The easiest way for any interested, prospective internet marketer, to make money online is to sell other people’s products and services.

When I say “the easiest”, I do not mean that you will not have to do any work. You still must plan your business, create a budget and do all the other sensible things that apply to any business. The easy part is that you will not have to deal with product delivery and after sales support.

This is a big thing given that most product owners spend a lot of time setting these aspects of their business up and dealing with them on a day to day basis.

The concept of selling others’ products for profit is known online as affiliate marketing. Many internet marketers earn a full-time income from home, marketing affiliate programs.

Most product or service owners create an affiliate program when they are launching their sales engine. They know how lucrative it can be to have others sell products for them. They can recruit a virtual army of workers online all pointing links back to their sales page.

Affiliates can earn commissions of as much as 75% of the product price. Owners are able to offer such a high per centage because unlike an offline business there are little overheads once the business has been setup.

When searching online for an affiliate program make sure that the commission is a hefty slice of the pie. I would not settle for less than 40-50%. If you are not satisfied with the commission you are being offered then move on. There will always be other affiliate programs to be found in your target market.

Although all affiliate program owners will offer you a website to promote their wares, it is highly advisable that you set up your own website. Anyone serious about creating a lasting online business should have their own website even if they only sell affiliate products from this site.

Many affiliate programs will not be around in a few years time, which is beyond your control. If you have your own website then you have ultimate control over whether your business will still be operating or not. If you spend all your time promoting the affiliate site then if it does go bust in a few years time you will have nothing to show for it.

Affiliate programs can provide more freedom that you can dream of but initially you do need to put in some work to set up your automated process. Do not overlook this reality when getting started.