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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Easiest Way To Start In Affiliate Marketing

With the aid of the Internet, you can almost have everything right at your fingertips - with just a few clicks you get access to thousands and even millions of pieces of information and data on virtually any field of interest. Experts say that the information space, commonly known as the "world wide web" grows by over a million pages everyday as more and more people utilize the Internet for information, education, entertainment, business and other personal reasons - it doesn't take a business-oriented individual to realize that this phenomenon can bring about sky-high financial gains. The Internet's fast-growing popularity is surely an opportunity for business that any entrepreneur would not want to miss. You might be thinking only businessmen can make much money out of the Internet. Think again. You too can earn big bucks through the Internet even if you don't have products to sell and high-profile and established company. How, you ask; through affiliate marketing. You might have come across these words while surfing. Affiliate marketing is a revenue sharing between a merchant and an affiliate who gets paid for referring or promoting the merchants’ products and services. It is one of the fastest growing industries nowadays because it is proven to be a cost-efficient and quantifiable means of attaining great profit both for the merchant and the affiliate! Affiliate marketing works effectively for the merchant and the affiliate. The Merchant gains opportunities to advertise his products to a larger market, which increases his chances to earn - the more affiliate websites or hard-working affiliates he gets, the more sales he can expect. By getting affiliates to market his products and services, he is saving himself time, effort and money in looking for possible markets and customers. When a client clicks on the link in the affiliate website, purchases the product, recommends it to others who look for the same item or buys it again, the merchant multiplies his chances of earning. On the other hand, the affiliate marketer benefits from each customer who clicks on the link in his website and who actually purchases the product or service provided by the merchant. In most cases, the affiliate gets commision per sale, which can be a percentage of the valule of the sale or a fixed amount per sale (regardless of value). If you want to be an affiliate marketer and make fortunes out of the Internet, you may follow the following three most basic and easiest ways to start an effective affiliate marketing program: First is to identify a particular thing you are interested in or passionate about so you won’t be bored. Focusing on a specific area you know very well will help you bring out your best without much risks and effort. You can add a personal touch to your site and give your visitors who are possible buyers an impression that you are an expert in your field. In this way, you gain their trust and eventually encourage them to buy the products you endorse. Second is to look for good paying merchants and products or services related to your interest and create a website. In choosing the products, you must also consider its conversion rate—the number of visitors-turned-buyers. There are various affiliate networks and affiliate solution providers that can give you info on the most profitable products and best paying merchants. The key is to be wise enough to choose the right one. Now that you have decided where to concentrate, have chosen the products to endorse and the merchant you are supporting and have created your own web site with top level domain name and reliable hosting, you are now for the next step. Thirdly get promoting! This is a crucial task, since it is through this that you would be able to increase traffic to the business website, sales and of course, profit. In affiliate marketing, it is possible to earn large sums of money in a short span of time especially when you’re endorsing high-priced items. Expensive products are hard to sell; however, with the right marketing strategies and sales techniques, you can draw visitors to the merchant’s site and make them buy the products. Keep in mind, there is no easy and quick path towards success. Affiliate marketing may seem very tempting due to numerous encouraging testimonies of merchants and affiliate marketers alike who have benefited from it, but it entails great deal of hard work and persistence. You need to be creative, flexible and willing to embrace new ideas to market your partners products until you find the perfect strategy that works for the specific market that you are targeting. Simply signing up for an affiliate program doesn’t guarantee success. It needs hard work, and many affiliate marketers fail to understand this - so when they don’t make sales, they quit, look for other programs and repeat the same mistake. In the end, they conclude that affiliate marketing is just one of those scams in the Internet. Even as you sleep, you can work your way to great financial success if you employ the right strategies in affiliate marketing. Be creative, be smart and you'll achieve your goals.

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At 10/19/2005 11:01:00 PM, Blogger baldy said...

Choosing the right merchant is one of the most important steps IMO. Look not only at the % commission and conversion rates but also at the ability to deep-link direct to the product pages and what your visitor sees when they land on that product page. Ask yourself if you would buy from the merchant...

Also, think of your audience. If you are targetting primarily the UK market for example, make sure you use a merchant that is UK based, takes GBP or at least ships to the UK!

Finally pick a merchant that keeps up with trends. If there is a particular product that becomes the "must have" thing, it's great to be able to feature that product on your site. You can only do that if your merchant stocks it though!

I use affiliate links on one of my content sites and they make me enough to cover the cost of my reseller hosting per year. That is without any promotion. Just links on the site, blended in so they look like any other normal links.

At 10/20/2005 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Gary B. said...

I agree.

I'm in the fortunate position of both being both an Affiliate and a Merchant.

Thus, I send qualified prospects to people (who then purchase) and I get a nice commission. Affiliating is a very good AIS, if you have a good enough website (or service) to promote the product. A good example would be this blog, I've used it to place links to a couple of sites (those links have earned well over $300 so far)...

I also have a bunch of Affiliates working for me on two of my sites - thus they get commission from me on a successful sale. My top Affiliate earns something like $300 per month, and I know that he classes it as an AIS.

Affiliating is a smart way to do business.

At 10/20/2005 01:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right merchant certainly makes a difference, run affiliate links for a couple of places one well established mail order firm before teh interweb took over and the other a new web only place. Even though both sell the same products at the same price & shipping guess which does the more business, by a long way.

Though I do wish they'd ship to Europe :(



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