Archive for April, 2010

If you have been involved with an internet based home business for any length of time, and particularly if it is an affiliate based business, you are bound to come across people that you sponsor who are not making any money and will then contact you and tell you that you have sold them a scam program.

If they are angry enough they might even threaten to file a lawsuit against you for cheating them out of their hard earned money. So long as you know that the business that you sponsored them in to is a legitimate internet based home business, here are some tips on how to handle the situation.

1. The first thing is do not panic! You need to realize that you are dealing with someone who tends to be a bully. It is really much easier to blame your failure on someone else, rather than take responsibility for your downfall on yourself. Many people, especially when it comes to internet marketing think that just by joining a program and maybe paying a small fee, the money will just roll in.

What they need to understand is that an internet based business, just like a regular brick and mortar business takes time and effort to build. This person needs to learn to take responsibility for his own actions and not blame everyone else when what he expected does not materialize immediately. He will just lash out at you for the failure.

2.  Whatever his attitude, don’t reply in the same tone. We are all tempted at times to give as good as we get, but this will serve no purpose at all. Rather than lowering yourself to his level, remain calm and write an email explaining that the program is legitimate.  Be polite and be sympathetic but tell him that you are making money with it.

3.  Offer your affiliate further help and enquire what he has have done to lose money. Tell him that he can ask for your help and advice at any time before spending his money on things such as advertising or other business related expenses and that you are willing to work closely with him to help him turn the failure around.

You will find that generally people like this are looking for someone to guide them and lead them more than anything else.

4. Another thing is don’t delete the emails that you receive from this person, keep them on file so that if you ever need to and he threatens you with lawsuits in the future you have these emails that can be used as evidence in your defense.

5.  Remember that if the situation reaches the point where you can no longer handle it on your own, you can always turn to your own sponsor for help, and if necessary you can go to the managers of the affiliate program and ask that this person be removed from your downline, and prevented from participating in this legitimate internet based business.

Keep in mind that just because someone says an internet based business is a scam it doesn’t make it one. So long as you feel that the business you are offering to other people is a legitimate internet business and you are happy and making money with it, then you can stand up to those who are so quick to call something a scam without even giving it a fair chance.

Have you been told that starting and running an affiliate based internet business is a great way to make a living and that it can offer wonderful opportunities. Well what you heard is right.

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to earn extra income online and in fact, there are people who actually make a living out of it as well. Think about it, you can quit your job and spend more time working at home with your family whilst earning all that you need through affiliate programs.

It is an extremely popular method because setting it up is absolutely free! There is, however plenty of effort involved but every new venture needs some kind of effort to be successful, right? Now, how to start an affiliate marketing business? Here’s a step by step:

1. The first thing to think about is what niche you want your business to be involved in. Having a niche, a really specific one, is important because this would help you a lot when it comes to choosing the right products for your business. You would want to maintain some kind of uniformity in the items you are selling so knowing your niche is important. This would also help you identify your client or target market easily as well. Find out what appeals to them and what doesn’t.

2. Having an affiliate marketing business basically means that you are paid to help sell other people’s products. Thus, it is very important for you to represent products that are of high quality. Make sure that the affiliate programs you choose to sell are legitimate good quality programs as bad ones could ruin your reputation permanently. Definitely not a good thing, especially when you are just starting out. It is definitely preferable to have a few good products that are top quality than to have a whole lot that you know nothing about. So choose your products well.

3. Now, for your website or your blog, it’s important to have it looking nice and easy to navigate. If you have one too many ads on it, chances are people would think twice before taking any product recommendations from you. Provide them with good informative articles or reviews and make sure that you only have a certain number of discreet ads. Also, make sure that your site is not too flashy and is very easy for people to navigate.

People always prefer a site that’s simple and yet aesthetically pleasing instead of a graphic filled site that’s totally distasteful.

Think about an internet marketing strategy and put it into action. There are various internet marketing techniques to choose from and there will always be one that would fit any budget. Pick the ones that you think would suit your business extremely well and put it into action.

If you have good programs it will help in getting visitors to your site and you need to generate targeted traffic if you want to make any sales. Use a few different methods of driving traffic to your website as the more traffic you have, the greater your chances of making good sales.

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Do you have a dream list as well as your list of goals? Irrespective of what your internet based business goals are, you need to have a list of dreams as this is what will really help you to achieve success in your endeavors.

Everyone is motivated by different things and when it comes to building your internet home business whatever your reasons are for starting it in the first place, you should take the time to make a dream list and read it daily.

So today let’s talk about your dreams and what you would like to achieve or experience in your life as these are usually why you started your own home based business.

1.  You could quit your job and work for yourself from home. For me this was a huge one as I always wanted to be my own boss and have the freedom in my life to make my own decisions.

2.  For other people it may be the desire to buy a home or maybe just to buy a holiday home somewhere. Or possibly it would be to travel the world and see new places is a dream for another person.

3. Maybe you have lost your job (a very real possibility in today’s financial climate) and the dream of being able to pay your bills and support your family is what you want. A successful online home business that brings in a regular income will certainly relieve the stress you are feeling.

4.  If you have children who are still dependant on you for support, an extra income even if it is from a part time home business can pay for those activities that kids need, like dancing or soccer lessons.

5.  Do you dream of spending a vacation on a tropical island with palm trees waving in the breeze? An extra income over and above your normal salary, if you could save it would help to pay for this. I once spent 8 days in the Seychelles and on my dream list is a return trip to that paradise.

6.  Investing extra income for your old age so that you can actually enjoy your retirement years is another dream that many people have and it is important. The older you get the more aware of this you become. Or maybe giving more to charitable causes is what you dream about. With extra profits from your internet business these are all very real possibilities.

There are probably plenty of other ideas that you may have for your own dream list besides the ones that I have listed. The main thing is that you develop a dream list and read it daily. You will find tremendous motivation and inspiration by doing this and it will spur you on to build a successful and profitable internet based home business.

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