What Exactly is Affiliate Marketing?

Carrie Lauth

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If you've been looking for ways to earn money online, it probably didn't take you long at all to hear about affiliate marketing. In fact you probably heard stories of folks who make big money doing it. What exactly is it?

Here is a very simple definition: Affiliate marketing means getting paid to recommend someone else's product. When someone purchases a product that you recommend on your site, blog or newsletter, you get a commission. You have no worries about order fulfillment, customer service, or inventory. You just get paid.

The advantages of affiliate marketing in addition to those mentioned above are:

It's almost always free to join an affiliate program

It's a low cost business to start

You can join as many affiliate programs as you want

You can recommend affiliate products that go along with your current service business, product or website theme. For instance, let's say you sell cloth diapers online, you could become an affiliate of a company that makes organic baby skin care products and market those alongside your current product line.

It can be a form of passive income once you set it up.

You don't have to be a product developer to make great money online . . . affiliate marketing doesn't mean you develop your own product. You just find good products, recommend them and get paid!

Sound good? It is good. . . but it's not effortless, and not all affiliates make money. Making money with this business model involves much more than slapping up banners all over your site. But if you learn a few techniques, affiliate marketing can seriously increase your bottom line, no matter what your current online business.

Carrie Lauth helps webmasters who market to natural Moms learn how to increase their online income with affiliate marketing. Get free tips at http://www.NaturalMomAffiliateMarketing.com


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