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Useful Internet Affiliate Marketing Tips And Thoughts

Dec 14, 2007
Affiliate marketing programs offer tremendous opportunities for almost anyone to make extra money on the internet. As an industry it produces billions of dollars worth of sales and then shares some of that with the affiliates.

Here is the key when you first decide to start an Internet affiliate marketing business. Write a plan much like you would opening any new business. If you are not sure what to write put down some goals and then adjust them as you get going and understand it better.

To help you out a little bit here are a few things to keep in mind when you start an affiliate marketing business of your own.

1. Set some goals and write them down. Include a realistic income goal. Do not just write down $100,000 a year as this is not realistic when you first start.

2. Set up somewhere in your home to work and then work when you are in that room. Many people fail with affiliate marketing because they just goof off on the computer and are not really working.

3. What do you know about affiliate marketing? You need skills and that is going to take some education on your part. There are no born great affiliate marketers.

- James Martell offers some excellent training for affiliate marketers.

- Allan Gardyne has the top affiliate marketing forum where you can go ask questions for free.

- Rosalind Gardner wrote a dynamite book on just about everything you need to know to be a successful affiliate marketer.

Here are a couple of facts that you need to know about running an Internet affiliate business of your own.

1. You get paid to sell other people's stuff. One of the benefits of this type of business is you do not need any products of your own. You can earn as high of commission as 75% on digital products and 50% on physical products

2. The affiliate company will collect the money and ship the products. So what do you do? You get traffic to your affiliate website or your own website if you build one. This is going to be the hardest part.

3. You will get paid by check, direct deposit, or PayPal. Every affiliate program runs their pay periods differently. Instant commission programs are great if you can find them.

4. Know your cookies. This is one of those cool internet words that means different than you are used to hearing. Usually, potential customers will just be making some visit and will not make any purchase immediately.

It is important that the merchant's website use cookies to track these customers so that you will be able to get the credit once he returns and buys anything in that site. The longer these tracking cookies last, the higher the chance you will be paid.

5. Look at the marketing materials they are providing. You would like to see some good text ads, banners, html email, offline materials if they have it, and so on. Unless you are good at designing marketing materials the more they give you the faster you can start promoting their products.

6. Look for as many free, or nearly free, ways to advertise as possible. Look around and see what other successful affiliate marketers are doing.

Most affiliate companies will give you ideas as well. There are so many ways to market online that it can get confusing. Do not make the mistake of falling for the sure thing advertising gimmick and losing a bunch of money on it.

This is some good advice on starting out with affiliate marketing. This can be a very lucrative industry for you if you know going in that it is going to take a lot of hard work.
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