Affiliate Marketing: A Beginner's Guide (Part 3)

Part 3: The Pros/Advantages of Affiliate Marketing

Now it’s time for me to talk about the advantages of affiliate marketing. Keep in mind I’m referring to affiliate marketing from a blogger’s perspective, comparing it to other way of monetizing a blog (adsense, etc).

Two main advantages come to mind:

1. Profits: Generally speaking, affiliate marketing has much greater profit potential than other forms of monetization. The most my strength and fitness blog has ever made in one day with adsense is about 20 dollars. I can make more than that with one sale through affiliate marketing. Yes, there are plenty of people who click the ads and never buy anything. Yes, there are days that I don’t make a single sale. Regardless, it has been a much better use of advertising space for me.

2. Control: Affiliate marketing gives you (the blogger) control over what specific products you want to promote. This may not be an issue for your niche, but it was for mine. One major purpose of my fitness blog is exposing scams (bogus supplements, etc). I was getting tired of the “lose ten pounds in ten hours” ads showing up through adsense (I imagine most other ad networks would have given me the same dilemma).

These two advantages have produced a win-win situation: I refer my readers to high quality products and make more money doing it.

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5 Responses to Affiliate Marketing: A Beginner's Guide (Part 3)

  1. DotGirish says:

    Kevin,
    I agree with you , but with Affiliate marketing the main challenge is to find a right affiliate marketing website where we can sign-in.
    Take this example
    I write about christmas gift at
    http://dotgiri.com/2009/12/10/11-christmas-gift-ideas-and-tips-which-make-you-feel-great/

    and Google is placing appropriate advertisements on that post but if I try myself I may not be able to find these clients who is interested in advertising and also most of them may not have a affiliate marketing system in place which track the sales.

    in the above post calyxflowers advertisement is displayed by google but if I contact them they may not be ready to advertise with me or even affiliate market with me since they don't have a affiliate marketing setup with them.

    what do you think?

  2. There are definitely drawbacks to affiliate marketing, which I will cover in the next post.

    And I understand your point--not everyone who advertises through adsense allows people to join their affiliate program.

  3. smith says:

    wow your article has a great idea and intresting too .i wish you to keep it on ............

    money and profit

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  5. hashif says:

    Affiliate marketing is the best way to earn money online..getting targeted traffic for the product u are selling is the key to succeed in affiliate marketing...

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