There are a multitude of ways to make money online using dozens of different methods. You can create your own products, resell products, make money from AdSense, adverts or any of a number of different ways.

In this article, you are going to learn how you can make money from promoting affiliate programs.

An affiliate program is where a product owner gives you permission to sell his product in return for a cut of the profits. Usually they will provide you with tools and resources you can use to promote the product. At the very least you will be able to point people to the product owner's website.

The big advantage of an affiliate program is that you can get your business up and running in minutes at no cost to you. You don't need a website, you don't need a programmer, and you don't need a product.

All you need is to find a product that is selling well and that you are happy to promote and you are all set to start yourself off in Internet Marketing.

In an affiliate program you will be paid anything from 30% up to 70% and sometimes a bit more, depending on the product. Though this may not sound a lot, you can earn a very good living from affiliate marketing – some people earn tens of thousands of dollars a month from it.

Payments from affiliate programs vary, some pay via PayPal, some send checks and other send money by wire transfer. Depending on which country you live in, the method of payment may influence your choice of affiliate programs.

When you are selecting an affiliate program to promote you can either search the Internet and find a product that is suitable for you, or you can visit one of the many affiliate program directories that exist.

One of the best known of these is ClickBank. It is a directory containing thousands of products in hundreds of categories. Many merchants love ClickBank because it handles all payments for them – both from customers and to affiliates. The nice thing about ClickBank for you as the affiliate is that you are not relying on a merchant to pay you. A single merchant may go out of business, have cash flow problems and delay paying you. Because ClickBank is a larger company your payments are more certain.

Admittedly, ClickBank doesn't have the most advanced user interface on the planet, but it is very popular. However, a new kid has appeared on the block, PayDotCom. It's a new site with a sleek user interface and new products appearing all the time. It is seriously challenging ClickBank and may be another good place for you to find products to promote.

Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to start making money online for a minimal financial outlay. It is a way for you to earn a lot of money without ever having your own product. If you are new to Internet Marketing, this could be an excellent way for you to start to making money online.

There are many websites with affiliate programs and you can easily find affiliate programs to promote in your niche.

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