Launching Into Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing has been in existence for quite a long time but many did not know or understand what it really is. During the recent couple of years, we have seen a major boost up in such online marketing methods with many people trying to adventure and make a living through online means.

I am myself amazed to the fact that so many are trying to launch themselves into being an affiliate of some kind. People from various backgrounds, cultures, countries and career field are being found trying to sell and make some money online even people who don’t know much about websites, blogs and related. They only heard or read articles about e-marketing and they are so convinced of its potential to online success that they simply launch into this adventurous journey of Affiliate Marketing. However, here’s the ‘big’ question:

How many will really succeed in Affiliate Marketing?

Before answering this important question, let’s first go into a little explanation of what it is.

What is Affiliate Marketing?
This kind of marketing is simply the selling of products and services of other people or companies online. Even though we might not have any product whether tangible or digital, we can still make some good money selling the products and services of others. In return for each product sold, we earn a percentage commission also know as an affiliate commission. This also means that the more we are able to sell, the more profit/commission we earn and selling a good amount will definitely drive in great commissions. Affiliate Marketing is simply amazing but unfortunately not everyone really succeed. This is because it is not a ‘get-rich-quick’ program but rather involve a lot of hard work and perseverance to achieve results. If you are thinking of launching into it and start making good money within a few days, just forget it! It will require some good efforts and time and dedication to marketing your products before you can really succeed. And without a good understanding of how internet marketing operates and which techniques to use, you will not likely achieve great results and that is why 98% fails.

By now, you might be saying to yourself that it seems that affiliate marketing relies a lot on internet marketing. Yes! Yes! You are absolutely right about it. If you really want to succeed in this, you will have to polish your online marketing skills and this definitely involves many things.

Where does the success of Affiliate Marketing lies?
So, what do we really need to achieve results in affiliate marketing are firstly; perseverance, and secondly; marketing skills. I know it might not seems a lot of work but it is! Perseverance is your personal decision and determination to work hard and never give up until you achieve results. Marketing skills could mean anything from knowing and understanding the products and audience (niche/market) to marketing them and making sales. This will also mean continuous follow-up of your products and sales to understand your niche and techniques better.

Product Sourcing Secrets – How to Find a Good Product Sourcing Supplier

How can one who is interested in starting a business or continue to offer new products in an existing business, find a good product sourcing company? To begin with, one could look for these companies on places like Google and Yahoo search engines. Those rated at the top of the list are your best options to look at first. You can search for terms like wholesale, dropship services, liquidators, etc.

Media Ads For Local Product Sourcing Dealers

Many times, the local paper will offer you a choice of the local companies offering a great selection of products. They may be local which is great for you because it means less shipping charges eating away at your profits. Since they are local, you can see first hand the products they offer you. Regular newspapers, community newspapers, and trade journals will be a good place to start. Yard sales are also a great place to find one-of-a-kind items but they will not provide a steady stream of product sourcing.

Closeouts And Large Lot Sales

The closeouts and large lot sales will be a wonderful place to purchase items in bulk for a reduced price. Product sourcing in this way will give you a large supply of items at the ready when customers make a purchase. There will be no middleman but you will need a place to store the items. If you choose to utilize this type of product sale, you will find that getting into a niche category with your business will be hard to do.

Why an Integrated Workplace Safety and Wellness Program Is Best

Employees are a business’s most valuable asset and keeping them safe and healthy should be a priority for any company. Many businesses have a workplace safety program and a wellness program, but the two programs operate independently of one another – but should they? There are some compelling reasons to integrate the two so that employees can benefit from a more global, holistic approach to staying safe and healthy on the job.

To adequately address health and safety issues, companies need to look not only at whether an employee is performing their job safely but whether they’re healthy and fit enough to do their job without a high risk of injury. Issues like obesity, poor physical fitness and inadequate nutrition make it harder for employees to carry out certain tasks in the workplace.

The link between health and safety

According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, people who are obese are at higher risk for occupational health issues and injuries. When obese staff are exposed to chemicals on the job, they’re at higher risk for occupational asthma and heart and lung issues compared to a non-obese person. They’re also at greater risk for ergonomic issues and bio-mechanical problems including carpal tunnel syndrome. If companies focus on workplace safety without addressing the obesity issue, the bigger problem remains. A unified approach that integrates occupational safety measures with wellness initiatives that emphasize good nutrition and weight control provides a more effective solution to the problem.

There’s also the issue of back injuries. Back injuries are one of the most common workplace safety issues, and people who are overweight and physically unfit are at higher risk for injuring their back on the job. Most back injuries occur as a result of lifting objects at work and ergonomic issues. Although it’s not possible to prevent all work-related back problems, integrating wellness with safety by emphasizing regular exercise to strengthen muscles in the lower back can reduce back injuries. Integrating workplace safety and wellness offers a more well-rounded approach to preventing back injuries.

What part does wellness play in safety? Wellness programs that focus on stress reduction, smoking cessation and alcohol and drug-related issues are also important for workplace safety. According to a study published in a Canadian publication called The Daily, smokers are at greater risk for being injured at work compared to non-smokers. Among women, the risk was nearly double. Stress does more than just affect employees psychologically – it increases their risk of being injured on the job. Employees who are under stress at home or at work are distracted and less able to focus on doing their job safely. Integrating stress management into a workplace safety program can help reduce the number of injuries and motivate employees to be more productive. Nutrition is another factor that a workplace safety and wellness program should address. Employees who start their day with only a cup of coffee are more prone to blood sugar drops that can lead to workplace injuries. Good nutrition is an integral part of any safety program.

There’s another benefit of merging wellness and workplace safety. Employees are less likely to participate in programs that address workplace hazards than they are wellness programs that focus on personal benefits. Integrating the two makes it more likely that employees will take part.

The bottom line

Combining workplace safety with wellness has a number of benefits for both employees and employers. Most importantly, it helps to create a safer, healthier and more productive workplace – and that’s something every company should strive for.