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Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer.[1] However, both are distinct forms of marketing and the main difference between them is that affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations to drive sales while referral marketing relies on trust and personal relationships to drive sales.

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									Joining an Affiliate Marketing Program

You could make a lot of money thanks to a good affiliate marketing program. This article is filled with useful
tips that will help you become a good affiliate agent.

Start by asking yourself what kind of products you would be good at selling. Select a product you are
interested in, know a lot about and will remain enthusiastic about throughout the years. If possible, choose a
product that will attract a target audience you are comfortable with. Prior experience is definitely an
advantage, but you can get started as a salesperson if you can find ways to connect with your audience and
discover things you have in common. Choose a quality product that you can sell at a fair price. Test the
product yourself if you can and do some research to find out if any competitors are offering this same product
at a better price.

Choose your affiliate program carefully. Find out more about different programs and ask other agents how much
money they make and how efficient their program's support system is. There are a few things you should look
for in an affiliate program, including interesting commissions, quality products, a large selection of
products to choose from and useful instructional material. If possible, find a program with a help line you
can turn to in case you are not meeting your goals.

Create a good website or a blog to advertise your products online. Make sure your website is adapted to your
target audience; you need to find out more about internet marketing and search engine optimization to bring
potential customers to your site and keep them interested. Your site needs to be well-organized; visitors
should easily find the information they are looking for. It is important that you create quality content for
your site: write good reviews of your products, add pictures and videos of yourself demonstrating your
products and add new articles every week on topics your target audience is interested in.

Reach out to customers by joining message boards, chat rooms and different social networking sites. Be
friendly to everyone and write helpful answers and comments. When it is appropriate, you should mention your
products and post a link to one of your pages. The goal is to establish yourself as an authority on a certain
topic. Get people to trust you and appreciate you by helping them out and sharing quality content with them.

Establish a contact with your customers. Some people will probably visit your site once and order your
products, but you cannot count on this to make a real profit. You need to establish a more personal contact
with people to get them to visit your site regularly and order more than once. Encourage people to ask
questions on social networks or via emails. You should also get an 800 phone number and encourage people to
give you a call if they have any questions or concerns.

Do more research about affiliate marketing techniques and use the tips from this article. Put together a
complete strategy to reach out to your target audience and you should be successful.

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