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How to Make Money Online with Affiliate Marketing

In this post-modern information age where everything pretty much depends on whether or not it's on Google, making money online couldn't be simpler. You don't have to go out there and sweat it out in a cubicle or even be the undisputed expert on a niche topic.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is all about allowing someone else to advertise their products or services on your online web space, whether your web space is a blog, a website or simply an article you've published on someone else's website.

You earn money when a visitor clicks on the advert and/or buys the product/service. Sometimes they don't even have to buy the product for you to get paid (as explained below). Really, how simple is that? You don't need to do any selling, any convincing - simply lend your advertiser some web space to promote their product or service.

Alternatively, you can actively promote the product or service yourself by writing an article or review on it and some affiliates find this works best. You can also choose between promoting individual advertisers or inviting advertisements from ALL advertisers.

If you think this sounds too good to be true, just browse the web and take a look at how many popular sites use affiliate type marketing to make money online.

How Does This Work From Home Idea Work?

Well, for starters you usually need a website or blog or some online 'space' that you can call your own. However, many Affiliate Marketeers don't have their own websites or blogs and use free article sites to publish their articles and advertise that way.

Once you have your web space, you need to tie up with an online merchant such as Clickbank (and advertise individual products/services) or Google Adsense (multiple advertisers) and add the information to your web space.

Here are a few different ways in which this work from home idea can work for you:

When and How do I Get Paid?

  1. Pay per click: With this method, every time someone clicks on the ad placed on your website, blog or article and are redirected to the advertiser's website, you get a certain amount of money (pre-agreed) deposited in your account by the advertiser. Google Adsense is the most popular example of this. Since the chances of fake clicks or 'cheating' is high in this method, advertisers such as Google Adsense have programs in place that detect any fraudulence. So every time there's a valid click on the ad, you make money online.

  2. Pay per lead: Sometimes, advertisers only look for lead generation to pay a commission – in which case, every time a potential customer registers with the advertiser's website by clicking on the ad placed on your web space, you get a commission or a pre-agreed amount of money deposited in your account. Again, it takes no more than sitting back and watching, but if your advertiser gains enough profit, being an affiliate marketeer could be a great business idea for you.

  3. Pay per sale: Here, you make money every time your advertiser makes an actual sale through a customer that arrived from your web space. Since sales are a lot harder to achieve than clicks, the commission or percentage of profit is usually much higher in this method.

And that's all there is to it. All you need to do is ensure that your website or blog or article is popular, so that you get a lot of visitors. If you do this well, being an affiliate marketeer can be a good home based business.

What About Other Ways To Earn Money Online?

Selling other people's products or services is not for everyone, so here are some alternative work from home opportunities you might like to consider.

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