So, you've finally decided to take that giant leap of faith and start your very own home based internet business. You've decided that it's finally time to step up to plate and claim your share of all those internet riches you keep hearing about. Only problem is, now that you've finally made your decision, it seems like a pretty daunting task deciding what to do next. Using term "information overload" to describe problem seems like a huge understatement.
Well, if you're really serious about starting your own home based internet business, next step really doesn't have to be that difficult at all. There are 3 relatively simple ways to start making an online income and one of them is sure to fit your particular idea of what it is you would like to do. So, just relax, take a deep breath, and peruse following list until you find something that strikes right cord.
1-Join One or Several Affiliate Programs
This is probably one of easiest and quickest ways to get started making money online. The internet is full of products that have affiliate programs you can join and most of them pay generous commissions. When you join an affiliate program, you are simply making an agreement with owner of a product that you will receive a commision in exchange for referring a prospect to that person's product (usually a sales page that you have sent prospect to via your affiliate link) if that prospect ends up making a purchase.
Start by choosing a product or service that you're interested in and then visit some of websites which have achieved top rankings for keywords which describe that topic. You're sure to find top affiliate programs for that industry relatively quickly. Or, try visiting one of many affiliate program directories (you can find them quickly enough in Google) and scan their listings and recommendations until you find something that appeals to you.
This is a good one for newbies since you don't even need your own website to get started. You will, however, need to learn how to use pay per clicks so you can get some targeted traffic to your affiliate link. Once you start generating some income from pay per clicks, you can then start reinvesting some of your profits and get yourself set up with your own website. By that time prospect of getting set up with your own website won't seem so daunting.
2-Join a Residual Income Program
Residual income programs are somewhat similiar to affiliate programs in that you typically get paid for referring a prospect to program's website if that prospect decides to make a purchase. However, difference lies in fact that with these programs you also have opportunity to earn a monthly recurring income if prospect you refer becomes a paying member of residual income opportunity program. For example, I belong to one of these programs myself. If a prospect comes to my website and clicks on a link which takes them to sales page for product and they buy, then I get a commission. However, if that prospect also decides to become a member of residual income opportunity program, then I get a check every month as long as that prospect remains a member of that program.
People tend to be skeptical of these programs and get them confused with pyramid schemes. The way to tell if one of these programs is a pyramid scheme is to simply determine if company in question offers a real honest to goodness product or service. If so, it cannot be classified as a pyramid scheme and you should be okay. Don't be scared off by fact that you will most likely have to pay a monthly fee to participate in residual income opportunity. If you can build a downline for yourself in one of these programs, monthly fee will be negligible compared to potential residual income you could earn. Alot of these programs will provide you with your own cookie cutter website, which is okay if you are just getting started. Again, use pay per clicks to start generating some traffic and then work on getting your own site up so you can start to build your own opt in list.