Don Jr. Waters writing on online incomes

The internet has forever changed the way we do business, and there are hundreds of people enjoying the homestead lifestyle with big, online earnings.

One of the best ways to earn money online is with affiliate marketing. In fact, this online revenue source has made millions for some work-at-home-marketers.  While you probably won’t make that type of money right away, earning a few hundred dollars a month or more is very achievable.

When working as an affiliate marketer, you will help promote products and services offered by other companies by featuring them on your own website. If you drive traffic to these companies and a purchase is made, you will receive a commission.

Start by building a niche website. You will need high-quality content for the site that is related to your niche.  Once you have enough content, you will then be able to apply for an affiliate account. When you get approved, you can place links on your site and begin driving traffic and making revenue. Another great place to promote affiliate products is on your personal blog. If you have a lot of followers, you can start making money through affiliate marketing.

But no matter where you promote products, make sure you do it in a friendly way.  Spamming people with affiliate links will not help you generate sales…and you just might end up losing your account.

Different companies offer different commission rates some as high as 50%. Here are some of the affiliate companies you can sign up with:

Clickbank

clickbank

This is a clearing house for affiliate programs. Choose from hundreds of different products to promote, some with commissions as high as 50%. Most of these products on Clickbank are digital products which can be promoted in many different ways. Signing up for different Clickbank affiliate programs is super easy and will only take a few seconds to complete.

Amazon

Amazon

Amazon offers a commission rate starting at 4%. This percentage rate goes up depending on the product being sold and the volume of sales you generate during a given period. There are plenty of products to promote and many with a very large price tag. Once you have signed up for the affiliate program and you are approved, you can start generating income right away. Amazon also pays you a commission on sales that are made while customers are shopping for other products, as long as the customer got to Amazon via your site.  Most people who shop on Amazon typically buy more than one product at a time.

eBay

eBay

eBay offers an affiliate program similar to Amazon.com. Here you will get paid to promote all types of products. Once a sale is made, you will draw a commission based on that sale. eBay offers a commission rate of 40% to 80% depending on the products you promote. This is a very generous commission rate and eBay makes it simple to join the program.

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