Niche Marketing : The Affiliate Angle

Written by André Anthony

If you're just dipping your toes intorepparttar waters of Niche Marketing forrepparttar 147059 first time then Affiliate marketing isrepparttar 147060 ultimate low risk choice to get you started.

Affiliate programmes cost nothing to join and present an almost infinite choice of products and services from which to build a niche business.

If you're not familiar with Affiliate marketing, let me quickly explain.

An Affiliate acts as an independent "middle man" between a Merchant and consumer by introducing new prospects and customers torepparttar 147061 Merchant. In returnrepparttar 147062 Merchant pays a commission torepparttar 147063 Affiliate on all sales that result from his or her introductions.

OK. So now you know what Affiliate Marketing is, how do you find suitable affiliate programmes for you niche?

Here are a couple of options to get you started - Search Engines and Affiliate Networks.

Search Engines

Go to and type in your Niche description e.g. "low carb diet" followed by a plus sign (+) andrepparttar 147064 word "affiliate" -repparttar 147065 search query should look like this :

low carb diet+affiliate.

Inrepparttar 147066 results you will get allrepparttar 147067 pages withrepparttar 147068 term "low carb diet" andrepparttar 147069 term "affiliate".

Go throughrepparttar 147070 first and second pages and list all ofrepparttar 147071 sites that show relevant products with affiliate programmes. Hopefully this will give you 10 or more affiliate programmes to choose from.

You could also repeat this exercise on to give your self more options.

Affiliate Networks

An Affiliate Network acts as "middleman" between Merchants and Affiliates, providing a centralised service where Merchants can list details of their products and Affiliate programmes, providing Affiliates with a broad and varied selection of products and services to promote.

Here are some highly reputable networks you should visit to find suitable niche products and services to add to your list of prospective Affiliate programmes :

• ClickBank - - specialises in downloadable digital products.

• Commission Junction - - probablyrepparttar 147072 most popular affiliate network has a broad range of mainly physical products. CJ has a gate way torepparttar 147073 "Be Free" another huge network.

• LinkShare - - runsrepparttar 147074 largest pay for performance affiliate marketing network onrepparttar 147075 Internet.

• clixGalore - - one ofrepparttar 147076 larger affiliate networks with over 4500 Affiliate programmes to choose from.

Are You a Small Business Lone Ranger? Take My 10-Question Quiz To Find Out!

Written by Debbie LaChusa

So what exactly is a "Small Business Lone Ranger?" A "Small Business Lone Ranger" is a business owner who does allrepparttar work themselves.

No matter how big or smallrepparttar 147032 project,repparttar 147033 Lone Ranger handles 100% of it. Either because they're afraid to let go of control or because they feel they can't afford to hire help. Can you relate? I know I can!

So what's wrong with doing everything yourself? Well it's tough to grow your business if you're busy managing every single detail. I know it's a bit scary to let go of control or to consider actually hiring help, but I also know it's necessary if you want to grow your business to its fullest potential.

Take my 10-question quiz to determine if YOU are a Lone Ranger. And don't worry if you are, I've got some suggestions to help you rid yourself of this business-stifling affliction!

1. Do you work alone?

2. Do you feel no one can do your work quite as well as you?

3. Do you often feel there aren't enough hours inrepparttar 147034 day to get everything done?

4. Do you maintain your own website?

5. Do you do your own accounting and billing?

6. Do you write your own sales and marketing copy?

7. Do you get your own mail?

8. Do you buy your own office supplies?

9. Do you create or deliver all your products and services by yourself?

10. Do you fulfill and ship all your sales yourself?

I think you can see this list could go on and on and on, but you getrepparttar 147035 idea. So if you answered "Yes" to most or all of these questions, guess what, YOU ARE A LONE RANGER! That's okay, I've been one, too.

When your business is small you have to wear many hats because you can't afford to hire help. But at what point do you make a decision to start delegating tasks to someone else? ANSWER: Whenrepparttar 147036 time you're spending on administrative tasks involved in keeping your business running prevents you from spending time growing your business.

As a business owner, you should aim to spend at least 60% of your time marketing. You arerepparttar 147037 BEST person to market your product or service. And marketing isrepparttar 147038 only way your business will grow and flourish. So if you're too busy paying bills, gettingrepparttar 147039 mail, responding to email and running out to pick up office supplies, then guess what? You don't have time to market. And your business cannot grow.

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