When you picture an “internet marketer” do you see a fat, lazy couch potato who sits around all day and does nothing? If you do then you are dead wrong! This stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. Internet marketing is cutting edge and highly competitive! Many internet marketers work longer hours and harder than they would if they had an offline day job.
In order to be a successful internet marketer, you will have to possess a multi-track mind and be willing to put in work. Trust me nobody is going to flock to your website to spend money just for the heck of it! In fact, you will have to put in a lot of effort – building relationships, link building, blogging, creating products, social networking, emailing, writing sales letters, running advertising campaigns, building websites, researching niches, promotions, etc… The list goes on and on. But one good thing is that you can tap into the powerful world of affiliate marketing to boost your internet marketing income.
In brief, affiliate marketing is a method of using other people to promote and sell your products. Or you can sell other people’s products as an affiliate marketer. But for the purpose of this post we are going to assume you are the product creator and you are having other affiliate marketers sell your products for you.
This of course means that your product or service must be high quality and attractive enough for potential affiliates to be willing to take the time and make the effort to promote your products. Through their efforts you will be able to reach a much larger market than you could ever do on your own. A whole army of affiliates will most certainly sell more of your product than just little old you doing all the marketing and advertising.
You will also need to pay your affiliates well so it’s worth their time to promote your product and make more money for them and you. You should set your commissions at no less than 50% and probably not any higher than 75% to maximize earnings for you and your affiliates.
Although you have to pay affiliates commissions for each sale, you don’t have to pay them upfront for the marketing itself which is a huge boost for your business. Therefore, if you have affiliates marketing your product you will be getting a lot more exposure without any extra expenses on your part. Any sales they make are sales that wouldn’t have been made without the affiliate anyway so you are not losing money by paying them a commission on the sale. You are actually making more money this way!
If there is any downside to working with affiliates that you should be aware of it is that you will have to watch out for the credibility of the affiliates themselves. Affiliates with a poor reputation or unethical marketing methods can end up doing some serious damage to your business. Try to keep an eye on your affiliates as much as possible and ban any affiliate that you catch doing something that can hurt your business or your reputation.
Being an internet marketer can be very hard work but using affiliates to help you make money can help lighten the load and it’s a win-win situation for both of you, so use affiliate marketers to your full advantage!