There are lots of ways for you to make money online from home, but If you want to make money online with a “Home Based Business” then you really should take a good look at Affiliate marketing as your business model.
As a business, affiliate marketing can be your own completely risk free method of earning an income online. If you set your business up correctly and if you are prepared to do some hard work, then you can only succeed. This is because you will find that the basics of affiliate marketing are simple to learn and apply providing you have access to the right training.
With the proper training you can create your own genuine home based business, where you are the business owner and in complete control. You will find yourself building a business asset that could be worth many thousands of dollars, should you decide to sell it.
What Is Affiliate Marketing
So let me first clarify just what affiliate marketing is, affiliate marketing is a way that businesses (vendors) can promote their products and services through an agreement with a business partner known as an affiliate, or affiliate marketer.
How Do Affiliate Marketers Make Money
Affiliate marketers make money by promoting these vendor products and services either online or offline. The affiliate is issued with a unique affiliate link to the vendors products. When a sale is generated through this unique link the affiliate will be paid a commission by the vendor.
Say for instance you run a blog or website on beer making, as an affiliate marketer you would place banners and text links throughout your pages and post content. Your affiliate links would be embedded into the banners and text links in strategic locations on your site. These banners and text links would then direct your site visitor to a suitable vendor product and In return you would make a commission on every sale made from that affiliate link.
Here is an example of a text link which will take you to another post on my site here at riskfreeventures.com, but it could just as easily take you to any affiliate product, or website.
To find out where a text link is going to take you just place your cursor over the link and take a look at the bottom left of your screen. This is where you’ll see your destination page.
Here is a screen shot to help you see what to look for. Bear in mind that any text link can send you anywhere, so it’s a good idea to check before you click. Please click on the image to see see it in greater detail.
Of course you don’t need a website to spread your Affiliate Links around the Internet. You can post your affiliate links in your emails, articles, Facebook pages, twitter etc. This method will also spread the word, but once those links have been posted then you’ve lost control of them. At some stage those links may not suit your marketing goals, yet they are still out there in cyberspace, perhaps for ever waiting for someone to click.
Having a simple website or blog does make it all so much easier and safer. The secret is to post your affiliate links on your website and only your website. Then post your website URL like this one: riskfreeventures.com in your emails, articles, Facebook pages, twitter, shopping mall notice board, or whatever, rather than your affiliate links. This is a far better method of spreading the word because at some stage you may want to change your affiliate links to more appropriate and better products, or perhaps your affiliate links are not working for one reason or another.
By having your affiliate links on a website like this one you are in total control of all the affiliate products that you may be promoting. This will allow you to manage your affiliate links in one location and help you to build a rock solid foundation to Make Money Online With A Home Based Business.
Banners And Images
The same applies to banners and images. Just place your cursor over any banner or image and take a look at the bottom left of your screen. This is where you’ll see your destination page should you decide to click. Run your cursor over the banners to the right of this page and you’ll see my affiliate links to my promotions.
Of course you do need a website to be able to post banners and images with your affiliate links embedded. But, there are many other good reasons to have you own website and here are just a few:
- You are the owner and controller of you own website.
- You can display your Affiliate links in anyway you wish.
- You can manage your Affiliate Links in one location.
- Your website is an asset that will be growing in value.
Affiliate Marketing can be a great way to earn some extra income from a hobby website or blog and it could even develop into a full time career. There are many marketing gurus who claim to make well over six figures by promoting other people’s products. I have no way to verify these financial claims but I do know a couple of marketers who genuinely make a good full time living of more than $100,000 per year.
I wish you the best with your efforts to make money online with a home based business. I sincerely hope that you’ve found this short article useful. Just remember that the best sort of business is your own business and affiliate marketing is the best business model that I’ve found. You can find out more about how to make money online with a home based business by having a look at one of my pages: What Is The Wealthy Affiliate Free Membership?