You already know that affiliate programs are a great way to make additional income for your web business.
By promoting products that are RELEVANT to your target audience and presenting those products in a meaningful way through pages of your ebooks, websites and ezines, you can build up a nice steady income with little effort.
Don't forget though, affiliate programs will only earn you money if you promote them right way.
Otherwise they're a complete waste of time and effort.
A perfect example of how NOT to make money through affiliate programs is by carrying banners from big web companies like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking these companies.
However, you may as well try making money from selling used matchsticks as from carrying banner ads from companies like these on your website.
Well, firstly, most people are so familiar with these companies already, that chances of them clicking banner are next to nothing. You can expect at VERY LEAST to go through 1000 visitors before you get a single click!
Secondly, even if a visitor does click banner, chances that he/she will buy anything are even less again. And, because Amazon.com and co. only pay out commissions if visitor buys immediately, then likelihood or you actually earning anything are just north of none.