Friday, December 26, 2008

What is Affiliate Marketing?

The first question to answer is probably what is an Affiliate Marketer?    The best way I can think of to answer would be to say an Affiliate Marketer is comparable to being a salesperson.

You basically "sell" something for someone else.  You can "sell" through your website, through writing articles, blogging, and many other ways.

Your first step is to find out what you want to sell.   There are many affiliate sites that will help you get started. 

Clickbank is popular for those just starting out.  They deal with a lot of ebooks.

Some of my personal favorites are:

Linkshare and Logicalmedia

Sign up with the company that is going to give you the best selection.

Once you are signed up you can pick the websites and companies you want to "affiliate" with.   Once you are accepted you will get an "affiliate link".   This is the link you will use to "sell". 

Place the links and banners containing your unique ID on your website, in your forum signatures and in your articles (if allowed). 

Now when someone follows your banner or link, you will get paid.   Well okay, it's not that easy.   Usually your visitor will need to make a purchase or sign up for a service.   THEN you get paid.  

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Will you sell your soul to make a buck?

So it's finally official.. We are in a recession and have been for over a year.   What does this mean when it comes to working at home?  It means more people are looking for ways to make extra money at home.  It also means if you are already working from home you are probably looking for more ways to supplement your income from home.

Which brings us to the point of this article.  There are many make money from home ventures floating around.  Every work at home forum you visit has the spammers.. you've seen them.   A common ploy is the "As seen on Oprah" work at home scam.  It's a cash gifting scam similar to the old fashioned chain letters, "send one dollar to this person, then they send one to you and the next three people". 

That one is a pretty obvious work at home scam but there are others that aren't so obvious.   There are all the "Buy my ebook and resell it" schemes.  Not really scams but they don't really help the person buying the book either. 

Then we have another classic, "Data Entry at Home".  Send in $35 and they tell you how to post the same ad and get money when people request the training materials from you.  The training materials, of course tell your customer to place the ad and do the same thing all over again.   This is also ran as a work from home job under "Processing Orders" or "Order Processor". 

My point is, there are lots of legitimate ways to make money from home for free but none of us are getting rich.   It can be tempting to try one of these work at home schemes or scams just to make a little extra money.   You may have already even thought about trying one of them out. 

What's stopping you?  Your sense of honesty?  Your integrity and morals?  You just KNOW it isn't the "right thing" to do?  

Good for you.  Give yourself a pat on the back and KNOW that there is something out that WILL help you boost your business or help you find that perfect work from home job.  The good people DO come out on top.

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