How is affiliate marketing? Is it another smoke screen to sell useless guides to desperate people?

Question by myportraitdrawing: How is affiliate marketing? Is it another smoke screen to sell useless guides to desperate people?
I am desperate to find a way to start my own home based business, and affiliate marketing seems good because there is virtually no startup cost (I'm broke). Is this something likely to bring in a real income?

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Answer by Daniel K
If you have a good teacher, affiliate marketing is an excellent way to make money online. Selling eBooks is only one small aspect of affiliate marketing, and I agree that most of them are junk. You can sell almost anything with affiliate marketing, there is an affiliate program for almost any product imaginable. I'm making most of my money right now selling cell phones. But you name a product and there is probably a way to make commissions from it.

I learned everything I know about affiliate marketing from a great website called "Wealthy Affiliate." It takes you step by step through the marketing process and includes everything you need to get started. It even includes an easy to use website builder and web hosting.

My favorite part of Wealthy Affiliate is the members forum where you can ask any question, and will usually receive a good answer from an experienced marketer in minutes. The people there really want to help each other succeed. See the link below for more info.

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