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Learn affiliate marketing and call your own shots, be the architect of your own destiny. Never before in the history of man has so much power been put into the hands of the average person. If you have internet access, you have free access to the largest market that has ever existed. Affiliate marketing allows you to set up your own business without investing a dime and being able to build anything from an organic gardening business to becoming a seller of jet aircraft. It can benefit you so much to learn affiliate marketing! The world is yours.

Imagine, choosing your favorite pass time or interest and weaving it into the stuff of dreams! No more credit card debt, collection agencies, concerns about paying off that student loan or caring about that new noise in the car.

Freedom.

Question 1: Where do I go to learn affiliate marketing?

A. You don't have to go further than your kitchen table (if that's the only spot you have for your laptop or PC). Everything you need to learn is done online and most of it is free. There is an investment in time, however. Effort is also required. There are many out there who will sell you all manner of courses and secrets and so forth. Get rich quick does not exist, but get rich does.

Question 2: How does one learn the affiliate marketing basics?

A. The best way to learn is to learn like an apprenticeship. Unlike an electrician or carpenter, this apprenticeship is run by you for you. Learn a bit about the business and try it. You won't have to buy anything and you can't get burned.

Affiliate marketing is best described as matching the needs of a visitor to the internet to a solution to whatever problem they are looking to get solved. Why this process is so new is that information is the currency of the affiliate marketing business. You build a site on something you love and therefore know well.

People go to the internet mostly to have a problem solved whether its:

  • Boredom and they want a movie
  • A beauty issue: someone has a case of acne and wants a natural remedy
  • Rover is peeing on the carpet and a solution has to be found now
  • Someone's rich uncle Harry wants to buy a new jet and doesn't know where to shop

The search engines gauge all websites and they send the appropriate visitors to your site. You give them information on what they are looking for and you recommend a solution. If they buy your solution, you get a commission. Simple.

Question 3: Where can I learn affiliate marketing free?

A. Spend a day doing a little digging. Go to places like Hubpages or Squidoo and they'll set you up with a free web site. They also have excellent mini libraries that explain a lot about the internet, affiliate marketing and how you get started. Go to Google and you will find another treasure trove of information, also free.

Do a little more surfing and sniff around some companies who's products or services you like. Most of them have an affiliate button or link on their home page somewhere. Sign up as an affiliate at several places. It's free and there is no obligation.

You're all set:

  • You have a free web page on which to erect your experimental web site
  • You have all the training you need
  • You even have stock to sell if you want through the affiliate programs.

Don't forget, with an affiliate program, all you do is help the visitor solve their problem and to recommend a solution. The companies handle shipping, customer issues and everything else.

Not sure who to trust? Go to a known company like Amazon and sign up with them. They will help you set up your own online store on almost anything. They also have an excellent library.

Question 4: What's the best way to learn affiliate marketing?

A. By trial and error. Every new site is a work in progress. What might work beautifully for an automotive site might fall flat on its face for a site on antique china dolls. Each enterprise is a new look at a certain subject. You, the creator, also have your own unique slant on the subject, whatever it might be.

Don't be too nervous about this. It is this individuality that makes this so exciting.

Still with me?

Remember this: The internet makes a level playing field for everyone. Search engines don't care if you're working from the kitchen table in your underwear or you are a huge international company. They want a quality experience for their visitors. Frequently, the person working late at night does a much better job than some highly paid pro on Wall Street. You cannot buy a spot on the search engine results page. You can only earn your place with quality information.

Question 5: I want to learn affiliate marketing and don't know where to start. Help!

A. The whole concept is strange to most of us at first glance. The best way to learn this process, as I said above, is to start slowly and experiment. These lessons stick and they can't be bought. Luckily, you don't risk anything except some time.

You will want to get a newsletter from an authority that will help you learn affiliate marketing and keep you posted on new developments, but will also educate you slowly as you go. A really good one will have an "ask it" section where your questions will be answered professionally.

Most large search engines like Google have several ezines you can sign up for that feature new lessons every week.


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