The Pros and Cons of Earning Money with Affiliate Programs

Written by Angela Wu

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Positives to affiliate programs:

+ You're free to concentrate on just one thing: marketing. The affiliate company handles everything else - billing, inventory, delivery, customer service, and allrepparttar other stuff that goes withrepparttar 102583 territory. This is one reason why affiliate programs are so popular; they give yourepparttar 102584 opportunity learn how to market online without being overwhelmed by everything else.

+ Startup costs are lower than if you had your own product. There are numerous costs associated withrepparttar 102585 research, development, and delivery of your own product. When you run an affiliate business,repparttar 102586 only thing you're responsible for is marketing - and you haverepparttar 102587 option of using free methods only.

+ You get a 'head-start' while researching product ideas. Affiliate programs allow you to sell a product or service while you're still trying to come up with a product of your own. That's not to say that they're an 'easy' way to riches - they're not - but you can learn how to market while earning an income.

+ Multiple streams of income. A bunch of 'smaller' pay cheques can really add up! It's even better if you already have your own product or service and just want to use affiliate programs to add another stream of income.

Many people from all walks of life make hundreds or even thousands of dollars every month through affiliate programs alone. Affiliate programs aren't perfect, but they provide a great option for those who are willing and able to put in repparttar 102588 necessary time and effort.

___________ Angela is the editor of Online Business Basics, a practical guide to building a profitable Internet business on a beginner's budget. Each issue is packed with valuable tips and tools to help you to nurture your business to success!

"Be an Affiliate Site AND a Sales Site"

Written by David McKenzie

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Chances are, people you sign up intorepparttar 2nd tier via your affiliate program link will end up buyingrepparttar 102582 product themselves. So not only do you get a direct commission fromrepparttar 102583 sale to this person, you also get 2nd tier commissions from any sales they make inrepparttar 102584 future.

2. Set up a mini-site for one of your affiliate programs so that you are only reselling this one product or service. This would be a site with just 2 pages. Onrepparttar 102585 first page isrepparttar 102586 link torepparttar 102587 product itself.

Onrepparttar 102588 2nd page isrepparttar 102589 description ofrepparttar 102590 affiliate program andrepparttar 102591 link torepparttar 102592 affiliate program sign up page.

Your goal is to actually direct your visitors torepparttar 102593 2nd page where they can sign up torepparttar 102594 affiliate program. Why?

You will get more commissions from signing up affiliates into your 2nd tier than by visitors directly buyingrepparttar 102595 product through your affiliate link. This is because more people will be interested inrepparttar 102596 affiliate program rather thanrepparttar 102597 product. But when they joinrepparttar 102598 affiliate program, many of them will buyrepparttar 102599 product or service.

In summary, think about using your site as an affiliate program site as well as a sales site. It gives you 2 bites atrepparttar 102600 cherry and having 2nd tier affiliates means you can be earning commissions for many years.

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