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Affiliate Marketing:The Best Online Money-maker

Searching for the best home-based online business? Easy to start and requires minimal start-up capital, affiliate marketing has these primary advantages.

Selling other people’s products for a commission – that’s your main job as an affiliate marketer. And depending on the product, for every sale you make, it  can be as high as 90% commission for selected information products. It can be as low as 4% though for certain physical products.  It’s entirely your choice anyway  which product to promote.

Affiliate marketing is the best money-making strategy on the internet because of many reasons. Here we point out the top  six reasons  why you should consider affiliate marketing if you want to make money online quickly with the least initial spending from your pocket.

No need to create or ship products

Firstly, you don’t need to create your own products. To create your own product needs a lot of time and money. As an affiliate marketer, you sell only ready-made products made by other merchants.

Secondly, handling or shipping products is not your concern. As an affiliate, all you do is to direct potential customers to the merchant’s website using your affiliate link. How about payment processing or product delivery? That’s not your concern either since everything will be handled by the merchant, not you.

No need for a website or hosting

Thirdly, there’s no need create a website or write a sales copy. To have one is rather costly and time consuming to maintain. By promoting your affiliate links through  articles you write to directories and other forms of advertising, potential buyers can reach to your merchant’s salespage.

However, if you do have a website, all you need to do is to add your affiliate links on your website pages and promote your affiliate links through article marketing or through social networking.

The fourth reason is good news for people who have limited cash. If you don’t need a website, then you also don’t need to buy domain names and pay hosting costs. Since you can have your affiliate links and have them promoted in about anywhere on the internet, you can start to earn money right away without spending anything.

Another reason to engage in affiliate marketing is that you’ll have no requests for refunds to deal with.  Handling refunds has become a hassle for merchants but not with affiliate marketers because this isn’t your responsibility.

Choose any product to sell

On top of all these positive reasons, as an affiliate you get to choose which products you want to sell.  As there are basically thousands of products to choose from, you just select the “hot” products of the season that are popular and in demand. This is how you get so many sales and commissions.

For internet beginners, affiliate marketing by far is the best, the easiest way to make money online. And it is so easy to learn that almost everyone I know is doing just affiliate marketing.

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Affiliate Marketing And Multiple Streams of Income

Affiliate marketing is undoubtedly the fastest way to make money online, especially for  internet marketing beginners.

But perhaps the most attractive feature of affiliate marketing is that it allows one to have multiple sources of income. Thus it makes your efforts to earn money online sustainable, as the  article reprinted below shows.

Joining affiliate programs is then the next logical step to widen your money-making opportunities. But as there are so many program available, it pays to consider several factors in figuring out for yourself which affiliate marketing programs to promote.

There are so many strategies that can be applied in affiliate marketing. To assure your survival online, you may want to know the basic strategies towards a profitable affiliate income.

How To Have Multiple Streams Of Affiliate Income by Jeff Mulligan
If you have been studying Internet marketing you have likely come across the term “multiple streams of income”. The concept is simple as it relates to the adage “more is better”.

In business, any business, creating multiple streams of income is a way of securing a business for the future. In a large corporation an example of multiple streams of income would be a varied product line, different products that appeal to different consumer groups. It would be like a breakfast food company selling cereal, waffles, and muffins. Each type of breakfast food appeals to different consumers. In affiliate marketing multiple streams of income could come from promoting various types of products, such as software for tracking investments, an ebook on budgeting and an ecourse on debt management.

A strength of having multiple income streams is that if one portion of your business slows or disappears, you can rely on the other products to sustain your business. If you depend on just one stream of income and it fails, so does your entire business, requiring you to start-over to rebuild your business. Having multiple streams of income is your insurance for a sustainable business.

Affiliate marketing is likely one of the most desirable ways to have multiple sources of income. This is because affiliate programs can come in very different formats. Many affiliate programs allow you to register for them and begin making money immediately. As an affiliate marketer you make money by selling and promoting products and by recruiting other affiliates. An added bonus to this scenario is that the product owners usually provide incredibly valuable materials to teach the affiliate how to market their specific product. They provide you with resources, tested materials and insight on selling their product.

An example of this would be an affiliate storefront style web site; where you have the ability to promote a variety of products in addition to several other affiliate programs all through one affiliate link. With your one affiliate link would have your multiple streams of income all in one location. When you are researching a storefront web site opportunity, be sure to look for one that provides promotional tools and information for affiliates.

To build the most solid business online you must have multiple streams of income. To be successful with affiliate marketing or any other type of business you need to have patience, persistence and an interest to learn as much as possible.

Resource Box: Jeff Mulligan has an MBA and 20+ years of marketing experience as an ad agency Senior VP and VP Marketing for two software companies. Jeff owns CBmall, a site that provides 15 different ways for ClickBank affiliates to earn income on thousands of ClickBank InfoProducts. http://www.cbmall.com/to/free

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Improve Your Income Potential

2010 is the new beginning we’ve all been waiting for!  Want to engage in empowering strategies and improve your income potential? The article reprinted below show some simple ways to engage in revenue-changing strategies that will boost your life on the internet.

How To Take Advantage of the Holiday Slow Down
by Jeff Mulligan

Unless you are selling gifts or other Christmas-related items, December can be a deadly slow time of the year. Marketing-related sales can fall off by 50% or more. On the other hand, January often kicks off with a roar as thousands of new customers enter the marketplace thanks to well-meaning New Year’s Resolutions that involve working from home and making more money.

So what can you do about it? Here are some ideas.

1. Work on your site.

If you’ve got a To Do list, now is the time to attack it with a vengeance. Fix those graphics. Rewrite that sales letter. Add those new products for which you purchased resell rights. Get your infrastructure ready for new customers.

2. Test

Now is also a great time to test new ideas. Create a new sales page and see how it pulls vs your old page. While it may take a bit longer to get a statistically significant sample, at least you will know what works better when hot-selling January rolls around.

3. Build your autoresponders

If you don’t have an email list you are continually promoting to, now is the time to start one. You can’t find a guru that doesn’t agree that the list IS your business. So how do you start? There are gigabytes worth of products, eBooks and advice on eZines our there. Jimmy D. Brown’s Ezine Profit Producer is one of the most respected (http://www.cbmall.com/pvm/epp.asp)

4. Strengthen your Affiliate Program

If you have an affiliate program, now is the time to make it better. What have you offered your affiliates lately? Create some new banners. Write an article or ad they can use. Give them some new promotional ideas that seem to be working for you.

This idea worked great for me. I created an upgrade program that included significant new benefits. Not only did it increase the commissions earned by my own affiliates, but many of them took advantage of the upgrade as well, increasing my sales. (Make any offer like this attractive to your affiliates, mine only paid 50% of what others would pay.) Every product should have an upsell option – does yours? If not, create one!

5. Join new affiliate programs

This is a great time to research new affiliate programs that can add multiple income streams to your web portfolio. Look for programs that fit well with your target niche, offer significant ongoing income potential, and provide excellent customer support.

Another tip: Carefully analyze how much work program demands. Can you make enough extra money to justify the additional work required on your part? Remember, your time is the most valuable asset you have.

Summary

While this may be a slow season for sales, December offers great opportunities for webmasters to improve the performance, effectiveness and income potential of their internet business. Take advantage of this time by working on the things you can leverage when January sales take off.

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Jeff Mulligan, a 20-year marketing veteran, owns CBmall which provides 15  ways to earn income on thousands of top-selling ClickBank InfoProducts by promoting one URL. Features the unique ClickBank Cash Search Engine. www.cbmall.info

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Buying Stuff: Internet Marketing Beginner’s Strategy

In the ultimate quest for making big bucks online,  internet marketing beginners fall prey to buying the latest “make easy money online” craze.  As there are several thousands or even millions of those schemes existing in the internet today, newbies may potentially lose their a lot of their money first even before earning their first buck online. That is, if they’re not careful.

Stop Buying Stuff! – should be among the first in the beginner’s arsenal of tips when trying to learn online marketing for the first time.  This wise strategy will not only save you money but save you time as well.

It is worthwhile to reprint this article from Jeff Mulligan that explains well the perils of buying into every “make big money online” tactics and how to be wise in buying internet marketing courses to help you really make the big bucks online.

Who’s Your Guru? by Jeff Mulligan

The other day I was talking to a guy at the health club I just joined. (Never had time when I was working for someone else.) We started talking about our personal trainers. If you aren’t familiar with the term, these are fitness experts who are educated to design work-out routines based on an individuals strengths, needs and goals.

Anyway, Rick said something that struck me right between the eyes. “I got so confused reading all the books and fitness magazines. Everyone has a different opinion of what works the best. I finally figured if I was going to work out, I might as well pick one expert, listen to them and follow their program.”

Later, as I was driving my sore body home, I thought about how appropriate Rick’s comment was to Internet Marketing. Everyone’s an expert. (Even people who have yet to sell their first eBook.) And there are a million programs, books, secrets, techniques and tactics that will work for you.

The problem is, you can easily fall into what my favorite business school professor called, “Analysis Paralysis”. That’s where a lot of people are stuck. They keep reading, and it gets in the way of actually doing something.

I was guilty

I was guilty of this, too. I must have bought several hundred dollars worth of books and courses before I found what worked for me.

Fortunately, the expert I decided to follow was, in hindsight, an excellent choice. And by following his advice and listening to his ideas, I have built up a couple of successful income streams.

My point isn’t that my “guru” is the right one for everyone. The point is to pick one or maybe a couple of people you really respect, and model them. Of course, make sure they are actually successful in their own businesses first. But when you find someone you respect and whose style you like, listen to their advice and follow what they recommend in their writings.

Save Your Brain

Following this strategy can save lots of brain cells that you would spend switching strategies and tactics. It avoids confusion and gives you a good point of reference from which to work.

You don’t have to keep reading and searching for the latest eBooks. Assume your guru knows the latest tactics and will advise you of how well they work.

I’m not saying you never look at another eBook or eZine again, it’s just that you have one primary star you follow, it’s that much easier to find your way.

Resource Box: Jeff Mulligan has an MBA and 20+ years of marketing experience as an ad agency Senior VP and VP Marketing for two software companies. Jeff owns CBmall, a site that provides 15 different ways for ClickBank affiliates to earn income on thousands of ClickBank InfoProducts. http://www.cbmall.com/info.

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Change Your Marketing Approach

Delaverian Internet Marketing Course

Understanding human beings is the real key to marketing success. We, as complex creatures, would like to believe that we are ruled by our minds, by logic and by reason. But when it comes especially to buying stuff whether online or offline, this seldom applies. We will purchase products and take particular actions if those objects are appealed on an emotional or want-based level.

Learn from the Masters

Learning how to successfully market in this manner is not necessarily easy. This is because this approach falls outside the traditional marketing approach. But there are ways to learn the ropes and gain insight from those who have mastered the art of making a decent product and one that people will not pass by. If you are ready to change your marketing approach and take campaigns beyond expectations, human nature and the forces that influence it should be your focus of study.

Delaverian Internet Marketing Course

The Delaverian Internet Marketing course starts with this basic code: the deep understanding of the human nature of the buyer. The course will be offered at a deep discount if you sign in a membership this week.

What is  handed out for free is the DELAVO eCommerce platform – the commercial platform for the Delaverian Internet Marketing Course . But for a limited time only. It’s one of those rare opportunities which you should not miss if you’re serious about internet marketing.

The DELAVO eCommerce platform promises to change the way savvy people market their products forever.

The newest and arguably could be the best eCommerce platform has hit the market today. You can start selling products and memberships online. You can accept orders through Paypal and Clickbank. What’s even more amazing is that you can even run your affiliate programs online like the big guns of internet marketing do!

Get DELAVO eCommerce Platform for Free

It comes with free manuals, free videos and free upgrades. You’ll get one license for free as well, if you head to the DELAVO eCommerce Platform Notification List between May 17 to 24, 2009. It’s free  to obtain – at absolutely no cost to you if you get the Delavo eCommerce system during the week of May 17-24, 2009.

DELAVO eCommerce Platform

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