What is affiliate marketing? It is a relationship between a merchant and an online marketer. The marketer, also known as the affiliate, uses his website or blog to promote the merchant's products by creating a link form his website to the merchant's website. In return, the merchant pays a commission to the affiliate on every sale he is generating. Each time a prospect clicks on the link on the affiliate website and make a purchase, the affiliate gets a commission. The merchant decide how much to pay to the affiliate, when, and on what terms. Affiliate programs are beneficial to both affiliate and merchant. Both the affiliate and the merchant enjoy the benefits in affiliate marketing. There are many advantages on the merchant's side. The merchant will have a wider range of advertisement than he will get with regular advertising. Using affiliate marketing will give the product the maximum publicity that it may not get with other traditional advertising techniques. By using affiliate programs the merchant is advertising his product all over the world, with minimum cost. The affiliate marketer also benefits from this relationship. Here are the advantages of being an affiliate marketer: 1- This is the easiest way to make money online. The affiliate will earn money from placing a link to the product he is selling on his website, promote it and get his visitors to click on the link and buy the product. When the visitor clicks on the link and buy the product the affiliate immediately earn commission fro this sale. The more referrals there are the more profit for the affiliate. 2- Being an affiliate marketer is the best way to make money working from home. You don't have to create your own product, it is already been done by the merchant, all you have to do is come up with way to bring the prospects to the link and buy the product. The merchant even created several products the affiliate can choose from, and he will have a verity of products to offer to his visitors. 3- Affiliate programs are usually free. Free to join, and free to promote, meaning there is no start up cost. There are many affiliate programs to choose from with different products and services to sale. All the affiliate has to do is choose a niche and find affiliate programs in that niche. 4- No experience necessary. You do not have to be the best sales person. Most affiliate programs are offering online training and also marketing tools. All you, as their affiliate, have to do, is use learn and use the tools they give you. Becoming an affiliate marketer is simple, even kids do it. 5- As an affiliate, there is no inventory to worry about, no order processing, and no worries about product shipping. There is also no need to customer support, because the merchant has already taken care of everything and all the affiliate has to do is bring in the customers. 6- Affiliate marketing is global. You can reach everyone, everywhere on the world. The internet made it possible to reach an unlimited amount of people with only a few clicks. Using the internet will help you maximize your potential to earn. 7- Another advantage of affiliate marketing is the minimal risk involved. If the product you chose to advertise is not making money, you can remove it and choose another. 8- There is no time binding contract between you and the merchant. All you have to do is follow the merchant terms, in other words, if the products does not generate enough money, or if you are not pleased with merchant you can replace it with other affiliate program as soon as you like. 9- The best advantage of affiliate marketing is the opportunity to increase your monthly income. As an affiliate marketer, can make easily extra money and even become financially free. Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest, easiest and most efficient internet business opportunities you can find today.
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