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Making Money Selling Other People’s Products

A lot of people are now getting into online businesses and online marketing either to supplement their “real world” income or for it to become their primary source of income. Why? Because online marketing just provides them a lot of benefits!

First, you can reach just about anybody in the world who has Internet access if you market your products online. That means a wider market for you, which can translate to larger profits. Second, setting up an online business requires only a fraction of the cost required to set up an actual business establishment, which means a lot of savings for the business owner.

Another aspect that has attracted a lot of people towards online marketing is the fact that one doesn’t have to have his own products to get started. In online marketing, one can start making a lot of money just by selling, or even by just trying to sell, other people’s products. And getting started with this kind of marketing strategy is actually quite easy. All that one needs to do is to set up an agreement with an online retailer or merchant, and after everything is settled, one can immediately start making money by selling the merchant’s or the retailer’s products.

Incidentally, the most popular and the fastest growing method of selling other people’s products online is affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, in its simplest definition, is a relationship between an online merchant or retailer, who has products to sell, and his affiliates, who are willing to promote the merchant’s product on their website.

In a typical affiliate marketing set up, the merchant provides his affiliates with banners and text ads that link to his site. The affiliates will then get these ads posted on their website and they get paid whenever traffic or sales is directed to the merchant’s website. Affiliates are often paid on commission basis, although other online merchants would opt to pay a fixed fee for the affiliate’s compensation.

Starting to make money online with affiliate marketing is relatively quick and easy. All that one has to do is to sign up as an affiliate for an online company that offers affiliate programs. An alternative method, and usually an easier one, is to sign up as a member of an affiliate network—a network that hosts a variety of affiliate programs for different online merchants or retailers. Signing up is usually free, although other companies and networks may require you to pay a particular fee. Such fees, however, are made as payment for additional services that the company may render, like providing you with tools and assistance to jump start your online business.

When you sign up with an affiliate marketing program, you are usually required to fill out a form containing information about yourself. Some affiliate programs may also require you to present the URL of your website and describe its contents. This will allow the retailers to verify that you actually have a website with contents that are relevant to their products. Some affiliate programs, however, won’t require you to have a website. After filling out the form and all, you are then allowed to choose the affiliate programs you want to promote.

After signing up with an affiliate program and being an actual affiliate, you are now ready to start making a lot of money by selling other people’s product online. How do you make money? There are actually a number of ways for you to earn money as an affiliate, and most of these ways depends on the type of affiliate marketing program you’ve gotten into.

Many affiliate marketing programs compensate their affiliates in either of three ways: pay-per-click (PPC), pay-per-sale (PPS), or pay-per-lead (PPL). In pay-per-click affiliate marketing, the affiliate is paid whenever he directs traffic to the merchant’s site. PPS and PPL affiliate marketing programs work rather differently. In PPS, the affiliate only gets paid when his referral converts into an actual sale. In typical PPS affiliate programs, the affiliate would usually get 15% to 20% commission for each conversion. PPL affiliate programs work the same way, although affiliates are paid a fixed fee whenever his referral converts into a lead for the company.

Some affiliate marketing programs are two-tier programs, wherein the affiliate is also allowed to recommend other affiliates to the merchant. In such affiliate programs, the affiliate would not only be paid for the traffic or sales that he would direct to the merchant’s site but also for the traffic or sales directed by the affiliates who signed up with the program through his recommendation.

Yet another way of earning more profits with affiliate marketing is through residual affiliate programs. Residual affiliate programs are affiliate programs where the affiliate gets paid a number of times for as long as the merchant keeps the customer the affiliate has referred to his site. One form of residual program gets the affiliate paid a commission every time the referred customer purchases something on the merchant’s site. Another form of residual affiliate program gets the affiliate paid a percentage every month for as long as the company keeps the referred customer.

With a lot of options available and a lot of ways to earn money, affiliate marketing is undoubtedly the most popular and the easiest way to make money by selling other people’s products online. As to how much money one can get from affiliate marketing actually depends on the affiliate. A dedicated and hardworking affiliate would certainly get more from the program compared to those affiliates who would simply sign up and forget about the program later.

So decide which type of affiliate you are going to be, go out there and find the programs that work for you. Then take the steps needed to be successful.

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8 Responses to “Making Money Selling Other People’s Products”

  1. Anish says:

    Nice straightforward basic affiliate marketing guidelines. It’s a field where many people make mistakes. For the starters, there are so many people who think affiliate marketing is just throw links @ people wherever they can spam them. Stupid mistake. Long-term success in marketing requires time and dedicated efforts. The key is to build a loyal following (“the money is in the list!”) by providing quality content, and promote only those products that you know for a FACT, are good quality. Of course, how you present it and how you get traffic are very important too.

  2. Akif says:

    This is pretty interesting.You really made me consider a lot.I’ll be checking this out.I’d like to read and learn more about this.Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jeffery says:

    I totally agree with the fact that with internet marketing, one is able to reach just about anybody in the world who has Internet access. However, targeting the world may be too difficult and therefore there is this topic about niche marketing. Thanks for sharing this article by the way, enjoyed it.

  4. kevin says:

    Hi Alex, good points you have here for affiliate marketing. Compared to traditional business, it is less costly more benefits and less efforts. You can work from home and still earning big. That’s just awesome. That’s why I am into Marketing Online.

  5. Allan Nkata says:

    Great post Alex! Affiliate marketing is undoubtedly the most popular way to get started with making money online. The goodness about it is that you don’t have to worry about customer service or the fear of creating your own product. However, I have a word of advise to those that do affiliate marketing. Firstly, start off by sending traffic to your own personal site and start building a list through an optin before sending it over to the merchants site. This way you can always go back to your list and market to them again later on down the line. The most common mistake that affiliate marketers do, is spending their time, hard work and energy building the merchants list as opposed to their own list first. Build your own list first then drive traffic to the affiliate offer then you will become a super affiliate.

  6. Making money online has become so easy for prospective online users, but the problem many people are facing is how to get started. Do you really believe that you can actually make money selling other people’s product, yes you can, so far you have the right perspective and the tools you need.

    I really want to make this simple, there are a lot of ways you can use to promote a digital or whatever product and earn your commissions.

  7. Believe it or not, people all over the world are looking for one information or the other that will help them, each and every day. The desire is there, but they might not share it with you. For instance, people want to make money online but they don’t tell you, immediately they see an information product that might provide a solution, they jump at it joyfully, do you know what that means, that is an avenue for you to make money, so far what you are giving them can provide solutions to their problem, I bet they will buy it, then you make your own money.

    If you promote a Hot and meaningful product on one niche, people will jump at it, mind you, you can get a lot of informational products that can help people solve their problems, satisfy a desire, or improve their life. It does not have to be on a particular product, there are many niches you can promote product on.

  8. Now, how do you get this kind of products, if you visit sites like, and other affiliate sites and get a product on a particular problem you want to solve for your perspective client. Search through their market place and pick a product with high commission rate to promote, I don’t need to go into details, any of the affiliates you choose to part with, I believe will have their help link to visit for details, but you will really make money from it if you promote it very well.

    How do you promote this product, which is my major concerns for you, I will want you to pay more attention keenly to what am about to tell you here if you really want to make money online.

    Persistence and commitment in line with determination will be the watchword for you, if you are truly determined and wants to make money, you can set up a blog with and start posting content about the products you are promoting, write a review about that product, post it to your blog with your affiliate link cloaked in the post, anybody that read your post and follow your affiliate link to your products homepage and make a purchase.