Design Web Site Around Affiliate Programs

Written by Stephen Bucaro

---------------------------------------------------------- Permission is granted forrepparttar below article to forward, reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website, offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as long as no changes are made andrepparttar 117480 byline, copyright, andrepparttar 117481 resource box below is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- Design Web Site Around Affiliate Programs

By Stephen Bucaro

When starting a Web business, most people choose a topic for their Web site and then look for products and affiliate programs related to that topic. In this article, I suggest searching for a group of related affiliate programs first, then designing your Web site around those programs.

There are many affiliate directories and affiliate network Web sites where you can search forrepparttar 117482 best programs. For this example, I use Commission Junction This affiliate network site provides a vast amount of searchable information on over 1200 affiliate programs.

On Commission Junction's front page, click onrepparttar 117483 link "Search all advertisers". This will take you to a page with a drop down list where you can select a category. In order to searchrepparttar 117484 information on Commission Junction, you must be a member, but membership is free. After you login to Commission Junction, go torepparttar 117485 bottom ofrepparttar 117486 page to "Find Advertisers & links". Here you can get a list of all advertisers, search advertisers by keyword, or browse for advertisers.

Click on "Browse for advertisers". This takes to to a table where you can arrangerepparttar 117487 affiliate programs based upon "EPC" or "Network Earnings". EPC isrepparttar 117488 average earnings per 100 clicks. It reflectsrepparttar 117489 affiliate programs ability to convert clicks into commissions. Network Earnings is a rank, on a scale of one to five, of an affiliate program based onrepparttar 117490 amount of commissions paid. Inrepparttar 117491 head ofrepparttar 117492 table, click onrepparttar 117493 name ofrepparttar 117494 parameter you are interested in. This rearrangesrepparttar 117495 entries based upon that parameter.

Letting Go Of Coattails

Written by Elena Fawkner

Letting Go Of Coattails

2002 Elena Fawkner

If you're looking for a way to make money from home and you've been online for any length of time you will have quickly become aware ofrepparttar preponderance of business opportunity sites and ads for many and varied business opportunities.

In particular, you've probably been bowled over by allrepparttar 117479 promises of fabulous internet riches that can be yours, if you only join so-and-so's innovative new groundfloor opportunity that everybody who is anybody wants in on.

This week I received an email from a subscriber asking for my opinion on a particular business opportunity. She was asking what I "really thought" about it because she had been "burned so many times inrepparttar 117480 past I just don't know who to trust". Sound familiar?

I've received several emails like this over recent months from people who have been dudded byrepparttar 117481 charlatans who seem to come out ofrepparttar 117482 woodwork atrepparttar 117483 mere whiff of a victim, er ... prospect. This latest one though got me wondering exactly why it is that so many people seem to be looking to make a profit from promoting or participating in someone else's business opportunity or product rather than creating their own, using their own ingenuity. And this applies not only to scams but to legitimate business opportunities (yes, they DO exist). After all, no matter how legitimaterepparttar 117484 opportunity, at least some of your hard work and effort is going to benefit someone else.

Now, admittedly, promoting someone else's product (such as by way of affiliate programs) is a good way to get started in your online career, but it's not going to make you really serious money. By "serious" I mean sufficient money to represent a worthwhile return onrepparttar 117485 investment of time and effort you must expend to earn significant commission income. By spendingrepparttar 117486 same amount of time and effort promoting your OWN business, your return must necessarily be much greater. After all, you keep 100% ofrepparttar 117487 profits forrepparttar 117488 same work!

Why is it that some people, let alone those who have already been burned, keep looking for someone else to deliverrepparttar 117489 answer to their prayers rather than creating it for themselves? Or worse, give up entirely? I'd be willing to bet that, for a goodly proportion,repparttar 117490 answer is "I don't have any products of my own to sell" or "I don't have any good ideas" or "I don't know where to start".

Now, it may be that you're just dabbling withrepparttar 117491 idea of an online business and, for you, promoting a few affiliate programs while you gradually get more involved is a good place for you to be right now. Many of us started out doing exactly that. But for those of you who are ready to get into this in a serious way, have you thought about doing it for yourself? Why not let go of repparttar 117492 idea there is a perfect opportunity out there with your name on it if only you can find it, and instead devote your time and your energy to creating it using your own brainpower?

I believe, absolutely and without equivocation, that ANYONE can make money with their own business. The key is to make sure that what you choose for your business is something you are passionate about. If you are passionate about what you do, your natural enthusiasm and motivation will lead you to develop ways to exploit that passion in a way that can generate income.

Let's say one of your absolutely favorite things inrepparttar 117493 whole world is gardening. You've always loved to garden, you have ever since you first got your own place and you do it every chance you get. Think about how you might translate that natural interest into a profitable business endeavor.

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