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August 3, 2011

Affiliate Marketing is E-commerce At Its Best

There are many ways to make money online. Ecommerce is one. E-commerce is a great word. It means products bought and sold on the Internet.

I used to be an outside sales rep in the wholesale end of things. I got paid to get products from the manufacturer to the retailer. I was one of the top reps in the country and was paid very well.

Today you can actually make more money as an affiliate marketer than I did as a sales rep. You can get paid to sell other people’s stuff and you do not even need to leave your home.

100% of your business can be conducted strictly online. To me affiliate marketing really is e-commerce at its best.

The reason this is true is because the affiliate marketer can impact the sale. All affiliate marketers have the same opportunity to sell products online.

The difference lies in how you go about doing it. There are many proven strategies for selling products with the affiliate marketing business model. If you do it right you really can make money with affiliate programs and products.

1. Email marketing.
This works well when the affiliate marketer is promoting products to a list of people who have requested information via email.

This could be done to your own email list which is the best way to do it. You can also purchase solo ads to other email marketers lists. This is a good way to get started if you do not have a list of your own, or if you want to reach people outside of your own email list.

2. Product reviews. This strategy works well because the Internet can be kind of impersonal.

People come online looking for information to problems they have. Product reviews work well because you can write about a specific affiliate product and give your opinion on it.

This strategy works the best way and you have actually purchased the product. Then you can truthfully write a review based on your own experience.

The best reviews are written to include both the positive and negative of the product. Nobody expects everything to be 100% perfect. You will actually sell more products online when you present a few negatives as well as an overall positive viewpoint.

3. Your own website or blog. As an affiliate marketer you are given a website to promote. Every affiliate is promoting the same website which is not the best way to go about doing it.

Putting your own personal stamp on a blog or website will really increase the amount of affiliate sales you make. It’s also an excellent way to build your email list for future affiliate sales.

These are a few tips on affiliate marketing. It truly is e-commerce at its best and as a business model will only continue to grow in the coming years.

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