Using Google AdWords For Affiliate Selling

While many people may have you believe otherwise, selling online is not an easy thing to do. Coming up with a great domain name, setting up your website, integrating the whole lot with a payment processor, getting inventory, handling shipping, the list goes on.

It is a great thing then, that affiliate selling came about. What this is is basically you referring customers to merchants. For example, if you point John to MerchantA.com, and John buys some products there, then you get a cut of the profits.

This obviously simplifies the whole process a lot, and allows you to concentrate on marketing. In fact, you might not even need a website to do this, as I will show you later.

What Do You Sell?

Affiliate networks like Commission Junction, LinkShare and Clickbank are one-stop shops where you can find thousands of products from different merchants to sell. In this manner, you will only have to sign up once and you can consolidate payments from different merchants in one cheque!

So sign up with one of these networks and look for products to sell.

Why Isn't A Website Needed?

While a well-designed and effectively promoted website is always better, it is optional for this method of affiliate marketing, because you simply use Google AdWords to generate relevant traffic to your affiliate links. In other words, you can link your AdWords ads directly to the linking URLs that networks like Commission Junction, Linkshare or Clickbank provide you with.

Signing up with Google AdWords takes only a few minutes and costs only $5 to activate. Don't bother about any promo codes that the sign-up process asks you for, because they have to be bought, so it isn't really worth it. Once you're done signing up, you can start creating your ads immediately.

AdWord ads are in this general format:

Ad Title
Description 1
Description 2
URL

A point to note is that AdWords has two parts to the URL portion. One URL is your display URL, which is the URL people will see appear on your ad. The other URL is your actual URL, which is where your users will go to when they click on your ad. So you can actually just put the web address of the company whose products you are selling as your display URL, and have your affiliate link as your actual URL!

Choosing Keywords

Great! Now you are ready for the next step, which is choosing the keywords that will trigger Google to display your ad. Choose keywords that you believe potential customers will use to search for your product/service. If you have a larger profit margin, you can bid for the more competitive keywords, but usually other just as relevant keywords may be less in demand and cost less. Don't worry about selecting keywords, because you can have a whole list of keywords to trigger your ad.

This list is not finalised and you can edit your keywords at any point of time. Also, Google works great with your advertising budget since it allows you to determine the maximum cost-per-click you are willing to pay, as well as the maximum daily amount you want to spend in your campaign.

Good luck!

Alvin Poh has been specialising in web development, content distribution, advertising and marketing strategies since 1995. His goal is to provide practical information based upon his years of experience to help webmasters, website designers, and self-employed people achieve their goals in today's competitive Internet. At his site, you can learn how to make money online.

Revealed The Myth of Making Money Through Affiliate Marketing

Many people enter into the affiliate marketing arena with the hopes of making some... Read More

12 Ways To Promote Your Affiliate Program

Hundreds of people sign up for affiliate programs everyday because they look at this partnership... Read More

In Mourning for the Google Cash System

Do you remember when you could pick an affiliate program, hustle up a few hundred... Read More

Affiliate Marketing is a Brilliant Way to Begin On-line Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is a brilliant way to begin earning on the Internet, for those of... Read More

Soliciting Referral

Customer referrals are vital to small and home-based service businesses. When you need to increase... Read More

11 Awesome Ways To Explode Your Affiliate Commission

1. Start your own affiliate program directory. Join a large number of affiliate programs that... Read More

Affiliate + Blogs = Money

I've been an affiliate for a long time, trying different ways and many different sites... Read More

The Best Affiliate Programs Increase Your Website?s Earnings Potential

Taking full advantage of your website's earning potential is as simple as making use of... Read More

Design Web Site Around Affiliate Programs

When starting a Web business, most people choose a topic for their Web site and... Read More

Article Marketing 101 For Affiliate Program Managers

This article is for Affiliate Program Managers: Interested in increasing the amount of revenue that... Read More

How Affiliates Can Have Their Own Radio Show...

Before we start, I want to ask you one simple question. If you knew what... Read More

Is There Any Money On Over Saturated Markets?

Well that depends ultimately on you! Let me explain?I have tackled a few over-saturated markets... Read More

Is There an Affiliate Free Lunch Program?

"Everything worthwhile has a cost... Whenever you think you are getting something for nothing, look... Read More

A Successful Satellite TV Affiliate Website

Satellite TV has exploded on the scene during the last decade, providing expanded channel offerings... Read More

Affiliate Programs... Whos Really Making The Money?

There will be a million and one affiliates out there who will tell you that... Read More

22 Questions to Ask Before You Use Any Shopping Cart System

Many seasoned professional speakers agree that you can make more money selling your knowledge in... Read More

Earn Top Dollar With Your Affiliate Monthly Income Stream

Virtually all online marketers have attempted lots of schemes and programs. Most online marketers have... Read More

How To Make Affiliate Sales In 15 Minutes

If you are one of the 98.6% of affiliate members that never make one cent... Read More

Affiliate Marketing Assets - Things You Need In This Business

There are millions of ways to make money, particularly in the internet. But with the... Read More

Why 95% of Affiliate Websites Lose Money - And To Avoid The Pitfalls

Affiliate marketing is an agreement between two websites in which one site (the affiliate)... Read More

Why Do Many People Fail in Affiliate Marketing!

Affiliate marketing has been around on the Web for quite sometime now, but there... Read More

Affiliate Web Site Pros, Cons and Getting Traffic

With the web these days growing at a substantial rate, just about everywhere you turn... Read More

Adsense: How to Make Money With Ads by Google

The chances are that you've seen "Ads by Google" on a variety of websites and... Read More

Affiliate Programs: An Easy Start to Online Income

Affiliate programs may be the easiest online business to start running. Why?With any online business... Read More

5 Strategies to Boost Your Affiliate Sales

Are you promoting affiliate products?This article will show you 5 strategies to boost your Affiliate... Read More

What are the Benefits of Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a cooperative effort between merchant and an affiliate's website. It has... Read More

How to Grow an Affiliate Marketing Business

The biggest failure in affiliate marketing is not collecting prospects' email addresses. If you... Read More

Learning Internet Marketing the Hard Way

Ok, so after reading many articles on internet marketing I decided to take the... Read More

5 Ways to Promote Affiliate Programs

After having chosen several programs to join, you probably realize that customers won't knock on... Read More

Promoting My Affiliate Programs--How?

Getting your website up, is really just the first phase of your journey to a... Read More

Affiliate Marketing: An Online Marketing Strategy

Everybody it seems can make money online. The simplest way perhaps is to make money... Read More

Affiliate Program Intro

What is an affiliate program? Everyone who surfs the web has come across affiliate programs.... Read More

Get the Big Dogs to Affiliate with You

Have you ever tried to launch an affiliate program? If you have, then you know... Read More

Your Affiliate Business and Taxes

Starting a home-based business on the Internet is easy you say. You have your web... Read More

Why Two-Tier Affiliate Programs are Best

When you join an affiliate program or start an affiliate program of your own, you... Read More

Common Decency......Lets Keep it Alive!

I recently had an experience with one of the affiliate programs I *was* involved with.... Read More

Affiliate Communication

Communication is Key!When building an affiliate network communicating with affiliates is important for merchants to... Read More

Setting Up Your Own Affiliate Program (Part Two)

This article is the second of my two part series on setting up your own... Read More

How to Make Your Affiliate Sales Take Off in a Hurry

Affiliate programs are probably the easiest and simplest way to achieve business success online. Indeed... Read More

13 Killer Ways To Increase Your Affiliate Commissions

1. Start a private web site. Use it as a free bonus if people buy... Read More

Joint Venture 101 - The Quickest Way To Build Your eBusiness - PART 1

This article reveal the same techniques that many Internet marketing experts uses every day... Read More

Finding An Affiliate Online Opportunity Program

Never before has it been easier to find an affiliate online opportunity program. From years... Read More

Back-End Selling

If you ask me, residual (also known as passive income) is the most important type... Read More

Popup Killers - Not just killing that Popup but also your Revenue!

With the increased use of popups on sites - when you enter,when you leave, while... Read More

Are You Making These Costly Affiliate Mistakes?

There are many ways to generate sales, but there are also ways to ensure your... Read More

Affiliate Marketing ? The Comparison Model

The value of an affiliate is nil in a customer's mind ? ok, so you've... Read More

Why Top-earning Affiliates Have Their Own Domains And Websites

Many affiliate programs usually provide special web pages for their affiliates. This is one of... Read More

A Few Words on Affiliate Team Building

It might have been Vince Lombardi or some other famous coach who said, "There is... Read More

Affiliate Programs - Are They A Business For You?

Many people look at affiliate programs as one of the easiest and best ways to... Read More

Affiliate Products: Keeping Up With The Product Cycle

You may not realize it, but this time of year is prime earning season. It's... Read More