Affiliate programs can either be a way to put a little extra cash in your pocket or, hopefully, become a full time job. The choice is yours based on the time and effort you're ready to put in your affiliate program, so if you want to get a full time job salary and more you have to work at it full time. The best thing about affiliate marketing and online marketing in general is that it works 24/7.

There is one thing you should keep in mind, which is diversity in your income sources, do not depend on one product or one program only, work on having different sources of income, so if something unexpected happens in one area, you'll still be able to work on the others.

You can start with one or two programs to market their products. This way you'll have the time to learn and test the different marketing ways and to decide what best works for you. This process will take some time, but it will put you on the right track to achieve your goal.

All successful and experienced affiliate marketers are known to have more than one source of income and more than one website or blog. But the idea is not just to join many programs or to have many websites, the game is all about quality.

The first step is to choose quality products that people need and are ready to pay for. The second and more important step is that your site or sites should not only have a punch of affiliate links, you've got to have quality content that benefit people and give them information. As they say "Content is King", because people do not visit your site and read it just for the links, they are looking for useful information that makes them come again and again to your site, and your content should provide it.

Also, it is a fact that search engines index sites according to quality links, but the most important thins is content, so if you site is poor in content, it will not get indexed or at best it will be indexed very low in ranking.

What it comes down to is that affiliate marketing is just a business like any other, and you should deal with it as such. Research, plan, network, and work hard at your business. Only then you can make a good amount of money from your affiliate marketing. Sure, you could put up links and hope for the best, but you should think about investing some time into the site if you really hope to turn a respectable profit.