Making money with your home computer
There are a few little tricks to making money with any work at home computer-based business, but the number one so-called secret is in how you actually market your web site. The first crucial thing you need to do is to advertise your site so that people know that you even exist. How you advertise, however, is one of the tricks.
If you are running a computer-based 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 present on the internet, you will eventually become just another casualty of the online community.
Affiliate marketing programs offer one of the best methods of advertising for fledgling computer based businesses where the cost of your advertising is deferred until a customer buys something from you. Through affiliate marketing you provide promotional tools such as graphics and text embedded with links for other website owners to post on their site. When one of their visitors sees your advertisement, clicks on the link 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 will receive for your 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. Some companies may offer premium memberships and the commission will go as high as 30 percent or more, or there will the opportunity to earn on several referral levels.
There are also services which will pay you for taking surveys online, and while the per survey earnings 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 on the internet filling out surveys will of course depend on how much actual spare time you are willing to put into it. But this extra money could then be used on advertising your home business.
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 and taking your computer based home business seriously.