Affiliate Programs Are Wonderlands Of Opportunities

Written by Mal Keenan

Copyright 2005 Mal Keenan

We have previously discussed affiliate programs in passing. But in this article, weíre going to get an overview of this subfield of Internet marketing and how it could help bring about some stable and generous earnings for you.

It has been said that affiliate programs arerepparttar easiest ways to online riches. There is a lot of truth in that statement, though it must be remembered that affiliate marketing is still a job, albeit one which you could do inrepparttar 145876 comforts of your own home, hence, you cannot makerepparttar 145877 most out of it without exerting some effort.

Even if you are not familiar with affiliate programs, Iím sure you have encountered some in your years onrepparttar 145878 Internet. For certain, you have visited a site that was suggesting a book from to supplementrepparttar 145879 information its pages revealed. That siteís webmaster, my friend, is an affiliate. And if you decided to purchaserepparttar 145880 book he recommended, he would have earned a commission fromrepparttar 145881 merchant site.

Amazon, indeed, isrepparttar 145882 first business model for affiliate programs. There are more, of course, usually askingrepparttar 145883 affiliate partner to sell web hosting, domain names, and tangible products. But itísrepparttar 145884 affiliate programs which offer information products that often giverepparttar 145885 highest commissions.

But first, letís discuss how affiliate programs work. There are three parties in affiliate programs:

* The affiliate merchant * The affiliate * The buyer

The affiliate merchant isrepparttar 145886 one who has products to sell. He would establish an affiliate program to invite affiliates to pre-sell his products. Oncerepparttar 145887 affiliate finds a buyer, he would recommendrepparttar 145888 same torepparttar 145889 affiliate merchant. The affiliate merchant would then sell his products torepparttar 145890 buyer. Ifrepparttar 145891 buyer buys,repparttar 145892 affiliate merchant would giverepparttar 145893 affiliate his corresponding commission.

Selling and pre-selling are two different things. Pre-selling usually involves referrals and an earnest attempt to convincerepparttar 145894 buyer to tryrepparttar 145895 products being endorsed. When an affiliate enrolls in an affiliate program, he is given a code which is called an affiliate link. This affiliate link has his designation embedded on it, so whenever a sale is consummated by virtue ofrepparttar 145896 said link,repparttar 145897 affiliate programís system would be able to determine thatrepparttar 145898 commission due shall accrue forrepparttar 145899 affiliate.

Building Websites with Articles

Written by Richard Keir

Copyright 2005 Richard Keir

I've been blogging occasionally overrepparttar last two months about my ongoing experiment with writing articles. This is a super hot topic lately withrepparttar 145875 changes going on at Google and Yahoo that are impacting many websites and basically freaking people out.

Now everybody knows that writing articles is a powerful technique. You knew that, right? And everybody is writing articles, right? No. Did I? Not until recently, though I wrote a lot in blogs and did post some articles I wrote on my sites. There's two parts to this for me. Writing, which I have been doing. Distributing. Which I hadn't been doing.

I finally came out of that fog and decided that I had to see what distribution might really do. Content, such as original articles is stillrepparttar 145876 basic currency ofrepparttar 145877 internet. People come ontorepparttar 145878 web looking for information. Content provides that information.

But, ifrepparttar 145879 content is just sitting on a blog or posted in an article directory on one website, it has very limited exposure without links. Content may berepparttar 145880 flesh ofrepparttar 145881 web, but links arerepparttar 145882 bones,repparttar 145883 underlying structure that allows things to found and accessed.

It's in our faces right here -repparttar 145884 two basics that you can combine to really power a successful website. Content and links. Write articles AND publish/distribute them. Simple, basic, old style site building.

One technique many are using to build sites is to get other people's articles and put them up on their sites to provide related content. I do it, you do it, nearly everyone seems to. Other people publish ezines, but can't possibly write allrepparttar 145885 content they want to provide. This isrepparttar 145886 demand that exists, right now, for your articles. There is a deep, apparently bottomless need for quality content on nearly anything imaginable. And it won't go away.

Original content on your site is a great traffic booster. Distributing your content all overrepparttar 145887 internet gets you lots of incoming links - which over time could well continue to increase as your articles are picked up and redistributed. Plus you are generating a name for yourself and qualifying yourself as an expert. Experts write about what they know and discover. They share their knowledge. I'm not talking about anyone being a genius and discovering anti-gravity (and finally eliminating rocket science). I'm talking about what's already in your head and what you can learn, research and write about.

I wrote three articles on some basics concepts to keep in mind in building and developing successful eCommerce websites. They aren't hot hot hot 6 steps to infinite wealth type writing. They're basic and based on research. Then I distributed them to a couple (not all) ofrepparttar 145888 big article directories and to a large group of relevant directories and lists through (which I do recommend if you're looking for an excellent and reasonable article submission service). Here arerepparttar 145889 results as of this writing (June 28, 2005):

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