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Internet Marketing – Is Free Always Good?

There are various ways that individuals receive free resources and gifts. For example from affiliate marketing programs. Many are wise enough to feel fortunate to have whatever ‘leg up’ they can get. Besides the financial benefit, it may have a positive effect on their mindset that someone is helping. Some realize they actually may have just saved $100s or even $1000s in development and start-up costs to create their home business. These folks have the best intentions and will likely make good use of what has been provided usually free of charge for affiliates.

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However sometimes it appears people really do not know what they have been given. This could be because they don’t know how much something would cost them if they were to develop something themselves. With this group, often once the ‘high’ of joining the program and getting all the prizes is over, they are not really interested to see what would happen if they actually take action. They really don’t want to do any work and in fact what appealed to them was only free, easy, and today. They thought that because everything was free so far that the program would also get the traffic, leads and sales for them.

Once in a while there may be a total disconnect because someone may not trust the fact that some things are actually ‘free’. Then they expect to find out what it really costs. They may also stubbornly refuse to spend any money, not being a good sport to support a company that has been an advantage to them. They are only interested in a business that is totally free. What they are really saying is that is all it is worth to them = $000. These are often the same ones who also do not work for free (even for themselves) to build a home business. The only funny part is then they can’t understand why they failed except to blame the program.

It seems really stupid when someone can’t actually appreciate what they have been given, and without acknowledging that it has any value. For some reason they feel it is more logical for them to pretend it is nothing because it is free. They can’t stand obligation or feeling that they owe someone. Everything just goes to waste. They are absolved of all responsibility to appreciate it.

Maybe they at least make a shallow effort to look everything over. Cold feet? They pronounce that it’s not an option because it still (will) cost too much money, require too much work, or won’t have instant profit, (will take time to develop). Some just can’t understand how to get started even with instructions. For some reason they just give up right off the bat. It’s no big loss since it was free anyway.

Maybe it is just true that Internet marketing, or affiliate marketing are just not for everyone. We are all different and it is definitely no disgrace if you just can’t relate to this even for free. There is no shame and in fact it had some value that at least they made a tiny effort to see what it would involve.

Maybe years from now, when things may be different, you will try again. In the future, you may be able to do something that before seemed unachievable. You might try and fail 10 times before you get to the right time and opportunity for you. Just don’t give up.

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Home Biz Entrepreneurs – What’s Your Business?

There are so many millions of products and services in the world that you could pick any one or several and build a successful business around it. Don’t be fooled by the ‘old wive’s tale that any market is ‘saturated’. As long as whichever niche you are interested in is based on ‘making money’ then as long as people want to do that there will be no glut. Don’t think of all the reasons you might fail, but why you might succeed!

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In many cases, if more people realized that they are not required to lay out a huge investment to buy inventory, they would know that they are actually able to start out on a ‘shoe string’ if their business is all or in part Internet-based. That’s the beauty of the virtual world. A picture or image and a description will do quite nicely when added to a website or blog. If you have a source for the product or service, then all you need is a free payment button and a simple order form and you can get started.

With the model described above it is actually still a little more labor-intensive not only to set up but to maintain. It is ‘good to go’ but not exactly ‘passive’ which is the ideal online. Passive or autopilot means that you do not have to interact with your customers on a regular basis to process their orders. Yet you may generate sales even while fast asleep. This is where the beauty of affiliate marketing programs comes in. These programs do it all from setting it up to running it for you. All you need to do is go to the bank with your commissions as far as your participation in the sales transaction.

With that said, however you still have an important job. That is to market and advertise to promote your business. While you don’t have to be there 24/7 to do this, you do need to be fairly aggressive and consistent. It doesn’t matter how good your stuff is because nobody knows it is there or anything about it unless you tell them. So you can use various strategies to get your message out there.

Of course eMail marketing is a main Internet marketing technique that will allow you to reach thousands of people using an autoresponder and a list of prospects. There are various resources you can use to build that list and keep building it so that you always have ‘fresh’ possibilities.

It is also very important to follow-up with the existing list as not all people will say yes. In fact the statistic used for many years is that someone may have to see something 5 or 6 times before they actually take action. So don’t give up after the first time.

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You Could be Making Money on the Internet Right Now

Having access to the Internet we have almost unlimited information, resources, and business opportunities. Other than you are not interested or do not want to make the effort, there is no reason why you can’t be making money on the Internet. Home business entrepreneurs have been earning income online for many years now (proving it can be done).

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However there is no magic to making money on the internet. It definitely does require putting forth a consistent effort over time. While many online business opportunities may be referred to as ‘passive income’, you may not understand what is meant by that. As stated, it definitely doesn’t mean you don’t have to do any work or invest your time.

The reason it is considered ‘passive’ is because it is not the same as being tied down to a job or having to stand behind the counter in a store for X number of hours every day to run the business. If you have a business opportunity website (whether an affiliate sales page or your own website), it is up and running pretty much at all hours, every day. You could potentially make a sale at any time and you may be fast asleep!

Another major beauty is there are some forms of Internet advertising that are permanently running as well. This means there is no deal like ‘Pay $XX to get XX ads displayed for XX days’. When XX days are over, you are done and your money is gone whether or not you had any return on the investment or not. However, when you are using your blog to advertise your business or actually any website, again it is always running and the advertising is permanent. No time limit, no ‘D-Day’ – it can stay there forever as long as the link is working!

The easiest and fastest way to get started making money on the Internet is by joining up with one or more affiliate marketing programs (becoming an affiliate). You can choose from 100s of different affiliate programs and can choose to put your focus on promoting the business opportunity, or their products and/or services. Actually you can do all three for maximum possibility.

These programs usually have low membership fees and you actually get a lot for your money in that they create a web page for you, handle your sales transactions, do the accounting and serve your customers. Then they pay you a commission! There are typically no contracts beyond month-to-month and nobody should force you to buy anything yourself.

Another business model for making money quickly without money is the ‘marketplace’ format where you can get an affiliate ID that works across a broad spectrum of opportunities that you can choose from their ‘index’. You can try something out for a while and if you have no luck then go back and find something else to try and hopefully you will do better. Each opportunity will include a sales page you can use to promote the product.

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