To put it simply, an Affiliate Marketer is someone who sells other peoples products or services, and in turn gets paid a commission for referring the customer to the merchant. Some commissions are as high as 75% of the purchase price or even hundreds or thousands of dollars per sale.
The common misconception is that you need a massive ecommerce website to achieve this. This simple truth is, anyone can do this even if you DON’T have a website. Yes you heard right, You don’t even need a website to make money online as an affiliate marketer.
Some of the most successful marketers out there make more money without a website than they do with one.
You can utilize advertising programs such as Google Adwords or even use one from other search engines such as Yahoo or Miva. You pay a few cents per click to send the prospective customer to your merchants site. If they buy you get a commission. In short, you spend a few cents in advertising and make a few dollars or even hundreds for a successful sale.
There are many Affiliate Networks you can join which gives you access to tens of thousands of merchants products which you can begin selling almost immediately. Best of all, when you join its completely FREE. The two biggest and most popular Affliate Networks that marketers join are Commission Junction and Clickbank.
Commission Junction allows you to sell anything from Electrical Good, Clothing all the way through to referring customers to Financial Institutions.
Clickbank on the other hand is the Worlds largest Network that sells digital products. By digital product I mean Ebooks and software. Ebooks are the easiest items to sell. You can find ebooks on How to stop Smoking, Ways to Make Money Online, How to write software etc. Anything you can think of you will almost certainly find there. People are falling over themselves to find a solution to the situation they are in and they turn to Ebooks that can help them. The best part is that these items are available for instant download. The minute someone purchases an Ebook your commission is credited to your account. Clickbank pays you every 2 weeks so you also get a regular cheque.