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What Is Affiliate Marketing and How Can I Earn An Income From It?

Jul 1st 2010 at 3:55 PM

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Many people have a dream of working from home and making a full-time income. This is likely because most people have experienced the long commutes to and from work as well as feeling like they are overworked and underpaid. However, as with any new venture that you decide to start, you need to first understand exactly what it is you're getting into before you commit yourself. In other words, don't quit your day job until you understand exactly what affiliate marketing is in the first place.

For some people, the idea of working from home on the Internet is very appealing. Some folks have the idea that Internet marketers work in their pajamas all day long while sipping cups of coffee and listening to their favorite TV programs in the background. Some people may work from home in this kind of environment, but the vast majority of successful Internet marketers don't approach their business this way.

Affiliate marketing is one part of the Internet industry that is extremely popular to those who are new to the business. So what is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is simply placing yourself between a vendor and the customer so that you can collect a commission on their product or service. Think about it this way: have you ever referred your friends and family members to a local restaurant that you liked? You've probably done this a million times over the course of your life. However, what if every time you referred a friend, the owner of the restaurant paid you a dollar? Would you refer more friends? Of course you would!

This is a very simplistic explanation of what affiliate marketing is. Basically, you will try to get your specially made link in front of as many customers as possible who are interested in the product or service that you are an affiliate for. Let's say, for instance, that you would like to delve into the panic attack niche. You have heard that people really suffer with that disorder and you want to sell a specific e-book which talks about how to overcome it.

The first thing you might decide to do is build a free website about panic attacks and anxiety. Using free or paid traffic generation methods, your goal will be to bring as many customers as possible to your website. Your site may have banner advertisements or anchor text links that will allow someone to click through to the product you're selling. If they buy the e-book, the vendor will automatically pay you a commission. E-books often carry higher commission rates so you could get upwards of 50 to 75%. Let's say that this particular e-book sells for $47 and you get 50% of that. That means that you will receive $23.50 for every sale you make.

You can probably see from this example how lucrative affiliate marketing can be if it's done correctly. If you are able to generate enough traffic and interest in your topic, you could potentially sell dozens and dozens of these e-books each month. Remember that this is simply one website with one niche. Most affiliate marketers start ramping up their efforts which increases their income at the same time. You could decide to target several different keywords that are all related to the panic attack niche, build websites for each and take over page 1 of Google. There really is no limit to what can be done if you are willing to put in the work and the time that's required.

So now you can discover much more about the Affiliate Marketing Startegies that will help you start and grow an online business from home. Go now and get your Affiliate Startup Blueprint - follow tested and proven Affiliate Marketing Strategies to making money online.

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Sep 23rd 2013 at 1:34 AM by zeus8894
Build informative sites full of great content and let a few sparingly placed banners and text links do the selling.
   
Aug 5th 2010 at 10:58 PM by GTBulmer
Hello, Ely: Thanks for posting this informative look into what Affiliate Marketing is and how to earn home business income from it. I agree that successful home based Affiliate Marketers approach the business from a more professional perspective – it may still be a very relaxed perspective, but they take their business seriously. :-)
   

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