Affiliate Marketing is what many serious internet marketers reveal as perhaps the best place to start an online business and affiliate marketing is very simple.
This is especially true for beginners in internet marketing and for those wanting to build an affiliate marketing home based business.
It is also true for those who do not have a lot of spare cash to invest and affiliate marketing solves that problem.
Affiliate marketing, sometimes called associate marketing is one of the best internet business models around: so what is it?
Here’s a core definition of Affiliate Marketing by Ewen Chia:
“Affiliate Marketing is the promotion and advertisement of products of products by a third party (The Affiliate), in exchange for commission-based compensation” [Ewen Chia is a respected master affiliate marketer]
Anyone can sign up to be an affiliate of a given online merchant. When you sign up to an affiliate marketing site, you don’t literally work for the company in an ‘employer/employee’ sense of the word.
Instead, you’re a free agent who markets affiliate products and promotes the company at will, but only because they’ve given you an incentive to do so – and that incentive is your affiliate marketing commission.
Affiliate marketing commissions are commissions paid on referred sales. Sometimes your commission will be a flat-fee. More often, your affiliate marketing commission will be a certain percentage of a product’s price.
Now, how does the merchant actually know to credit you with these sales? Easy. You’re given what’s known as an affiliate link.
Affiliate links are hyperlinks which uniquely identify your affiliate and tracks this for your affiliate marketing commission.
Affiliate marketing presents an ideal route for the average person to get started in online business.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re just looking for extra spending cash, or intend to become a full-fledged online entrepreneur, affiliate marketing is suited to both of those goals!
There’s a misconception out there that says you have to build a huge website to sell physical products. This simply isn’t true. You can do it without, or through a blog or other social media avenues of simple advertising.
However, a website or blog gives you a better base – and getting one set up is easy and inexpensive.
An affiliate marketer receives all the financial benefits of running an online business, without any of the hassles or excess costs. You don’t need a lot of money to get started.
And you don’t have to re-invent the wheel to get going.
There are heaps of free resources out there that assist your affiliate marketing business with the tools you need e.g.
- Website building,
- Article marketing,
- Social Media
- Traffic generation.