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Internet Marketing: Turn A Hobby Into A Great Business

Aug 30, 2008
In its infancy, marketing mainly consisted of print ads and the word of mouth idea. Eventually the advances in technology lead to television and radio advertisements. These marketing methods were complex and involved a group of people working full time.

Today, there is the internet. The World Wide Web provides business with the opportunity to gain customers that was out of reach before. Email and search engine marketing provided traffic to the site, but affiliate marketing is quickly climbing to the advertising method of choice. This has opened the door to work at home entrepreneurs.

So what is affiliate marketing? The strategy is pretty basic. One website sends the traffic from their site to another site and the first site gets paid for the traffic it sends to the second site according to the terms of the program.

For example, letas say you are interested in bird houses. You search for bird houses and locate a website that has a ton on information on birdhouses. On that site there is a link and it says auctions on birdhouses stating at a penny. That is interesting so you click on it.

Since you are an affiliate of the scrapbooking supply store whose link I clicked on, you will be credited for my click. They will pay you according to the terms set forth in your agreement. Usually this means getting a commission payment or bonus if I buy something.

It is easy to see how affiliate marketing could easily lead to legitimate work from home businesses. It requires some basic knowledge to begin with; at the very least the ability to build a website (or have one built for you). It also requires recognizing viable products since the only way an affiliate site can make money is to generate traffic to a seller. A website about belly button lint is not likely to get much traffic to redirect and therefore will not make much money.

Affiliate marketing is preferred by most businesses. In a sense it is like free marketing. They allow someone else to do their marketing and they only have to pay if the campaign produces results. This is ideal for a business, but unless you can create traffic from your site, it can cause you to lose money.

A topic you are familiar with, the ability to know what people are currently purchasing on the market and the basic skills to create a website is all you need to start a home based business with a vast earning potential. Virtually anyone anywhere can find success with affiliate marketing.
About the Author
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