Whilst you may think that it is time to get down to the nitty gritty working our way through needs such as an email account, paypal and affiliates will make it easier for you in the long run. Most of us tend to storm in once we have decided we want to write online. This can mean that your hard work fails to reward you. By the time you have sussed out where you have gone wrong it will be too late and you may be totally dispirited.
However you will usually need to have written somewhere online to be able to actually join any of the affiliate programs..
Becoming an affiliate will not be essential for all sites, plus the choice remains yours, but without doing so some sites will never make you any money. So what is an affiliate? In a nutshell it means that an advertiser will run ads on your work. Money is made by how many "impressions" your work receives or more directly in how many visitors click on any ads.
Take a look at the ad on this report. It is from Google and part of their affiliate program.
Sites such as Helium, Xomba, Triond, Wizzley and Infobarrel will simply need you to register with Google ads. Once you have done so you will need to make sure that you have linked your google ads account number to each website. This is usually done by inserting your google published ID in the allocated place. More often than not this will be in your site profile.
You need to bear in mind that most if not all of these websites will take a percentage of the money you make from their ads. Make sure that you read the site information regarding payment so you do not get any nasty surprises. Usually they will take 50 or even 60 %. Perhaps you might want to select sites that offer the best rewards. The devil is always in the detail so make sure that you fully understand what you have signed up for. As discussed in Lesson Two make sure that you review the agreement from time to time.
If you have your own website or blog you can place ads onto your site for 100% reward. This is when you are an affiliate. The easy way to find out what is on offer is to simply search online for "affiliate opportunities" You will soon see that there are many available and not all will be genuine.
The standard ones to join are Google, EBay, Amazon, Chitika and Commission Junction. The signing up process is usually fairly easy, with step by step help if needed. Not all who apply are accepted. Make sure that your written work is the best you are capable of, is not adult, abusive and that it is not spam.
The other way that you can in theory earn is by referrals. The link to Chtika above is my referral link. If you join via that I receive a reward. These also vary. Most websites offer a reward for referring other members.
The most important thing to remember is to be honest. Clicking on your own ads, or creating duplicate accounts to fiddle referrals is a definite no no. Sooner or later you will get caught and blacklisted.
Lesson Four to follow - Utilising social media
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