15 Reasons to Become an Affiliate Marketer

In my opinion Affiliate Marketing is one of the best tools to generate a steady flow of income. At the same time, you can enjoy your work, create every amount of review sites, articles, reports and so much more of personal and niche focussed content. If you identify wtih what you do and promote, your selected hot affiliate products suddenly become a part of your day and life. That is exactly where success starts and your affiliate income soars.

Enjoy Rosalind Gardners excellent article about

          15 Reasons to Become an Affiliate Marketer

          – by Rosalind Gardner

          © 2004 Rosalind Gardner – All Rights reserved

          There are HUGE benefits to promoting affiliate programs
          with your own home-based Internet business, and I’ve come
          up with a list of 15 great reasons to become an affiliate

          Let’s look at each reason separately:

         1. No Production Costs – The cost to develop and produce a
         new product is prohibitive for almost anyone who wants to
         start a home-based business. With affiliate programs,
         production costs aren’t an issue. The product has been
         developed and proven – all on the merchant’s nickel.

         2. Low Cost Set-up – Compared with building a brick and
         mortar store, starting a home-based Internet business is
         relatively cheap. You probably already have a desk,
         Internet-connected computer and word-processing software,
         which is all the equipment you may need.

         3. No Fees for Joining or Licenses to Buy – I often
         compare doing business as an affiliate, with distributing a
         line of products in the real world. The biggest difference
         is that the distributor must often pay for a license to
         distribute products within a limited geographic region.
         Affiliate programs, on the other hand, are usually free to
         join, and geographic market reach is limited only by the
         affiliate’s ability to promote his web site.

         4. Choose From Thousands of Products and Services – What
         isn’t sold online? That list must be shorter than the one
         describing all that IS sold online. There are thousands and
         thousands of affiliate programs selling every product under
         the sun. That makes it easy to find products related to
         your current or planned web site.

         5. No Sales Experience Needed – When I started my affiliate
         business, I had absolutely no sales experience. That wasn’t
         a problem, however. The companies I affiliated with
         provided excellent marketing material. Using their sales
         copy, I was able to get my first affiliate site up in less
         than a day.

         6. No Employees – The largest expense of most businesses is
         employee salaries. Although there might be times when you
         need or want someone to work for you as an affiliate, it’s
         doubtful you’ll ever have to worry about hiring full or
         part-time employees. When you have a project you want to
         hire out, it is easy to find specialists in every computer-
         related field who can work for you from the comfort of
         THEIR own homes. You pay only for the project, and never
         have to worry about ongoing employee-related benefits and

         7. No Expensive Merchant Accounts Needed – Setting up a
         merchant account for any business is a time-consuming and
         costly business. It’s even more tedious for Internet
         businesses. However, merchant accounts aren’t a concern
         when you’re an affiliate. The merchant bears that cost and
         handles all processing of payments. You never have to lose
         sleep over potential chargebacks, fraud or losing your
         merchant account when you’re an affiliate.

         8. No Inventory to Carry – Even if you live in a small one-
         bedroom apartment, as an affiliate you can sell large items
         without storage concerns.

         9. No Order-Processing – Forget the problems associated
         with collecting and storing names, addresses, credit card
         numbers, etc. The merchant does all that!

         10. No Product Shipping – The cost and hassle to prepare
         and ship products to customers worldwide could be
         staggering. Affiliates never have to worry about packaging
         supplies or postal rates.

         11. No Customer Service Concerns – Do you hate the prospect
         of dealing with nasty people or customer complaints? Don’t
         worry about it! The merchant handles the snivelers.

         12. Make Money While You Sleep – What other business allows
         you as a sole proprietor to keep your doors open and keep
         making money even when you take breaks or after you go home
         for the night?

         13. The World at Your Doorstep – The Internet is the
         world’s largest marketplace. You can drive more visitors to
         your online store in a day, than many small-town merchants
         sees in his or her brick and mortar business in a year.

         14. Minimal Risk – The product you chose isn’t making
         money? Dump it. Take down your links and promote another!
         It’s that easy. There are no long-term contracts binding
         you to products that don’t sell.

         15. High Income Potential – If you have a job, your salary
         or hourly wage is probably pre-determined. Maybe there’s
         not much, other than working overtime, that you can do to
         increase your income. With your own affiliate business on
         the Internet your income potential is limited only by your
         desire, effort and imagination.

         There you have them – all the good reasons to start your
         own online affiliate marketing business. Start today and
         benefit from this incredibly simple, cost-effective
         business opportunity known as affiliate marketing.

         The time is right, and the time is now.
         Article excerpted from Rosalind Gardner’s
         “Super Affiliate Handbook” – How I Made
         $436,797 Last Year Selling Other People’s
         Products Online”. Rosalind is the ‘Net’s
         most recognized expert on successful online 
         selling as an affiliate marketer.

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