Nearly everyone is wondering how to make money online. The secret is in order to make money online you do have to put in some hard work, especially in the beginning. The good news is that if you are comfortable with actually working for your paycheck, you could very well succeed where as 97% of others fail.

The most successful way to make an online income is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is where you sell other peoples and / or companies products. When a sale is made you get commission. Almost anyone can be an affiliate marketer. Can you type and write articles? Can you copy and paste? Then you can be an affiliate marketer.

When you decide on what product or company to promote, person or company will give you a link to copy and paste when promoting. That link, when clicked by the interested party, will trace back to you so that you get credit for the sale. The more places online you place that link, the more people will see and click on it. Your goal is to get as many people clicking that link as possible. Once they click the link, it is all up to the vendor's sales page to close the sale. So, when picking the product to promote, make sure the sales page is very inviting.

There are many ways to get that link of your out into cyberspace. You can write articles and submit them to the tons of article directories. You could start a blog and fill it with information related to the product you are promoting. Make sure you include your affiliate link in your blog posts. Another option is to join a relevant forum that allows a signature below your posts. Simply copy and paste your link in your signature and every time you post, it will post as well. Web 2.0 sites like Squidoo and Hubpages are good sites to join because a lot of people visit those sites everyday. Lastly, posting in online classifieds will give your affiliate link and product exposure.

Source by Heather Chopak