It’s no secret that most of us would love to be able to quit our jobs and go into business for ourselves. I’m pretty sure if you are reading this article you are one of those people who have decided to test the waters and see what this Affiliate Marketing thing is people are always talking about on the Internet. You probably want to find out if it is as good as it sounds or if it’s some kind of scam. Well I’m here to tell you, it is as good as it sounds and no, it’s not a scam.

But before you go jumping in head first, there are some things you should know about Affiliate Marketing. Stay with me here because what you will learn from this article is that you can make money through Affiliate Marketing but, I’m sorry to say, you are going to have to work for it. Do you remember doing research papers for high school or college? The ones you had to stay up all night working on? Well Affiliate Marketing is kind of like that, research, lots and lots of research.

Let’s start at the beginning though, in case you are still trying to decide whether Affiliate Marketing fits your personality. So why Affiliate Marketing? Well that’s simple, there are two main reasons people start Affiliate Marketing business over any other business. The first is money and the second is risk. When you decide to take the plunge and start your own business, you will take into consideration how much money it will take to start and factor in what the risk is in getting your money back. An important statistic to remember is that up to 90% of all small businesses fail within the first year, and most of the time it is from money related issues. But with Affiliate Marketing you see, you can usually start a very profitable business with no money and the companies you sell for absorb all of the risk.

Now that you have decided to continue on with your Affiliate Marketing business, you will need to find out where to start. You will probably search the Internet high and low for information on where to begin your quest. Ah, the research begins! But I warn you, be aware that there are literally millions of websites, products and seminars for sale on the Internet promoting Affiliate Marketing tips, tricks and tools. Don’t be so quick to spend your money just yet though; most of these things are well designed promotions of their own that are only there to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and eagerness to learn. In other words, they know you’ll spend your money to get more information.

The bigger problem is, most of the time, you will be very disappointed with whatever you spend your money on. Whether it’s a seminar or money making product or some kind of cheap book, it’s usually only part of the information you really need to have to learn how to be successful as an Affiliate Marketer. What you really need to know is that all of the important information you need about starting and running your own Affiliate Marketing business is right here on the Internet. And what’s more, all of the information is completely free and available right now. Are there insider tricks the big boys use to make millions of dollars a year? Sure there are, but even they had to start at the beginning some time.

So now that we’ve established that it is vitally important to educate yourself in Affiliate Marketing, we also know that it shouldn’t cost you anything but time to learn. Having said that, there are books on the subject that will give you great insight, and they should save you some research time without spending too much money. You can find these books on websites like or Ebay and there are many to choose from so take your time in choosing.

Another great, free, way to gain valuable information on Affiliate Marketing is through step-by-step guides. As you search the Internet for more information, you will undoubtedly come across people giving away free Affiliate Marketing guides. They will range from basic informational guides, much like this article, to very detailed and specific content about one aspect of the business. These people who give the guides away are attempting to bribe you to join their email list by giving you something you desperately want. Once you join, they will send you emails promoting products and services associated with Affiliate Marketing. This is a very effective Internet Marketing Tactic you should keep in mind and use in your business, but not just yet. You have much to learn before you get into email marketing. And don’t worry, the emails are harmless. If you don’t want to keep getting them, you can simply follow the directions on the emails and make them instantly stop.

As you can see so far, there is much to learn about Affiliate Marketing before you even get your business off the ground and I highly recommend you do not try to short cut the process. Make sure you follow the information given to you. Experienced people know what it’s like out there, they’ve been in the trenches and seen how the Internet can swallow people up and make them feel like failures. Once you are armed with knowledge the process, you will be ready to proceed with your business launch and, guess what? That’s right, more research!

Yes, in order to be successful, you will need to continually do research. You’ll research niches, products and traffic strategies as well as having to keep track of how your campaigns are performing. This will require you to do some research so you can compare what’s working and what is not. Don’t let all of this research stuff scare you off though. Once you know and understand how everything works, the research part gets easier and easier.

One advantage of joining an Affiliate Marketing program is the tremendous support you typically receive. Selling things for someone else is a win-win situation. They get the benefit of selling their products and you get a commission based on the amount of sales. As you can guess, they want you to keep earning commissions so most companies will offer to let you use their proven advertising materials to promote their products or services. Remember, if you make money, they make money so they should be willing to help you for any reason.

So if you are still considering a career in Affiliate Marketing, the lessons you have learned here should be enough to show you what you are getting involved with. Stay away from expensive seminars and money making products that will most likely not work and use all the free information you get your hands on.

Author's Bio: 

My name is JB Young. I review products and services in the Internet Marketing industry. My goal is to provide you with guidence and information you can use to build your own Internet Marketing business without going through the same struggles I had to go through. To get your hands on some of my useful tips, tricks and strategies, visit my website: