Affiliate marketing opportunities are everywhere. Everyday more and more companies realize the power of word of mouth referrals. In the beginning I was sceptical. You see, I had bought into a multi-level marketing company years ago. I did not realize that the main business was in recruitment of others who pay an upfront fee for the “privilege” of  selling their product.
You guessed it, I talked my brother and sister into joining and have never heard the end of it. I bought into the hype of how easy it was to make a lot of money. I never saw a dime in return for convincing several of my friends and family to join.
Has anything like that ever happened to you? If that sounds familiar, then all the buzz about affiliate marketing might make you wary too, it did me, and with good reason. There are a lot of internet marketing people who are out there making big promises and have no track record of a return on investment.

What is the difference between affiliate marketing and internet marketing?

That was a question in my mind, so I set out to find the answer. Basically, affiliate marketing is one form of internet marketing. It is online marketing because you are promoting products online. At its core, affiliate marketing is finding products that you love and use, and telling other people about them. At its best, affiliate marketers are actually reporting the experience they have with a product, both faults and benefits.
It is done online, mostly using a website. It can also be done using social media and forums, but having your own website lends credibility to you, and also provides a place where your customers can find you again. There are lots of other reasons to have a blog, but I covered them already in my explanation about blogging . You can read all about it there.
All of us have heard of the scams taking place everyday in the internet marketing world. The legitimate folks who make a living providing the market with honest opinions of available products are furious that the scammers get away with all the trickery. It hurts the entire industry. It is so important that people with integrity step up and build the reputation of affiliate marketers. It is a type of internet marketing, but it need not be sterotyped with the scammers.

Best affiliate marketing program?

The answer to that question is – potentially any program. Lets take a look at what affiliate marketing actually is and how it works. It starts with you. You need to do the self examination to find a niche that you are passionate about. You can read more about finding your passions to help get you started.
Once you find something that really gets you excited, you need to start talking about it. The best place to do that is on a WordPress website. I believe that starting a blog gives you the chance to tell the world about your passion, talk knowledgably about all aspects of it, and offer products or services that are beneficial to the reader. In a nutshell, that is affiliate marketing.
Brick & Mortar businesses benefit from affiliate marketingYou find products and services from providers you feel are reputable and offer great quality. Then you communicate with the market that is hungry for those products or services. Your website serves that purpose. The next step is you introduce the market to the provider of the goods and services with the recommendations you provide. You are the middleman that hands your reader off to the merchant who can then sell the product.
In essence, you are a type of self employed sales person of sorts for many companies. They pay you a commission that is usually handled by an affiliate network like Amazon,Clickbank, Commission Junction, ShareaSale etc.
The people who become “Super Affiliates” are the ones who work really hard, and establish the fact that they speak the truth and give honest opinions. You should never recommend a product or service you would not want refer your mom to. It is the affiliates job to tell the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don’t ever be tempted to give a glowing recommendation to a bad product just to earn a great commission, it will ruin your reputation
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Affiliate marketing for beginners

I have spent a lot of time searching for the honest and successful teachers who have valuable information that is beneficial to me. I truly believe that I have been lucky enough to find a whole group of successful people who have the integrity I have been looking for. I am excited to tell you a little about what I am doing.
In January, I decided to take the plunge and enrolled in NAMS. It is a seminar series that was taught online by some of the truly successful affiliate marketers. The classes covered everything from copy writing to SEO, where to find affiliate programs, how to do keyword research, video marketing, teleseminars, and so much more.  There are many many hours of training available.
There has been ongoing training available since January. It is really good stuff. In August I am traveling to Atlanta to the annual NAMS conference. I am really excited to finally meet some of the instructors that I have learned so much from.
If you are truly wanting to learn how to do affiliate marketing, this is a great place to get top notch training. As a matter of fact, they are offering to let people listen to hours of training for free. I highly recommend that you take advantage of all the audio training they are offering. I wust want to encourage you to take a few minutes to read what they are offering. I am not saying that to enourage you to pull out your debit card and sign up (although in my opinion it is worth it), it is just that if you wait a minute or two, a box opens in the top left hand corner offering the free audio training.

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