Affiliate Marketing – A Great Place to Start Your Home Business

Imagine that you had your own online mall that let you sell whatever you want to whomever you want twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and the sales people never get tired, or complain about how hard they work or their pay. What if you had to give limited customer service and no actual contact with the customers at all. Suppose you had the luxury of just marketing the best products online and just directed ravenous prospects to another company’s website, and you got paid for doing so.

Welcome to affiliate marketing! You just promote other people’s products or services for a check. No headaches or hassles, just the benefits of being able to promote what you and many other people like and love to buy. To join most affiliate programs is free, and a great way to promote them is through article marketing. Article marketing allows you to get targeted, high quality traffic to your site with your affiliate link for free. It’s a great way to get started in your home based business. Master this process of getting free traffic to your web site first, and then move on to another marketing strategy.

At first, you might think that you don’t know what to write about, or that you have nothing to offer in the conversation, that is a mistake. You do have ideas that are of benefit to others, and that is one of the reasons that when choosing an affiliate program, begin with what You are interested in. It will keep you engaged and interested as well as interesting!

All the Best!

Maurice Thrower

Comparing Affiliate Networks For Home Based Internet Marketing Businesses

Affiliate marketing is when you are promoting someone else’s products and in return you get a percentage of the amount of the sale. This is one of the best way people with home based internet marketing businesses can start out.

There are various affiliate networks that help you hook up with the people who have products that you can sell. Some of these networks or services are better than others for what your particular list might want, so you may have to join more than one site to find the products you need to promote.

The biggest affiliate network sites are ClickBank, PayDotCom, Commission Junction and LinkShare. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

ClickBank

ClickBank has a wide variety of digital products…meaning they are like ebooks, courses, etc. But they have them in a big range of topics. You can look for products in health and fitness, pets or crafts, for example. So let’s say your niche is quilting…you can start by searching for quilting products…maybe patterns or how to books for example.

But you don’t have to just stick with quilting…there is a crafts section with tons of interesting products and maybe you know that the quilters on your list do or might be interested in other sewing type crafts, so you offer products on embroidery, sewing, crocheting, knitting, etc.

How cool is that? This same concept works for other niches, too. Just make sure that you are sticking with products that will make sense to your list! It shouldn’t be too big of a stretch for them to understand why you would be recommending they buy a product.

ClickBank products have to be digital and they cap the sales price…but it is a great place to start because of the range they carry and good commission.

PayDotCom

PayDotCom.com is good for an Internet Marketing list, as most of the affililate opportunities at PayDotCom are about Internet Marketing, though the site is growing daily.

PayDotCom does carry both physical and digital products, and the price point of the product can be higher.

The downside is that there aren’t as many products available.

Commission Junction and LinkShare

Commission Junction and LinkShare both deal with physical products. They have relationships with more big businesses including clients like eBay, Best Buy and Pfaltzgraf.

You can sign up to become an affiliate for one or many of these companies. When you do that, you aren’t trying to build a Best Buy store…you just want to pick and choose products from that client (or many clients) that fits your list.

So say your list is built around gaming…then you could promote a specific hot new game or gaming system that is available at Best Buy. If you have a targeted list and you write your emails well, you can do really well this way. How well depends on how tightly that product relates to your list and the relationship that you have built with them.

There you have it, some affiliate networks, what makes each of them unique and great for home based internet marketing businesses. Go check out a couple, find a few products and start your affiliate marketing program-and start making money-right away.

Home Based Affiliate Business – 5 Secrets Of Mega Profitable Affiliate Businesses

The success or failure of your home based affiliate business depends on what you do with your time and resources (namely money, knowledge, skills, will power etc). What separates the successes and the failures, in any area in life, is down to that. What you do with your time and resources will determine whether your home based affiliate business is a success.

To give you a leg up, here are 5 secrets of mega profitable affiliate businesses that you ought to keep in mind:

Secret #1: Treat It As A Business, Not Just An Opportunity

The most successful entrepreneurs treat their ventures seriously, rather than treating it as just a game or a play thing. Sure, being opportunistic is helpful, but once you have found one opportunity that is proven and that you are confident in, stick with it rather than jumping from opportunity to opportunity trying to find the ‘perfect’ one. Focus on one business, treat it seriously, and the fruits will come.

Secret #2: Build Your Own Database Of Subscribers

The top super affiliates all have their own email lists of subscribers that they can mail out to and promote affiliate products. Having your own list is more reliable than relying on Google or some advertising service that many change its policies overnight and put you out of business. With your own list, your business is secure and you will have product merchants approaching you to promote their products.

Secret #3: Create Your Own Products

Another thing that most super affiliates have in common is they have their own products too. Having your own products in the marketplace increases your brand presence and makes you an expert in your own right. Your subscribers are more likely to purchase affiliate products from you if they trust that you are an expert. And the best thing of all is with your own products, the tables are turned and you can recruit your own affiliates to promote your products.

Secret #4: Network With Other Affiliates

Just like in any other business, networking can give you a real boost in terms of your progress in the industry. Network with other affiliates, form a mastermind group, or do cross-promotions with your list, where you promote their products and they promote yours. Expanding your network of contacts helps to keep you in the loop on the latest happenings and strategies and gives you marketing opportunities as well.

Secret #5: Keep Learning New Techniques

In the fast-changing online business world, you need to keep up with the latest techniques to stay ahead of the curve. Last month’s hot technique can become this month’s marketing dud. Keep learning new techniques and seeking out new information from courses, forums and your networking buddies to stay in touch and get a leg up in your business.

Starting a successful home based affiliate business is like any other business – make sound, considered decisions, never give up and never stop learning. I hope to see you in the winners’ circle sometime!