There is no doubt that you can make good money online as an affiliate marketer. But to believe the rumors that all you need is a computer and an good Internet connection is not a good thing to cling on to. Becoming an affiliate marketer is a very real opportunity, but should be viewed and treated as more than just a hobby. However, that caution aside, affiliate marketing does allow you to spend just a few hours a day, in order to build up into a nice additional income, and in some cases with a lot of elbow grease, even replacement income. The process involves researching and presenting to inquisitive Net Searchers (aka potential customers) relevant information on whatever they are searching for, and hopefully being able to present a product or service that will help the Searcher solve the problem to whatever they are looking for. Get a sale, get a commission. That is affiliate marketing, the Reader's Digest version.
But, another caution to follow is this. Don't plunge in headlong, thinking all you need as a product that everyone is talking about getting, that they will come your way just because you throw up a website or a mini-site, or a Squid lens, or whatever. Especially if you don't know what any of those things I just mentioned are. Part of the problem with people and affiliate marketing is that there are people out there who aren't willing to put in an honest effort to learn the ropes. Affiliate marketing is a skill, not a hobby, and the right amount of time and effort should be put into getting it right and learning what to do. Otherwise, you could be wasting a lot of time and, worse, a lot of money, through trial and error.
It is a well-known fact that the best way to learn anything is hands on. Saying that, the best way to learn affiliate marketing is hands on. By this, I mean by intermingling with other affiliate marketers who are doing what you want to be doing and, perhaps, are also where you want to be with it. That is, making money, maybe even lots of it. Doing things this way will cut possibly years off of your learning curve, saving you time and money as you embrace the world of affiliate marketing. And an exciting world it is.
Joining a membership site like Wealthy Affiliate gives you everything you will need to succeed in that exciting world. With help not only from founders Kyle and Carson (no last name needed, how cool is that?), but from affiliate marketers of all levels of experience, from beginners such as yourself all the way through to advanced, you have your hands on , a wealth of affiliate marketing experience and knowledge. There are other sites you could join, but none would give you the resources and the ?roll up your sleeves and work right alongside you? attitude carried by Wealthy Affiliate members.
The biggest bonus is that you learn from the beginning how to get organized, what to do first, what to learn next, step by step, so you don't lose your way and become overwhelmed. This is a bonus because there is a lot of information to absorb, and if you aren't prepared with a good plan of action, it will paralyze you into not taking any action at all, which is the number one killer when trying to make money online.
Wealthy Affiliate is a great resource for anyone of any size or shape of experience.