Monday, October 23, 2006

Work At Home Moms Should Consider Affiliate Programs

Work At Home Moms Should Consider Affiliate Programs
Copyright (c) 2006 Anwar Ahmed Ally

In my many years in the work at home industry, I have come
across many work at home ideas, programs and opportunities
both online and offline. However, it is affiliate programs
that always get my vote for a number of reasons and I think
that any mom looking to do some sort of work at home
venture should seriously consider them.

As a simple explanation, affiliate marketing is a process
whereby a person promotes the goods or services of a
merchant by driving traffic of interested users to that
merchant's website. The person that does these activities
is called an 'affiliate' and the company/website that
receives these services is referred to as the 'merchant'.
Affiliates are either paid commission on a pay-per-click,
pay-per-lead or pay-per-sale basis. The bulk of the
affiliate's duties would be in marketing and advertising.

Affiliate programs have numerous advantages for anyone
especially for moms wanting to do something from home in
between taking care of the little darlings and keeping
house. These are:

International Customers

As the internet is an international instrument, your
potential customers will be from almost every country in
the world. This is a huge market for you to tap into.
Because more and more people are coming online everyday,
your market is virtually unlimited.

All The Hard Work Has Been Done For You

The merchant has sourced, manufactured or made the product
at his risk and expense. He has already tested the product
and his sales pitch to sell his product. If he has been
offering this product for quite some time now through the
sales pitch on his website, you can be assured that the
product is selling.

A Real Work At Home Opportunity

One of the greatest appeal of affiliate marketing is that
it allows you to make money while based at home. It is such
a flexible opportunity that even if you have a full-time
job, you can still run this on the side. Most of the time,
it takes an hour a day to administer, check, review,
revise, etc - and all online.

No Stock To Carry, No Shipping, No Customer Headaches

Another cool thing about being an affiliate is that you
don't have to worry about customer enquiries or customer
complaints. You don't need to buy or keep stock, you don't
have to ship anything to the customer - in fact you don't
deal with the customer at all. The merchant does this. You
just promote the website and it's products and get paid a
commission on sale.

Easy To Start Up

You can literally become an affiliate in a few minutes.
There are no lengthy applications to make or approval
process to undergo. No other money-making opportunity can
be started as quick as an affiliate program.

Unlimited Income Potential

The sky is the limit as far as your earnings go. You can
make as much money as you want to. The only restrictions
are your own effort.

Truly International Opportunity

Affiliate marketing is one of the very few opportunities
that are not confined to a specific country. Anyone from
anywhere in the world can participate in an affiliate
program.

Affiliate Programs Are Free To Sign-Up

Almost all affiliate programs are free to sign up. You
don't need to pay for starter-packs, advertising materials,
sample products, membership fees, etc.

Huge Commissions

Commissions that are paid by merchants are huge and beat
any other industry hands down. Commissions on offer can go
up to as high as 75-80% of selling price.

Choose A Multitude Of Merchants To Work For

Affiliate marketing is flexible enough to allow you to
represent many merchants at the same time. This increases
your chances of success as you have an arsenal of products
to promote. If you choose your products properly, you can
be promoting a great deal of top selling items
simultaneously.

Low Start Up Costs

Your only start up costs will be in advertising and
promotion. This activity will represent the majority of
your input in your business. There are a number of ways to
minimize this cost but you'll have to do some research and
test your methods.

However, as with any other opportunity, thoroughly research
an affiliate program before actually participating in it.
Here are some tips to help you:

1. Only choose top quality products that are in constant
demand.

2. Only deal with reputable companies who have been in
business for a reasonable period of time.

3. Monitor other affiliates to see what they are
promoting. Check to see where they advertise and how long
their adverts are up - if an affiliate is continuously
doing paid advertising in a certain place, then you can be
assured that he/she is making money.

4. Email the companies concerned and ask questions about
the product. Monitor how long they take to respond and how
effective their response is. This will give you an idea on
how solid they are and what sort of confidence they have in
their product.

Affiliate programs are a great opportunity but only if done
correctly. It is imperative that you do a certain amount of
research and testing before you commit yourself, especially
if you are going to be investing money in advertising. Good
luck!

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Anwar Ally has been in the work at home industry for over
18 years. He is the founder of:
http://www.thehomeworker.org and blogs at:
http://2work-at-home.blogspot.com

Don't forget to also visit me at: http://www.womensnet.co.za !

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