Why Affiliate Marketing is a Great Online Business
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular online business ideas due to the fact
that it is beneficial to both the merchant and the affiliate marketer in so many ways.
A great way for both the affiliate marketer and the merchant to make money selling
products on the Internet is affiliate marketing. Here we take a look at some of the
benefits of of this form of online marketing from both the marketer and merchant's point
of view and discover why it is such a popular online business idea
You can find affiliate programs by either searching affiliate Program Directories:
or by joining an affiliate Program network:
• Commission Junction
or you could join the very popular Amazon.com affiliate program:
• Amazon Associates Central
The great advantage for the affiliate marketer is that you do not need to create your
own product. This is taken care of for you by the merchant. This means that you are able
to start making money very quickly once you have joined the merchant's affiliate program.
For the merchant there is no need to engage in time consuming interviews or vetting
procedures to find people to market his products. The internet allows anybody who can
complete the sign up form with valid data and accept the terms and conditions by ticking a
box to become an affiliate. Automatic qualification is likely in most cases. There is very
rarely any communication between the merchant and affiliate.
Another reason that affiliate marketing is such a popular online business idea is that
most of the programs are free to join. From the merchant's point of view this is good,
because it means many more people are likely to join the program. This is also beneficial
for the affiliate marketer because there is no financial risk involved in signing up to
As a marketer your job is just to promote your affiliate website. The merchants take
care of everything else making it very easy for them to make money online. They provide
them with all the marketing materials required, including website, banners, emails etc.,
they deal with product shipping, customer service as well as collecting the money.
Having the opportunity to earn money twenty four hours a day is another reason that
affiliate marketing is such a popular business idea. Online sales are not dictated by your
personal working hours. You do not have to open a retail store to sell products as do
traditional businesses. This in turn benefits the merchants as they can provide you with a
website at little or no cost to themselves and you can promote around the clock. Both the
merchant and you as the marketer will benefit any time and every time someone makes a
purchase on your website.