Most people who are looking for ways to make money on the internet don’t have a clue on how to accomplish such a feat. One of the easiest and most popular methods to make money online is through the use of affiliate marketing. So at this time, it would be appropriate to conduct an affiliate marketing review.
Affiliate marketing, quite simply, is selling other people’s products. Generally, on the internet these products are grouped into two different categories.
First there are physical products. These are generally tangible goods like cell phones, TV sets, shoes, clothes, makeup and cars.
Secondly there are informational products. Informational products are primarily things like eBooks or software. They are sold over the internet and are usually downloaded directly to the buyer’s computer at the time of sale.
There are numerous sites that one can go to in order to find either physical or informational products.
The point here is that the marketer can make money online and never have to own a product. This is nice because marketers generally are not inventors and vice versa. There are plenty of good inventions and products out there that have not reached their appropriate sales potential because the owner of the product didn’t have a clue about marketing. The marketer, on the other hand, with his training and expertise, knows exactly how to market and sell products.
The creator of the product then can go to a place like clickbank and other various sites online and list his products. The affiliate marketer then can come along to these same sites and proceed to sell the owner’s product for him. These two individuals may never every meet. In spite of this, it is a marriage made in heaven. In fact, I just checked the meter on clickbank and they are approaching a billion and a half in sales. The meter was flying at nine o’clock at night! And this is just one site that only sells informational products!
To continue, once having sold somebody else’s product the affiliate marketer is then paid a commission. This commission is based on a percentage of the sales price.
This percentage, however, is much less for physical products than for informational products because the informational product’s start up costs are much less than physical products. Therefore, the vendors of informational products can afford to give a higher percentage of their sales to their affiliates because they literally are able to produce eBooks and similar such items for pennies on the dollar. Their overhead is literally “zilch.”
In this and other ways the internet has revolutionized sales.
- No longer does one have to direct mail a truck load of letters and pay the exorbitant postage and labor to get the word out on a product.
- Long and exhaustive contracts don’t have to be drawn up by expensive Joint Venture Attorneys.
- The affiliate marketer can, with minimal technical abilities and start up capital, enter cyberspace and immediately begin to sell.
The affiliate marketing techniques can be as crude as “bum marketing” where selling occurs with just a minimal web presence. Or the techniques can be sophisticated and technical, resulting in the construction of full fledged websites and blogs.
Therefore, the affiliate marketer can be as simple or complex as he wants to be depending on his propensities. If he just wants to make quick money and not get too technical then bum marketing with a few ads will suffice. If the marketer is a perfectionist and wants to create a web presence for himself then he tends to be more elaborate and build his own website and employ a mixture of traffic generating techniques.
But the affiliate never has to handle the product, store the product, create the product or ever see the product. He just gets up in the morning and decides what he wants to sell and sells it. And it all happens in front of a computer!
To me this is beyond incredible. As short as ten years ago most of us were jumping into our cars, fighting traffic, putting up with coworkers and their gossip and generally trying to please an insensitive boss in order to get in front of a paycheck. In one fell swoop the computer revolution has wiped all the above from the potential entrepreneur’s landscape. It is magic and in a lot of respects the greatest magic is affiliate marketing.
So in short there are a lot of ways to make money on the internet. For the beginner that is short on technical skills, probably the easiest way to make money on the internet is through affiliate marketing. But don’t be fooled as one gains knowledge and experience the sky is the limit as to what you can do and accomplish with affiliate marketing.
I strongly recommend you take this basic affiliate marketing review and consider it. It could be your easiest way to start making money online.