Affiliate Marketing and the Internet.
I will explain in this article how Affiliate Marketing and the Internet work hand in hand and how you can start as an affiliate and make some decent money online.
Marketing is one of the hottest subjects on the Internet today. Some people think that it is hard to make money this way, others say it is very easy. My opinion is that there is money to be made in almost any kind of industry. You must just find a way to simplify your work and profit more from your efforts. So, the point is to use leverage, lots and lots of leverage. Bellow I will briefly explain how to do all of this.
For those who don’t know, affiliate marketing is the kind of business in which you sell other people’s products and/or services in exchange for a fraction of the profits. So, if you are an affiliate you don’t have to create anything. You don’t have to own products or services. All you do is to advertise.
You may think that advertising is expensive. I affirm that it could be, if you choose to pay for it. In the other hand, if you choose to advertise for free and you know how to do it, it won’t cost you a red cent. There are many marketing techniques out there that you can implement in your business life which will help you boast your exposure and increase your profits.
Then, how much money can you make? You can make a lot of money. The good thing about it is that you don’t have to deal with anybody as an affiliate. The owners of the products do all the customer service, deal with the refunds and process the payments. As I said above, all you do is advertise. So, you are making piles of cash from products and services that you didn’t create and that you don’t own.
You may ask, yes but exactly how much can I earn? Some affiliate programs pay as little as just 10% of the sales price. Others pay as much as 75%. Then, imagine that you join this affiliate program which is paying you 50% for every sale you generate. If you are selling a product that is retailing for $50, then you will make $25 per sale. If you sell one hundred products in one month, you will make $2,500/month.
Now, you may be thinking . . . Yeah right! I don’t like to sell anything. I am not a marketer. This is not for me. Let me tell you that you are not the one who will be directly selling. The point is as I mentioned above, to use a lot of leverage. How does this work? What is leverage? Leverage is literally any system, tool or process that helps you magnify your efforts.
You can use many different techniques that allow you to profit from this business easily. Basically the point is that the Internet will take care of most of the work involved. I will cover a wide variety of strategies in the few coming weeks that you can use to expand your knowledge and increase your profits. By following simple rules you will see how much money you can make.
In my opinion, those who think that making money as an affiliate is hard, think so because they haven’t tried it yet or because they lack the knowledge necessary to succeed in this business. Once you know how to do it and how to benefit from leverage, it becomes very simple.
This is one of the easiest and fastest ways you can start earning substantial income from home. Think about it. You won’t only earn automatic income, but also residual income. I mean, on this business like many others home based online businesses, you make an effort once and you profit thousands of times.
What attracts most people to affiliate marketing is that it goes to the next level of financial freedom, in which you don’t only profit from products that you didn’t even create, and you don’t have to deal with the clients either!
Affiliate Marketing – And the Learning Curve
When you put up your first website – you have to admit that you are pretty green to the ways of the Internet World. You think that once your website is up, and you have put your links in place, you will be in the money. I, and I am sure many, would love that to be true. Just think how many Super Affiliates we would have. I will give you a small sampling of what to truly expect.
A New Beginning
You will be excited at first, and you will have a sense of pride in your accomplishment. Granted, it is no small feat to getting a website up and online. But this is just the beginning of your Internet Marketing experience.
Once you have your website up, you should be asking yourself — where do I begin, or, what do I do now? If you are short of cash, which, in most cases people in the beginning are — you can begin by:
1. Writing articles
2. Optimizing your site for the search engines
3. Putting AdSense on your site
All this takes time and work. But, when you first begin, you do have time to optimize, to write articles, and to put AdSense ads on your site. Why? It has been said that for the next six months or nine months, Google, and possibly, the other search engines, may put you in the Sandbox. Some say the Sandbox exists, some says it does not. Whatever it is called, you will see a degree of dormancy in your site.
My own thinking is that there may be a pre-set time of six months before you see a rise in your unique clicks – I know I did. I feel that there may be several reasons for this:
1. It’s a great way to protect the Internet community against unscrupulous sites – I figure that these sites have a lifespan of six months before people give them the boot. It only takes one person to feel the blunt of a scam, before talk in the online forums begins.
2. Websites go up and go down daily. The search engines are looking at saving themselves time and money. If you are still on line after six months or nine months, you’re paying your dues, and they may figure you are serious about maintaining a business online.
What Do I Do During That Six or Nine Month Period
First, and foremost – since I have supplied you with this information – do not get frustrated and throw in the towel. Granted, at first the only clicks you may see is your own, but that will change.
Second, start positioning yourself, so when your dormancy with the search engines ends, you have the quality content, and the quality products to begin to fly. That means, writing articles, getting your name out to the masses, and learning to utilize AdSense.
And when you have spare change, try your hand at advertising on AdWords.
In the beginning your learning curve is just out of the starting gate – take this time to read, buy appropriate eBooks, experiment and research. All are important to moving your learning curve to the expert level.
To conclude, a website is just a small part, but an important part, of becoming an Affiliate Marketer. The other important elements, is persistence, hard work, and marketing. And finally, if you still have the passion after the initial exhilaration of becoming an online entrepreneur wanes – then you’ll make it.
I will cover the basics of Affiliate Marketing and how to turn Blog into cash in tomorrow’s article, so stay tuned.