The internet is one of the most powerful incoming generating tools available today, due to millions of new people who are all potential customers logging on every single day. These numbers are rising and will continue to do so with the ongoing economic development of countries like China and India both of whom have huge populations.
Also, you no longer need to have products or services to generate an income on the internet. By using carefully selected affiliate programs, you can earn a substantial income by using a website and working from home.
What are affiliate programs ?
An Affiliate Program is a partnership between two websites with one paying the other for traffic and customers and most importantly sales brought to them. Anyone with a website can join an affiliate program. You just add a tracking code (which shows your identity) and every time a visitor clicks through the link that person is identified as your customer.
I don't have a website and don't know how to build one ?
If you are novice as regards the internet and websites I would recommend you go for a ready made website that is up and ready to run within 24 hours. I had always thought about having my own website but was struggling to build one myself as I didn't have enough knowledge. I then discovered a company who build one for you and label it a business in a box. After a very short time due to first class in depth training and support I am learning fast. Here is an example of the type of product you can get
I was delighted with the package I received. The training and backup is superb and you can learn at your own pace. You will see that several affiliate memberships are already included and you are up and running, ready to make an income.
Once up and running the key to success is traffic to your website. There are several ways in which you can direct visitors and buyers to your website. I will explain some of them here and direct you to some places where you can get further information.
Everyone wants to get their website listed by the top search engines but unfortunately this doesn't happen by itself. If you just submit your site and do nothing else you will be listed around page 100,000 which isn't a lot of good when most surfers don't go past the 2nd or 3rd page.
The best way to increase your search engine results is to get other websites to link to yours. You can achieve this by doing what I am doing now, writing a short article.
Obtain a list of article websites by searching on Google:-
Another way to increase traffic is by exchanging links. Here is a list of Link exchanges:-
Link Market Info Wizards Web Reunited
Reciprocal Linking has two main benefits:It increases your visitors by getting your URL on web pages all over the internetIt increases your visitors by getting you listed in a higher position on search enginesReciprocal listing is one of the best ways to increase the number of visitors to your website - and best of all, it's free!
Once you start getting a few link partners, keeping track of them all and continuously updating your web pages with all the new links, whilst checking that your link is still own their website can be quite a bit of work.
I hope that you find this article interesting and it helps you with your business.
About the Author
Merlyn Donaldson runs her own online business which provides website setup and online business opportunites for people wishing to work from home.