One of the most difficult parts of starting any business is knowing where to begin. With all of the different ways you can find to start just taking your first step can be daunting. In the case of building an internet business through online marketing you can get caught in a trap of failure right from the beginning because it’s so hard to figure out how to do it the right way from the start. To break down the process lets take a step back and look at the problem as a whole and then narrow down from there. In my opinion the best place to get your feet wet is with affiliate marketing. You can sell someone else’s product so you don’t have to create one yourself right away and the commissions are usually more or equal to the profit made by the creator. A great way to begin affiliate marketing is by setting up little streams of traffic pulling strategies to direct people to the squeeze page of the product. By setting up these little systems in multiple places you can start making money from home on autopilot. It can be broken down into only a few simple steps: 1. First you must generate consistent free traffic that is targeted to a certain demographic range. This can be done through article marketing or creating compelling video content and submitting it to websites like YouTube.com. The articles can be submitted to hundreds of article directories and all of these sources create backlinks that will increase your search engine rankings. 2. Once you start getting interest in your articles and videos, you then direct that traffic to your affiliate programs. Try to find products that have a high conversion ratio – that is the percentage of people who make a purchase out of the entire number of visitors. 3. As you go through this process you want to use the system to build your own list of interested prospects. Even if they don’t buy directly from the affiliate product squeeze page you should try to gather email addresses from these visitors. If you can get an email address from them you may be able to send them information about another product that they would be interested in. 4. This is how your new marketing system will work to generate income for you for years to come. The best part is that you can automate this process, once you have it set up it can become a passive income source. The key to making successful online income streams from home is by doing something that works and implementing it over and over again in a way that is automated. In this way of marketing the traffic methods are even free. If you want to start looking for a program to follow you need to be careful, there are a lot of outdated and poorly created online marketing systems. This article provides a rough outline of a solid marketing strategy, but you need more specific details on how to implement it. The most exiting part of working a system like this is you mostly just have to invest your time and you can generate real results from that time for years to come. That's the best way to make money online. Creating simple but super powerful systems that once they are set up they are ready to run forever.