Extra Retirement Income in Affiliate Marketing – How Should I Start?

Most people end up researching affiliate marketing as a result of reading about making money online. It is a viable choice for Baby Boomers who want to make some extra retirement income to supplement pensions, Social Security, IRA and/or 401Ks. This article will explore some of the directions investigate when deciding where to begin.

One interesting area a retiree might explore and would function as an introduction to affiliate marketing is called niche stores. This means becoming an an affiliate to one of the well-known online sales organizations, like eBay or Amazon. What you do is choose one very specific area, or niche to promote, like a piece of sports equipment, or a specialized hobby. You create a website with very specific background information and targeted advice. Once this website is built, then follow specific procedures to sign up with a company and through “Internet magic” a live feed appears on the website showing what is available for sale. By exploring this type of marketing, you learn about build a web page, and how to optimize it to get search engines to find you page. Eventually you learn how use key words to write articles and blogs to attract customers.

Another aspect of Affiliate Marketing for creating extra retirement income to investigate is the more risky Pay Per Click (PPC)advertising. For this you should have some disposable income to start out with. In a nutshell, PPC is learning how to write and place those ads found on the right hand side of search engine results. Find a product that has an affiliate program that pays a commission if someone you direct to their site buys anything. You invest money to place the ad; you get paid back for anyone who clicks on that ad. The risk is in hoping more is earned from clicking than was paid out to begin with. You learn about researching a product and keywords when pursuing this track of affiliate marketing.

A final way to look into affiliate marketing is to take an affiliate marketing training course. There are a bunch out there. For a retiree, with no background in marketing, a program that simplifies the whole process and can break it down into spelled out steps or and outline would probably work best. Exactly what to do at step one is described, hopefully with videos and pictures, and then what to do next Anything that is advertised by a certain number of days needs to be considered steps, one step may take one day or may take several days depending on individual learning curves. These system generally teach article marketing where a product is chosen that pays affiliate commission and a campaign is created with articles, blogs, forums and optional websites.

This is a simplified review of three viable directions to pursue once the decision was made to explore affiliate marketing as a way to earn extra retirement income. Please be aware that not one of these is a breeze to learn, all take time, and commitment and a willingness to study something new and different. Riches will not be made in days or even weeks. But in time, these should bring in some extra income for the retiree. Before choosing any direction it is imperative to fully research the product, the credentials of the author and find some believable testimonials.