Broadly speaking, Internet based affiliate program seems including everything, no matter as hot as pay per click (PPC) advertising or as old as pay per impression or pay per sale (PPS) or lead marketing. So, it is true that all legitimate online home based businesses, no matter big or small, are making real money online with Internet based affiliate programs. The doubt is only how to select suitable Internet based affiliate programs to make real money online.

What is a partner? What is an affiliate? A partner is an associate who works with others toward a common goal. An affiliate is a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization. It seems the difference is there but the basic meaning is the same – for sharing benefit.

For legitimate online home based business, Internet based affiliate programs have huge advantages:

1. No hustle and be your own boss.
2. With low or even no cost to set up.
3. No hard task to deal with, such as customer service, shipping or inventory management.
4. High income potential and keep running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no holiday no stop and sales everywhere.

Based on individual company’s policy, there are some rules that do not allow you to sign up all Internet based affiliate programs, such as pay-per-click (PPC) search engines (SE) or gambling Internet based affiliate programs may be not compatible. Meanwhile, you may know that every company has its minimum payout and commission rate is different.

In my personal experience, I strongly recommend you sign up third party for your Internet based affiliate programs. This will bring you two major advantages: one is save your time; the other is collecting your money together.

There is thousands of individual Internet based affiliate programs offered on the Internet, many being through third party Internet based affiliate program networks such as Clickbank, Commission Junction Linkshare and so on. These companies connect a large number of advertisers and publishers together via their own affiliate network.

As a publisher, one registration gives you access to tens, even hundreds of advertisers simultaneously. Tracking partner performance is easy: there is only one technical support contact and easier to manage, like only using one user id and one password. The payment is received as your monthly revenue. Another is third party check Internet based affiliate programs’ credit and reputation.

Payment thresholds can often be fairly high – a $50 US minimum is common for international publishers. Finally, a payment delay of two months or more from the date of a sale/lead generation can occur often. Not mention some Internet based affiliate programs have been known for not fairly treat affiliate to track sales and leads properly as honestly as they could be. Not mention some Internet based affiliate programs announce they are not responsible for missing check. Can we ask whether they really send check?

For those big Internet based affiliate programs, like Google AdSense, Amazon, you may participate directly with their Internet based affiliate programs.

How should you choose an individual Internet based affiliate program? My suggestion is not to choose a Internet based affiliate program only according to the payment scheme, but rather according to the kind of people who are likely to visit your website, it means relevance. For example, if you are targeting legitimate online home based business on your website, links to Internet based affiliate programs with school recruiting program, text-books sale and the like may generate less revenue than banners that link to paid survey companies. The most important rule of choosing an Internet based affiliate program is to know your target audience.

Another suggestion is not necessary to join every single Internet based affiliate program that comes your way. Some gurus suggest that sites that make the most real money from Internet based affiliate programs are only sign up a small amount of Internet based affiliate programs.

Author's Bio: 

Alexander Gorbachev owns the Home Business Resource Directory where you can find everything you will ever need to start, run and grow a home business at: