Affiliate marketing needs little or no introduction to most internet marketers. The uniqueness of this aspect of online business sterns from the fact that it is easy to start, requires no cash and little skill to operate. It simply involves the process of helping to market or promote other people's products or services on the internet for a certain predetermined commission.
In recent times, affiliate marketing has evolved to the extent that there are few internet marketers who don't indulge in affiliate marketing in one way or the other. It is usual to see some beautifully designed banners in some popular blogs or forums. Some of them are Adsense while some other may actually be links to some affiliate products the owner of such blog is involved in. Affiliate marketing is thus one of the most proficient ways of monetizing ones website, forum or blog. Tactically placing the affiliate banners or links in the visible areas of high traffic blog or forums is only one way of earning revenue from affiliate marketing. There are other ways one can market his or her affiliate link or code but the sole aim is usually to position it where targeted audience could easily find it and possibly click on it.
In the offline business world, there used to be some kind of compensation for satisfied customers that refer other to some products. This sometimes happens during festive seasons when such companies are running promos. This has completely been overtaken by online affiliate marketing because it is far better to promote affiliate products online and more profitable too. The internet has really positively impacted on how we do things today. Affiliate marketing wasn't left behind in this revolution because it is now much easier to refer someone who is based in another continent to an affiliate product from other continent without any of the parties ever meeting or knowing each other. This is much unlike what obtains in the offline affiliate or referral programs.
Online affiliate marketing can be adopted as a full time internet business because there is great earning potential in it. It is always a in-win situation for all the parties involved. First, the merchant, or the person or company that created the affiliate product gains because they would now have an army of promoters working round the clock to sale their products. The affiliate marketers or promoters themselves will earn more commission if they can be able to sale more of such affiliate product. The vendor or merchants is the one that would usually take care of the creation, delivery and customer service issues relating the product being promoted while the affiliate marketer doesn't need to be involved in any of. He or she is just required to refer people and earn sales commission when there is a sale.
If your desire is to start a profitably online venture that would take little or no initial cash to start, then online affiliate marketing may just be the ideal internet business for you.