How Free Online Affiliate Programs Have Grown

C J Evans By C J Evans, 1st Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Since the mid nineties free online affiliate programs have been on the rise. This article looks at them in a little bit more detail.

A Different Kind of Marketing

There are numerous methods an industrious person can make money online. So many people have turned to the internet searching for a good money making opportunity they can control from their own abode. It may seem high flying initially but you can make money online if you absorb, duplicate and most importantly have the determination to jump in and begin somewhere.

One of the most popular methods to boost or even replace your income stream is through free online affiliate programs. Free online affiliate programs first arrived on the scene in 1996 when began paying webmasters for sending customers to their site. These days free online affiliate programs play a big part in the earn online world. Many large players in the business world like Dell and Apple use affiliate programs to great effect.

Free online affiliate programs give home businesses and internet entrepreneurs a low risk form of making money from their websites and blogs. Online marketing has become so popular and effective because of the following:

1. Start up costs are completely free in most cases

2. There is no need to hire employees

3. No inventory

4. Order processing is down to nothing

5. Shipping is taken care of

6. No customer service

7. The risk levels are down to minimum due to low costs of start up.

First of all we have to look at the subject of websites! In most cases you don't need to own a website or know anything about that tricky HTML to be successful with free online affiliate programs. With the maturation of contextual advertising through Yahoo! Publisher and Google Adwords many pay-per-click (PPC) intelligent online affiliate marketers have moved away from constructing websites and target search engine marketing (SEM). I would not recommend PPC marketing to a newcomer though - I jumped in when I was a newbie and ended up losing money through lack of experience.

Don't get put off by my last statement - there are literally thousands of people just like you making a decent living from selling other peoples products online. Free online affiliate programs do work but there is a steep learning curve involved. Don’t be fooled though - not all of these programs are legit as they first may seem. I'm afraid there still seems to be little law to protect you from the online scams so do plenty of research before jumping in!

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