have been longing to start a business online you may be coming across
terms you've never heard before. You may also have found the opportunities
available are overwhelming.
PROGRAMS - EASY START
programs may be the easiest online business to start running. Why?
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
your own product or service also means creating a website, learning
how to write ad copy, setting up a marketing plan, being able to accept
payments online and obviously doing the work. If you're selling a physical
product then you will need to make or buy the item, package it and pay
for shipping costs. If you provide a service than you will likely have
to start by doing free jobs to build your credibility and then when
you are charging for your service you are still limited by how much
work you can actually handle.
MAGIC OF AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
programs are a great way to get started in an online business. In fact
there are even some 'Super Affiliates' who are making fabulous incomes
from affiliate programs.
what ARE affiliate programs?
programs allow you to sell another company's service or product and
make a commission on every sale or lead. You do not even need to build
a website or handle the transaction. Your job is to drive traffic (customers)
to your affiliate link.
link is a special URL code that will identify customers coming to the
company's site from your advertising. It will likely be the website
address with a code attached to the end.
Some affiliate programs also have tiers. That means if someone who is
interested in SELLING the product comes through your link and signs
up you will also get a small percentage of THEIR earnings.
DO I CHOOSE A PROGRAM?
research the popularity of some of your interests. Try to determine
if people are buying that product or service online. There are many
sources for finding that information including free ones such as the
Overture keyword tool.
have found an area that is popular then type the subject along with
'affiliate program' into your search engine and see which programs have
services or products for that area. You can also use an affiliate program
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.
affiliate programs are so great for beginners is that you only need
to focus on marketing - not making - your product.
programs have information on how to market and give you tools such as
banners, product feeds and more. You can also look for other information
on marketing including writing articles, creating pay-per-click campaigns,
commenting in online forums etc. As you gain experience marketing you
will make adjustments to your selling and start creating a wonderful
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