About Affiliate Programs
Based Affiliate Marketing Business
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
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
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 legitimate.
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
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 customer?
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!
Copyright 2010 Paul Jesse
About The Author
Paul Jesse is a retired government employee and
the author of several articles on home based business.
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