Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Affiliate Marketing

There are very few home based business opportunities that are easier or cost less than affiliate marketing. You can work at home and make money online without having your own product to sell. You get paid for bringing customers to your client which is the website you are an affiliate. There are thousands of men and women earning thousands of dollars each year doing affiliate marketing. The advertisors are already established online businesses selling a wide array of products and services. You then get paid either a set fee or a percentage of what the customer buys. Some affiliate programs also pay for every time someone clicks through or leave their contact information.

The great thing about doing affiliate marketing is that you are not limited to doing only one affiliate program. You can sign on with as many programs as you want as long as you have room on your website to place their advertisements.

It is not that difficult to find affiliate programs because it has become so profitable and popular as an internet marketing tool that almost everyone seems to be doing it. This does not mean you should settle for just any affiliate program. It is important to choose a program that is at least somewhat relevant to your website or business. This way you have the best possible chance of your customers clicking through to the affiliate website. For example, if you sell golf clubs or golf equipment you might join an affiliate program that sells books and items related to golf.

Most affiliate programs provide residual income which is income that keeps coming in month after month, year after year, from work you do just one time.

Be sure to read the affiliate agreement carefully. While there are many legitimate affiliate programs there is always somebody trying to make some quick money. You can avoid these scams if you carefully review the affiliate agreement and seek references to find out whether a website or program is legitimate.

Here are some useful tips for finding affiliate programs.

1. Will the product being sold be of interest to your customers?
2. What percentage of the sale does the merchant pay and for what do they pay? Click throughs? Purchases? Leads?
3. Do you get a percentage of all future purchases made by your customers?
4. When are are commissions paid? This information should be in the affiliate agreement.
5. Are you provided access to view your account in order to check your stats?
Do some good research in order to find the right affiliate program for your home based business and in no time you will be making money simply for referring customers to your website.
Paul Jesse is an author, private pilot, and lifetime student of internet marketing. He created SheaMarketing for those interested in working from home. He invites you to visit his website at http://www.sheamarketing.com
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