Reasons to Become an Affiliate Marketer
15 Reasons to Become an Affiliate Marketer
There are HUGE benefits to promoting affiliate programs with your
own home-based Internet business, and I've come up with a list of
15 great reasons to become an affiliate marketer.
Let's look at each reason separately:
1. No Production Costs - The cost to develop and
produce a new product is prohibitive for almost anyone who wants
to start a home-based business. With affiliate programs, production
costs aren't an issue. The product has been developed and proven
- all on the merchant's nickel.
2. Low Cost Set-up - Compared with building a
brick and mortar store, starting a home-based Internet business
is relatively cheap. You probably already have a desk, Internet-connected
computer and word-processing software, which is all the equipment
you may need.
3. No Fees for Joining or Licenses to Buy - I
often compare doing business as an affiliate, with distributing
a line of products in the real world. The biggest difference is
that the distributor must often pay for a license to distribute
products within a limited geographic region. Affiliate programs,
on the other hand, are usually free to join, and geographic market
reach is limited only by the affiliate's ability to promote his
4. Choose From Thousands of Products and Services
- What isn't sold online? That list must be shorter than the one
describing all that IS sold online. There are thousands and thousands
of affiliate programs selling every product under the sun. That
makes it easy to find products related to your current or planned
5. No Sales Experience Needed - When I started
my affiliate business, I had absolutely no sales experience. That
wasn't a problem, however. The companies I affiliated with provided
excellent marketing material. Using their sales copy, I was able
to get my first affiliate site up in less than a day.
6. No Employees - The largest expense of most
businesses is employee salaries. Although there might be times when
you need or want someone to work for you as an affiliate, it's
doubtful you'll ever have to worry about hiring full or part-time
employees. When you have a project you want to hire out, it is easy
to find specialists in every computer- related field who can work
for you from the comfort of THEIR own homes. You pay only for the
project, and never have to worry about ongoing employee-related
benefits and deductions.
7. No Expensive Merchant Accounts Needed - Setting
up a merchant account for any business is a time-consuming and costly
business. It's even more tedious for Internet businesses. However,
merchant accounts aren't a concern when you're an affiliate. The
merchant bears that cost and handles all processing of payments.
You never have to lose sleep over potential chargebacks, fraud or
losing your merchant account when you're an affiliate.
8. No Inventory to Carry - Even if you live in
a small one- bedroom apartment, as an affiliate you can sell large
items without storage concerns.
9. No Order-Processing - Forget the problems associated
with collecting and storing names, addresses, credit card numbers,
etc. The merchant does all that!
10. No Product Shipping - The cost and hassle
to prepare and ship products to customers worldwide could be staggering.
Affiliates never have to worry about packaging supplies or postal
11. No Customer Service Concerns - Do you hate
the prospect of dealing with nasty people or customer complaints?
Don't worry about it! The merchant handles the snivelers.
12. Make Money While You Sleep - What other business
allows you as a sole proprietor to keep your doors open and keep
making money even when you take breaks or after you go home for
13. The World at Your Doorstep - The Internet
is the world's largest marketplace. You can drive more visitors
to your online store in a day, than many small-town merchants sees
in his or her brick and mortar business in a year.
14. Minimal Risk - The product you chose isn't
making money? Dump it. Take down your links and promote another!
It's that easy. There are no long-term contracts binding you to
products that don't sell.
15. High Income Potential - If you have a job,
your salary or hourly wage is probably pre-determined. Maybe there's
not much, other than working overtime, that you can do to increase
your income. With your own affiliate business on the Internet your
income potential is limited only by your desire, effort and imagination.
There you have them - all the good reasons to start your own online
affiliate marketing business. Start today and benefit from this
incredibly simple, cost-effective business opportunity known as
affiliate marketing. The time is right, and the time is now.
About the Author
Rosalind Gardner is
the 'Net's most recognized expert on successful online selling as
an affiliate marketer. Visit her site at: www.affiliatebusinessblueprint.com