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Old-school marketing practices featured characters called "agents" or "middlemen" who acted as go-betweens, connecting vendors with buyers. These days, virtual marketers hire "affiliates" to find potential buyers. New name, same service.
In the context of Internet marketing, an affiliate is a person or company that helps both customers and sellers over the vendors' websites. A commission is earned in exchange for this service. Marketing affiliates send visitors to relevant websites, where they are able to find and purchase the goods or services they're searching for.
There are three ways for marketing affiliates to earn commissions. Money can be earned per click, per lead or per sale. Successful affiliates can also obtain performance bonuses or earn higher levels of commission in exchange for their good service. The advent of "click fraud" has greatly reduced the occurrences of pay-per-click programs, leaving the per-sale and per-lead programs as most-preferred methods of payment.
Getting established as a marketing affiliate is an easy process for anyone. Simply apply for acceptance by the vendor's site, and wait for your site to be approved. The approval process is usually automatic, and each affiliate is given a unique link to paste into his or her website. Through the unique links, the vendor is able to track which affiliate is responsible for a particular sale. Most affiliates own their own website or several websites, and can earn commissions just for advertising through the sites. Easy as it may be to establish, marketing affiliates generally need to exercise great patience before the rewards become evident.
There are many advantages to taking part in this type of promotion. A marketing affiliate is basically a commissioned salesperson, but isn't tied down to working for any one company. He or she has the opportunity to work from home, working when it's convenient, and being the boss. The affiliate need not actually sell any product, or worry about handling products, delivery, postage or refunds.
Online business networking is also an important part of virtual marketing. Many affiliates are taking advantage of this trend by partnering with other sites and earning commissions for recommending customers to them. This is another relatively easy way to earn extra revenue.
Successful affiliate performance is determined by a number of factors. Levels of traffic, numbers of actual customers and total revenues earned are essential to proving yourself a good marketing affiliate. These three factors are the backbone of any business. To reach the main goal of sending the maximum amount of traffic to a vendor site, a good marketing affiliate will be determined, disciplined, and have his or her own reward program. A wise affiliate will also be discriminating, so as not to endorse a product of poor or questionable quality. Remember that people will pay for good quality merchandise, so affiliates must be careful which products and services they choose to represent.
Marketing affiliates are vital elements in modern Internet marketing. Without affiliates, buyers would have a hard time finding the products and services they're searching for, and sellers would lack the paying customers they need. If initiative, discipline, persistence and patience are qualities you possess, consider the freedom and potential rewards of becoming an Internet marketing affiliate.
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