What Is Internet Marketing Exactly?

Most people researching online business opportunities will eventually come to the option of setting up an online Marketing business. When I first researched online and hit upon Internet Marketing as an option, I genuinely had no idea what it was and even still, many of my friends have difficulty grasping the concept. Internet Marketing simply means that you promote products online…. either products which you have created and own yourself, or you promote products on behalf of other vendors.

Why is Online Marketing necessary?

Almost every business nowadays uses the Internet to market their business or service and many businesses are prepared to pay either a fee or a commission to others who are willing to successfully promote their business on the Internet. In Internet Marketing, your customer base can be global or local, depending on your business requirements. But everyone who has a business to advertise or a product to promote needs to do this through Internet Marketing.

What products are promoted and marketed by Internet?

Have you ever researched online for information about something and been offered a product which will help with your problem? Have you ever downloaded a product onto your computer which gives information about anything… maybe how to play better golf, how to lose weight or how to deal with a difficult relationship? These products are called eproducts or ebooks (because they can be electronically downloaded) and have the attraction of being immediately accessible for the customer. While much of the information online is free, some of the downloaded stuff is to be paid for but because it is an online product, it is only through searching online or being directed to the product by a third party that the product can be promoted.

The Function of Online Marketing

The owner or vendor of the product will have taken some time and effort to gather information on a particular topic…. usually from an expert in the area… and will have put together an audio – visual package of information, interviews, and tips on the subject. Because the product is only for sale online, it is vital for the product vendor to make the product known to interested customer and the vendor will pay a commission to any Internet marketer who will create a sale of the product by promoting it in relevant Internet articles, search engines and even on your own website if you have one set up. (Many Internet Marketers set up a website even when they have no product or service to sell personally but they will provide online information and maybe a discussion forum on a particular topic). The function of Internet Marketing is to lead a customer to the sales page of the vendor and if a sale results, the Internet Marketer is paid.

How does Internet Marketing work?

It is possible to promote products for a vendor anywhere in the world and track the resulting sales and to be guaranteed that you will be paid correctly and securely. In order to set up an Internet Marketing business you will need to set up an account with ClickBank. It is free to set up this account and it is in fact, through ClickBank that your online sales will be processed. ClickBank will have your account secure, you will have access to your details and payments at all times and, most importantly, it is ClickBank who will provide you with a unique “hoplink” which will connect you with each product that you promote.

Why Is Internet Marketing so attractive?

Internet marketing is not a get rich quick scheme as it is sometimes promoted. For me, it involved a lot of research even just to understand the concept. After that, you need to research the products you would like to promote… if you are interested or qualified in a particular area, you are already in with a head start. This will be the “niche” that you will promote. Then there is a long process of setting up your product portfolio and deciding how you will promote those products. If you decide to set up a website, then you will own and control your own platform and you will also have the advantage of cost – efficiency and everything in one place so that it will make your marketing more efficient.

Once you have your business set up, however, Internet Marketing will prove to be very exciting, location – friendly and rewarding.