Internet Marketing Business Essentials – 5 Inspiring Reasons To Be An Affiliate

Written by geordiejimb

Topics: Internet Marketing


Regardless of the type of Internet Marketing Business you are trying to build, being an affiliate can help to grow and sustain your business.  In this article, I’m going to explain what an affiliate is, and how it can help your business.

What Exactly Is An Affiliate?

An affiliate is, by my definition, an entity that promotes another entities business (products or services).

On the Internet a good example of this is Amazon – they have literally thousands of affiliates promoting their books and dvd’s and other content.  There are many ways of promoting products and services over the internet, but this article isn’t about the promotion piece.

Ok, so how can promoting someone else’s business help me grow my own Internet Marketing Business?

5 Inspiring Reasons To Be An Affiliate

Ease of Getting Started: Especially true for those of you starting a Network Marketing business, but relevant for most any type of Internet Marketing Business, promoting relevant paid tools and services and taking a commission can help you generate some relatively fast income while you wait for your main pursuit to take off.

Whoever developed the products you are promoting should have done the marketing work for you – sales pages, banners, promo emails, and so forth.  All you need to do is promote the product using the marketing tools provided – saves time and effort on your part.

You don’t even need your own website or blog to successfully promote as an affiliate, although as your Internet Marketing Business develops you will definitely want your own site.

For a beginner, the easier the start to making money the better.

Complimentary Services: By offering complimentary, not competitive, products and services, your Internet Marketing Business will offer a fuller customer experience – while the additions might not be your product, they are coming with your recommendation, and your customers are more likely to consider making a purchase from a personal recommendation.

Branding and Joint Venture Opportunities: A little more advanced than the other four reasons, being a successful affiliate can also help get your name known, if you want to be, and open doors to joint venture opportunities with other marketers and product owners.

You Can Get Products For Free: This can occur in two ways:

  • The Product owner gives you a sample for free so that you will promote their product.
  • You generate enough commissions to pay for the product, essentially making it free.

You Get Paid: Best of all, as an affiliate you get paid for anyone you send that makes a purchase, and quite commonly on any up-sell, cross-sell, or follow-up purchase they make too.  If you are marketing products and services relative to your niche – autoresponders, or hosting, to other Internet Marketers for example, there is a good chance they will be interested if they don’t already have them.

Having additional income streams can only be a positive addition to your Internet Marketing Business, so isn’t time you got started?

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