The Internet is a wonderful communication resource. Go online and the world is at your finger tips. You can take an online virtual tour of famous cities, regions, museums, and even get a college degree.

The Internet is free. And it’s a worldwide marketplace of ideas, opinions, news, rumors, and things to buy.

It levels the knowledge playing field as schools and public library cards of the past couldn’t do. Anyone can learn almost any subject with a few keystrokes.

And the web changed commerce forever. Top retailers have web sites selling their products. You can buy virtually anything online. And have it delivered to your door. Or have it downloaded to your desktop.

And the Internet is worldwide. And open for business 24-hours a day, every day. You can sell virtually anything online to anyone anytime.

There’s little start up cost to launch a business from home. If successful that business can provide life changing income. All you need is an Internet connection.

Affiliate marketing is the easiest path to starting an Internet business. Affiliate marketers promote other people’s products or services. They drive traffic to an offer. If that results in a sale the marketer earns a commission.

Perhaps 99% of people making money online start as affiliate marketers. You can be an affiliate marketer with no web site, no list, and little experience. And you can start virtually immediately.

But, to establish a steady income stream you want all three.

The key to selling online is traffic. In internet marketing traffic is king. Traffic is an industry jargon term for how many people visit your websites. Or click your advertisement links.

And you generate traffic via paid ads or organic methods. Organic traffic is free.

When someone reads a blog post and clicks on an offer that’s organic. Established online money-makers say organic traffic is the most expensive. That’s because you don’t have control over organic traffic as you do with paid ads.

There are many ways to get traffic on the Internet. You can pay for clicks and ads via Google AdWords. You can advertise on Facebook and YouTube. Or buy banner ad placements.

Or you can get organic traffic by having people find your site from search engines. Many people get traffic from YouTube videos and article writing.

These are all great choices of driving people to your website. It is always a good idea to test them all to see which is the most profitable. You can run many tests until you are sure which the best is.

Once you have an idea of how you will get traffic, you now need to decide what type of affiliate program you want to run. In the industry, we call something such as health a vertical. Under the health vertical there are many niches. Examples are weight loss, skin care, health supplements.

It’s wise to be active in more than one niche. Also, use different affiliate programs. Affiliate offers don’t last forever. Some disappear. You may never know why. You need to have another affiliate offer ready to run when this happens.

Another reason to market more than one niche or product is simple revenue insurance. If traffic slows in that one niche, you will have other ways to continue making income. Quite often marketers make a killing in one specific vertical and that niche dries up.

Some niches are seasonal. Others are fads that don’t last more than a few months. A niche may dry up overnight. A promotion method may become ineffective. Ad outlets can change rules instantly. Be prepared for uncertainties.

A problem with affiliate marketing is you usually don’t know who’s buying via your vendor affiliation. You cannot sell directly to these buyers because you don’t know who they are. You don’t know how to reach them.

This is where your sales funnel comes into play. Part of the sales funnel is a method for capturing the buyer’s contact information.

That falls under the heading of List Building. And that’s another topic for another time.

For now all you need to know is affiliate marketing offers a fast entry opportunity to earn online. Some affiliate marketers make a lot. Others earn much less. The point is one can make enough online that’s life changing.

To make steady income via affiliate marketing you have to put in the time to study this industry. You have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, trying different methods and ideas.

Once you learn the basics, you will be able to make a living off of affiliate marketing.

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