The reason so many individuals are affiliate marketing is simple. You do not have a large budget to work with and the playing field is level. Everyone stands an equal chance to make a lucrative career with affiliate marketing.
The very first thing someone needs to look into, before becoming an affiliate marketer is finding a product to market. There are many theories about what should come first, the horse or the carriage.
I have found that many successful affiliates will find the market first, then get the product to market to them.
It makes a lot of sense.If you found a affiliate program to join, marketing "Dave's Never Ending Widgets"; then you better know the market. On the other hand, if you are a member of the "Weight Loss" forum, for guys; then you might have a built-in "niche" market.
Most of the guys at the weight loss forum, seem to have endless threads about, how to loose "love handles". It's embarrassing for many of these guys to have extra flab hanging around their waists. Everyone seems to have a solid formula about love handles, yet these diets never seem to address the problem.
Enter "Clickbank". Clickbank is an affiliate program/site network. Clickbank is the go-between for companies that are looking for affiliate marketers and affiliates looking for products to market.
So, you join Clickbank and discover an ebook that a company is offering called, "How to Loose Those Love Handles, in Less than 30 days". The product sells for $49.95. Your commission would be at 70%.
You decide to market this ebook and build a squeeze page to promote the product.
Your first marketing venture is underway. You have a niche market to cater to already. So leave a few posts, leaving your link to your promo page, for some of your forum friends to visit. Some do, and purchase the ebook. You are now making money as a affiliate marketer.
The above, is just an example in order to make a tie-in. Affiliate marketing is not this easy, most of the time. It's finding a niche market that is not tapped out yet. With all of the affiliate marketing going on today, finding a niche market is essential.
You should begin by, trying to find a product to market that people can't readily find. There are many articles, ebooks, and videos over the Internet that addresses the niche market formulas for success.
As an affiliate marketer, just starting out, you will need to know how to use Clickbank, when looking for the niche markets, you can make money from. There are a few "million dollar" success stories, that were; nothing but, million dollar ideas, until the affiliates found Clickbank.
Clickbank is the Internet Grandfather of affiliation. The site is free to join. Setting up an account in Clickbank is very straightforward and a must, for anyone looking to start of a career as a affiliate marketer.
Clickbank has many online tools you can use, to track and distill results from. Take some time getting used to using all of the tools at your disposal and you will become an expert within Clickbank. This site will be your number one tool, for making your first million.
It should be mentioned, many people fail at affiliate marketing. One person, out of five, will make this career jump, a success. This is not because affiliate marketing is rocket science. Affiliate marketing is hard work, to generate vast amounts of target traffic to you squeeze page; so you can sell them the company's products. It is that simple.
You need to set up a traffic generator. This requires learning methods to generate traffic to your site. This is the real marketing trick. Some of the methods will be, learning how to article market, pay-per-click advertising, list building techniques, forum marketing, social marketing and a few other methods that are used.
You do not have to reinvent the wheel, with your marketing methods. Everything is already being used successfully. It is simply a matter of choosing the techniques already being used, that suit your tastes.
The real truth is, affiliate marketing has no set limits. Several individuals have made their mark in the millions, by affiliate marketing. Ambition has no limitations. If you set your goal on being an affiliate marketer that makes a millions dollars; then let nothing stand in your way. You will need something like Clickbank to use as your navigator in your venture. You will also need to join a few marketing forums to make some good solid connections.
Choosing products are all about, brainstorming ideas. Write everything down, then check it out on the Internet. Google is another good tool for looking at markets. Do the research and distill your markets. Distilling them is where you find the niche markets.