Many people have dreams of owning their own business and being their own boss. Many (like me) love the online world, the freedom and portablilty, the worldwide aspect of having an online business.
But starting a business takes an outlay of money and time! Starting an offline business can certainly take a large outlay of money. That discourages some and knocks some people out of the game entirely.
There are some options to get started in a business online that don’t cost a small fortune. Affiliate marketing is one of those. You can sell other people’s products and make commission for doing so — maybe even make quite a bit of commission for doing so!
It’s important to set yourself up for success. This is your business. Treat it seriously. Do your homework. Don’t be distracted by hype and shiny objects! You can find that it is possible to make a decent living without having to pay the huge overhead of rent an utilities for a store or office.
And since your business is your laptop, when you travel, you pack your business up for a road trip.
Just to be sure, let’s highlight this point! Affiliate marketing is a business.
You will have to invest some money to make some money. You will have to invest time and energy and will need to work at it. You will not get rich overnight. I know that is disappointing!
Here are some useful sites that will help you in understanding what affiliate marketing is all about and how to make it work for you!
Amy Lynn Andrews, What is Affiliate Marketing
- Amy begins “One of the easiest and most common ways to make money blogging is through affiliate marketing. What is affiliate marketing? Let me explain…”
And she does. In fact, Amy Lynn Andrews does such a good, in depth explanation of Affiliate Marketing that there’s nothing for me to add! Great article. You won’t be disappointed. Read What is Affiliate Marketing by Amy Lynn Andrews here!
Charlie Page Affiliate Success Checklist
Charlie Page has numerous sites, all using his tag Common Sense. I love Charlie. He is the voice of reason in a very cluttered, loud, young world! He has been making a living on line for at least 15 years and has very solid, unassuming, USEFUL advice and help for online marketers.
In this Affiliate Success Checklist, he explains in simple terms how to set yourself and your affiliate business up for success! And how to set it up to create a full-time income with little overhead or technical skills.
- Charlie Page says … “And like any business it must be built on a solid foundation and requires learning a few new skills. With that said let me share with you the checklist I used when starting out.
- It’s the same checklist I use today. I am approached every day by people who want me to promote their product or do a joint venture with them. This is the checklist I use to evaluate those requests.” Read more from Charlie Page’s Affiliate Success Checklist here!
Just his comments on “cookie duration” and “back-end commissions” alone would save you time and energy and money by the boatload!
Steve Olenski, 4 Myths about Affiliate Marketing You Need to Know
Steve is writing from the opposite perspective, that of a company considering whether or not an affiliate program would be good for their business. It’s important to take a look at their take on this kind of marketing.
- Steve says “There are lots of myths out there surrounding affiliate marketing, and these can frequently cause brands/businesses to pass on these kinds of programs. It’s important you understand some of these myths so you can make the correct decisions for the future growth of your business.” Read more on 4 Myths About Affiliate Marketing You Need to Know here!
Steve stresses how important it is for the company to choose affiliates wisely. The same goes for you, when looking for an affiliate opportunity. Make sure it is a company and product that is right for you. Look around on the net. Of course there will be others marketing the same product. Is the opportunity saturated? How are the other marketers marketing? Are they professional? If there are a lot of spammers marketing the product, even though you are not the spammer, it will reflect back on you, your name and your site. Everyone needs to do their homework!
Wonder what kinds of affiliate programs are out there? Simply type your interest plus affiliate in Google [ie. dogs+affiliate] and you will be amazed.
So there you have it, 3 sites that will give you a great understanding of what affiliate marketing is and some ideas on how you can use affiliate marketing to get your online business going!
Patt Timlin is a marketing expert set on sharing her expertise with other online marketers to help them achieve the dream of working online. She is secretly pleased with the surge in content marketing as revenge of the English majors! Entrepreneur, blogger, guide, helper – Patt loves the online world and loves to share it!
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