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Make Money as an Affiliate

Those of you who are looking for ways to make money using the Internet and a computer are sure to have heard about affiliate marketing. According to many the fastest and easiest way to make money as an affiliate marketer is to become involved in one of the many different affiliate programs that have products you can promote on your website or blog. In many cases you can build a product specific web site and direct the traffic to the company site to buy their merchandise, every time a sale is made you get paid a commission.
Digital Products

One of the fastest selling items online is digital information; with the pace at which many of us live our lives printed books are no longer as popular as they once were. Clickbank has become one of the largest retailers of digital information on the web. They have thousands of ebooks and others sources of information available for download, these downloads cover every imaginable niche topic. Because there are no costs involved to manufacture or ship these products commissions are generally high and many pay as much as 75%.

Real Products

If you are more interested in selling real products instead of digital ones there are several profitable ways to go about it online. Most people have heard of Amazon.com, what many do not know is that you can create a website dedicated to a particular range of products such as baby furniture, CDs or DVDs and link directly to the sales pages on Amazon.com. They are considered one of the most profitable affiliate programs available today.

If you want to use someone other than Amazon, there is Share a Sale where you will find thousands of different products from apple peelers to Zoot Suit costumes for Halloween. When you join share a sale you also have access to deep linking like Amazon that allows you to target specific items for your web site. On top of this they provide you with tracking tools to help you figure out which of your links is bringing in the most commission.

Brand Name Stores

While getting the permission needed to open a new account and web site can be challenging, there is a way to participate in an affiliate program with many of the major retailers such as Kmart and Wal - mart. However if you can get a membership in Commission Junction, you will have access to these and many more major retailers and the brand name products that they have for sale. As with any of the above mentioned programs, commissions are relatively generous.

While these are not the only types of affiliate programs available on the Internet, they are among the best. Not only do they pay good commission rates, but they pay regularly and with the exception of Commission Junction are relatively easy to become a part of. Many affiliate marketers use these programs to build literally hundreds of sites that all bring in a small amount of money to create a very substantial monthly income. There are many different ways to make money as an affiliate, you need to do your research carefully and be prepared to work hard to achieve your goals.