Learn how to make some extra money talking about the things you like best.
Do you know what affiliate marketing is and how it can make you money? Did you know that there are many websites out there that you are probably already visiting that will pay you for things like sending them visitors and getting other people to buy their products? Best of all, did you know that it is pretty simple to set it all up?
What are your hobbies or interests?
The first thing you are going to want to do is to pick a topic of interest. Do you like football, fashion, playing chess or radio-controlled cars? Heck, even drinking games could make you money - I'm serious! Choose something you know a lot about or at least have a lot of interest in so that doing research about that topic is fun for you.
Do your homework!
The next step is to do some research. Enter your topic into google. Are there are a ton of search results for that topic? Do you see a lot of ads on the right side of google? There are three sites that I want you to go look at. The first is ClickBank.com. Go to their marketplace and search for your topic. Do you see affiliate programs listed that relate to your topic? Go to PayDotCom.com and do the very same thing. Then, go back to google and type your topic plus the words: affiliate program. For example if your topic was football, you would type, "football affiliate program" (without the quotes) and you will see results with a ton of websites that have affiliate programs that relate to the term "football".
Okay, so what is an affiliate program and how do they make you money? An affiliate program is a program that a website owner has put in place which enables him to let people like you sign-up to recommend his products to your prospects or customers and in exchange when they buy his products - he pays you a commission. This is tracked through affiliate links that are created when you sign-up and they are unique to you so that the site owner knows who to pay the commission to for the sales.
Get a WordPress Blog.
Go and get yourself a wordpress blog - they are free! There are many advantages to using WordPress, but I will not go into them here. Just know they are a perfect choice for this and they work. do a google search for "your topic" and wordpress theme. For example you could search for: football wordpress theme. Wordpress has plenty of tutorials to show you how to use it, but like most college students, you have a pretty good grasp of the internet and you should find it pretty easy to learn. If you have trouble, ask a friend or google your question and you will find the answer. There a ton of sites out there that teach you how to set-up your wordpress site and even use your own domain name if you want. I would suggest you spend the 10 bucks to use your own domain name but you do not have to.
Post every day if you can.
You will want to find the time to post on your blog as often as you can. If you can write a post every day, that would be ideal, however a few times a week is also sufficient. Write about the things you like to talk about regarding your topic and be sure to include your affiliate links in your posts. People that read you blog and are interested in what you are talking about will often click on the links to see what you are referencing. If they buy something from the site you sent them to, you will earn a commission. That wasn't so hard - was it?
That's it in the nutshell.
Okay, so please understand, this was a very (and I mean VERY) quick, short and abridged lesson in affiliate marketing. It is not possible to go into a lot of detail in one short article, however, it does give you an easy to follow, step-by-step system to set-up an affiliate website blog that can make you some extra money just by talking abut something that let's face it, you would probably talk about for free anyways.If you don't make sales right away, don't be discouraged. The more content you write, the more the search engines will find your site. The more traffic you get to your blog, the higher the chance that people will be clicking on your affiliate links and eventually, you will start to make sales. There is so much to affiliate marketing that cannot be covered here, but if it is a topic that interests you, you can surely find a lot of information on the internet.
Skylr Monaghan is a marketing coach, entrepreneur, multiple website owner and he runs http://DiggerDaily.com It is an email list that makes finding affiliate programs, joint-ventures and cross-promotion opportunities very simple.