Have you ever heard of affiliate programs? Affiliate programs pay people to sell products and services for a business in return for commissions and payment. You, as an affiliate, simply promote affiliate link or advertisement banner that is provided and when people click it and make a purchase or simply just click on it, depending on terms of program, you get paid.
The hard part with making money with affiliate programs is getting people to affiliate products and ads that you as an affiliate are promoting. This article will take a look at this difficulty and how it may be overcome. First, a little bit more about affiliate programs.
An affiliate program can be run by an individual business or it can be run by an affiliate or ad network, which are companies that runs affiliate programs for many different businesses. Once you sign up as an affiliate with individual business or network, you will be given an account and a unique code that represents your affiliate link or banner that you will promote. The code tracks your impressions, clicks and sales.
An example of a popular affiliate network is Commission Junction. They offer cost per action programs in form of pay per sale and pay per lead affiliate programs that pay you when someone clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase (pay per sale) or fills out a form or does some other action (pay per lead). These programs usually pay you a fixed price per sale or a percentage of total sales price.
An example of a popular ad network is Adsense, run by search engine Google. This program pays you per click, with no need for a sale or other action to occur. When someone that is interested in an advertisement shown on your banner clicks on it, you get paid.
These are both well known and respected affiliate/ad networks with popular programs. If you want to make money with them, you need to make sales or show ads. You can facillitate this by learning how to make and publish a website. You actually need a website in order to join Adsense, and many affiliate networks require that you have a website as well in order to participate in their programs.
The actual technical difficulties with learning how to make a website are not that hard to overcome. You can learn html, language of websites, and you can buy and use website templates, which make creating a website easier. You can buy an html editor like FrontPage to create your site. You can even publish your website using it.