Friday, April 20, 2007

Affiliate Marketing Is A Business

All too often affiliate marketing isn’t taken serious, there fore its not treated as a real business. I am here to tell you that affiliate marketing is as real as it gets. You can make as muck if not more than any other business that retails but the nice thing about affiliate marketing is you don’t have to deal with inventory, shipping or returns.

There are a couple things that you want to be aware of before starting your affiliate marketing career.

You wouldn’t start a business in the real world with out first doing some research so why would you even attempt affiliate marketing without doing your research? You want to take the time to learn everything you can about the business. You want to see how successful the business is, how it treats its customers, how it’s willing to help you as an affiliate and how much money your going to make. Dedication is the key factor to any business and this is no different. By now you should have a good idea about what you want to sell from your site. You have to determine if you’re good enough to write enough articles for 15 products or maybe you just want to focus on 2 or 3. Either way you have to give your program a chance because the money isn’t going to start rolling in over night.

It’s important to learn the basics of web design. You don’t by any means need to be an expert web designer or content writer to make money off your site but the more you do know will be better for your bank account in the long run. There are many low cost companies out there who will help you design and build content for your website. What’s inside your site needs to be informative, fun and interesting and it needs to sell your products all at the same time. Plain and simple if a surfer finds your site and he doesn’t get excited by it then he’s going to be for ever gone.

It’s all too tempting to just throw up a quick, plain, boring website with little or no content so you can start making money right away. Well I’m here to tell you that if you make any money from this it won’t be much. You are better off to take your time and do things properly and in the long run you will make much more money.

All in all affiliate marketing is probably one of the best businesses you can get into. Thousands of men and women do this full time and make a rather nice income. However there is no auto pilot. If your not willing to learn and do the work then you best just start looking for some thing else.

Dale Mazurek is an up and coming affiliate marketer. You can check out the site that started it all for him at http://stcajo.netsalaries.com you can also check out two of his very popular blogs at http://affiliatemarketingfornewbies.blogspot.com/ or http://relationshiptidbits.blogspot.com/

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