Does Affiliate Marketing really pay?Written by Stephen Brennan
I have been asked this question on a number of occasions and it’s no surprise to me that general consensus would be a loud “NO”, given that we are told that approximately 95% of Affiliates never make any money. But answer is "YES". Why?……… So many people go into Affiliate marketing in same manner – ‘Hell for leather’ – without stopping to think that they may need to do a little planning, give a little thought to how they are going to go about it and in doing so, give themselves a reasonable chance of success.
Some who already have a website, regardless of what it may be about, can tend to go madly signing up for numerous Affiliate programs or joining one or more of larger Networks and plastering their website with banners, images and text with no thought as to whether products they are trying to ‘flog’ actually have anything to do with theme of their website. I have actually seen a website about ‘teenage pregnancy’ with an Affiliate coded banner for Viagra! I’m sorry, but is it me, or is that ridiculous?
Others will get themselves a domain name and a hosting deal and go merrily about creating a website literally ‘packed’ with all manner of products. Sometimes so many that they have to be catalogued and listed under their completely unrelated headings. Some of these website are extremely well designed and put together, but where’s content, where’s reason for people to visit? You can also forget about targeted traffic from Search Engines. You’ll never get a Search Engine listing of any consequence without content and some kind of form and theme to your website.
The Truth About Online Home Based BusinessWritten by Charles Fuchs
There’s a lot of online home based business information floating around out there these days. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of hype on online home based businesses making rounds too. And all that hype about online home based business is designed to do one thing—tap into people’s dreams of stay at home work that’s easy and painless.
The truth is that an online home based business is just like any other startup home based business, or any type of small business for that matter. An online home based business takes effort and work, especially in beginning. So if you’re thinking about starting an online home based business, be prepared to work and to work hard.
And don’t expect to become a millionaire overnight. That’s another big myth concerning online home based business that probably shows up on your computer screen at least a dozen times a day. You know what I mean, all those emails telling you that you can be making thousands of dollars a day just by taking advantage of this one’s or that one’s online home based business opportunity.
Well, it isn’t going to happen. In fact, many of those so-called online home based business opportunities will end up causing you nothing but headaches while they empty your wallets. Yes, you can run a successful online home based business, but it takes time for your online home based business to be profitable, and it can take a long time for that to happen. Knowing this upfront and having realistic expectations can save you from being misled by ads for online home based business opportunities. It will also help you focus your time, energy and money in right direction—on your valid online home based business opportunity.
Because an online home based business will take money to be successful, just like it takes time and effort. You can’t just throw up a website for your home based business and expect traffic jams on your site. First of all, you need a website for your home based business that’s as professional looking and customer friendly as possible, which can cost you quite a bit. Then to get traffic and visitors to your online home based business website, you’ll need to advertise and invest in some ezine and email marketing as well. While advertising and marketing costs for your online home based business aren’t as high as they would be for conventional advertising, online advertising and marketing do take money to do well and get results.