Your Home Based Affiliate Marketing
by Paul Jesse
Did you know that you can make money on the internet without
ever selling anything? There are very few home based business
opportunities that are easier or cost less than affiliate
marketing. There are businesses and people earning thousands
of dollars each year doing affiliate marketing. The business
plan is simple. Your clients are already established online
businesses selling a wide array of products and services.
You get paid for bringing customers to your client which
is the website you are an affiliate for. 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.
The opportunities for affiliate marketing are numerous
and growing every single day. Here is how it works. The
affiliate places a banner or link advertisement on their
website and every time a customer clicks through from
the affiliate website to the merchant site and makes a
purchase the affiliate earns a commission.
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 cameras or photography equipment
you might join an affiliate program with a company that
sells photography books.
Be sure to read the affiliate contract carefully. While
there are excellent legitimate affiliate programs out
there it seems there is always somebody trying to rip
you off while making a quick buck. You can avoid these
scams if you review affiliate agreements carefully and
go with your gut about whether a website or program is
The great thing about an affiliate marketing home business
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 banner or link.
Here are some tips for finding a good affiliate program.
1. Will the product appeal to your customers?
2. How much does the merchant pay and for what do they
pay? Click throughs? Purchases?
3. Do they pay only for the first purchase or do they
give you a percentage of all future purchases by that
4. How frequently are commissions paid? This information
should be in the affiliate agreement.
5. Does the merchant provide access to view your account
on a regular basis so you can see how the program is doing?
With some good research you can find the right affiliate
programs for your home based business website and in no
time you will be making money simply for referring customers
from your website.
To your success!
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About the Author
Paul jesse is a a retired government employee and the
author of several articles on home based business. Visit
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