Affiliate marketing is only increasing in popularity as a work at home career choice, especially in this tough economy. But how does one actually become an affiliate marketer and what is involved with affiliate marketing, which is one of the cornerstones of the relatively new and still evolving field of making money online? 

Research a wide variety of affiliate marketing products. There are many products to choose from, and you only want to sell the very best. This first step can take you some time, and you might feel a big overwhelmed by the sheer volume of products, but if you don’t spend enough time on the research step of this process, you may regret it later.

You also won't feel right about the idea of selling something you don't believe in, and if you do get into this business, you will want to maintain your integrity as well as your reputation. You don't want to ask people to part with their hard earned dollars (especially in this economy) unless they are going to be getting a lot out of their purchase. 

Choose products you believe in and can stand by. Be super picky about the products you choose to promote as an affiliate marketer. The initial research phase will provide you with the information you need to make your decision, but this step (the decision making step) where you separate the great products from the merely good or adequate products can make or break a brand new affiliate marketer’s career. 

Sell the products that you have researched and chosen and earn a commission on each sale that you make online. This final step in the process is the heart of affiliate marketing. That is, you are selling products designed by other people and the people who have created these products are giving you a cut of their profits because you did the hard work of convincing someone to purchase the products they have made. 

Some people make the mistake of selling products that they have not researched thoroughly and these decisions can come back to bite them later if customers are not satisfied with products they have bought. This is why you do not want to skimp on steps one and two in this article (the research and selections steps). The more thoroughly you research the products you sell and the pickier you are about what you decide to promote as an affiliate marketer the better off you will be.