If you are thinking of going into online marketing you must make sure you are able to follow and obey the 2 most important rules in order to become a success.

Let’s assume you belong to the huge crowd of people who dream of making a lot of money without having to leave your home or put on a suit and tie. To many people nothing sounds better than having a multiple stream of income ensuring their financial independence, without having to stick to a strict working schedule or following the orders of a boss.

Earning reports of successful online marketers make most of us dream away, thinking they were just lucky to get where they are today.

But nothing is further from the truth.

In order to cash in large affiliate checks, there are 2 things you have to really and completely understand and live by if you want a success as well.

The first thing you should never forget is: Content Rules.
Let me repeat it in case you did not understand... Content Rules!
It really isn’t all that hard to get people to your website, the more complicated issue is actually have them read more than just a few words before hitting the back button. This means you have to be able to produce quality stuff and come up with your own content. And keep producing quality content, over and over again.

The second most important thing is getting organic traffic to your site. Forget about cheap traffic you can buy in blocks of 100,000 hits, you need to make links pointing to your site so it goes up in all the search engine rankings. Building links should become your second nature and ideally you should be spending at least 80% of all your online activities on creating more and more quality links.

How to do it:

Identify the niche market you want to focus on, pick some topics and start creating your content. Write at least 10 articles and put them online before you start building your links to all separate articles, either by submitting to directories or creating links through article directories.

Keep creating new and fresh content and keep focussing on submitting the articles you wrote and after a few weeks you will start noticing how your traffic is building up. You might want to have a closer look at the first articles you wrote and rewrite them if you think they were poorly written, or you could actually link to those articles in-site as well.

Many people focus on looks just too much, wanting to have everything 100% perfect and in the end they will just give in and freeze. Remember it is better to keep refreshing your content and show people you are actually a real person with something interesting to say.

You really don’t need to worry too much about slick marketing campaigns, their importance is overrating in comparison to active link building and content creation.

You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money promoting your site either, just make sure you are using enough keywords throughout your articles and put in links to the merchants website you are promoting, and you will see that organic traffic that you have build up will start to create your bi-weekly or monthly pay check before you know it.

There you have the big secret to becoming a successful affiliate marketer, the 2 most important steps you need to do, over and over again, without overcomplicating things for yourself.

Does that sound too simple to you? Did you really think there was a hidden secret nobody wanted to share with you? Sorry to disappoint you then, it really is that simple, although it isn’t always as easy to do the work it takes.