Average people around the world are making money in the affiliate marketing industry, and, with a bit of insider knowledge, you can too. As an affiliate marketer, you get paid to make sales and because people are becoming more accustomed to buying items on the Internet it opens up a number of tremendous opportunities to promote products online. In case you are not sure what affiliate marketing is, it's defined as a revenue-sharing program between an affiliate, who gets paid for making a sale, and a merchant who provides the products and services. The first affiliate marketing tip I always give to beginners is to take time and choose the right product to represent. If you can find products to sell that pay a high commission in an industry that you have an interest in or passion for then you can get off to a quick start. The biggest mistake that people make in this industry is that they jump around from product to product without ever allowing any of them to become profitable first. Therefore it's important that you develop a strategy for building your business that will allow you to make money on one website or product before you even consider promoting another one. Successful affiliate marketers will create their own website which they use to pre-sell with before passing their potential customer to the affiliate merchant site. This pre-selling is probably the most important part of the sales process because it warms up a customer to the product before they actually get hit with any sort of sales pitch and once they have been successfully pre-sold they will then visit the sales page already interested in the affiliate product. If you can master the art of pre-selling you will be more successful than the majority of people in affiliate marketing today. Either out of laziness or ignorance most of them won't take the time to develop a pre-selling optimized website and are therefore leaving a ton of money on the table which you can easily come in and scoop up into your own bank account. Another good affiliate marketing tip is to buy your own domain name rather than use the affiliate marketing link given to you. Most affiliate links are bulky and long and do not look professional. If you can go and purchase a domain name for less than $10 a year then it's well worth the money. It allows you to choose a name that closely represents the product you are trying to market and this will increase the odds of you getting more traffic to your website. Once you have that domain name you can either direct it to your own website, to a landing page, to a blog page, or even to your affiliate sales page. There are four different ways to make money selling products as an affiliate. You can get paid by the click such as Google adsense, you get paid for selling leads, you can sell products known as pay per sale, and you can get paid to play ads. As a general rule, the easier you make it for your customer the more sales you will make. The more difficult it is for them to buy the less you will earn so you must make up for that in volume. The one exception to this would be in the pay per sale arena. Often it is just as easy to sell a more expensive product as it is to sell a less expensive one. The main difference is the commission structure but, hey, would you rather earn a 20% commission on $1000 sale or a 50% commission on the $20 sale? I think you can see the advantage of selling more expensive products! Mastering traffic generation techniques will be essential to your success and lthough this article is not about advertising and promotion, you must become a student of not only affiliate marketing, but also of traffic generation as your recommendations will be of no use at all if people aren't directed to your site. Hopefully these affiliate marketing tips will give you some ideas as you look to start your own business.