Why Do You Need A Website?

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The lay-offs are looming large. People are faced with a cut in their packages. Does making money seem to be difficult? Now is the time to think differently. Instead of being pessimistic and listening to the doomsday forecasters, think opportunity. The opportunity awaits you in the form of Internt Marketing. Just think about how much time you spend on the net. How many products you have bought online? You don't have enough experience or capital to start your own online business? No sweat. For a lot of online marketing options exist for anyone. The best option, is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing offers the uniqe opportunity of marketing something online even without having your own product to sell. All you have to do is to sign up with a merchant site offering thousands of products owned by an online merchant or retailer. Pick the products you want to promote, and as an affiliate, you are paid by the merchant for your services on a commission basis, of upto 75% of the sales price. Whenever you have direct a visitor to the merchant's site and the visitor actually ends up buying a product you get paid.

Most of the affiliate programs are free to join. All you need to do is sign up for the program that you find interesting and you can be in business immediately. While there are plenty of physical products that you may choose, you also have the option to choose products or services that may be sold online. Broadband Internet connectivity is now widespread and offers a huge potential market globally.

But with all these benefits many people are still hesitant to get into affiliate marketing. One of the reasons is the lack of a website to start marketing affiliate products. This leads us to the question whether a website is required or necessary in affiliate marketing or not.

Actually, one can start promoting and marketing affiliate products even without a website. There exists a number of strategies you may adopt to promote your affiliate products. Among some of these strategies are email marketing, offline promotions, writing e-books, writing ezines and engaging in online discussions like forums, chats, message boards and others. You can read about these in various articles written on thise site. But none can equal having your own website.

While one can actually gain enormous success in affiliate marketing even without a website, it is a rare to achieve such success for a newbie.

It is strongly recommended that you have for yourself a website. If you cannot afford it immediately you may opt for a free website or even blog which are easily available through Blogger. Ultimately a paid website and domain names have its own advantage of being unique with adaptability. Having a website creates a lot of advantages in affiliate marketing.

For one, it provides you a place where you can creatively promote not only one of your affiliate products but multiple affiliate products catering to specific niches. With a website, you can also advertise your affiliate products to a wider market. You can have unlimited sub domains for each niche that your affiliate product falls into.

Today a web hosting is very economically priced. For just about $ 50 or even less you may be able to get a hosting account. Most of the web hosting services offer website builders. These are hundreds of ready templates where you get what you see. All you need do is to type your content like any word programs. They are automatically copnverted to html.

Though there is bit of a learning curve you may even design simple websites with the help of free programs like NVU.

Your own website allows you the flexibility of monetising it with adsense and other advertising programs which add a little more money apart from the affiliate products.

Your website with a unique domain name is your address on the web space. Anyone can find you once you learn the simple search friendly methods.

Again, having a website is not a requirement in affiliate marketing. But with the advantages that a website can provide, you'd rather have one for yourself and make affiliate marketing a lot easier and successful.

Srinivasan Gopal is an author, syndicated writer and a management professional.  Loves the internet and webmaster of www.internetbusinessprofit.info/affiliate-marketing a website where you can find answers to many of your How To's on affiliate marketing

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