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Affiliate Marketing ~ Understanding What It Is
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Every Affiliate Marketer will put their own spin on Affiliate Marketing. Here we will try to help you and others to understand Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate Marketing is a large chunk of business done on the Internet. It takes the cooperation of affiliates and website owners to make Affiliate Marketing work.

As we look for long term results on the internet, it is evident that Affiliate Marketing has proven to be a cost effective and measurable method of delivering extra or additional income to our websites. Nearly everyday more people become interested in Affiliate Marketing and want to make money with it. In a lot of cases these new "would be" affiliates don't fully understand about the Affiliate Marketing World and some make some very costly mistakes. Summing this up...Affiliate Marketing is very often misunderstood.

Many new Affiliates have the mistaken idea that Affiliate Marketing is about "Selling". Selling is one important activity of this business and of course is the main function of the business end of this operation. Another misconception is that Affiliate Marketing involves lots of advertising. Although the advertising and selling are important to Affiliate Marketing, they are just a small part of the many functions of marketing.

When you are an affiliate marketer you are compensated for every visitor and subscriber along with each and every customer provided to the company by your work. The compensation may be paid on a value for all visits. Now the reason the set up is so attractive to the merchant is because no payment is due the affiliate until results have taken place for the merchant. Usually Affiliate Marketing is run by groups called affiliate networks and you guessed it...the people in the network groups consist of group affiliates and group merchants. Each one of these groups has their special role or function in the "Affiliate Marketing Business".

The affiliate network is considered a third party between the merchants and group of affiliates. Another responsibility of the affiliate network is to collect revenues from the merchants and deliver pay to the affiliates in that particular group or program. Anyone can be a merchant in this group by owning a website and taking advantage of the affiliates working on a performance based setup.

The merchant benefits in many ways. 1.) The affiliate program is run by the merchant. 2.)The merchant needs to always check out interested web sites to be sure their product would indeed be a good fit for that website. If the fit of the product and website is good, there will be more generated income. 3.) This way the merchant has more access to the markets and customers therefore he doesn't need to spend time looking for someone to buy his product. Banner ads can be run on the affiliate sites without distracting the customer. The ads will also call attention to the merchants product therefore sending customers to the merchants site to buy products. 4.) The merchant also has to decide how much he is willing to pay for every sale that results from the affiliates efforts of sending visitors or customers to the merchants site.

On the other side, the affiliate or affiliate marketer receives several benefits also. The person (affiliate) owning a website and promoting a number of merchants And their affiliate programs will be rewarded. When an affiliate works regularly and smartly as an affiliate marketer he or she can make a full time income or good living. This is not a small undertaking for the affiliate. He or she must have an understanding about the contract, such as commissions, payment method and time involved in the contract . Also, the affiliate is expected to stand for the items or merchandise wanted by the visitors to the affiliate site. This means if you have a lot of moms who stay home with their children, then something like on line work would be what might be interesting to them. Also a group of stay at home moms might be interested in direct links to children's products and informational sites for family items etc.

Most merchants will provide special items and some times bestseller items to the affiliate. The merchants often have sales and promotions that will benefit the merchant and the affiliate. Now that we understand affiliate marketing we can see that if they work together it can be a great advantage for both the merchant and the affiliate. When you think about it, it makes sense.This is because it is an easy and inexpensive way to start your business. Most often this business can be up and running within a short time or a few days. The most important thing to think about now is how to get lots of traffic to your site and it would be wise to make your offer better and different from others working for the same thing.

A lot of us or people who call themselves newbies, are continuously trying to learn more and more about affiliate marketing. I have been lucky to have been introduced to a company that has helped me learn several things about the Internet.

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