There are a lot of people getting involved in online businesses or web based marketing to supplement their regular jobs or even to replace them altogether. Why is this? Simple – online marketing has a lot to offer!

For starters, you have access to a very broad market – anyone in the world with access to the internet can find out about your products or services. This means more people to sell to; and bigger profits! Also, there is little to no overhead costs involved in starting a web based business, making it easy for almost anyone to get involved.

Another thing which attracts many to the field of online marketing is that you don’t need to have a product of your own to get started. Online marketing lets you make an income by selling or even just trying to sell someone else’s products and services. Getting started is easy with affiliate marketing. All you have to do is to enter into an agreement with a merchant or retailer who does business online and then you can get started making money promoting the merchant’s products.

The most popular form of online marketing is affiliate marketing. To put it at its most basic, affiliate marketing is just an agreement between a merchant who has products to sell and an affiliate who agrees to promote these products on their own website.

Usually, a merchant gives affiliates banner and text adds which link to their site. Affiliates then put these links on their site and are paid a commission when someone clicks through to the merchants website and makes a purchase. An affiliate is usually paid on a per-sale commission basis, though some pay fixed fees or pay on some other basis.

It’s easy to start making money online using affiliate marketing. All you have to do is to sign up with a merchant who offers an affiliate program. An even easier way to do this is to sign up with an affiliate network; these networks host many different affiliate programs for various merchants or retailers. It’s generally free to sign up, but some companies might ask for a fee. These fees are usually charged to cover services provided by the company such as marketing tools to help you get your online business started.

You’ll usually have to fill out some sort of form when you sign up for an affiliate program; this will generally be some information about you and perhaps your website. This helps retailers evaluate whether you and your site are a good fit for their affiliate program. There are other affiliate programs which do not require you to have a website; after filling out this form you will then be able to decide which affiliate program you want to get involved in.

After becoming an affiliate, you’re ready to make some money selling the merchant’s products and services online. How do you do this? There are a lot of different ways to go about it, which is best depends a great deal on what sort of affiliate marketing program you’ve chosen.

Affiliate programs generally pay their affiliates in one of three ways: pay per click (PPC) pay per sale (PPS) and pay per lead (PPL). Pay per click involves the affiliate being paid per visitor directed to the merchant’s website. PPS is the most common compensation model; the affiliate is only paid when one of the visitors they refer makes a purchase – this commission is usually somewhere between 15-20% per sale. The PPL model works much the same, but the affiliate is paid per referral who signs up as a lead for the merchant.

Some of these affiliate programs are two-tier programs, where affiliate can refer other affiliates to the merchant. In these programs, the affiliate is paid for the sales or traffic they refer and also any sales or traffic referred by the affiliate they got signed on to the program.

Another way to make money from affiliate marketing is via residual affiliate programs. These are affiliate programs in which the affiliate is paid as long as the merchant keeps the referral as a customer (this is more common with merchants who sell services rather than profits). One model involves the affiliate being paid every time their referral makes a purchase.

With so many options out there and so many different ways to earn, it’s easy to see why affiliate marketing is so popular as a way to make money online. How much money can you make in affiliate marketing? That all depends on you; an affiliate who is dedicated can make a lot more than affiliates who just sign up and do nothing else to make the most of the program.