate on being authentic so that you come across as being reliable and professional.

Build An Email List

Concentrate on developing an email list of prospective customers from your website and social media accounts. You can send emails to your list whenever you want. This is the most effective way you’ll have people buying the products and services you recommend.

Treat It Like A Business

Even if you only work it part-time you need to treat it like a real business and not something you play around with. It’s okay to play around at the beginning to see if it’s right for you and it’s a good way to learn. But eventually, if you want to create a real online business you’ll have to treat it that way.

Think ‘Telling’ Not ‘Selling’

Be helpful, friendly and care about the things you promote. Look at it as more about ‘telling’ rather than ‘selling’. When you put it in the perspective of helping people find what they need or want, you take the strain off yourself to be continuously selling. This will allow your efforts to flow from genuineness rather than looking overeager in trying to make money.

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