One of the best ways to get started with an online business
is to try affiliate marketing. The primary reason being
that everything is all put together for you and you can just
sit down and get started right off the bat with learning how
to market a business on the Internet.
While some people may balk at the membership fees, they
should actually be grateful that this is a small price to
pay for all that they will be provided just by virtue of
their membership. They will save untold hours and much more
money in that again, everything is put together already.
There is no learning how to build a sales page because the
affiliate program will provide one, encoded with the
affiliate ID that is associated with the membership. When
any sales are made from that page, they will be credited to
the member. Additionally the affiliate program will handle
the customer service for the member’s customers, and
process the transactions. So here we see our affiliate is
saving time and money again as they do not have to provide
either support or a payment gateway which can be very
Additionally the affiliate program may provide other
resources for their members such as training in Internet
marketing, banners and other graphics for advertising
purposes, autoresponder messages, an actual autorepsonder
system, and list building mechanisms.
It is actually a very fair exchange that a member pays
membership fees to compensate the program for the expenses
they had in creating and maintaining not only the membership
system but the product or service provided by the company as
well. This again, greatly reduces the time for a learning
curve and development for the member in that they can just
walk in and use what is already there, rather than to need
to create their own system and product.
Affiliate program membership makes it legal for members to
profit from the company’s intellectual property. It is a
very fair exchange that the company may benefit from the
advertising and marketing the affiliates do to promote their
own businesses to earn commissions. This is why they pay the
commissions on top of all they do. The relationship is
definitely a win/win all around for everyone.
The key however is for the affiliate to realize there is
nothing magical about having an affiliate link. They have
to really work to make anything happen. They have to learn
how to, and then they have to actually promote the link
diligently in order to make any money. Nobody will ever see
their link unless the affiliate does substantial marketing
and advertising over time. They need to be very aggressive
about it rather than lackadaisical (“lacking enthusiasm and
determination; carelessly lazy”).
So if you are really serious about wanting to have an
Internet business, try at least one affiliate program to see
what it is all about; then give it a fair chance of at least
90-days where you consistently focus on developing your
business. Even if you fail the first time, try another one.
The more experience you have the more likely it is that you