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Want to Add Affiliate Products or Services to Your Site? Know How to Get Started

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/30/2006 | Affiliate Programs

So you have a beautiful website of your own! Why dont you use your website to generate additional income? Become an affiliate and turn your website into a money spinning machine. Here are some tips how you can add services and products to your website and promote them to emerge as a successful affiliate.

Affiliate marketing is a kind of advertising and product promotion technique. The incomes are generated through commission by selling the products of a particular company on your website. You have to take the help of the search engines to promote the products. Your advertising skills are reflected in your ability to develop an enticing website. And you are rewarded by the commissions of the sales of their products generated through your website. Being an affiliate you are actually tempting your visitors to jump onto the companys site where they are hoped to make some purchase. It apparently seems that it is the companies that are benefited by the program, but in reality the whole thing turns out be quite profitable for the affiliates as well.

As an affiliate you are provided with a link from the companys website whose products you are promoting. The company is supposed to supply the affiliates some sort of logo, along with a special URL to use for the link. You can either go for a site-to-site linking, or you can ask for a link to specific products of the companys site. In the latter case, you are allowed to highlight the products that have a close connection with the contents of your site. Your advertising skills are reflected in your ability to tactfully induce your visitors to click on the focused items and whisk them away to the companys website. The HTML code making each link provides a unique identifier and keeps record of all the traffic that have been redirected from your site to the advertisers site.

Most of the affiliate links contain first the companys site's main address, the item, and then the code of the affiliate. Take the example of Amazons affiliate program. If you want to take part in it, you have to locate the item you want to promote, copy that URL, remove the shopping session ID that appears at the end of the URL, and add your affiliate ID.

In stead of the links, you can also use the tag generators to add products in your site. A tag generator is a kind of online form used to generate a code through which a specific item is featured on your website. It also comes with a special HTML code that includes an identifier and a link to the particular item.

All your efforts pay off in the end. When affiliate websites are fully rolling, the product will be still out there making money even when you fall asleep and that goes on without rest 24/7, 365 days a year.