The best part about affiliate marketing is that you have the ability to make money without having to come up with your own unique product to sell, instead you make money as a commission from selling someone else's products. To start making money, all you need to do is join an affiliate marketing program, choose a product or service to promote and sell it to your online traffic. You will receive a commission based upon the sales that are made as a result of your affiliate link. So whenever a customer that is referred to the merchant website through your affiliate link visits the business website and purchases a product or signs up for a service.

Joining an affiliate program is very easy.

In fact, it doesn't cost you anything to join and the sign-up process is very quick and easy, so you can start making money in a matter of hours. A lot of people are uncertain about joining an affiliate marketing program because it seems to easy to be effective, but if you join and spend some time learning how to effectively market the products, you'll make good money fast.

Here are some tips on how to promote affiliate programs without having a website:

A lot of people think that you need a website in order to be a successful affiliate marketer, but that isn't always the case. Here are 4 very effective ways that you can promote these affiliate sites and products without having your own website:

* Create an e-book

* E-mail marketing programs

* Create an e-zine

* Promote via online forums, chats, message boards and other networking sites.

E-mail Marketing Basics:

A very widely used method for product marketing is e-mail marketing, another promotional method that doesn't require you to have an established website. You can build your own list of pre-qualified and targeted e-mail recipients from your customer or networking base and then send out articles, guides and tutorials that are related to the products and programs you are selling. Make sure that the articles and other items you mail out are unique and helpful to your readers and then add in small banners or text ads linking to the affiliate merchant websites. Most of these e-mail marketing accounts run through free sites such as

E-book Marketing Basics:

Many experts believe that the best way to promote an affiliate product or service is through the creation and marketing of an e-book. If you can write an e-book that provides useful information to your readers, you can be sure they'll come back looking for even more. The content of your e-book should be related to the affiliate product or service that you are marketing. Banner ads, text ads and even written reviews can be included at the end of your e-book, of course using your affiliate link code to drive traffic to the merchants.

E-zine Marketing Basics:

People use e-zines as a method of sharing articles with readers that are written about specific topics or subjects. Even if you don't have a website, an e-zine can be used to effectively promote your affiliate links. Include your affiliate link at the end of each article you write and then submit those articles to popular article directories as a means of creating back links to the vendor site with your code to increase both traffic and sales.

Social Network and Online Discussion Marketing Basics:

Another great way of promoting your affiliate links is through online discussions and networking. All you need to do is add your affiliate link to your signature line or profile and post comments at least 3-5 times throughout the week to get good exposure.