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Since the economic crash of 2008, people have been flocking to the internet in an effort to make extra money or as an alternative to a job. However, with that comes a great many online scams. Scams perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals who are only out to empty the pockets of trusting individuals who are only looking to make ends meet for themselves and there families. It is most unfortunate, but it happens to come with the affiliate marketing territory.

Affiliate marketing in and of itself is by no means a scam. There are a great many companies online that rely on affiliates to get the word out and to advertise. It costs a company much less to pay a commision to people like you and me than it does to hire an expensive advertising firm, and in the process, people like you and I can make a commision selling quality products to people all over the world, and costs for the company remain low and in the end, the savings are passed along to the consumer. It is truly a great relationship.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Affiliate Marketing is a simple concept, really. You join an affiliate program, pick an item or a niche that you want to promote, and promote it. Or, if you are interested or passionate about a particular niche, you find websites within that niche, and see if they have an affiliate program to join. For instance, if you are interested in Halloween, you would find websites related to halloween and halloween costumes, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see if the have an "affiliates" tab, click it and then read and follow the instructions. Most companies let affiliate networks handle all of the payment processing, so it is a good idea to join an affiliate network like Commision Junction[.]com or clickbank[.]com. They are the most well known, and have the most companies to promote for. Amazon[.]com has the oldest and most established affiliate program, but is not a network.

After you have joined your net work and/or your program, you will be sent an email that gives you instructions on how to fianlize your account. Follow them to the letter and make sure you save your passwords in a file that you have set up. Use Excel or Word to set up a master file for your pass words.

Once you are set up, explore the network. Find out what they have to offer, do research into how there system works, and then choose a niche.

Choosing a Niche

Choosing a niche is for all intents and purposes a personal thing. If you like a product or a service, or you have used a particular product or service, you will find it very easy to promote. For instance, if you recently purchased a ne HDTV, and your brand has an affiliate program, join it and promote it. Even if you aren't overly happy with it, say so. Most surfers like to see mixed reviews. It helps make up there minds and maybe gets them to purchase a different product from the comparison.

What are the Best Affiliate Programs

With so many affiliate programs out there, it can be hard to pick just one. It depends solely on your niche. Amazon has the oldest and most established program, but in terms of commision, Clickbank pays the highest. Commision Junction has the most programs, as well as a lot of well known brands like Sony, for instance. The choice is entirely up to you.

Are there Online Scams?

In short, YES!

There are so many online scams out there, that people have really become paranoid. Unscrupulous hosting companies that promise you that you will make money with there program, send out bogus emails that garner you useless hits to your website, and offering you nothing in the way of useful compensation. Companies like Online Hosting Network. For $300, they set you up with a website, a back office and put you in a referral program. After 5 days, they call you up and urgently inquire as to why you aren't advertising. They tell you that they can advertise your site for anywhere from 1700 dollars right up to 5000 dollars, all the while telling you that there system works, and they gaurantee you will make money in 90 days or your money will be returned. They even go so far as to lie to you when you ask them repeatedly if the money will be returned. Included in there packages is a laughable "coaching" system. They tell you that you will get to speak to a coach an hour to 2 hours a week, but when you talk to them, they are more interested in getting off the phone than they are in helping you with your business, or they fill the time with useless, and inane banter wasting your time and your money.

After 90 days when you still haven't seen them fulfill there promise and you complain to them, theysend out more useless emails on your sites belhalf, garnering you more useless hits and no monetary compensation. Then, if you are STILL unhappy, they give you a "domain credit", which is essentially your same domain, only with a different name, host you, and send out mor emails. But in the meantime, you have wasted thousands and have seen nothing in return. This company should be avoided at all costs.

With so many scams, is there anything safe?

Yes, there is. If you really want to know the ins and outs of affiliate marketing, it is highly advisable to join a forum. A good internet marketing forum is a no BS approach to teaching you the internet marketing without having to drop thousands of dollars on useless coaching systems and websites that Google wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. Forums like Niche Choppers are an indispensible source of advice and information, but it is highly reccomended that before you ask questions, do your own research. Also, it is imparative that you follow there rules. Most forums have rules and if they are not followed, it can result in you bein banned.Permanately.

So what do you do?

Myself, I am into Halloween. I enjoy Haunted Houses well made costumes and anything that is Halloween related. I have my own site, Halloween Ideas Online! that points people to my afflilate program. I am trying to make a go of it, and I do hope that it takes off.

The long and the short of it is, if you are thinking of getting into online marketing, do your research first. Try to avoid the scams, learn from my mistake. Online marketing can be a lucrative venture, but you need to learn how to do it right. Happy marketing!


Street Talk

curious the title asked about "network" marketing, and the content was about affiliate marketing. Two separate items me thinks? btw, happy early halloween, my old favorite holiday for sure growing up. Dr. Mike,

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Duly noted, Dr.Mike, but would you not agree that as an "affiliate", you are marketing on a digital "network"? Thank you for the comment. :)

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  about 1 decade ago

Hey Great Tips! One should always thoughly investigate anything beofer getting onboard.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you for all this information ScottS. I will make sure I do my research as you suggest.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Good, and thank you for the comment!

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  about 1 decade ago
  

If you have a question about Affiliate Marketing, go ahead and ask.

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  about 1 decade ago
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