Saturday, December 09, 2006

Affiliate Marketing: Why Is It a Good Home Business?

by Steven Gerber

Affiliate marketing is now one of the most popular ways people do to start a very lucrative home business. It is a fact that some people have earned a lot of money in affiliate marketing that they have quit their regular jobs and dedicated all their time for this particular home business.

Affiliate marketing is so popular nowadays because of the high potential income that people can earn through this home-based business. Starting an affiliate business doesn’t cost much and there is very little risk involved.

Firstly, you have to know how you can profit from an affiliate business and how it works.
Affiliate business is like selling a product or service of another website that you are affiliated with. Once visitors in your website clicks on your link to the affiliate website who actually sells the product or services and purchases from that website, you will earn a commission based on the product the visitor from your website brought.


Now that you know how affiliate business works and how you can earn money from it, you now have to know what you need in order to start an affiliate program home-based business.

First of all, you will need a website. You don’t even need to have a personal website. All you need is a free website or a free blog site. You have to remember that not all affiliate programs will require you to have your own website. However, most major affiliate programs do.

But if you don’t want to spend money on a personal website, you can always apply for an affiliate program that doesn’t require you to have your own website. However, it is always better to have your personal website because major affiliate programs are more profitable than other affiliate programs that don't even need a personal website in order for you to join. Besides, you won’t be spending a lot of money to start your website. It is relatively cheap. You only have to pay a small amount of fee for the usage of the website space every year.

The second step is by thinking about what your website content will be. Think about your hobby. If you like guns then put some articles about guns and share your own opinions about the best guns in your website. You can also put in some pictures of you in the shooting range and you can also put a discussion board or a message posting site where your visitors can express their opinions.

The next step is by joining major affiliate networks that sells popular products. Since your website is about guns or firearms, you should also be affiliated to major companies that sell firearms, firearms parts, hunting website, shooting website and others. Always remember that the key to all this is targeted traffic. Besides, you wouldn’t expect someone to be interested in your affiliate program that sells dolls if your website is about cars. The point to all this is that your affiliate website should be related to the topic of your website in order to get your visitors to click on the affiliate banner ads and purchase things from your affiliate company.

Now that your website is up and running and you already set up your affiliate program, the next thing to do is promote your website by promoting the products and services that you are discussing in your site. You can publish some articles about your hobby in article publishing sites. This will build your reputation and also get targeted traffic to go to your site. The "promoting your website" stage is where you should work hard on. Always remember that you should frequently update your website in order to keep your visitors happy and let them continue visiting and also let them continue visiting the affiliate website and purchase from them. By doing this, you will be able to have and maintain a constant amount of commissions for every product sold.

Steven Gerber is a protégé student of Dan Lok – The World's #1 Website Conversion Expert. Find out how Dan’s webmaster affiliate program has affiliates making thousands with the best affiliate programs.

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