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Affiliate Marketing: What Is It, And How Can It Work For Me?

Affiliate marketing seems to be one of the Internet buzz-phrases that keeps coming around and around. You go to various website where products are sold and you typically see a banner add or text link that says something about 'You can become an affiliate and make 75% for each sale," or something like that.

But, what is affiliate marketing? Simple. You are essentially directing traffic around the Internet with simple ads or text links on a website that you operate, from merchants or other organizations that have a product or service to sell. Each time that merchant makes a sale based on your forwarding traffic - you get a percentage of that sale. Call it revenue sharing if you like.

The amount you make per sale varies from company to company and product to product, but in some cases the affiliate can make 80% of the profit from the sale. For example, affiliate marketing is a popular work at home way for e-book authors or sellers to get other people's help to market their product. Since they have little overhead (sales page maintenance), they can afford to give affiliates a larger piece of the pie - usually over 75% of the total sale. That means as an affiliate, you can make significant dollars, and do very little work - except promote products on your site.

Many people have set up web pages with the specific intent of providing information about a topic, and then having web-generated affiliate links appear on that page, along with the related information. Each time a web-surfer clicks through that link and then buys a product - you collect money! How is that for being able to make money around the clock! It really is an ingenious work at home opportunity that can make you a great deal of money - with only a modicum of work.

Affiliate marketing can also work for you and your own Internet sales site. Attract affiliate advertisers for your own product, and you can open up the vast sales net on the Internet. If you localize your marketing and only sell from your own website, you are probably missing millions of other potential sales by limiting your product to only one sales funnel. You know the laws of averages - the more people that visit your site - the more people are going to buy your product.

If you are looking for a great work at home opportunity, or just another stream of cash to help you get through each month, then you might take a look at the world of affiliate marketing. Done right - you can make hundreds, or maybe even thousands of dollars per month.

As far as work at home opportunities, it doesn't get any easier than affiliate marketing. If you already have a website, you can add text links or button links to hundreds of different merchants - many of which will work hand in hand with the theme of your website. You can generate dollars while you sleep - which is something most people would dream of - rather than putting it into action!

Submitted by:

Bob Saville

Bob Saville has had a great deal of success working from home over the past three years. His website http://www.internetmarketingatoz.com/ helps people find the information they need to start their own successful home business!


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