Affiliate marketing is an easy way to make money online, but it can also be very time consuming. Since affiliate programs rely heavily on the marketing efforts of the members, it is important to choose a program that will best suit your needs. You also want to choose products you would be proud to display on your website. For instance, you want to avoid choosing children’s products if your website has an adult theme. Do not enter into any affiliate program unless you know what you are doing. Some people enter into these programs and have the mistaken idea that all sponsors pay the same amount per click when nothing could be farther from the truth. The per click amounts vary from over $5 per click to as little as a penny. Some even require the member to have a balance of at least $10 before they will pay out. The best way to choose an affiliate marketing program is consider the sales potential of the products. If you are looking to earn even a small but steady income from your marketing efforts, you may need to join several affiliate programs or choose a sponsor that offers a variety of products. It’s also important to choose those in which you personally have an interest—you will achieve better success when you choose products in which you believe or enjoy. Promotion is the key to success in any affiliate program. You can accomplish this best if you have a website specifically for your programs. Of course, if you only have a couple of affiliate memberships you can promote those programs on a website you already have. If you use an already existing website you have to remember to increase your marketing efforts to accommodate those marketing programs. Choosing the affiliate marketing program that works best for you means taking some time to review several programs. Do not choose the first one that sounds good but look at all the possibilities before making a final decision. Also, make sure you are clear on the terms of each program you join.