by Sendil Kumar
People have two views of learning affiliate marketing and it depends who you've been listening to. It's either a piece of cake and will make you a million in a fortnight (yea, right) or it's tough, tough, tough, it's saturated, nobody makes any money any more and you'll lose your shirt (boo, hoo).
A simple answer would be to say that the truth lies somewhere between the two, but that's taking the easy way out.
The truth is it depends not on how many people are doing it or how many people are buying stuff or the latest web statistics or the latest super-product. The truth is it depends on you.
More internet millionaires were made this year than ever before. More will be made next year. The internet is not saturated. You haven't missed the opportunity to make money online. It's not rocket science or brain surgery, it's just another way of doing business.
Some people will make nothing. Some will make lots. Business was ever thus, the internet hasn't changed anything...
...except the entry level.
There has never been an easier way to set-up a business than doing it online. Learning affiliate marketing is an extremely low-cost way to start working from home and, eventually, making a living on the internet. If you've got as far as this article you have all the tools and ability you need to make money with affiliate marketing.
You have access to a computer and you can read. That's it. Everything else you can earn along the way, if you're prepared to put in a little effort.
Which is fair enough. Nobody starts out knowing it all and nobody is going to just give you fistfuls of cash. We all learn. If you're prepared to do that, and put some action in afterwards, you'll do fine. Actually you'll do better than fine.
Trawling the major search engines will provide you with huge amounts of affiliate marketing information and affiliate marketing courses. You need to be on your toes, of course. As with anything else online, there's a lot of junk mixed in with the valuable information.
You need to sift through, study, become a student of affiliate marketing. Before making big leaps, take small steps. See what information you can get for free. Invest a few dollars in one or two e-books. Use what I call the Pizza Principle. If you think an e-book can teach you something, and it costs less than the price of a family pizza, you can probably afford it.
A $97 dollar course, however attractive it might look, is not pizza money. You probably want to be making some money online first and pay for that kind of thing out of profits.
One successful entry strategy for learning affiliate marketing is via article writing or a combination of article marketing and blogging. It's cheap and can be extremely effective. People are making six figure incomes using this alone.