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    What is affiliate marketing?

    jasminelane Adventurer

      What is affiliate marketing and how to do start it?how is it beneficial for business



        • Re: What is affiliate marketing?
          joliemartin Scout

          You should start promoting the product when 99% of the market is not aware of it. This will help you to maximize your efforts and generate higher commissions. Make sure to grasp the information of your customers which you can always use to up sell or cross sell your own products in the future.

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            • Re: What is affiliate marketing?
              joliemartin Scout
              Thanks for you all and your interesting answers. Please suggest me more about affiliate marketing, because in future affiliate marketing will be the basic need for those who try to start online business.


                • Re: What is affiliate marketing?
                  YesYouCan Scout

                  I agree that Affiliate Marketing is the easiest way for someone who does not have a product of their own to sell, but I also think that there are two very different business models - selling someone else's products (Affiliate Marketing, Multilevel Marketing, etc.) and selling your own products.  In communicating with people just starting a business online this needs to be kept in mind otherwise they will soon be overwhelmed, confused and probably give up because while the marketing is much the same, setting up the business is much different.


                  As for starting out as an Affiliate Marketer, the first choice has to be what market, or niche and how big the market is.  A person's choices are look for a big market of hungry buyers - or, follow his or her own interests and passion about the subject or product.  A big market of hungry and ready buyers will result in more immediate profit, but marketing a product or subject you are passionate about will provide more satisfactory long term results (and maybe even producing a product of their own in that niche).  The nice thing about Affiliate Marketing (I am one) is that once you learn the ropes you can participate in as many markets as you like - one for money one for passion or fun.

              • Re: What is affiliate marketing?
                seohelp Adventurer

                The different types of affiliate marketing.


                Affiliate marketing is gaining popularity day by day because of the increasing consciousness amongst the masses about it. Merchants as well as the affiliates have realized that affiliate marketing proves beneficial for both of them. Affiliate marketing gives the merchant the opportunity to advertise their  products at a low cost while the affiliates find affiliate marketing as an easy way to earn money online and that too by

                doing something that they enjoy-developing websites.

                The perception of people about affiliate marketing has undergone a sea change with the rising popularity of affiliate marketing. Today, no one considers affiliate marketing as an alternative method of advertisement of products by a merchant or as a source of additional income for an affiliate. As of now, affiliate marketing has become the main source of profits and revenues for the merchants as well as for the affiliates.

                Now, there can be a number of questions that could be asked about affiliate marketing. For example, what type of affiliate program should one opt for or does all affiliate marketing programs accrue the same benefit or are all the affiliate marketing programs the same deep down or are there affiliate marketing programs that prove to be more beneficial than the others.

                It is true that there are different types of affiliate marketing but these types surely depend on the way one

                classifies them. However, fundamentally affiliate marketing programs can be classified into-pay per sale (PPS) and pay per lead (PPL


                PAY PER SALE (PPS) AND PAY PER Lead (PPL)


                PPL is the most popular as well as the easiest way of earning money for affiliates having smaller websites. An affiliate gets paid when a visitor is referred to his site i.e. when a user clicks through the merchant's banner or text ads and completes a form. This payment to the affiliate does not depend on whether the visitor makes any actual purchase on the merchant's site. Contrary to that, under PPS affiliate marketing the affiliate gets paid only if  the referred visitor actually makes any purchase or if the referred visitor turns into a lead. Due this difference, the returns on PPS for an affiliate would be comparatively less  than PPL. PPL affiliate marketing is considered a better bet  for both the merchant as well as for the affiliates.


                Summing up it may be said that under the PPS system, the affiliate only gets paid if actual sales is made while under PPL affiliate system, the affiliate gets paid if the visitor fills up an application form or any such similar form related to business of the company. This kind of system is used by companies which depend on leads for their growth like finance and insurance companies. If interest is there I can add some more information.