Gurus love the word “secret” because it creates the sense of curiosity and maybe urgency in the mind of the prospect, who may end up parting with his cash to get the item being promoted. Put bluntly, you have to advertise your site so people will know that you even exist. How you advertise, however, is one of the tricks.
If you are running an internet business you have already determined that your potential customers are also online. Regardless of the quality of your product or service, if people do not know you are there, you will eventually become just another failed business.
One of the best methods of advertising on the internet is through affiliate marketing programs where the cost of your advertising is deferred until a customer buys something from you. Through affiliate marketing, you provide links, either graphics or text, for other website owners to post on their site. When one of their visitors sees your ad, clicks on it and buys something from you, that website owner is paid a sales commission.
The more external websites that carry a link to your site, the more essentially free advertising you receive through the affiliate marketing program. You can also carry affiliate advertising on your site for related internet businesses and earn a commission on sales from their sites.
Some affiliate marketing companies give you the option of automatically approving others to post links to your site on theirs while others give you the option of approving a site before your link is posted. Just as you can be particular about which companies you link to, you can also be particular about which sites link to you.
There are also numerous opportunities to network with companies as an affiliate and if you are signed up as a member of their site, your income potential can increase dramatically.
For example, an online retail site may pay you a five percent commission on sales if you are a free member, but the first level of paid membership has that commission jump to 10 percent at premium memberships may see the commission go as high as 30 percent or more.
There are also services offering to pay you for taking surveys online, and while the per survey pay may not be high, they generally take little time and you get to give an honest opinion on a variety of topics. Surveys typically pay between $2 and $10 each and take from five to 20 minutes to complete. Making money online filling out surveys will depend on the amount of time you are willing to put into it.
However, having a decent, updated computer and a fast internet connection will be necessary, regardless of any programs you may join if you plan on making money on the internet.