How Much Money Will It Cost Me To Start An Affiliate Marketing Business? If you want to start an affiliate marketing business you have a few options when it comes to cost: free and cheap. I'm not being facetious. You can go with a totally free method or you can invest a small amount of money. You can make money with both methods, though the cheap method will tend to start making you money a little more quickly, in most cases, than the free method. While I suppose there may be some who do, I've never seen a company that charges you to sign up to become an affiliate. That part is free. You can choose to promote virtually any type of product you want. Almost all stores have an affiliate program. Think of any of the large stores in your area, and most of them will have affiliate programs available. Now, if you're just starting out, don't think that you can just go to Best Buy and sign up to become an affiliate. More often than not you will get turned down. Why? Simple, they are looking for people who already have websites that fit into their criteria and that also are getting a lot of traffic. When first starting out you'd be better off starting with an online digital products affiliate program such as Clickbank.com, for example. Another decision you'll have to make is how you want to promote your website. Most companies will give you a replicated website. This is simply a fully functional website that all the affiliates get. The only difference will be that your affiliate ID will be inserted into the URL so that any purchase made on your website will be tracked to you and you'll receive the commission. Here's where you'll need to consider spending a little money. Many of the methods you use to drive traffic to your website, whether free or paid, don't like you to include your affiliate website URL. This is because the search engines like a lot of new original content online. If you and thousands of other affiliates are sending traffic to your replicated affiliate website, there is nothing new or original that the search engines are offering to their customers, the people who do searches. There are some free methods you can use to get around this such as putting up a lens at Squidoo or a Hubpage and directing people from that page to your affiliate site to make a purchase. This method does work, but still has limitations. Don't use it just to save some money. Only use this method if you absolutely can't come up with around $30 for a better alternative, which I'll explain next. A better alternative is to purchase your own domain name and set up a hosting account for your website. You can get a domain name at many places on the web and you should never have to pay more than $10 a year for one. Hosting can also be had for less than $10 a month. This route is better because the search engines like unique content. If you pick a good domain name, one that has a keyword phrase that is highly searched and relative to your website, the name itself can help you get more traffic. For example, if you sell a dog training guide and you find that the keyword "dog training guide' gets a lot of searches, with low competition you can use that as part of your domain name: DogTrainingGuide.com. This approach is looked on more favorably by the search engines and the article directories and it also allows you to start branding yourself and setting yourself up as an expert on your particular niche topic. For less than $20 dollars you can get your own domain name and website and start really building your online affiliate marketing business.