Selling is one of the best ways to earn money. Actual selling can be difficult especially if you need to go to different places, carrying your products, and offering it face to face with your customer. Some are even a bit ashamed to do the actual physical selling themselves, because they don't want to be turned down. Selling nowadays is not only done through physical product selling, but also through affiliate programs. Have you heard of that term before? If you're new on the net, it simply means selling a product or service through commission basis. But this involves online selling, unlike the physical selling that most people dread. If you have your very own website, it is much easier to start an affiliate program. It is an opportunity that you must not ignore because it can give you a considerable sum of money if you just know what it's all about and how it is carried out. Here are important things that you should know before you join an affiliate program: 1. The different types of affiliate programs; including the pay per sale, pay per click, pay per lead, bounty, and two tier. Once a customer buys a particular item, you will be paid a commission by 'pay per sale'. The 'pay per click' type pays you every time a customer visits the site, and it doesn't matter if the customer made a purchase or not, however, you'll earn more if the customers purchase something. With a PPC type, companies pay at the range of .05 dollars to .15 dollars. You are paid a one-time fee only for each customer that visits the site; the payment is usually between two dollars to five dollars. If a customer signs up for application, the higher yield you'll get. If you are able to refer a customer, you will get a finder's fee. If in the future the customer makes any purchases, you will no longer receive any commission, and this is called a bounty. If you are able to make direct sales, you get a commission; and if your sub-affiliates generate sales, you will also get a commission out of their sales, this is called two tiered. 2. The benefits The benefits of an affiliate program includes: all you have to do is to bring prospects to visit your site and you will not deal with people such as wholesalers, brokers, customer service, employees, technical support, process orders, warranties, and many more. You don't need to stay on your computer to keep track of the site, you're free to go for a vacation, rest, etc.; and most especially, you can do it anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. After weighing all these things, it's time to decide if you'll join an affiliate program or not. Once you decide to join, the company will give you a URL or a link. This links are used to gain access to the company's website. This will allow the company to monitor your website, and the payment or commission that should be given to you. Affiliate programs make money, so why not join the force. The internet is just there, waiting for interested people who are willing to venture into different business opportunities. If you're capable, and can become an effective affiliate, act now and join.