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What Is There Not To Like About Affiliate Marketing?

Jan 31, 2008
Affiliate Marketing has no product to stock, no orders to take, no deliveries to make, no money to collect, involves no financial outlay and you never have to talk to the customers. Which part of that didn't you like?

You choose your own business partners, and there lots of them, and then you promote their products. When someone buys one of the products that you are promoting, you get paid a commission. Every month a commission cheque arrives. It couldn't be simpler.

The more you promote, the more customers are attracted and the more sales you will be made. In simple terms, affiliate programs are a means for companies that sell products and services to reward you for sending customers to the company. The reward is normally in the form of a commission on any sales made.

The Internet provides all that is required to promote your products to millions of people 24hrs each day, 7 days a week. So what do you need to do?

The approach is simple and straightforward, and has been followed by thousands of people before you. You have to decide what you are going to sell, how you are going to sell it and then try to convince customers to go and visit your partner's website to purchase it.

Think of the business as building a new store. If you work hard and are very good at it you may build a department store, if you aren't so good then you may end up with a hand cart. Most people can build an equivalent of a local store in no time at all.

It is all about imagination, flair and technique. You shop is your website, what you put in it is up to you. Just remember that you don't hold any stock, just pictures of it!

Step 1 - Choose which Affiliate Schemes to Join

This is the most fun and yet the most difficult step. It doesn't cost very much and can be totally free, but get it wrong and you will miss out on millions.

Step 2 - Build Your Web Site

This can be a lot easier than it sounds, but does require some thought as this your shop front. If you can build your own web site then you can start the design right away. However for those who are going to need some expert help, then there are many companies that will be only too happy to help you.

Step 3 - Host your Site

Once you have designed and built your web site then you will need to find somewhere to 'host' it. This will involve loading up your web pages onto a computer from where the whole of the Internet can access it. This will cost you a small monthly payment, but means that you can ignore the technology, leaving you to concentrate on the business aspects. Normally, the same firm that does the design will offer to take care of the hosting aspect.

Step 4 - Promote Your Site

Just like running a store, you can fill it with the best products in the world, but if no one comes through the door, then you won't sell anything! You need to promote your site and tell the world where to find it.

Of all the steps, it is the promotion of your site that is the most important to you, and the one that gives you the most scope. You can operate a blog, write an article, send out emails, in fact anything that you can think of.

Just like any other business, the right product promoted in the right way will equal a lot of income.
About the Author
Roger Titley runs his own successful internet business and is webmaster of www.best-internet-incomes.com which is a website that is designed to help anyone earn an income from the Internet. A variety of different businesses are explained and help is provided for anyone, even the absolute beginner, wishing to add some extra to their monthly income. You may like to visit another of Roger's site at www.writinganarticle.com which is designed to help in writing articles specifically to promote your internet business.
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