How To Make Affiliate Marketing A Home Business

This can be you working from home!

Many of you dream of being our own boss. And why not when faced with downsizing and an economy that isn’t what it used to be. The lure of big money, flexible work hours, no traffic jam into work, no boss to appease, is all very appealing. So why haven’t you started? Is it because there is the fear that you do not have the capital required to get a business started? Or you don’t want to loose the security of your day job?

Your solution could be starting your own home business. The truth of the matter is that you can start your home business with no money at all. Wait! Read that again. With no money at all? Here’s why. Ask yourself, do you have a spare room or space in your house? Do you have a computer with an internet connection? Do you have a phone line? If you have these three things that is the beginning of your own homebased business.

Now affiliate marketing can be a great way for you to get started in your home business. This style of marketing will provide you with the opportunity to sell either a product or a service. With low capital and little space you may want to concentrate on services. What services? For starters as simply an associate or affiliate of Big Box retailers. I’ll talk about in a minute.

Ok, so once you have made the decision what next? Skills. What services can you offer? What knowledge of the internet can you bring? A great way to start is simply offering digital products created by marketers. There is a slew of marketplaces like Commission Junction (, , , ,, and many others. simply do a Google search for digital platforms 2017 or click here.

The other thing you can try to do is attract traffic to other sites. Now that may sound a little strange if you’re new to Internet Marketing. Retail sites like Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Target, and many others all have associate/affiliate programs. If you can generate traffic for those retailers and increase their sales then you make money. Most all programs offer ways to increase revenues through links and blogs. These are usually free and worth using. Did I say FREE? Remember, the more you promote the more chances for dollars in your account.

Finally, there is another another way but also the least effective in terms of revenue for a startup. When you set up an account with Yahoo Publisher or Google AdSense, there will be ads placed on your sites when you place their links on your pages or posts. Whenever a visitor clicks on an ad you make money. The more clicks the more cash.  The drawback is it takes literally thousands of these clicks to realize any serious revenue. 

So much depends on what you allow in the way of ads on your site. If you don’t deselect them, gambling and adult pornography can show up! That may not be what you want visitors to see. The operators take care of all the advertising costs and placement. They also try to place appropriate ads to your page. If you’re selling rare books, ads for fish food are not likely going to be appropriate. Keep in mind you have the option to block any url that may seem direct competition if you choose.

If you want to start working for yourself but feel you don’t have the money then you’re wrong. Having a computer, space to put it, and an Internet connection you have all you need. You can also start your home business and work it around your job. This gives you the option to gradually commit more time as your home business grows. If the security of your job is at issue for you, then this sort of offers the best of both scenarios.

Now, let’s face the real, hard truth about you. If you’re “really” tired of your job and sincerely want to work for yourself, then stop making excuses and do it! With affiliate marketing programs, selling services, or simply driving traffic to other sites you will find that having your home business is easier than you think. All it takes is time, a gnawing hunger to make a change, a commitment to succeed, desire, and the willingness to work. To get out of that cubicle cell!

Anguished Businessman Sitting in Tiny Cubicle — Image by © John Lund/Corbis

By taking advantage of the affiliate marketing programs that are currently available, you can make money and improve your own marketing skills. Remember, you can always expand into other areas and venture out totally on your own later. Right now, get marketing and get clicking.

Last piece of advice. It never happens overnight! Those are marketing myths used to lure you and others into their fantasy programs painting pictures of immense wealth and luxury in no time. An old saying that holds true is, “Slow and steady wins the race!” You will make mistakes and most likely lots of them along the way. Learn from them. That’s why they happen, as those are the best teachers. 

If money can not be claimed as the obstacle, and you have a computer, Internet connection, space and a phone line along with some basic skills, what’s stopping you? Just do it! Your world will not end if you fail. It’s what you do afterwards that makes the difference. There is no substitute for persistence. All the positive affirmation slogans in the world won’t matter if the wrong attitude reigns supreme. You can do this! What are you waiting for? I will look for your success. Click here for ideas