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Why Affiliate Marketing is a Great Way to Start a Home Business Online

Let’s start with the bottom line first: Why it is a good
idea? It’s because you can ‘Just Do It’. There is no
lengthy learning curve; there is no huge investment of
money; there is no need to be particularly creative; no need
to be a technical expert. You can actually become a member
of a program in about 5-minutes from now and get started!
(But wait! Please read the rest of this article first!)

Why is it so possible to just start up an affiliate
marketing business? It’s because by becoming a member of
the program, you have in effect, been given license to
profit from their intellectual property – They have already
created the system and product, the website, and the
membership program. All you have to do is use the resources
and start marketing and advertising your affiliate link. The
program will handle your sales transactions, support your
customer, and do the accounting. If you make a sale or
referral then according to their compensation plan, you will
earn a commission.

This is fondly referred to as ‘autopilot’ and you should
really understand what that means. It definitely does not
mean ‘sit back and wait’ for everybody to do the work for
you, or for it to magically happen, and then your job is to
just roll up to the bank with your wealth. Nothing will
happen unless you are fully engaged in your business – to
consistently promote your business (affiliate link,
affiliate sales page, etc.) over TIME. It may sound super
easy to get started but you will need to build and develop
your own business if you want to succeed (EARN money).

When you see ads that make it sound so simple (which it
really is) and instant (while possible, it is not probable
if you have no marketing experience or ‘list’ (customers)
that you can appeal to). Now don’t let that be an excuse
to fail, if you don’t have a list, because every single
person who ever made a dollar on the Internet or anywhere
else had to START some place. The same place you are
starting, at the beginning. The ones that succeed invested
a lot of effort over TIME. They got the experience by doing
it, and at the same time BUILT a list of prospects and
customers.

‘No program works unless we do’ – so we can’t blame the
program, the system, the government or the weather if we
fail. It is just like any business – you have to do the
work in order to get paid. When you are working for
yourself, you may work a lot without getting paid while you
are building. If you don’t understand this, then maybe you
just need a job – or a second or third job. It’s no crime
if you do not have the motivation or desire to actually
develop a business yourself. However, you need to determine
that as soon as possible so you don’t waste time and money.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to do that without
risking much besides your monthly membership fees.

Be sure to check out the program thoroughly – read the site
– their FAQ (frequently asked questions) and any
documentation that explains who they are, what they do, how
much it costs and how much you can make. Run some queries
in a search engine like Google.com. Unless you see legal
documentation of actual fraud, consider negative remarks
with an open mind. Many people who have had unrealistic
expectations have been disappointed the minute they saw that
they will need to w-o-r-k or spend any money or time to
build a business. Sometimes they are embarrassed that they
actually thought they could be instantly wealthy without
work, and they will blame the program, but never
themselves.

Don’t get in ‘over your head’ – do only what you can
afford – Most scams have a high cost to participate and
maybe ‘contracts’ – they promise huge gains for your
investment. Pick a low-cost program with no contracts.
Don’t speculate – do only what you can afford. Consider
the membership fees are due each month – consider small
advertising and marketing fees (and much you can do yourself
for free if necessary). Give it and yourself a fair chance.

 

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