Top Affiliate Marketers Should:1. Affiliate Marketers should cloak their affiliate links.Though it may seem an unnecessary task to disguise your affiliate links, you should. Strange is it is, many website visitors refuse to use your links to another website if they see an extremely long code appended to the URL, or the words like “affiliate,” “referral,” and others when they hover their pointer over a link you have included on your website. More than a few visitors will strip your affiliate code from your link and type the domain you are directing them to directly to the browser address bar. Either they don’t want you to earn a commission from their purchase, or they don’t trust the, what seems to them, unnecessary additional coding that they see. To prevent this odd behavior, simply cloak the URL. There are websites available that offer cloaking services without charge.2. Affiliate marketers should write & distribute articles to article directories and social networks.You should write articles about your product niche and get them published to the Internet. For one, it builds your reputation as an expert in the market you write about and gains trust among those who read what you have written about. Another reason is that with the publication of those articles by other websites, including ezine publishers, you are more likely to be found by visitors to those article directories. Your articles get you a good reputation and links in the resource box attached by those directories at the conclusion of each article.3. Affiliate marketers focus on a narrow market niche.Creating a website with content that target a narrow niche of a general product or service (known as a micro-niche) is an excellent way of gaining visitors to your website, thus your links. You have a better chance of getting visitors to your website selling “women’s white Nike golf shoes,” than a website trying to promote every piece of golf equipment known.4. Affiliate marketers do search engine optimization (SEO).Search engine optimization is one of the most time consuming and difficult tasks for any affiliate marketer to perform well. As more and more affiliate marketers try their hand at creating websites and perform their own SEO the competition for high search engine placement increases. However, as you continue to apply SEO for your website that search engine visibility will significantly increase over time.5. Affiliate marketers create individual web pages that sell the product before sending visitors to buy.Creating a web page that reviews and discusses a product is called pre-selling. Pre-sell pages for the product or service you are promoting can convince your visitors to buy the product they are considering. If you can convince them that they need to look no further at any similar competitive product, they will use your link to buy it.If you think that you can follow these 5 basic requirements your chances of becoming an Internet marketer earning affiliate commissions will increase dramatically and you may be ready to build your own websites, earnig money in a work-at-home business.