by Ted Sikkink
So you want to make money online from home? Don’t we all?! How many of us have spent days at the office dreaming of being able to still be in the comfort of our own home, and not get rained on in the winter, or have to go out in the heat of summer?
Making money online from home is easy with affiliate marketing, compared to other online marketing strategies. There are lots of get-rich-quick schemes online, but all or most of them are scams.
Affiliate marketing is different. You can make money online at home working in a real industry, with real business relationships, and real contacts. Also, since all of the marketing is done online, the only non-virtual business equipment you will need is a computer. You can keep your home clutter-free!
This is not a get-rich-quick scheme though, so let me forewarn you. It is easy, but it does take some time and energy to truly learn the business, and the industry of affiliate marketing. You want to make sure that you really understand the industry you are joining, because if you don’t, you will never become fully successful.
Making money online from home can definitely be done with affiliate marketing. So, what is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is, to put it simply, an online based marketing practice where one business (the merchant) rewards another (you, the affiliate) for each visitor, or sale that is referred through the affiliate’s marketing efforts.
Sounds simple enough? Well it is, and it isn’t. There is of course a lot more to it than that, and there are a lot of other factors that you should consider before throwing away your day job to make money online from home.
You need to make sure that firstly you have a website, or you are willing to join up with an affiliate marketing program that will help you to setup and sort all of that out. You will then need to learn and understand the different affiliate program payment schemes.
In affiliate marketing, you will get paid different amounts for different actions by your different customers. You make money online from home by placing advertisements on your website pages, and hyperlinks in your website content.
You will potentially get paid every time someone views, clicks on, registers, or buys products and/or services that you are affiliated and linked with on your website.
But, how do you choose which affiliate marketing business relationships to build? Well, if you have your own website, you need to do some market research (testing) on your targeted audience. In other words, for the best possible sales results, you must know what affiliate products your website visitors are most likely to need, and want to purchase.
For example, you don’t want to have a gaming website that has advertising banners for arthritis medication. You need to stick closely to your “target audience” so that you will generate as much attention as possible to whatever product or service you are promoting to them.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online from home, but you just need to keep in mind that it is not always easy to get started, and it might take some time to earn your first paycheck. So, don’t quit your day job just yet!
Do your due diligence (research), learn as much as you can about the affiliate marketing industry, and find out what sort of affiliate options are out there for you to pursue.
A great starting point for beginners is at www.affilorama.com, which is a free website where you will have access to lots of training, and forums, that will help you learn all there is to know about getting started with affiliate marketing.
Good Luck! With some patience and preparation, you will be making money online from home sooner than you think!