When you develop the desire to start your own online business, don’t wait, just start something on the internet. You may not have a business, you may not have a product, and you may not even have enough capitol. Don’t worry, you can still start your online business, and get it going.
Let me share with you a profound secret. In the beginning stages, when you are still getting familiar with online businesses, you can start by selling other peoples products and earn commissions from that. I personally know of many people who earn a considerable amount of income just by selling other peoples’ products and services in their own websites.
One of the best ways to sell other peoples product is by becoming an affiliate marketer. As an affiliate marketer, you will be paid a commission or a referral fee by the company that you are affiliated with, when someone buys the product from them or uses their service because of you.
How does the company know much to pay you? How do they know how many people bought their product or used their service because of you? Well, let me explain. When you join a company as an affiliate marketer, you will be given your unique affiliate link.
When someone clicks on this link, they would usually be taken to the company’s website. Any transaction that happens after that will be tracked back to you. Should they decide to become an affiliate, then they would automatically be placed as your downline. That is the power of your affiliate link.
There are numerous benefits to becoming an affiliate marketer when you are new to internet businesses. By becoming an affiliate marketer you do not have to take any risk on your own. You don’t have to stock up on goods; you don’t need to open up a shop; there won’t be any utility bills to pay; you don’t need to hire employees and you don’t need to raise a huge capitol. You can just start and go!
Now, before you take off and go, there are some basic skills that you should acquire so that your online venture becomes a success. What are those skills you ask? Well the first and the most important skill that you should have is your ability to design a basic website.
Without a website, you become one of the countless other people in the internet who try to do business by posting their affiliate link here and there, and spamming every email account that they could get their hands on. Don’t do that, it will never work!
Some company’s do give you a replicated website. Yes you can use these, but it will not be effective. Why? You do not have any control at all on the replicated websites. You can’t edit the content, and you have to use it as it is. And the worst part, anyone who signs through the replicated website, becomes the company’s subscriber, not yours. That by itself can turn out to be a huge waste for you in the long run.
So my suggestion: – Forget the replicated website. Build your own!
In your website create a subscription form. Now, I do know, there may be people out there who do not know what a subscription form is. So let me explain what it is first. This is a simple form, where visitors to the website can put their name and email in it and submit it to the webmaster.
They would do this because they are interested to know more about the product or services that are being offered in the website. These are the people who are really keen with what you have to offer, so it makes perfect sense to build a relationship with them. You can only build this relationship them if you can contact them again.
That is why the subscription form is so important, because it allows you to be able to contact these people, keep in touch with them, and build a relationship with those that really matter to your business. The people who sign up through the subscription form are known as your subscribers. And your subscribers are the key to your online success.
As you get better and better in your online business, you will be able to build a big subscriber base. Once you build credibility and trust with your subscribers, they would be ready to do business with you.
How do you build credibility and trust with your subscribers? This is where your email campaigns come in. You can create your email campaign to deliver your message on a prescribed schedule. When your subscribers read your emails, and understand what you are offering to them, they get to know you and your business better.
Over a period of time, these personalized emails will build relationships, credibility and trust with your subscribers.
I would strongly encourage you to use an autoresponder to create your subscription form and to manage your email campaign. With an autoresponder, you can automate a big portion of your online business, thus freeing your time so that you can do the things that matter most to you.
So now, you have your own website that has a subscription form. You have an autoresponder. You have prepared your email campaigns. What do you do next? You promote your website. Please do not promote your affiliate link! Promote the link to your website. This way you get people to visit your website. Once they visit your website, those who are interested in what you have to offer, will become your subscribers.
Promote your business or opportunity through your email campaign. You can definitely promote your affiliate link in your emails. Then it becomes personalized to your subscriber. And there is good chance that they will take a closer look at what you have to offer. Do it this way and your success will skyrocket!
With that my dear friend, I wish you the best in your affiliate marketing efforts.
Do it right, and be successful every time.