Internet Sales Jobs: Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is very big global business, and it's getting a lot bigger as the number of affiliates, sellers, suppliers, products, and range of services expands. Affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry. This form of Internet sales work can be extremely profitable.

Affiliate marketing is a method of selling products and/or services for a supplier under an agreement. Affiliate agreements map out terms of payments for the seller. In some cases, the seller may be paid for each click through ad, placement of orders, and for the final sales, at a set rate for each action by the customer.

Many online sellers specialize in one product, then branch out into other areas, using separate websites like separate 'companies.' They use affiliate marketing to obtain new products and sources of revenue. It's not uncommon for people to operate several affiliates at once.

Before we go on, here are some basic facts about affiliate marketing:

  • Affiliate marketing isn't the same thing as online sales. It's more complex, particularly at the higher levels where sellers are actively promoting and marketing their products.
  • There are legal aspects in affiliate marketing. These are created by the agreements. You need to understand the legal obligations.
  • Some affiliate marketing offers are scams. They're like pyramid selling, where you simply hire people to hire more people for the affiliates. This is Multi-Level Marketing, and it's often illegal.
  • Affiliate marketing is real marketing. You do have to put in some real work into the affiliate programs to get the most out of them.

How to learn about affiliate marketing programs

All you need to do is search 'affiliate marketing networks' to find a lot of useful information for beginners, including legal information, site reviews, forums, and other good watchdog mechanisms for affiliate marketers. Some have very useful tutorials for learning the business from the ground up.

How to find affiliate marketing programs

It's best to be highly selective about which affiliate programs you choose. Learn how to recognize good business propositions.

Good affiliate programs have:

  • Real products. They don't sell affiliate programs.
  • Very clear terms in their agreements. Everything is spelled out clearly.
  • Rates of payment and definitions of payments with specific cash values. These are absolutely essential.
  • Agreements which are professionally written. These look like basic business contracts.

Avoid any affiliate program that:

  • Has a lot of vague, over-enthusiastic sales spiel and no hard information
  • Doesn't refer specifically to a product or service
  • Looks like it was written on a template for one of those tacky online ads for becoming a millionaire overnight.

For beginners

  • Do the tutorials before you even consider starting an affiliate program.
  • Find an affiliate program that you're sure you can operate as a business.
  • Review the affiliate agreement thoroughly.
  • Operate your first affiliate program like a pilot program to see if you can make it work.
  • Don't waste time, money and effort on non-performing affiliate programs. This is business, and it's your business.

There are plenty of good affiliate programs. Learn the ropes, and you could find yourself with an excellent Internet business.