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What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is promoting Internet Businesses.  An Affiliate Marketer is actually an Individual Advertising Firm.  He or she is rewarded for visitors, subscribers and purchasers through their work.  Affiliate Marketers are Paid a Commission for bringing in sales for a particular business’s product.  Compensation is based on a certain “value” deemed by the owner of the product.

From a Merchant’s point of view, No Sale – No Commission.  Also, the Affiliate Marketer is a lot less expensive then a full blown advertising firm!  Some vendors use third party services to bring in the Marketers – i.e. Clickbank.  They also use these sites to track sales that are referred by the affiliates.  Many of these Merchants also offer their own affiliate program.  Many will agree that their growth and success is made possible because of Affiliates!

Affiliate marketing is the single fastest growing and most creative ways to make money on the Internet.

The Internet is constantly changing, and so is the “Hottest” Niche at any given time.  Due to a sinking economy, one of the most sought after products is Making Money From Home!  People are losing their jobs in record numbers, they need work!

Other fast growing niches are other Marketing venues, cell phones, entertainment, pets, diet and health products and travel.

The New Affiliate Marketer can run into problems when they try to put the cart before the horse.  In other words instead of starting at the beginning, they want to start at the end.  Making Money is at the End of the process, but You Must Start at the Beginning.

Is There A Demand For Affiliate Marketers?

Yes, there is a Huge Demand for Affiliate Marketers.  Although, Affiliates will run into  “it sounds too good to be true”  Given Guarantees that are highly unlikely, etc.  Said the same, some affiliates will become too over zealous and exaggerate on products.  Don’t Do It!  It will come back to haunt you.  As huge as the Internet is, it is still a small community and word gets around.

As long as you do your research and test the waters, you will find good products that will give you nice commissions. Nearly all marketers agree that affiliates are a valuable part of online marketing.  Affiliates are like the Town Crier – they give out information to the public that drives traffic to the Merchant.

The Need Tools For Affiliate Marketing:

Get An Autoresponder:

“Autoresponders are often used as e-mail marketing tools, to immediately provide information to their prospective customers and then follow-up with them at preset time intervals.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoresponder

If you are not familiar with auto responders, I have written articles on that very subject.  You can view them Here:

My E-zine Article

On My Marketing Blog

Get A Blog or Website:

I, personally, chose to set up a good blog site vs. and expensive website with a lot of bells and whistles.  Let me say why:  A Good Blog with proper keywords and great posts will drive traffic to your blog as well, if not in some cases, better than a full blown site.  What are you using the site for?  You are using it to advertise your Affiliate Programs, right?  You don’t need shopping carts, colors, shapes and sizes of merchandise, etc.  And a Blog is a much less expensive avenue for starting an Affiliate Marketing business.

Get Your  Products:

Clickbank provides all kinds of information and products to help you in finding a hot market and products that are sure to sell. They have the highest number of products on the Internet.  There is No Charge to an Affiliate to Sign up and choose various products to promote. They also offer a great customer service base.  I also use My Help Hub and have some wonderful products from their site.  They offer a large selection of products and have a wonderful customer service base as well.

The Beginning process is to Educate yourself. Too many people fail to take the necessary steps needed to get from the beginning to the end – the money.

Step #1:
Education – Start by gathering all the information you can about affiliate marketing.  Then turn that information into useful knowledge.  The best information in the world will not help you if you don’t learn how to apply it and have it serve your purpose.

Step #2: Take Action – start building an affiliate business. Here again, I must Emphasize – Get An Auto Responder! Set up your campaign and compose your newsletters.

Step #3: Find products that you wish to promote and do a thorough research of your various products on Google, Yahoo and other search engines.  Look for reviews and comments on these products.  If you have chosen 4 or 5 products, by the end of your research you should have some products that you are now excited about and ready to promote!

I will be writing further posts, in the next few days, on Affiliate marketing and the Various Steps and Tips.  Do stop by for more information on this exciting niche.

Here’s to Your Success!

Ellen

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