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FREE THINGS ONLINE: The affiliate marketer’s Holy Grail

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The affiliate marketer’s Holy Grail

I stumbled upon a pretty amazing widget creation site today and simply had to blog about it. PopShop is a new online startup which offers a large searchable collection of affiliate products over 15 million according to the site that span all of the major networks. With PopShops, it all starts with the concept of a “shop”. A shop can be a single product, a multi-page storefront, or a widget (a small web based application which provides a service and usually integrates with a larger system ) that you've constructed from products you've chosen. For each shop you will be given a small snippet of code to embed into your website or blog. You can easily create customized storefronts and widgets (referred to collectively as "shops") to put any of these products on your website or blog to earn commissions and make extra cash. Pick the products you want with a quick keyword search, customize the look of your shop, and then pop it into your site.

Once a user clicks on the link and purchases the product you keep 100% of the affiliate commissions you earn. Whether you're an amateur blogger trying to monetize a single site or a super affiliate who makes a living building niche sites this tool is definitely handy. For those of you who might not know what affiliate marketing is, this online business involves an affiliate's (you) promotion of a merchant's product this could be anything from software applications to clothing via a website. Here the website owned by the affiliate is made to advertise and market the products of the merchant through the affiliate program that they run. Whenever someone clicks on the merchant's product promoted by the one owned by the affiliate (you), the affiliate (you) is given a commission. This is in recognition of his effort in helping the merchant make a sale. This particular business model allows people to work at home under flexible working hours. There is no boss to scream around putting pressure on everyone about the deadline at hand.

Those who have been in the business long enough can attest to the fact that it is a lucrative business indeed, one that can actually give people things that they could not possibly possess or experience under ordinary circumstances and is definitely a good way of establishing an alternative income stream.

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