When making money with Affiliate Marketing you are largely making money off the back of other peoples efforts. That's right because when you enter into an agreement with a product creator you are basically statating that you will promote their product in exchange for a cut of the purchase price of the product.
Affiliate marketing is seen as one of it not the easiest form of making money on-line due to the fact you have no:
1.Time or money spent on product creation and
2.You do not have any ongoing sales support issues
Both of these areas can be large on money and labor intensive on time. If you choose a good affiliate marketing program you should also have the additional benefits of:
1. Free to sign up to the affiliate scheme
2. Generous responsibilities, these can range from 50% to 75% if dealing in the realms of digital products for example.
3. Frequent payments, lets say once or twice a month.
4. Promotional tools to assist with the affiliates promotional efforts
5. The best schemes will also provide training support to aid in your success
When starting out in particular you can see the appeal of marketing affiliate marketing products, you certainly cut down on the considerations of having your own product development. However you must not enter into anything internet marketing related without having a full understanding of what's involved, and affiliate marketing is no different.
For all the fact I have stated that this provides an easier route into having a internet based business this should not be mistaken for believing that it is easy to achieve success without hard work and a steep learning curve, "Yes" there is much to learn and you should not lose sight of this before you begin.
So whatever you do learn about affiliate marketing and all its complexities first before diving in! 95% of people entering into this fail, not because they are not capable, but just because they have not educated themselves about all the things they need to know to create success. Do not make the same mistake!