There are obviously many ways to make money online, some simple, some quite complicated...
If you're relatively new to Internet marketing, this is particularly suited for you...
Affiliate programs, the most effective and easy way to make money online that you'll find. most of which are free to join, and can be an excellent way to make money online... But they, like anything else, require use of the proper tools and resources if you're to expect any kind of significant success.
That's the thing... Way to many people hope or even expect to make money online without ANY type of investment.
I can tell you right now, if that is what you're expecting, you might as well call it quits before you even get started. If you're afraid to invest money to start your own business, you don't need a business. You need a job. If you want to make money online, you must also be willing to invest in yourself. It's that simple. (I'm only being honest!)
What you should expect is a modest investment of your time and (ideally) money. Though you CAN succeed without investing a dime, it will likely take you significantly longer than if you're willing to set aside a small budget specifically for online advertising.
As an affiliate, your job is simply to send visitors to the web-site hosting the affiliate program. For each visitor you send who then decides to order, you are paid a commission every time a sale is made.
Affiliate programs are attractive for beginners in particular because you don't have to worry about processing payments, delivering products, etc. And again, most affiliate programs cost absolutely nothing to participate in. Many people earn a full-time income working from home as an affiliate.
Indeed, these are advantages for most ANY person looking to make money online (beginner or otherwise).
However, in order to make significant amounts of money through affiliate programs, you'll still need the proper tools and resources.
After you choose your affiliate programs, your first move is to build your own website.
Well, most people say you don't actually need to have a website to make money online as an affiliate. Indeed, some of the most successful affiliate marketing strategies -- e-mail marketing and classified ads -- don't depend on you having a web site at all.
However, I would like to encourage you to set up a web site as soon as possible. A web site provides you with a 'hub' -- a place where visitors can get more information about your products/service, and discover how knowledgeable you are about these products, without having to contact you directly.
If you market your web site successfully, you'll get thousands of people coming to your site each month -- which translates into more sales as an affiliate. So, the faster you set up a web site, the better your chances of making money online faster.
Marsh Uele is the editor of http://www.homebizsucces.com. Everything you need to make money online from home including opportunities, tips, ideas and resources visit http://www.homebizsucces.com