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Affiliate Marketing Overview

Affiliate marketing is an Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's marketing efforts.

Affiliate marketing is also the name of the industry where a number of different types of companies and individuals are performing this form of Internet marketing, including affiliate networks, affiliate management companies, and in-house affiliate managers, specialized third party vendors, and various types of affiliates/publishers who promote the products and services of their partners.

Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization, paid search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, and in some sense display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.

NOW is the right time to start your own Internet business with affiliate marketing.

Why is that?

Because…OK, let’s back up a bit here.

One of the most misunderstood ideas about building a successful business is that all it takes is a lot of hard work.

But the truth is...

Some people hardly put in any hours at all and cruise from one success to another, while others work overtime and weekends and never really succeed.

Don't you agree?

Clearly there are hidden but powerful forces at work that decide the success or failure of every business at any given time.

YOUR TIMING MUST BE RIGHT

For sure, one very powerful factor in business success is TIMING.

All the effort you put in to start up your business will bring you outstanding results...

ONLY when your market is ready for your product or services - when you REALLY understand when and why your customers need what you're offering.

So I'll say this again –

NOW is the right time to start up your own Internet business with affiliate marketing.

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AFFILIATE MARKETING OVERVIEW - FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Literally MILLIONS of people come online EACH AND EVERY DAY, looking for information, services and products.

Concert and travel tickets, consumer electronics, sports items, clothes, guitars, rowing machines, mobile phones, pup tents - there are a zillion products you can buy online nowadays!

More than ever before, there are so many choices today thanks to the Internet...

That most people spend a lot of time surfing to compare information, prices and whatever other benefits they can get.

So what do affiliate marketers do to help them out?

They create websites with carefully researched and current information on what these surfers are looking for.

They make sure that they post customer ratings, expert opinions, special offers, clearance sales etc. etc. on their affiliate sites.

Any and all information that helps their prospective customers understand their choices and get the best value for their money is greatly appreciated!

Armed with this knowledge and grateful for the time saved, visitors click through from the affiliate site to the merchant site and make an informed decision - they either buy the product or service, or fill out an order form.

KA-CHING!

The affiliate Webmaster gets a commission from the merchant for each and every transaction.

Many people are making a comfortable living doing just this, sometimes well enough to quit their "day" jobs!

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So WHY is NOW is a good time to start up an Internet business?

Why indeed? Because...

INTERNET USAGE IS ON THE RISE WORLDWIDE

 

Internet audiences in India, Russia and China grew the most in 2006. China now has the 2nd-largest Internet population in the world, with more than 85 million users.

But the U.S. still leads the way with more than 150 million users in January 2007.

(Press Release, comScore networks, March 2007).

So - what does this mean for online marketing?

 

 

ONLINE TRADE IS BOOMING LIKE NEVER BEFORE!

Did you know...

Online retail spending in the US for 2006 reached more than $100 billion (WOW!), 24% more than in 2005.

A big chunk of this came from online holiday spending (from November to December 2006), which came to nearly $25 billion, up 26% from 2005!

Simply unbelievable.

(Press Release, comScore networks, January 3, 2007 at www.comscore.com, which provides information on Web site audiences across U.S. and global markets.)

Get the picture yet?

 

And there's more...

NOT ONLY DO PEOPLE BUY MORE STUFF ONLINE, THE INTERNET STRONGLY INFLUENCES THE ENTIRE PURCHASE PROCESS!

Amazingly...

The Internet beat radio, magazines, broadcast and cable TV, and word-of-mouth (WOM) during the ENTIRE purchase process.

Almost half the respondents in a study said that the 'Net was their major influence for EVERY step of purchasing, including -

- Initial awareness;

- Getting more information;

- Deciding where to buy, and

- Actually making the purchase.

The next best was WOM with 20%!

The 'Net influenced MORE purchase decisions than WOM and newspapers - which were WAY behind - across ALL product categories.

(Taken from The June 2007 report entitled “Frames of Reference: Online Video Advertising, Content and Consumer Behavior” by the Online Publisher’s Association (OPA) at www.online-publishers.org.)

Clearly, consumer trust in online purchasing is high and growing all the time.

 

And last but not least...

THE AFFILIATE MARKETING INDUSTRY IS BOOMING!!

The reputed affiliate marketing guru, Allan Gardyne (www.AssociatePrograms.com) , recently stated - "Thousands of affiliates ARE making very good money in AM, and not just the few at the top.

Forrester Research has estimated that the affiliate marketing industry is expected to grow to about $230 billion by 2008.

Lots of hardworking people are making an awful lot of money. There's still room left for one-person, part-time, work-from-home businesses.

How much of the pie you grab is purely up to you, your skills, imagination and determination - it's definitely worth doing."

So as you can see, NOW is the right time for YOU to start an affiliate marketing business.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET STARTED?

All you really need to get started is The Super Affiliate Handbook, a comprehensive overview of affiliate marketing from the proven expert Rosalind Gardner.

It is a practical, hands-on guide that will lead you, step-by-step, through every phase of building your affiliate marketing business from the ground up.

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When you click through to the order page for Rosalind's superb overview of affiliate marketing, be sure to read:

Why Rosalind believes the still-growing industry is worth your time and investment;

Real success stories by Colin McDougall and Matt Haller, two of many affiliate marketers who acted on Rosalind's advice;

Unsolicited testimonials from customers and industry experts, including Joe Vitale, Allan Gardyne, Jim Edwards and many others!

This means that you can explain to people via the 'Net why your products and services are worth buying - and the chance they will listen to you is GREATER than with any other medium!

If you sell hard goods, e-goods or your services online, the likelihood that people will buy from you is growing all the time!

Any online business you build will be accessible to more and more people all over the world as time goes on! This holds true for the foreseeable future, so the only limit is your imagination...

Almost 750 million people used the 'Net worldwide in January 2007 alone! That's 10% more than in January 2006 - simply amazing!