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With the economy in the shape that it is in, and with more and more people turning to an alternative form of income to see them through it, it is becoming vastly clear that affiliate marketing may begin to play a large part in your life.  With affiliate marketing, you are an entrepreneur who does not need to worry about creating a product, storing it or shipping it; in most cases, you are only introducing other people to the product and taking a portion of the money that results from the sale.  It sounds simple, and the truth of the matter is that it is precisely that simple.  However, it is important to remember, especially as you are getting started, that there are definitely two sides for affiliate marketing.

The first side of affiliate marketing that you are likely to become acquainted with is precisely what is listed above.  You will partner with a program who has a good policy on rewarding its affiliates, and then you’ll find more people who are interested in the product and direct them to the parent site.  With that in mind, you are going to be need to think about what your options are going to be when it comes to making sure that you can get lots of people to look at the product that you are advertising and to purchase it.  You will make your money off of direct sales like this, and while there are some people who can make a fair amount of money this way, the truth is that this is not the best way to make money when it comes to affiliate marketing.

When you want to make an impressive amount of cash through network marketing, and when you want to think about what you can do to make sure that you are getting the results that you need to get, you’ll find that the best way to start seeing the money that you want is to start recruiting affiliates yourself.  When you bring more and more people into the business that you are already a part of, the money really starts coming in because you will be making a portion of their sales as well.  As you might see, this can really give you a lot more cash than just working with direct sales.  You’ll find that having lots of people working and taking a small amount of cash from their sales can go a long way towards seeing you towards financial comfort.

Now, it is important to remember that the leap that comes from working as an affiliate to working as a recruiter of affiliates is something that can be difficult.  After all, not only are you going to convince people that you have a product that they need to buy, you will also need to convince them that you have one that is good enough for them to sell!  This can be something that is tricky to navigate, but at the end of the day, you are going to find that the results are worth it.  Once you get your network built up, you’ll find that this really is a machine that you can set in motion and then not worry about.  You’ll be able to move forward and get the right kind of results every time, and in some cases, you may move out of direct sales yourself.

Lots of people who are new to affiliate marketing find that they are uncertain about how to build a downline, that is, the people who are interested in working for them.  This is something that can make a huge difference when you are thinking about how you want to make money, so consider what your resources are.  Far too many people think that they can talk their relatives and their friends into being part of their downline, but the truth of the matter is that they need to work on finding people who will really bring in the sales, not people who are only marginally interested.  Building a downline is something that takes a lot of work and when you are thinking about moving forward, you need to consider how you are going to do it.

Take some time and make sure that you really know how affiliate marketing works.  Try the free video you can get access to by opting-in here: www.Affiliate-Marketing-Secrets.com Direct sales are very well and good, and they may give you a bit of extra spending money at the end of the day, but at the end of the day, you’ll find that there is another, more profitable side of affiliate marketing and it is all about building your own downline of affiliates.

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Richard

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7

First of all, what exactly is affiliate marketing? It is basically when you help a company or individual obtain traffic to their site in hopes that their product will be purchased. In turn, you receive a percentage of the money made off of that particular sale. It is very clever. People need people to buy their products all of the time, and affiliate marketers help them to achieve that. As an affiliate marketer, you can market for several different individuals or companies. There is a reasonable amount of income in affiliate marketing, and there are also millions of people that make a 6-figure income from it.

What are the Basics of Affiliate Marketing?

If you are an existing affiliate marketer, or are thinking about becoming one, then you are going to need to know the basics of how the industry works. It is actually quite as simple as 1,2,3. But, the great big world of sales and advertising, along with all of these “how to” guides can tend to complicate things a bit and leave people left feeling lost and confused. It is time to get back to basics.

1. Know what you are selling. All too often, people cannot seem to land success because they are blinded by money. Stop thinking about the money so much, and start focusing on your product. Get involved in your job. If you cannot find interest in what you are selling, then you might need to find another product to market. Other than that, forget about the money you could be making, and draw more attention to your product. Once you are truly involved in your product, then the money will flow.

2. You have got to talk to people. Get the word out that there is this great new product out there that everyone needs to try. Having a website is not going to make money all by itself. Work is work, no matter what it involves. Whether you work from home or out inside of a corporate office, work is exactly what it sounds like. Money does not just magically fall from the heavens like we all wish that it would. We have got to get out there and talk.

3. Create several websites and blogs that will attract traffic to your products. This needs to be one of the things that you spend doing in your free time. When you are not out online sending e-mails and messages to people, you should be steady spending time trying to build more resources that will allow others to come to your product easier and faster. It is all about getting the right amount of traffic.

4. Know your target demographic. If you are an affiliate marketer who is selling baby clothes for another company or individual, then you should know how to target pregnant mom’s and existing mom’s. Go to the library and get books on SEO wording and various other things that you can use to bring the right amount of traffic to your website.

5. Allow your main website to be very eye-catching. People are compelled by what they see. If you create a site or blog that is completely centered around your products and is also very nice to look at, then people will return to your site, and you will get more money. There is also a definite chance that people will tell others about how awesome your site is, and in turn, you will have many more people stopping by to take a peek to see what all of the fuss is about. If you need help in creating graphics for your site, then simply go out to your nearest library, and rent a book on how to do HTML. They have HTML books for beginners who do not know the first thing about graphics. But trust in the knowledge that looks are half of what it takes to be an affiliate marketing success.

6. Do not give up. This is the all around basic rule of affiliate marketing. You do realize that there are millions upon millions of people making thousand’s of dollars a month by doing this, right? I am quite sure that you do. If it has been months and you have not yet seen your first dollar, then you may want to just step back and examine your efforts. Whatever you do, keep trying.

7. Can someone say social networking sites? Hello! This is one of the main ways to become a success in the land of affiliate marketing. Most everyone now either has a Twitter, Myspace, or Facebook. Use these as resources for your products. If you do not want to invade your existing social networking page with your affiliate marketing products, then you can always create a page for your social interest, and one for your networking endeavors. Just make sure not to go spamming everyone. Draw people in by displaying a professional persona.

There you have it, the basics of affiliate marketing. These days, everyone is wanting a piece of the pie, and it is theirs for the taking only if they try. Sure affiliate marketing is not as easy as it once was ten years ago, but that is only because the business is growing. That is very good news, because it says that there is room for everyone, and everyone can succeed. It just takes a little knowledge, time, and persistence. 

If you go to www.Affiliate-Marketing-Secrets.com you can get a free video to help you understand the main points of affiliate marketing. Maybe this will be the little ‘shove’ you need to get started? Or, maybe you have started but are being frustrated? Why not, have a look and see where you are going wrong?

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Richard

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7

Blogs are incredibly popular already and the number of bloggers increases by as many as 80,000 daily. Blogs provide a versatile platform which lends itself well to a wide range of uses.

Rather than providing just written content, there are also photo blogs where users can share their photography with the world. You can even use most modern cell phones to write and upload blog posts; and a lot of people are doing just that! This only goes to show how popular the medium has become.

If you have somehow missed hearing about blogs, this article is for you; read on and learn a little more about what it is that makes blogs so popular.

So, What Is A Blog?

A blog (the word is a shortened for of the phrase Web Log) is a website which contains content sorted chronologically in the form of brief entries called posts. Posts are identified by anchor tags which contain links for the use of others who would like to link to a particular post.

Blogs are first and foremost a means of communication and they may carry any kind of message to the reader. There are blogs whose sole purpose is to direct readers to another website, some are a venue for presenting creative work, some are online diaries and some are even business tools.  A blog can be about anything the blogger feels like writing about.

So, Why Blog?

Blogging is something which hundreds of thousands people do daily; but why do people blog?

Blogs provide people with their very own virtual soapbox where they can say anything and everything that’s on their mind. Unlike submitting their writing to media owners, bloggers know that anything they create will actually see the light of day if they post it on their blog. This is by far the biggest reason that people choose to express themselves through blogging.

Blogs also allow bloggers to have a lot of control over the look and feel of their blog without having to have a background in web development or graphic design. It’s easy to customize your blog to get any look you’d like to have. There’s a lot of freedom for creative expression here in terms of design and layout as well as in the content which bloggers can post.

If you’re interested in getting into blogging yourself, then the first step is to familiarize yourself with blogging platforms and decide on one to use for your blog. You can host a blog on your own website or you can use a blogging community to host your blog. Blogger is one of the most popular platforms, providing hosting services and all of the necessary tools to set up and maintain your blog. Blogger uses web-based tools, so there’s nothing to download or install.

There you have it – the facts on what blogs are and what drives people to blog. A blog can let you express yourself fully; of course, you’ll get more readers if you have something interesting to tell them. One more useful tip for beginning bloggers before our time is up: if you have a website of your own, don’t forget to include links between this site and your blog; this can help you get more traffic to your site and blog alike.

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