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Use Affiliate Programs for Home Business Income

Don Pittwood

June 16, 2006

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One of the easiest and least expensive ways to earn money online is to join programs as an affiliate.

You've probably heard of affiliate programs. Many companies use affiliate pograms to sell their products. Joining these programs is usually free, and the pay is good, normally 50% but sometimes as high as 70% of what you sell.

If you have a website, you can make money online with affiliate programs by posting a link on your web site. When a customer clicks on that link and buys the product, you earn a commission.

But the easiest, least expensive way to be an affiliate is to simply send people to a business site that is put up and maintained by someone else. You get a URL for their site which includes your ID number, and they send you commissions for all the sales you generate.

There are many advantages to making money online with affiliate programs. Startup costs are minimal. The only money you spend is to promote the product, whether through a website or other means. You don't actually sell the product, so you don't spend time shipping the products or money to buy them at wholesale prices, hoping to sell them later. Another advantage is that you don't have to worry about unsatisfied customers returning the product to you.

Go to Google or another major search engine and look at websites in your area of interest. For example, if you are interested in music, look at sites devoted to your favorite musicians that offer affiliate programs. Study them to see how they place ads. Notice your own responses to those ads. Some are annoying, but others will make you want to click through. Learn from this and place ads similar to those that interested you.

Ezines seem to have the most responsive readers, if you find those that cater to your products or services. Again, do a search, and you will find thousands of ezines where you can place ads free or for a small cost.

Starting a web business devoted to something you love is rewarding. If you need some extra money, making money online with affiliate programs can be a great way to add profit to something you already enjoy.


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