Getting started in affiliate marketing does not take anything special. If you can answer a couple of questions you can pretty much join any affiliate program online today.

For that reason millions of people join affiliate programs every day. The real question is what should you know about affiliate marketing once you have joined a program to help ensure your success?

1. Excitement does not build income. I have seen this happen many times. A person comes online very excited to make money and they join their first affiliate program.

They then start getting emails from the affiliate merchant telling them how to get started. One email leads to another and after a period of time confusion overtakes excitement.

2. Internet marketing skills. Unless you are going to be promoting your affiliate products offline via business cards, newspaper ads, direct mail, and so on, you are going to need to learn how to promote online.

This is true no matter what type of Internet business you are in. However, affiliate marketing is a little different in that you are provided so much by the affiliate merchant.

You are given a website to promote. This may or may not be enough for you.

You are given marketing materials to promote that lead to your affiliate website. A banner ad, text link ads, an email message, and so on, will not be any good if you don’t know how to properly promote with them.

3. Put away your checkbook. Another problem with excitement is it leads people to make bad business decisions.

You will need to master a couple of traffic generation methods if you expect to succeed promoting affiliate products. However, trial and error not the best way to spend your advertising dollars.

I personally have done well with article marketing and anyone can get started this way. It does not cost one penny to write an article and submit it to an article directory.

There are other forms of free advertising that you can get started with including blogging, discussion forums, posting blog comments, and so on.

4. Spend time on education. Your affiliate business is not going to grow if you don’t learn everything there is to know about affiliate marketing and Internet marketing.

You do need to spend some time becoming educated. There are many very good discussion forums including the Warrior Forum and AssociatePrograms.com where you can learn a lot and do not have to spend any money doing it.

There is more that we can say including build an email list, set up your own website, start a blog, and so on. Ultimately there is a lot to know about affiliate marketing.

The good news is if you have an average intelligence, and an above average work ethic, you can make as much money as you want with this business model!

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