What Is Internet Marketing About?
For anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past ten years, it must be a well-known fact that the internet is everywhere. There are many things today that can be done with the help of the internet and earning consistent money is definitely one of them.
If you keep your eyes open and get past the most obviously fraudulent schemes, there are a number of different ways of making consistent money using the internet. Internet marketing is probably the most popular and most reliable of these methods.
So what exactly is Internet Marketing?
To put it simply, internet marketing means getting the word around (about your business or products) using a variety of web techniques. This, of course, is a very broad definition. There are quite a few different techniques available out there that can be classified as internet marketing. The most prominent of these are:
Every email user has come across advertisements that accompany mails. Using a long list of targeted email users, you can concentrate on reaching potential customers (or consumers) using email marketing.
Social Media Marketing
This is much the same as email marketing. The only difference lies in the fact that in social media marketing, you will be using social media platforms to reach a number of people simultaneously.
Content Marketing using Search Engine Techniques
Content marketing involves using techniques like search engine optimization and search engine marketing to make potential buyer reach your website.
These are just a few examples of techniques used for internet marketing, there are many others. Most experienced internet marketers will generally use a variety of methods to drive traffic to their offers.
A technique that uses most of these methods in conjunction, and yet manages to stay unique and different from the others is affiliate marketing.
What’s Affiliate Marketing About?
I have already mentioned that affiliate marketing uses most of these internet marketing techniques together, and yet it’s different than the other techniques. As an affiliate marketer, you are expected to promote products that you share an interest and confidence in.
As you promote these products, you will stand to receive a pre-determined percentage of sales as affiliate commission.
So, basically, in affiliate marketing, you are helping the manufacturers or dealers sell more of their products, thus helping their sales. By doing so, you will be earning a healthy cut on these sales: all the while helping the customers reach the products! It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
One of the most important things you should keep in mind while promoting a product that you must have fair bit of knowledge, interest and confidence about what product you choose to promote. After all, you will be putting your reputation at stake if you choose to promote mediocre products.
Affiliate marketing isn’t just a stunt to earn some offhand money. It’s a genuine business opportunity for every one of us, and those who treat it like a serious business by investing serious time, energy and efforts do get great returns on their investments.
That said, how exactly are you going to promote these products?
Why Businesses Need a Website
As an experienced affiliate marketer, I can assure you that the best and easiest way to break into affiliate marketing business is by launching your own website first. Websites are the best way of letting people know what you are promoting, why you are promoting it and what other people think about those products.
Once you have your own website, you are going to have a great platform- all to yourself- of promoting products and content. This means that your business won’t just be about random posts on forums and blogs, but it will be a fully fledged website.
Again, building your own website from scratch can be tricky for those who don’t know much about the internet. A website essentially follows the pattern given below.
- Content creation
If you hire some web developing company, it’s going to cost you well more than it really should. So, the best alternative for you to build your own business website would be to take help from some of the programs that help you go through these details pretty neatly.
The key to a successful affiliate marketing business is a great website with useful content that will drive traffic to the various posts. People have tried in the past to promote traffic using keyword manipulations but in the long run, only those websites that have genuinely useful content keep afloat.
How To Learn Affiliate Marketing
As I mentioned in the very first paragraph of this article, there aren’t many things that you can’t find on the internet. If you are serious about affiliate marketing, there are dozens and dozens of programs out there that can help you wade through these tangles of affiliate marketing strategies.
The first and foremost thing you need to know before you zero in on any of these programs is that you must ensure that you aren’t being duped by scam websites. You can find a lot of information and reviews about most of these programs and websites under the review section of my website. It always pays to be safe, doesn’t it?
Among all of these programs, I have a personal favourite- and not without a number of reasons. Wealthy Affiliate is my number 1 program for learning Affiliate Marketing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is serious about starting an Affiliate Marketing Business. You can take a look at the first 10 free Lessons by Clicking Here
What’s Wealthy Affiliate?
Wealthy Affiliate is your best guide to affiliate marketing. Used and approved by thousands of marketers to date, Wealthy Affiliate is the most trusted of the affiliate marketing programs out there.
Wealthy Affiliate offers everything required for a successful marketing business. Right from hosting your website to building it to perfection; from teaching you the best SEO techniques to helping you find and promote the best and most lucrative products. You will never need to look beyond Wealthy Affiliate. You can read more about what Wealthy Affiliate has on offer by clicking here.
Another unique thing about Wealthy Affiliate is the large number of active contributors to their forums and help centres. You can be certain that when you have any query, it will get resolved within minutes by someone among the ever-helpful WA community..
The best is reserved for the last, though. Wealthy Affiliate University is the most well thought out and well researched learning tool for the new Affiliate Marketer.
What is Wealthy Affiliate University?
With a suitable subscription to Wealthy Affiliate University, you can learn the basics of affiliate marketing in no time, really. The variety of training programs and virtual classrooms that are available are completely worth the money you put in. I have summarized these virtual classroom courses here in brief:
- Getting Started
Introducing you to affiliate marketing concepts
- WA affiliate program
More about what WA exactly offers you
- Keyword, niche and market research
This is the best classroom in my opinion. Learning to choose niche and creating relevant content is the biggest advantage you will have as a marketer.
- Everything WordPress
Here you will learn the things you need to be able to build a WordPress website from scratch
- Authoring and writing content
Just building a website isn’t enough. You will need to learn how to write and publish relevant, useful and optimized content to drive more traffic to your website.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Another very useful classroom! SEO techniques go a long way in helping you generate organic web traffic.
Apart from these prominent classrooms, there are a number of other classrooms available as well.
- Social Engagement and Marketing
- Website Development and Programming
- Local Marketing
- Video Marketing
- Email Marketing
- The Wealthy Affiliate Program
- Pay-per-click Marketing
Internet marketing is a vast domain and you can’t possibly learn everything about it in a flash. Affiliate Marketing would be the best way to kick start your marketing business and there’s no better alternative to learn the details of affiliate marketing than with Wealthy Affiliate.
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And remember,I am here to help so if you have any questions, please leave them below or you can contact me through my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.
I hope you are having a wonderful day.
You have a great article, and I can relate to that.
Just so curious and I would like to ask you a question,
1. How long can you wait so that your website is earning an income for your early retirement? Let’s say if I start now, how many days, months, or years should I wait considering that I am consistently doing what needs to be done in my website?
2. As you mentioned “Internet Marketing using different variety of techniques” what technique can you recommend as the most easiest and most effective means to earn decen income?
Thanks a lot
It is hard to predict when your website will start making you decent money, it would depend on a lot of things but if you are with Wealthy Affiliate and do consistently work at it, you should be making fairly decent money by about the 12 month mark. Some people make money sooner and some later, as I said, it depends on many things. I am only at the 6 month mark and still only half way through the training and I am starting to see some good results.
I think the best technique to use when you are first setting out is to promote an affiliate product that suits you niche, then you could look to Amazon for more products to promote.
I hope this helps.
San here again,
I am really enjoying reading your wonderful information and checking out your site.
I agree with you, all businesses these days need a website and so many of them do not have them.
I have found several in my local town that do not and I have attempted to convince them otherwise. Some have responded, others are to afraid of change to do it.
I will be using some of your ideas to change their minds.
Thank you San,
I am glad you like my website. I will be looking into doing some local marketing soon and agree that a lot of older business are a bit afraid of change, but it is a changing world we live in and we all need to keep up.
Being with Wealthy Affiliate and being able to help others is a great feeling.
Hi Kerry, I have to say, this is one of the easiest articles to read about affiliate marketing. There are a lot of confusing sites and posts out there about making money online, but you have nailed it here. Everything makes perfect sense, and although I understand it may take a lot of time to make money, you have given me the incentive to give it a try. Thanks a lot.
Thank you so much for your kind words, I am glad I have inspired you to give internet marketing a try. If you follow the training at Wealthy Affiliate, you can’t go wrong.
Cheers to your success!
Nothing can leverage your time and work efforts better than the internet, IF you know how to do it. The trick is finding honest training and support.
Kerry, thanks for outlining what internet marketing is about. I was grown and set in my ways when the internet came around, but I have managed to get my head around it anyway thanks to our community of online marketers.
I noticed you recommended them too.
I was pretty set in my ways too and never thought that one day I would be making my income from the internet. I had for some time been wondering what’s internet marketing about, and it was only when I found Wealthy Affiliate that I really started to understand the proper way to go about it.
My early attempts at internet marketing were pretty rough, so I am very grateful that I finally found my way to this wonderful program. I have learned so much since I have been here and now I would like to help other people achieve financial freedom with Wealthy Affiliate.
I appreciate you comments.
Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
Very nicely explained and easy for a reader to understand.
I will definitely come back to this site in the future.
I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
Thanks for sharing this nice information.
Cheers and best of luck to you.
Thank you for your encouraging words, it’s good to know I am on the right track. I love internet marketing and am so glad to be finally learning the right way to go about it.
I wish you every success with your own ventures.
What a terrific article and site! Very pleased to have visited and discovered such a pleasant and informative website.
Full credit to you Kerry for a really inviting and appealing site appearance and explaining the information in a very understandable and helpful way.
I really was pleased to find you!
Thank you Jamie,
It is lovely to hear such great feedback and great to know I am on the right track. I do try and write from my experiences with internet marketing and so far my best experiences have been with Wealthy Affiliate, It is such a great place to learn.