When it comes to making money online, a lot of people spend a lot of time studying up on SEO – understanding everything they can about exactly what they have to do to rise higher in search engine rankings – but while this knowledge is certainly extremely valuable, it will not do you much good without a companion understanding of how you can apply this knowledge to make money online.
Of course, if you have a website that is being used in order to promote your business – and this is your primary focus in learning about SEO – there will be no real need for you to gather more ideas on things you can do to make money online. If you are trying to set yourself up to make a living (or even just to generate some extra cash) online, however, it will be helpful for you to know some different ideas of what you can do – and one of the best ideas for making money online is affiliate marketing!
The best way to understand affiliate marketing is to think of a salesman or saleswoman who makes their living on commission. As an affiliate marketer, you will promote products from other sites on your own site – and each time a sale is made as a result of your efforts, you will gain a commission.
Now, some people look at the basic figures of affiliate marketing and imagine that it is really not worth their time (after all – even if you are selling a fair number of items for Amazon, your commission will only be about 6%!), but in order to understand how lucrative affiliate marketing can be, you must expand your thinking a bit – realizing that there is no need to restrict yourself to one site!
If you have built a site through which you are selling bicycles, and you have built the site to a point where it is ranking highly in a number of different searches, you can safely leave that site alone – returning to it only every so often for routine maintenance. Next, you might set up a site through which you are selling cribs for babies; as you work to build this site, your bicycle site will continue bringing in money, and soon you will have your baby crib site to the same place as the bicycle site, and will be able to start anew with a third site (and so on!).
The longer you work as an affiliate marketer, the more sites you will be able to build – until you eventually have a veritable army of sites “working for you,” generating income without any help from you! This is the beauty of affiliate marketing – and with a bit of patience and hard work, you can make affiliate marketing work for you.