Every month or quarter, or once you reach a certain dollar amount, for example, $100, you will receive a payment from the affiliate network, either in the form of a check, or a direct deposit to a specified bank account.
(HINT: set up a separate bank account, email address, and PayPal account for any online business you want to start. Give these new details to the affiliate program).
You might have to mail or fax in a W-9 tax form if you live in the US, and then you will be able to be paid, and start registering for programs which in the first instance are most similar to the content you already have at your site.
Or, if you are just getting started, research the affiliates and see which ones are offering either high commissions on sales, or simply pay in exchange for lead generation. Then create content based around those programs in order to drive traffic, and make sure to SEO these pages for high organic search results.
We will be posting articles on affiliate programs and how to make the most of this marketing opportunity, but for now it is simply important to highlight the fact that is a fast, easy way to get started marketing and selling online, with little to no risk other than some time and effort.
The financial potential can be huge, however, particularly for downloadable products. In most cases you don’t need to worry so much about chargebacks, and in the case of either tangible or digital goods, the company will handle the customer service, leaving you free to come up with good marketing strategies, and an automated stream of revenue from your site which is available 24/7.
As we said, there will be more information on affiliates here and at the useful online marketing site Insider Secrets Corp. at http://insidersecretscorp.com
For the moment it is enough to know how affiliate programs work, so you can consider if they might be right for you, and so you can incorporate suggested keywords from your chosen affiliate programs into your SEO.