The internet is absolutely exploding with affiliate programs and home business opportunities. Affiliate programs are a fantastic business opportunity for any individual who desires to earn unlimited income working from home.

Affiliate programs are great because they don’t require an initial investment to start, like most other types of businesses. Because of this, entrepreneurs of all ages (and incomes) are easily attracted to this kind of business opportunity, even teenagers and seniors.

Typically affiliate business start-ups begin as a part-time or “in your spare time” venture. As your business begins to generate a steady cash flow, you may decide to quit your full-time job just to focus more time on your affiliate marketing business.

Building an extremely profitable affiliate business takes time, but is extremely easy to start. If you have an internet connection, patience and determination, you can become an expert affiliate marketer.

Your affiliate business is a legitimate and completely legal business. In fact, many of the largest companies in the world have affiliate programs you may join. Some affiliate opportunities include Amazon.com, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Walmart.com, Sony.com and many, many more.

When online merchants implement affiliate programs, a drastic increase in sales is usually the result. The purpose of the affiliate program is to grow its online sales force by recruiting internet marketers and entrepreneurs commonly known as Affiliate Marketers.

The Affiliate Marketer’s job is to send internet traffic to the merchant’s website and produce transactions or sales. When a sale is completed, as the result of the Affiliate Marketer’s traffic, the Affiliate Marketer is then paid a commission. The affiliate commission may be a percentage of the total sale or a flat, one-time fee. Each merchant has its own commission structure.

Your Affiliate Business Opportunity will live or die based on driving traffic to the merchant’s website. Sending huge amounts of traffic will increase the number sales you will create and commissions you will receive.

How you drive traffic is where many Affiliate Marketers differ. Many affiliate businesses start with a website to drive traffic. Some Affiliate Marketers will use email marketing and others will use only paid search engine advertising. A select few will utilize all three marketing strategies to create waves of constant traffic.