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This is a subject that has been searched millions of times and the reason is that a lot of people are looking for ways to make money on the Internet. I can’t say that I blame them and I totally understand. Today’s economy and the bleak outlook for years to come is forcing average folks to look for other ways to supplement their income. But, with all the ways that a person can make money online, which one is the best, or the easiest, or the most profitable? There really is no one “best” answer to that question because thousands of people are currently doing pretty good online and they’re using a combination of the various techniques, while some are using only one. That’s why I say that there really isn’t a perfect answer as to which technique is the best. My best advice for you is to find that technique that works best for you, master it, and then move to another. Whatever you do, don’t start out by doing several techniques right away because you will only get overwhelmed and might even bag the whole idea.

I’m going to follow my own advice here today, and focus on only one technique to use. That technique is affiliate marketing on the Internet. My guess is that you’ve probably already read a lot about it and may have even decided to jump in and see what it’s all about. I have to tell you that it’s an exciting aspect of Internet marketing and can be very lucrative if you’re willing to put forth the effort to make it successful.

As a first step, let’s define what affiliate marketing is, and what it isn’t. Affiliate marketing on the Internet is just what the term implies. It’s simply promoting someone else’s product and getting paid for selling it. Simple. Affiliate marketing, on the other hand, is not a get rich quick technique. Instead, it’s about learning the aspects of marketing in general and then applying the same principles to marketing on the Internet.

The “how” of affiliate marketing can be a stumbling block right off the bat because there is so much information available it’s no wonder that so many folks get overwhelmed so quickly with all the “steps” involved. To keep it simple, and by the way, that’s my style, look for a product that interests you. That is, something that you would buy for yourself. This way, you will be marketing a product you already believe in. It’s a lot easier doing it this way because you already have prior knowledge of the product or the category it’s in.

Once you find the category or products you are interested in, then head on over to their website and check to see if the company has an affiliate program. There is a good chance they do. The signup link you’re looking for is probably somewhere near the bottom the web page or in their contact section. If you can’t find it, write to the company via their “Contact Us” page and see what they say. On the other hand, if you find the link, then simply sign up for their program. There’s a good chance they may direct you to either Commission Junction or LinkShare to name a few. These are two popular sites that handle the affiliate programs for hundreds of companies.

Once you’re an official affiliate, you can add their links and banners to your website and begin promoting their products for a commission. If you don’t have a website yet, you will have to put your affiliate aspirations on hold until you do. It’s just not a good idea to try to promote products or services if you don’t own your own domain name and/or website. So, please make sure you have your website up and running first. Then, add your affiliate links or banners to it.

Assuming you now have your website up and running, you may be wondering if your site is “good enough.” As I’ve said in my other articles, the content of your site is far more important than anything else. This includes text and graphics. That subject is the topic of another article I’ve also written. Having a nice looking website that is loaded with relevant content and graphics to accentuate your offering is all you need to start promoting your affiliate products and to begin your adventure in affiliate marketing on the Internet !

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