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Affiliate Marketing Is Raising the Bar

Aug 17, 2007
Affiliate marketing is the fastest growing business model for online marketers in 2007. After all, can you blame the people who are involved in this type of work? In this line of business there is no need to have your own product, no worries about customer service, and no physical labor such as packing, shipping, and driving to and from the post office everyday. No hassles of returns, and certainly no over head costs beyond advertising.

Many successful affiliate marketers do not even know how to create their own web sites and still manage to make a full time income from the comfort of their own homes with commissions from dozens, if not hundreds of affiliate programs at the same time. Affiliate marketing creates the opportunity to be a salesman for any company you wish, without having to wear a suit and tie to work everyday or kiss up to the boss.

Affiliate marketing gives you the opportunity to work in any line of business you prefer, and you can start the job today! Several popular Affiliate Networks have sprung up in the last several years. The most notable ones would be Clickbank, Commission Junction, Linkshare, and PayDotCom. These networks have online "market places" where affiliates are able to shop for the products that pay the highest commissions in any number of given categories or niches that they desire to promote using their own web sites, and other methods of advertising.

The affiliate is then given their own personal affiliate URL to promote for the publishers web site, and every sale that they are able to generate for the given company earns them a handsome commission check at the end of the Networks Pay Cycle. Simple enough? Well, according to most newbie affiliate marketers, it is clearly easier said than done.

Competing in categories such as "make money online" or "health and wellness" niches can seem like a mountain that cannot be climbed to the beginner affiliate. If you are considering a possible career as a full time affiliate marketer, make sure that you go into this profession with your eyes wide open before you quit your day job!

Countless attempts to become what the industry refers to as a "Super Affiliate" or a "Guru" are made every day. The idea of making money quick, with minimal effort on your part is every lazy man's dream. While it is possible to "get rich quick", there is no "getting rich quick and easy without any effort on your part whatsoever. Success at "working from home" can be achieved if the right goals are set, and the right help is in place to get you started on the right track.

There are coaches that share the techniques that have created very comfortable lifestyles they enjoy at young ages. The cost of coaching from most self proclaimed "internet marketing Gurus" will often run you into several thousands of dollars, and the return is often minimal. There are, however, honest entrepreneurs who reach out to help others for much less or even for free in some circumstances.

Membership websites are good places for the person who wants more information to learn about working from home, before they spend all their money on the latest ebooks describing endless methods to lose more money. Methods are many, principles are few. Methods always change, principles never do.
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