Online shopping is growing to a multi-billion dollar business. It is very secure to buy online now that almost all consumers will purchase something on the internet. The ease of marketing directly to consumers is almost too good to be true. One thing you may have noticed when you purchased something online is that the web site has links to what are called affiliates. Many web sites have links to major online retailers that are directed by way of linkshare or commission junction which are known as affiliate marketing companies.. People feel very comfortable buying from major, well known retailers.
Do you want to become part of the growing online retailing market? If you are looking for an opportunity to make some money, the affiliates are a great way to be associated with the best online shopping sites. To start your own online shopping site where you stock and ship products, it would take a huge investment with no assurance that the business would ever make money. But with affiliates you can join and share in the business sales that are made through your online web site. Some of the major companies that offer affiliate marketing are Linkshare and Commission Junction. There are a few others but with just these two you can join countless number of online shopping sites and receive a percent of sales you make. The affiliate of the companies (which would be you and your web business) act as an independent business selling other's products just like you would if you ran your own store and stocked it with many different company products.
To join the affiliate companies as an affiliate, you go to their site and after agreeing to the agreement you sign up without paying anything! Yes, it's free to join. Beware of any company that costs you money to sell their products. Why would they charge you to sell their products? They probably don't have much faith that you will be able to do so and want to collect money from you. Affiliate marketing is free to join and you get a percent when sales are made from your web site. The cost to you is the cost of having a web site which is rather low.
To get your own web site you can search for companies that offer web hosting. There are some that are free like geocities but usually there are restrictions. Geocities/yahoo has a 'for a fee' web hosting that is affordable. There are many others. Homestead.com is affordable and easy to use. For those that want many web sites AIT is good choice. One web site is fine to get started and a second may be well off in the future. You can always get a better web hosting deal when you need it. Start easy, low cost and most importantly start!
How too. OK, you decided to take the plunge into the growing online retail marketing business. Think of a name for your web site. Make it as easy to remember as possible. Most dot com names have already been taken. But that isn't a problem. You can use your name or initials along with a word like shopping or shopping online should be available to register. Be creative but keep it simple. You may need a web builder or publisher to make your web site. Geocities has a page builder as does Homestead so they may be your better choice to use. They are also easier for anyone that doesn't have web site building experience. Anyone can do it with some patience. It would be better to use Frontpage or Dreamweaver to make your web site. This would take a little more study to use and cost to buy the software. It's most important to start and you can always upgrade to something better when you learn how.