If you're trying to earn extra money from home in this recession, you could do a lot worse than giving a shot to affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is where you sell other people's goods or products or e-books on the internet. When you steer a customer to a person's website and the customer buys something from that site, you, as an affiliate, receive a commission on that sale that can range from 50 to 75% of the sales price. It is really a good deal, as most affiliates would attest to, and there's very little upfront money you need, if any, to get you started in your new business.
Well, what do you sell? This is the information age , and people are willing to pay for certain information, depending on the information. Things like how to make money, how to lose weight, how to make money in forex (foreign currency exchange) are just 3 niches in scores of different niches that people are willing to pay money for because they want the information NOW. Can't wait – need it now, and you facilitate that need by steering the customer to a website or sales page through your marketing efforts, and if that effort results in a sale, you receive a commission as an affiliate of the product owner. The amount of your commission and sale is determined through affiliate links , which basically tracks you as the salesman of record and the person entitled to the commission.
Where do you find products to sell? Three of the top places to find items to sell are at Clickbank, Amazon.com, and Commission Junction. There are scores of places to find items to sell on the internet, but these three are as good a place as any to get your affiliate marketing career off and running. Clickbank specializes in selling electronic books (e-books), where people can get immediate information by downloading the e-book they paid for, after paying for the item by credit card. Nice and quick for the customer, as he immediately gets his information, and nice and quick for you as an affiliate, as a percentage of the sale goes straight to your account. You can be making money while you sleep. It all depends on the affiliate links you have out there on the internet; what products you are promoting and how good you are at steering people to the websites you want people to view and make a purchase with your links in the potential purchase.
This is called getting traffic to the site, and it's kind of an art form in itself in getting traffic to come to the sites you want them to. There are scores of books and information about generating traffic and you would do well to devour as much information as possible about getting traffic on the internet without getting bogged down, because it is probably the most important thing you do as an affiliate to determine the success or failure you have as an internet marketing affiliate.
If you want to earn extra money from home , then affiliate marketing is something to take a look at. You more than likely will not get rich, especially right away, as there is a learning curve, but thousands of people are making a very good living at it, in many cases quitting their regular job and going full time into affiliate marketing on the internet .