Affiliate marketing is a way to do a revenue-sharing venture between websites and/or other merchants. The website owner puts advertisements on the their site to promote sales for the other merchants and can send interested customers to that website. This article can help explain all of the ways that affiliate marketing can work for you. Always remember the importance of education. Know the basics of HTML, data feed manipulation, and product design. Bookstores and the internet can serve as wonderful resources for this. Having a good handle on basic affiliate marketing techniques will improve your site, as well as your income potential. When building affiliate links on your blog, don’t forget that you need traffic on your site first. If no one is reading your blog, there’s no one to click on your affiliate links, no matter how glowing your recommendation or well-place your advertisements. Build a readership for your blog and then join an affiliate program to take advantage of that traffic. Make sure that you like and trust the product you are asking your audience to click on. If you are heavily promoting items that are not good or spamming your page with every type of program imaginable, people will stop coming. It’s your repeat visitors that will make or break you, don’t lose their trust in you. Work only with generous companies with affiliate programs that are also fair. Set a high standard for your business by only accepting 20% or more in profits for your sales. A good affiliate company will pay you a high commission in order to prompt you to come back and do more business. If you sell a lot of different products, organize them, so customers can search one category at a time to find what they are looking for. A search box at the top is also a good idea and it is even better, if results can be further sorted by attributes, such as size and color. Your affiliate website should be easy to navigate. A clean, transparent home page design will build confidence in your visitors and help them to find the information they are looking for. It is a good practice to explain briefly what your website is about, how it will help and reward the visitor and what services your merchant offers. To promote your affiliate marketing products most effectively, you can write a free book or paper on the topic and give it away on your website. You can also convert it into Kindle format and offer it for little to no money on the Amazon site. This will create more interest in your product. If you feel the provided sales page of your vendor isn’t strong enough, make your own. Some product pages are just so bad it could cause you to lose a sale that you had had convinced. Create new copy and put it on your own site or see if you can upload it as a custom landing page. Always be upfront about who you are affiliated with. Building trust with your reader will bring them back and give them the peace of mind to purchase the items you suggest. If they know you’re partnering with a company, not only will they then also trust that company, but they will increase their trust in you for being honest. As previously stated, affiliate marketing can open doors between merchants and can help them to refer potential customers. By using the techniques in the article, you can increase traffic to your website and also make money for sending customers the other merchant’s way. It is a win-win situation for both merchants.