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Affiliate marketing is an arrangement between an online merchant and affiliate, in which the affiliate earns a commission for generating sales, leads and/or clicks for the merchant’s web site.
Affiliate marketing works in a win-win situation for the merchant and the affiliate. The merchant gains opportunities to advertise his products for free to a larger market which will increase his sales. The more hard-working affiliates he gets, the more sales he can expect. By getting affiliates to market his products and services, he is saving himself time, effort and money in looking for possible markets and customers. When a client clicks on the link in the affiliate website and purchases the product, recommends it to others who look for the same item or buys it again, this way the merchant leverage his chances of earning. On the other hand, the affiliate marketer benefits from each customer who clicks on the link in his website and who actually purchases the product or avails of the service provided by the merchant. Usually the affiliate gets commission per sale, which can be fixed percentage or fixed amount. The best is that it won’t cost a single dime to join an affiliate program.
If you want to be an affiliate marketer and make money out of the Internet, you may follow these three most basic steps to start your effective affiliate marketing campaign.
Your first step is to identify a particular niche you are interested in or passionate about so you won’t be bored and forced to develop your affiliate web site later on. Focusing on a specific area you known well, it will help you bring out your best. Here are a few places you can research on – ClickBank Marketplace, AssociatePrograms.com, LinkShare.com, CJ.com etc
Secondly is to look for good paying merchants and high converting products .Make a list of good paying and high converting affiliate programs for your chosen niche and create a website. In choosing the products, you must also consider the support they are giving – Marketing materials may include articles, text links, banner ads, classified ads, reports, etc.
There are many affiliate networks and affiliate solution providers that can give you info on the most profitable products and best paying merchants. So be wise enough to choose the right affiliate program.
Now that you have decided which products to promote and the merchant you are supporting and have created your own web site with a domain name and reliable hosting, you are ready to promote. This is the toughest part, since it is through this that you would be able to increase traffic to the business website, sales and of course, profit. In affiliate marketing, it is possible to earn large sums of money in a short span of time if you use the right strategies and methods.
On how to promote the products would need a separate discussion. You must continue to educate yourself by reading books, courses or other articles online about the best and proven advertising techniques.
Remember, there is no quick path towards success. Affiliate marketing may seem very tempting due to numerous encouraging testimonies of merchants and affiliate marketers alike who have benefited from it, but it really involves in a great deal of hard work and persistence. You also need to be creative and flexible.
Most affiliate marketers don’t understand this, so when they don’t make sales, they quit, look for other programs and carry on the same mistake. In the end, they said that affiliate marketing is just one of those scams in the Internet. You can work your way to great success if you employ the right strategies in affiliate marketing. You can make money as an affiliate marketer if you willing to do what it takes.
Perhaps your business has grown to a point where you no longer want to use a shared server. It may be time for you to seek out a dedicated server, but you do not want to end up costing you a lot of money. You can find a budget dedicated server by perusing some of the dedicated server directories online.
Finding a web site host on the internet can be a bit overwhelming. When you first began your internet business, you most likely used a shared server to host your business website.
Shared servers have their advantages. They are generally inexpensive and many even offer templates to build your own website. When you first got started on your internet business, you probably chose the most inexpensive and easy to use shared server that you could find to host your website. You may even have allowed them to place ads on your website.
Not all shared websites have mandatory ads. Some of them even allow you to place your own ads. If you have incorporated ads into your website, such as with Adsense, you may even have earned extra revenue from your website, in addition to selling your products.
One of the drawbacks of a shared server, however, is that you are limited when it comes to both space and bandwidth. The server can only handle a certain amount of traffic at one time. If you are sharing the server with a bunch of other businesses getting substantial traffic to their websites, your customers may be having a difficult time getting to your website. You could actually be losing sales without even knowing it, simply because you are using the wrong server.
A dedicated server can cost quite a bit more money per month, but it is your server. You have control over it and you no longer have to worry about sharing it with other websites. Your customers will be able to access your site with ease.
Years ago, people used to have party lines on telephones. Four families would often share a phone line. Only one family could be on the phone at a time and each family would have a certain distinctive ring when the phone was for them. There was very little privacy as anyone could listen into a call and it was frustrating if you wanted to make a call and someone else was on the party line.
Shared servers are similar to those party lines of long ago. The same way we do not want to share our telephone line with others, if we have a large business and substantial traffic, we do not want our customers being turned away because someone else is on the “party line.”
A dedicated server does not have to cost a fortune. You can find a budget dedicated server in a variety of places on the internet. You can find a budget dedicated server that will offer no start up costs for as low as $100 per month. The difference in web hosting cost may be a bit more money, but may save you money in the long run by allowing increased traffic to your website.
Cyberspace has a NEW marketing tool, even though they’ve been around for quite some time, yet, ONLY recently have been recognized as a Powerful communication tool for Internet marketers.
If you’ve been following the latest Internet marketing trends like I have, then you’ve definitely heard of them.
What’s this new marketing tool I’m taking about that every Serious marketer should have in place?
BLOGS! …(A.K.A. Web-Log).
Now, just for those of you who aren’t quite sure what a BLOG is, here’s a quick definition:
A BLOG(A.K.A. Web-Log) is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating(usually on a daily to weekly basis) a blog is called “Blogging” and someone who keeps a Blog is a “Blogger”.
There you have it, quick and to the point.
If you want to read up more about “Blogs”, here’s a link to an article I wrote earlier that goes more in depth.
Okay. For the rest of this article I want to focus on how ONE can $$Profit$$ from having there own Blog.
I’m going to list three ways that I think are the Best and most Powerful ways to get the most out of your Blog.
So, with that said, let’s go to Profit Tactic #1.
Profit Tactic #1. Writing “Articles”.
Writing “Articles” are a very Powerful way to profit from your Blog.
There are many reasons why “Articles” are valuable to your Blog, but, for the purpose of this article I’m going to give you the most important part, and that’s your “Resource Box” at the end of your article.
Your “Resource Box” is like a classified ad and holds critical information about You, your websites and what you have to offer them after they’ve read your article.
The links within your “Resource Box” could lead to your own Product or Service you have to offer, or they could lead to a Affiliate Product related to the content of your article.
This is a great way to give them something of “Value”, which is the information within the article, and a great way to get them to take action by way of getting them to click on one of the links within your “Resource Box”.
That’s “Profit Tactic #1″.
Profit Tactic #2. Writing “Product Reviews”.
Writing “Product Reviews” is a great way to profit from your Blog simply because they allow you to Soft-Sell your potential customer by way of giving them your personal opinion on the product you are recommending and then providing them with a link if they wish to look into it further, instead of throwing a Sales Pitch at them.
Nobody likes to be sold, but, offering them your insight on a Product and/or Service that could help solve the problem they’re dealing with is yet another great way to profit from your Blog and make you look like a Hero.
That’s “Profit Tactic #2″.
Profit Tactic #3. “Text Ad” Programs.
“Text Ad Programs” like Affiliate Power Ads or Google Adsense are yet Another great way to profit from your Blog.
I’ve listed these two “Text Ad” programs for a reason, One is a Pay-Per-Click(Google Adsense) and shows related ads to the content on that particular webpage and the other one(Affiliate Power Ads) makes You up to $60 to $100 dollars in commissions on a single click.
Here are the links for you to check them out further if you wish.
Google Adsense –
Affiliate Power Ads –
They are both FREE to join and only take you minutes to set-up depending on your experience.
Here’s an example of how mine looks if you were to set-up your Blog through Blogger.com — http://www.blogger.com with both of these programs. http://theiwe.blogspot.com
The great thing is… they’ll be displayed on every page of your Blog when you make a post.
I also provided a link below that shows you How-To set this up “Step-By-Step”, making it Easy for you to get started.
Now, I’m sure there are many other ways to $$Profit$$ from your Blog, but these ones in my mind are the most Powerful.
Well… there you have it, “3 POWERFUL Ways To Profit From Your BLOG… Starting TODAY!”.
If you haven’t started a BLOG, maybe it’s time you considered it since NOW you have some incentive.
I truly hope this article helped you realize the $$Profit$$ potential your Blog could have and how you can start incorporating it… Starting TODAY!