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Aug 17, 2007
Everyone has a dream of getting rich quick from an internet business but since that may not happen, you may as well build your business the right way. Like the old story of the tortoise and the hare, a slow deliberate approach can make reaching the destination more likely than depending on bursts of growth.

Part of your business plan should be setting goals for your growth. Ask yourself where you want your business to be in the next year, three years or ten years and then determine what it is going to take to get there. Make your achievement methods realistic and leave out any references to magic wands. As you pass each step in your goal setting, mark them off and then aim higher.

One method you can use to help grow your business is through affiliate marketing programs, which basically results in being able to advertise and not pay for it until it shows results. Unlike typical advertising where you pay for the ad placement and then reap the benefits of your creative selling talents, with affiliate marketing your ad is placed free of charge, however when a customer goes through the affiliates ad and makes a purchase you will pay a commission on the sales. How much of a commission is decided between you and the affiliate ahead of time.

A major advantage to network affiliate marketing is the number of sites on which your advertising can appear at one time and you still only pay for results. Having your advertising appear on thousands of websites will give you exposure that should improve your traffic, if the sites are aimed at a similar audience that you wish to target. If you want your advertising to be geared towards a specific group, paid advertising may be needed but to reach out to potential customers, especially new customers, affiliate marketing may be the best deal for the money.

An important aspect in affiliate network marketing is in knowing your target audience as well as those sites with which you are affiliated. You may want to verify their reputation as well as the legality of their business. What may be legal to offer online in one state may be considered shady in another location. Additionally, consider the other advertising being carried on affiliate sites to determine if you want your business name associated with that type of advertising.

Before you enter into any agreement with a network marketing affiliate program, make sure you understand the fine print and whether or not you have any control of the sites on which your advertising will appear. If there is anything in the agreement with which you are not comfortable, do not sign it. Instead, move on a research what else is available to help with your own marketing plan.
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