How to Start Your Own Internet Business

June 17th, 2009

How to Start Your Own Internet Business
If you are just starting out with your Internet business, you want to keep expenses down to a minimum. Discover free and easy techniques to advertise your Internet business.

There are many ways to make money on the Internet. As with anything, some methods work better than others. If you are just starting out, you would probably do well to use an affiliate product.

Marketing an affiliate product is an ideal way to start your Internet business. There is no physical product to handle so you don’t need carry a supply of the product you sell. You don’t have the hassles of dealing with the public. And the merchant deals with all customer issues such as, inquiries, fulfillment (mailing out product), and refunds. Your only responsibility is to send people to the merchant’s website and your merchant will take care of the rest.

So, what exactly is an affiliate program? An affiliate program is a method of making money on the Internet. You register as an affiliate with a company (called the merchant) that provides a product for sale. There is usually no charge to register. Your only job is to refer people to the merchant’s website. Each time one of your visitors buys a product from the merchant, you collect a commission. The merchant is responsible for developing the product, negotiating the actual sale (through their website), handling the payment collection, sending out the product, and handling any problems. Your commission can vary according to the merchant and product but generally ranges between 30% and 75% of the sale price. You do not need a merchant account, nor do you need to have any sort of checkout procedure or shopping cart.

You don’t even need a website to participate, although it is an advantage if you have one. Your only job is to refer people to the merchant’s website. You can by using articles, blogs, ads, forums, user groups, or email. You are only limited by your imagination.

If you are interested in marketing an affiliate product, you must register with one of the affiliate marketing programs. ClickBank is one the largest and best known of these companies. Go to ClickBank’s site and register as an affiliate. It is an easy process and takes about five minutes. Then, go to ClickBank’s Marketplace and select the products that you want to promote.

Using an affiliate product is an excellent way to begin your Internet business.

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By Jo Mark
Published: 12/11/2007

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