"Write Some Articles!"

Written by David McKenzie

"But I'm just an affiliate. I haven't got time.

I shouldn't have to write articles. I can get allrepparttar good content I want from my affiliate programs."

That's usually true, but more often than not your visitors are after unique content. Writing your own articles can often be repparttar 102584 most powerful marketing weapon you use.

Believe it or not, your visitors actually want to read what you have to say at your site, not what other people have to say. They are looking for independent content that perhaps supports or refutes something they read on another site.

Besides, they may have already read allrepparttar 102585 articles written by other people you feature at your site elsewhere onrepparttar 102586 internet.

While it is perfectly reasonable and beneficial to feature "other peoples articles" at your site, you should also feature your own.

Here are 4 reasons why you should write some of your own articles:

1. It is unique content that distinguishes you from about 90% of all other affiliates. That'srepparttar 102587 percentage of affiliates not writing articles!

2. People need content. For their web site or for their newsletter people are always in constant need for new, fresh content. This means articles that you write can be featured on other people's web sites and in other people's newsletters.

The Pros and Cons of Earning Money with Affiliate Programs

Written by Angela Wu

"I don't have a product. I don't even have a product IDEA!"

This is one ofrepparttar most common concerns I hear from people interested in starting a business onrepparttar 102583 Internet. It's obvious that you need to sell either a product or a service in order to make money.

That's where affiliate programs come in. Many beginners start online by joining affiliate programs; you sell another company's product or service for a commission. Affiliate programs are available in practically every market you can think of. If you want to see what I mean, visit http://www.associate-it.com/ to view an extensive list of affiliate programs.

Affiliate programs are a convenient way for people to get a 'jump-start' online withoutrepparttar 102584 time, effort, and money necessary to create a product of their own. However, they're not a 'perfect' solution. Here's a list ofrepparttar 102585 positives and negatives to building an affiliate business...

Negatives to affiliate programs:

- You have to sharerepparttar 102586 profits. You earn a commission, which typically ranges from a measly 5% to a generous 50%. The rest ofrepparttar 102587 money goes intorepparttar 102588 company's pockets.

- You pay all marketing costs. The company is providing you with a product or service to sell; it's your job to actually makerepparttar 102589 sales. This is no easy task, unless you're a natural-born marketer! You can choose to use only free methods of advertising... but these methods aren't necessarilyrepparttar 102590 most effective. Marketing can get expensive -- and you pay for your own marketing, regardless of whether or not it results in any sales.

- You can get 'sidelined'. Building an affiliate business is hard work; if you intend to eventually market a product of your own, you may find thatrepparttar 102591 affiliate program is taking up too much of your time.

- You're atrepparttar 102592 mercy ofrepparttar 102593 company. You rely on them to pay you on time - or at all. If they decide to change commission rates (usually to lower them!), you typically have no say, except to cancel your affiliate contract. And finally, ifrepparttar 102594 affiliate program decides to close shop - well, you're simply out of luck.

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