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Make Money At Home With Affiliate Marketing

Apr 7, 2008
Do you realize that you can work at home and make money on the internet without ever selling products? There are very few home based businesses that are easier or cost less to start than affiliate marketing.

Some people are earning thousands of dollars every year with affiliate marketing. The business plan is usually quite simple. Your clients are established online businesses selling a wide range of products and services. You get paid for purchases made by customers from the client's website which you are an affiliate for. You get paid either a percentage or set amount of what the customer buys.

Affiliate marketing opportunities are numerous and growing daily. It works this way. A link advertisement or banner is placed on the afiliate website and when the customer clicks through to the merchant site and makes a purchase a commission is earned.

It is not that difficult to find affiliate programs because it has become so profitable and popular as an internet marketing tool that almost everyone seems to be doing it. This does not mean you should settle for just any affiliate program.

It is very important to select a affiliate program that is at least somewhat relevant to your website or business. This way you will have the best possible chance of your customers clicking through to the affiliate website. For example, if you promote cameras or photography equipment you might join an affiliate program with a company that sells photography books or magazines

Carefully read the affiliate contract thoroughly. There are quite a few outstanding affiliate programs out there it seems there is always some programs trying to rip you off while making a quick buck. You may be able to avoid these scams if you review affiliate agreements carefully and go with your instinct about whether a website or program is not a scam.

The best thing about working a affiliate marketing program is that you are not limited to doing only one program. You can work as many programs as you want as long as you have the space on your website to put their link or banner.

Here are some ideas for locating a good affiliate program.

1. Will your customers like the product?

2. How much money does the merchant pay and for what do they pay? Click throughs? Purchases?

3. Do they give you a percentage of all future purchases by that customer? Or do they pay only for the first purchase?

4. How frequently are you compensated? This information should be in the affiliate agreement.

You can find the right affiliate programs for your home based business by doing some good research and in no time you will be making money simply for referring customers from your website.
About the Author
Paul Jesse is an author and webmaster providing free and low cost opportunities to work online from home. Paul would like to invite you to visit his website at http://www.sheamarketing.com
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