First of all, lets cover just exactly what affiliate marketing is. Affiliate Marketing is like becoming an independent salesperson. You will either sell or get leads for another company services or products. These companies will end up paying you a commission or a flat fee for it.
In order to start with your Affiliate Marketing business you will need to promote in either one or many different ways. You can set up a website, a blog, newsletter, emails, ads etc. The list can go on but the most popular and inexpensive way is to set up your own website with the purpose to promote these products. In the beginning try starting off with a product you have some knowledge about. Try promoting a product where you can actually become an expert at as everyone will come to see you as an authority in this niche.
Once you have decided the product or niche you want to promote you will need to acquire a domain. Try to get a domain that your potential buyers can easily remember and like. Also try to buy a domain that relates well to your product and niche. For example, if you're trying to sell only dog related products it would be best for it to not have any mention of another animal in it. Make sure your domain is relevant and it will help you in the viewers eyes.
Now the next step you will need to take is finding a hosting company where you can host your site. The importance of a good hosting company will mean the possibility of your website always being available to users no matter when they request it. Downtimes are almost inevitable in any hosting company the issue is who can offer you the least downtime. Finding and hiring a good hosting company is a pretty important issue. Research the different options out there and try to read their reviews. At the end of the day this is where you should not hold back in paying for quality service.
Once all this is done you're ready to get your website done. Most of the companies you will be trying to sell products for will be able to provide you with a web page that you can use on your site. This page will include your affiliate link and more than likely some instructions on how to set it up. It's important you set this up as indicated and make sure your affiliate link is in place.
Ok, up to now you have only done the ground work. You have decided on a product, a domain, a hosting company and you have even setup your site with your affiliate code. Now the most important bit begins. How will you promote your site and let the world now about the products you're trying to sell?
Article Writing or Article Marketing is probably one of the best and cheapest ways to start. Write articles about the product you're trying to sell. You're article should be of value to the reader and of such high quality that they will want to know even more and visit your site. And yes once you get the reader to your site you now have to opportunity to present them with your product and hopefully turning this reader into a customer.
Further down the line once you have dominated the Article Writing and Article Marketing world you can also have a look into SEO and Pay Per Click alternatives for driving traffic to your sites. These are usually a bit expensive alternatives for promoting your products but they can help you potentially double or even triple your current earnings.
As you can see Affiliate Marketing is not a get rich over night scheme. It actually needs some work and time put into it. Although once you start dominating the various promotion techniques you will begin to see some lucrative rewards coming your way.
If you've read this far you probably read the part where I mention that your article should be of value to the reader and it be of such quality that they will want to know more. Though this time I rather cut through the chase and mention why I want you to go to my site and find out more. I've been in the Affiliate Marketing business for a few years now and the most important thing I've learned is that improvements are made a step at a time. During the past 6 months alone I've been able to increase my earnings almost by 50% and it has been due to a number of changes that I've made in different places. The last and biggest jump was made possible by this Affiliate Marketing Technique I learned and implemented not too long ago. This single Technique helped me improve my daily results by 12% in the first few days.