Information Products: Changing Trends in 2005Written by Fred Farah
2005 is a great year for affiliate marketers, as online businesses will continue to grow exponentially. 2004 showed a major transition in type of products sold in affiliate markets..
Did you notice all other major changes in Internet Marketing scene in 2004? Or did they pass you by, and you missed out on opportunities to make money with new types of products. EBooks are still most popular type of information product being sold at this point. But lots of ground has been lost to other methods of delivering information.
Every week there are lots of tele-seminars provided. Most of them are at no cost. Those that charge are increasing in scope, and are real moneymakers for hosts. Web casts and video presentations are growing in popularity.
Most of above are recorded, and can often be viewed or downloaded after event is over. I have collected 1 GB of Audio and video files and am overwhelmed by it all. I just can't find enough time to listen to them all.
That of course, is one of advantages of written text in ebook form. One can scan through ebook, and select areas we want to absorb more fully. An audio recording must be listened to in its entirety, so it takes much more time.
In spite of this, popularity of this media is growing very fast. People feel more involved participating in a teleseminar, or even a recording of it, as compared to reading of an ebook. You must give your market what they want, or you lose out big time.
Another important shift in product popularity that boomed in 2004 is home delivery of printed text books along with DVD or CD media. There were several Big Deals last year of very expensive products that made record breaking sales.
Be Wary of Work-at-Home SchemesWritten by John Mussi
Be wary of work-at-home schemes as they are not all that they may seem. The adverts promise big monetary gain but invariably prove to be a let down. While you may find these ads appealing, especially if you can't work outside your home, proceed with caution. Not all work-at-home opportunities deliver on their promises.
Many ads omit fact that you may have to work many hours without pay. Or they don't disclose all costs you will have to pay. Countless work-at-home schemes require you to spend your own money to place newspaper ads; make photocopies; or buy envelopes, paper, stamps, and other supplies or equipment you need to do job.
Here are two typical examples of work-at-home-schemes:
Envelope stuffing: Promoters usually advertise that, for a "small" fee, they will tell you how to earn money stuffing envelopes at home. Later - when it's too late - you find out that promoter never had any employment to offer. Instead, for your fee, you're likely to get a letter telling you to place same "envelope-stuffing" ad in newspapers or magazines, or to send ad to friends and relatives. The only way you'll earn money is if people respond to your work-at-home ad.
Assembly or craft work: These programs often require you to invest hundreds of dollars in equipment or supplies. Or they require you to spend many hours producing goods for a company that has promised to buy them. For example, you might have to buy a sewing or sign-making machine from company, or materials to make items like aprons, baby shoes or plastic signs. However, after you've purchased supplies or equipment and performed work, fraudulent operators don't pay you. In fact, many consumers have had companies refuse to pay for their work because it didn't meet "quality standards."