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How to Make Money Online

The Ultimate Free Guide, by Gary Simon

Beneath, you will find a very elaborate guide (22,000 words) I personally wrote about making money online. I wrote it with the anticipation of selling it, but because I'm so giving, I decided to make it free (the same day I launched the version that cost money.)

So if you really want to learn how to make money online and quit your lame job, just read my guide and you will have a very good understanding of where and how to begin.

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How to Make Money Online

Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing is when you promote another company's products or services, and they pay you for every customer or lead you generate.  Online affiliate marketing is a big industry and nearly every successful company has some sort of affiliate marketing system in place.  I even have my own affiliate marketing site at, where webmasters can signup (for free) and promote my digital services in exchange for either a flat amount per sale, or percentage per sale.  There are some affiliate marketers out there (sometimes referred to as super affiliates) who make hundreds of thousands of dollars per month, solely by promoting other companies products/services.

How it works

    Affiliate marketing works in a very simple manner.  Below is the process from start to finish.

  1. You decide on a particular product or service you want to promote.
  2. You join the affiliate program associated with that product or service (it's almost always free to join as an affiliate).
  3. They provide you with a special link/code in which you stick on your sales page (the page in which you're advertising / promoting that particular product or service).
  4. When a visitor visits your sales page who might be interested in that product or service clicks on the link they provide you, they're redirected to the sales / order page associated with that product or service.
  5. If that visitor decides to purchase the product or service, their affiliate system automatically knows that it came from your affiliate ID / website, and grants your account with a successful sale.

    It's really that simple, there are no other gimmicks involved.  The company wins because you have provided them with a new customer, and you win because you're given money.


    As an affiliate, you're rewarded for each sale or lead you generate for a company, in a monetary format.  There are different methods that companies can pay affiliates.

  • Pay Per Signup (PPS)
    You're paid every time a visitor that originates from your site, pays for a product or service.  The amount your paid is based on a % of the sale.

  • Pay Per Action (PPA)
    Sometimes companies will pay their affiliates when a visitor performs a specific desired action.  Filling out a form like a newsletter or questionnaire, or downloading a piece of software are common PPA methods.

Affiliate Marketing Networks

    There are many affiliate marketing networks that connect companies with affiliates.  When you join an affiliate network, you're able to browse through many different offers that many different companies promote.  These offers let you know exactly what it is you can choose to promote, and how you are compensated as an affiliate.

    There are many other affiliate networks out there.  Do a search on google to find more!

Affiliate Marketing Communities

    Affiliate marketing is an entire industry online in and of itself, with many aspects to learn.  The best way to acquaint yourself with affiliate marketing is to join communities dedicated to the practice. 

  • Abestweb Affiliate Marketing Forum
    Thousands of affiliate marketers come here to discuss affiliate marketing.  This is a more friendly forum than some of the others out there.

  • WickedFire
    I've known the creator of WickedFire for over 8 years.  WickedFire is a forum with some of the top affiliate marketers online.

  • eWealth

  • WarriorForum

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