What is Affiliate Marketing?

Many online retailers offer affiliate programs to help promote their products. I have joined ShareASale, for physical goods and clickbank, for digital goods and nutraceuticals, so far. This is the very beginning of my business. I know that real people are buying real items from companies like Wayfair, Joss & Main and Pier One because I delivered them all over Central New York and Pennsylvania for three years.

Omega Cabinets Trailer
A load of Omega Kitchen Cabinets arrives at warehouse hub.
Hot Tub on box truck
Hot Tub purchased from online retailer loaded onto box truck for home delivery.

Wayfair and Joss & Main are available through ShareASale.

You might think that getting a website is next but I strongly suggest that you research keywords and phrases, discover profitable niches in markets that you are interested in and then secure domain names based on these keywords or phrases as opposed to your cool idea for a site name. Think of this as the cornerstone of your site. Then you can aquire server space from a hosting provider. Ours is GreenGeeks, there are ads in the menu that take you to their site. I recommend using WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or another Content Management System even if you know how to code. GreenGeeks offers Optimized WordPress and Optimized Drupal hosting. Optimized hosting is important when using a CMS because the website will be making frequent communication with the hosting server and the database. This can be a little slow for users if you are on a slow hosting server.
Once you have your hosting, and your domain name / names, it is time to ad content in the form of articles, videos, streamed events, podcasts, pictures or artwork. You will also want to know how to place the properly linked ads in your site. If you do not want to or do not know how to create your own content you can obtain it by outsourcing. I am hoping to give my sites the personal touch and hopefully obtain comments, links and contributing creators as I go.

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