Affiliate Marketing

One concept with websites that might be worth exploring, depending on your idea and how you are going to monetize your idea, is affiliate marketingAffiliate marketing programs allow you to sign up with a company that provides affiliate marketing tools and use them to advertise products on a website.  When someone clicks on an ad on your site and buys something, you get paid a commission.  All of the advertising seen on this website is done through affiliate marketing programs.

Many well-known companies offer affiliate programs.  Amazon has a program they call Amazon Associates.  At the time of writing this post, I am using their program for some advertising, although from what I’ve seen so far, it doesn’t give the type of customized ads I would expect to see as I’ve gone to the site.  Companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple all have affiliate programs.

Typically, with affiliate programs you must register with the company as an affiliate.  Each company has different criteria ranging from nothing to needing a well-built site with some real content and established traffic.  Different programs also have different structures for how they pay.  Here are a few links to different programs –

Amazon Associates

Google AdSense

Apple iTunes

These are just a few of the many programs out there.  Search for affiliate marketing in your preferred browser and you will find no shortage of programs to consider!

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