Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Using Affiliate Programs In The Online Business world

by Tal Fighel

With any online business you must have a product or service to sell. First you must create this product or service and then you must be able to fill orders or find people who will sell it for you for a hefty commission. If you are not interested in doing that, then you better choice is joining an "affiliate program".

An affiliate program is the easiest online business to start with and will continue for years to come.

Starting with an affiliate program is a great way to get started in the online business world. There are many affiliates who are making a nice and comfortable full time income from affiliate programs. They are also known as "Super Affiliates".

So, what exactly are affiliate programs?

Affiliate programs allow you to sell another company's service or product and make a commission on every sale made. You don't even have to build a website, process the order, ship the product to the person, or anything like that. Your only job is to drive traffic (customers) to your affiliate link and hope that they click on it and buy the product.

An affiliate link is a special URL code that will identify customers coming to the company's site from your advertising efforts.

Another good thing about affiliate programs is that many of them offer a 2nd tier level opportunity. What does 2nd tier mean? It simply means that when someone signs up to the same affiliate program that you are promoting through your link in order to promote it themselves, then you have the opportunity to make a small portion of future sales that the person will make. This is another awesome way to make extra money with affiliate programs.

When you have found a program that looks interesting you should read the terms of the program. Make sure that payouts are not based on a high commission earning or you may never see your money. Also try to choose programs with high commission rates. Often you will find ebooks and downloadable software has the highest rates as there is no physical product to make or ship. If you are satisfied with the terms then you need to sign up - usually a simple process.

It is also VERY important to know that if many people (other affiliates) who used to promote a product that never payed out comissions after the affiliates made those sales for them, then you know that you do not want to promote it. You have to be careful. You can usually go to any forum online and ask other people what they thought about a particular product that you just joined and wanted to promote.

Starting your marketing efforts:

The reason affiliate programs are so wonderful for beginners and starters is that you only need to focus on marketing it and not making the actual product itself. This is the beauty of affiliate programs. Imagine if you had to come up with the product, create it, market it, find customers, process orders, ship the product, and other time consuming things.

Tal Fighel has developed a website focusing on legitimate work at home opportunities. All of the opportunities are honest and legitimate. Data Entry. Paid Surveys, and much more.

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