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The Real Truth About Online Affiliate Marketing

by: Janice Sharman
When Amazon started its affiliate business in July 1996, I am sure Jeff Bezos did not foresee the tremendous power of affiliate marketing and the remarkable effect it would have in improving peopleís lives all around the worldÖ


Today Online Affiliate Marketing is a HUGE business! Millions of people from various countries around the world are marketing affiliate programs and products. And the number keeps on growing expotentially on a daily basis. People from all walks of life are taking the affiliate road to riches and becoming Internet millionaires.


So, what is this online rage called Affiliate Marketing?
It is a business relationship between a merchant or service provider and affiliate partners who work together to promote a product or service. The merchant pays the affiliate a commission for generating leads, clicks or sales for its product or service.


Why is Online Affiliate Marketing so popular?


1. Inexpensive:
People love the sound and feel of FREE, and most of the online affiliate programs are free to join. You can become an affiliate without having to pay a penny. You donít even have to buy the product to promote it.


2. No employees to manage:
There is no need to hire staff. You can work completely on your own and at your own pace without the need to hire employees to do the work for you.


3. Customer service:
The affiliate merchants take care of all your customer services. There is no shipping, or handling. Product arrival is the merchantís responsibility.


4. Little or no overhead expenses:
You donít have to worry about things like credit card processing. That is also the merchantís responsibility. You can spend as much or as little time as you want promoting your affiliate product or service.


What do you need to become a successful Affiliate?


Excellent Affiliate Programs
Choose your affiliate programs carefully. Look for programs you would be proud to promote and be associated with. Select programs that you know something about or have a background in. Promotion should be a pleasure rather than a boring chore or job. Check out the affiliate merchant for legitimacy, longevity and payment history. Everyone wants to get paid.


Education
The affiliate company should also have a good training program and follow up training or workshops to keep you up to date. It is extremely important to learn all you can about the product or service you plan to promote so you can promote it with the utmost zeal and confidence. Education should never stop. Time dedicated to the pursuit of product education each week is well spent.


The potential to earn multiple streams of income:
Select multiple programs, donít just choose one affiliate program. Pick at least five programs to ensure multiple streams of revenue. It is great to get several checks each week from different affiliate merchants.


Promote, promote, promote...
Make this the first thing on your agenda each day. Before you begin any business tasks for the day promote your programs or services. The Internet is an evolving entity where marketing methods change rapidly. Keep informed of the latest methods coming on stream, learn how they can benefit your business and used them to help your business excel.


Affiliate marketing is still the easiest way to start an online business; so go for it. Create a turnkey marketing system that will generate multiple streams of Affiliate income for you every day of the year.

About the author:
Home Business Entrepreneur Janice Sharman has helped lots of ordinary people start profitable Home Businesses. For FREE information on how you can start a successful Home Business email: janice@profits4sure.com and join the thousands of successful Home Business Entrepreneurs.


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