If you are someone that would rather stay at home to be with the kids but still want to make some money or if you happened to be a retired person and want to make some extra money, affiliate marketing could be something that you might want to check into.
Affiliate marketing is a way for connecting a variety of different customers to a certain product or a variety of products that they may have a need for. People who visit sites to shop are involved with affiliate marketing even if they don't realize it. The person who belongs to the affiliate program receives a profit of the sales each time someone visits certain sites, opens certain emails, replies to special deals, etc. If a person happens to visit your own site and they click on an affiliate programs link on your site is helping you make anywhere from two to seventy-five percent of the original price of the product.
How much money any individual can expect from this kind of online work all depends upon each person and how much time and effort that they are willing to put into the program. If you work on it part time you may be able to make up to about $400 a month and if you put all of your heart and soul into it you could possibly make up to as much as $50,000 a year with full time hours.
In order for a person to start making any kind of money they have to have some site where they can add their affiliate program or programs that they have joined. This means that you will need to be associated with a social network like Facebook or Twitter, social bookmarking sites, your own personal blog or website as well can be used to promote the affiliate program that you may be working with.
To help you be more successful, it's probably a good idea if you at least buy and try the products that you are trying to promote. This doesn't mean that you have to buy it all the time but at least try it to see if you like the product. If you don't like the product it is going to be extremely hard for you to honestly support the product you are encouraging others to try. So make sure you like it, occasionally talk about it on your site so that you can get more people to try it in order for you to make some money.
One thing you need to understand, is that this kind of work simply may not be for everyone. This is especially true if you don't treat it like a real job and real business. If you have a problem treating it like a real job you should not expect to get much out of it.