Benefits of Affiliate Marketing
You do not need to:
1. Develop excellent products. You simply judge and pick the best available ones, from the best
2. Spend large amounts to manufacture and store inventory.
3. Take and process a single order, or worry about getting paid -- you simply send people to your
affiliated merchants, then get paid when they buy.
4. Handle or ship a product -- your merchants do that.
5. Answer customer e-mail for inquiries and support.
Sounds great... and the "affiliate model" has mushroomed since Amazon.com first brought it into public prominence in 1997. Millions of affiliates send billions of visitors to tens of thousands of companies in return for a payment. Major research houses like Forrester Research project the affiliate model to grow exponentially over the next few years.
As an affiliate marketer, you are basically self-employed and market the products and/or services of another company. You are then paid a commission by the company they represent for referring customers to the company's website.
It is one of the best opportunities for the average person interested in e-commerce. And it is a tremendous monetization model for those who publish information (whether as their primary business, or a means to attract and pre-sell traffic for their primary business). But... affiliates are not immune to the standard rules of the business world. Those who work, and work well, succeed. Those who are looking to "get rich quick" are once again headed for disappointment.
It has been said that just about every other product that you could imagine is, or will soon be, sold via an affiliate program.
Online affiliate marketing is one of the most effective, cheapest and fastest ways to promote merchandise. With millions of people getting access to the Internet everyday, there is a great chance for merchants to introduce their products and services to a wider market, thereby, maximizing their revenue.
Likewise, affiliate marketing is an excellent way to generate fulltime income for a homebased affiliate marketer. For someone who is jaded of going through a grueling eight-hour work routine, affiliate marketing offers a great opportunity to earn big without wearing himself out physically, mentally and emotionally.
In affiliate marketing, both parties are benefited since as the merchant earns from each item sold, the marketer likewise earns a commission. If you are interested in affiliate marketing but are finding it hard to look for affiliate programs, affiliates or merchants, you can start by checking sites of various affiliate networks. Many affiliate programs in the Internet are being offered through an affiliate program network, which acts as a link between the merchants and individual affiliates.
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