Affiliate Marketing Primer HTML version

Affiliate Marketing: The Fast, Easy and Inexpensive Way to Start an Internet Business
What is Affiliate Marketing and How Does it Work?
Affiliate marketing is a Partnership or Joint Venture with an online merchant to
sell their products and/or services in exchange for remuneration.
Your affiliate link is coded with a special ID which is unique to you. When a sale is
made through your special link, the merchant credits that sale to you.
Then you just wait for the check to arrive!
15 Reasons to Become an Affiliate Marketer
There are HUGE benefits to promoting affiliate programs with your own home-based Internet
1. No Production Costs - The cost to develop and produce a new product is
prohibitive for almost anyone who wants to start a home-based business. With
affiliate programs, production costs aren't an issue. The product has been
developed and proven - all on the merchant's nickel.
2. Low Cost Set-Up - Compared with building a brick and mortar store, starting
a home-based Internet business is relatively cheap. You probably already have
a desk, Internet-connected computer and word-processing software, which is
all the equipment you may need.
3. No Fees for Joining or Licenses to Buy - I often compare doing business as
an affiliate, with distributing a line of products in the real world. The biggest
difference is that the distributor must often pay for a license to distribute
products within a limited geographic region. Affiliate programs, on the other
hand, are usually free to join, and geographic market reach is limited only by
the affiliate's ability to promote his web site.
4. Choose From Thousands of Products and Services - What isn't sold online?
That list must be shorter than the one describing all that IS sold online. There
are thousands and thousands of affiliate programs selling every product under
the sun. That makes it easy to find products related to your current or planned
web site.
5. No Sales Experience Needed - When I started my affiliate business, I had
absolutely no sales experience. That wasn’t a problem, however. The
companies I affiliated with provided excellent marketing material. Using their
sales copy, I was able to get my first affiliate site up in less than a day.
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