Affiliate Marketing – Creating Your Online Business
Wouldn’t it be nice to make an income online from home? Dreaming of no more dreading going to a job that has no prospects, no more boss telling you what to do, no more alarm clocks? Let’s see why affiliate marketing could just be the right choice for you!
Maybe you’re wanting to supplement with some extra income, or create your main income, far higher than what your earnings are now. Whichever it is, it’s achievable if you are prepared to put a little work in. No matter what the so called “Gurus” tell you or what you have seen,there are no overnight riches it takes time and effort.
Creating a business online from scratch is a very rewarding thing to do. There are fundamental rules to follow though.
#1 Get help from others
I needed help to get up and running building my website but once you begin to learn new skills it becomes almost addictive ..in a good way 🙂 You need to find a community platform of like minded individuals who truly appreciate what your goals are. You find that getting your online business up and running becomes a lot easier to accomplish.
#2 You need a website of your own (build your brand)
Yes, creating a website is, to many a very daunting task but without going through that learning process you will not achieve the success your desire. Trust me when I say “putting time into learning pays off”
To build a website with todays tools,technology and ever evolving platforms is easier than it ever was.
#3 Tutorials and video learning
If you dont take the time to learn you cant create a website period! You need a great ongoing training platform combined with text and interactive video lessons that are just long enough to understand each module of website building without being overwhelmed. Affiliate Marketing is a very lucrative online home based business.
How Much Time
So, how much time and energy would you have to put into an offline business? Well its certainly a lot more than building an online one. And with an online business you don’t even have to leave your PC. Not only that, but the cost difference is a huge difference. Offline, you’re looking at thousands of pounds to set up, but online you can start with a minimal outlay even for free!! Now that’s worth considering. And every successful affiliate marketer started online in a similar way. A website, a willing-to-learn attitude and the understanding that they’ll get out of it, what they put in. But what makes affiliate marketing so special? It’s the fastest, safest and most expandable way to make money online.
You can use tools like WordPress to reduce the days off setting up, as it now takes just a few hours of your time. You can be up and running as quick as you want and continue to grow your affiliate marketing business and build a website at your own pace.
You certainly don’t need any products of your own, payment processing or have to deal with any headaches like deliveries, payments or returns, all of which would take so long to set up. With affiliate marketing you can start right now, today!
Building A Safe Business
We’re talking about building a solid business, not something which will soon be dead in the water by so and so date, or get you banned from the search engines. What’s the point of setting up, then having to do it again when what you thought was a shortcut to an online income, fizzles out overnight? Having your own website saves you from all that worry. Never believe in those people who try to convince they have a ‘push button’ solution, as it simply does not exist. Also take no notice those people who tell you that you don’t need your own website.
Promoting on other sites only leaves you open to the potential risks of being shut down or even banned. You need your own online real website to avoid those kinds of problems. Once you have chosen your niche, you’ll find many affiliate products you can earn commission from in networks such as Clickbank. As your website grows, so can the offers you promote, which means more income streams. You can also expand into other niches, which you’ll probably want to do, once you see how easy it is to set your website up. Your very own website is by far the best way to build your affiliate business online. And it’s much faster and easier to set up than you probably think.
The Simplicity Of Affiliate Marketing
With affiliate marketing, you choose products to promote on your site, relevant to your content, which have what is known as an ‘affiliate programme’.
This simply means that the company, or ‘merchant’, is prepared to pay you for any sales they get, when someone clicks through from your site and buys. You use a simple link on your site, which when clicked, identifies you as the one who sent one of your visitors to the merchant’s site. If that visitor buys, you earn a commission. How much? Well this varies and is between around 4 per cent right up to 75 per cent of the sale. You are normally paid bi-weekly or monthly on the sales from the previous period.
No other online opportunities compare to affiliate marketing You sell other peoples products, online, with just a website link and earn a commission. You don’t deal with customers yourself. No face to face, phone calls, emails, no contact at all. You are effectively an anonymous ‘agent’ for the company or merchant selling the products. No stock to keep, no premises, just a PC and internet connection. There are thousands of affiliate programmes online. You can be an affiliate for literally millions of products in virtually every niche imaginable. What you earn depends on how seriously you take it. Remember it’s your business and if you take it seriously it can be life changing. There are affiliates earning millions a year and those earning £50 a month.
A Life Changing Income
A Survey recently in the UK has found an ever growing number of teenagers are running successful online businesses from their homes/bedrooms. Some 21,000 teenagers are earning in excess of £60,000 (approximately $95,000) per year, nearly three times the average UK salary. Those numbers are only just scratching the surface and the internet has been responsible for creating more millionaires than any other business channel in most recent years.
Helen Southgate, senior online marketing manager at BSkyB and the Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) affiliate marketing council chair, is keen to allay the usual fears of those people suspicious of web-based income schemes: ‘Affiliate marketing is a proven excellent way to generate an income from online advertising, regardless of the size of your business,’ she says. ‘It has been growing and growing and is highly regarded by key advertisers from large blue chip companies to SMEs.
ClickSure is a popular affiliate network, and another option is Clickbank, which focuses on digital products. There are thousands to choose from to promote on your website.CJ Affiliate (formally Commission Junction) also offers a huge selection of products for you to promote.
They deal in all kinds of niches and products, not just digital. Amazon Associates is the affiliate programme for Amazon and you can earn by promoting any of its products. You can do the same with eBay too, if you prefer working with giant household names. Once you have your website up, content and affiliate links live, you simply keep updating your site and begin to attract visitors. This is too large a subject to go into here, but the most people start by using social media and writing high quality, long, useful content, so it gets picked up and ranked in the search engines for free visitors.
You need your own website to do this the right way. Once you have this you can set up your website using WordPress which is included with your hosting. WordPress is perfect when you’re starting out as you don’t need programming or HTML skills to build your site.A few clicks sets it up on your domain and it’s easy to add your posts, images and other content using the word processor like interface.You can find many professional-looking WordPress themes too, which instantly make your site look how you want it to. Then you need content for your website, which is easy to write with a little research into your niche on Google.
Product reviews make for great content, so you can read how others are doing it and re-write your own reviews for products in your niche. Then you need products to promote. You can find these individually and join lots of affiliate programmes, or join an affiliate network, which has lots of niche products.
You build a site around a ‘niche’. Weight loss, football, dog training, internet marketing, software… the list is endless You find products relevant and beneficial to your niche, which have an affiliate programme You join the affiliate programmes Get your personalised link or banners etc
Use them in your reviews and blog posts to direct your visitors to the products When they buy . . . you earn. You don’t need any premises, stock, staff, transport, equipment, resources or capital. You don’t deal with staff, customers, returns, complaints or refunds. In fact, you are to all intents and purposes anonymous.
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