The Cautious But Successful Affiliate Marketer
Make no mistake, Affiliate Marketing can be a very lucrative business to be in. It has been now for several years and I see no reason as to why it will not continue in this way.
It's very easy to set up, on your own, and with very little money required up front, its available to all.
Although you are still working for someone else, you are your own boss, working the hours that suit you, no-one else. Saying that, as with most jobs, the more you are prepared to put into it, the more you are likely to take out. You determine the amount you are going to earn, there is no fixed hourly, weekly, monthly or yearly set salaries, your earnings depend on your individual performance.
Affiliate marketing is a fairly risk free business, the owner of the product you are promoting does all the hard work creating the product and usually supply all the advertising materials for you to use in any way you see fit.
Proceed with caution although, although there are plenty of honest, legitimate opportunities available, there are probably just as many who are out there to con you. Thanks to the massive size of the internet now, it has made the life of the con artist very easy, they operate and thrive all over the net.
As with starting up any business, online or anywhere else, do your homework first. One of the warning signs of a con artist is the lack of a permanent address, a contact phone number, an email address or a support website. An affiliate offer with just an email address as a means of communication should be avoided, regardless of the percentage they are offering on sales. Doing any sort of business purely by email can be a very dangerous way to proceed, it takes seconds to set up a new email address and just as quick to dispose of it, disappear into the vast emptiness of the internet, and never be heard of again. The problem being when they do disappear into cyberspace, you usually find your hard earned responsibilities disappear with them.
When you do pick a product or service to promote, you have done all your homework, and everything appears to be above board, correct and legal, check for any hidden, or up front start up costs. Even if there are costs to get going it may still be a perfectly legitimate and honest affiliate provider, but be wary, if the start up fees appear to be excessive, your best bet is retreat gracefully and look for another affiliate offer. High up front fees usually disappear, along with the person collecting them .. You end up with some worthless product that you have no chance of ever selling.
If you ever find what looks like a good product or service to promote, the advertising is in place, a fair commission is payable and you are ready to go ahead check out the support available.
A good affiliate program should come with its own help and support desk available. The help desk should be able to answer any questions you have and give good advice on the most profitable way to promote the product. A good, legitimate product provider will bend over backwards to try and help you, at the end of the day the more money you make in commissions the more they are going to make in sales.
Always remember, as I said earlier, a good affiliate marketer can make a lot of money, but you are going to have to work for it. After the number of product providers saying it, you are not going to make piles of money, sat at your computer ten minutes a day, with a few mouse clicks. A lot of people have become very rich purely through affiliate marketing, but they have always had to work hard to get it, especially at the beginning. If fact, at the beginning you are going to be working harder than you did for your ex boss.
The rewards come later on when you have gotten it altogether, you're making a good living wage, you work the hours you want and the greatest reward of all, all the money is yours for someone else to reap the rewards of your hard work. The biggest reward of all, you do not even have a boss!