Affiliate marketing, otherwise known as Associate Programs,Referral Programs,Bounty Programs, Partner Programs, Revenue Sharing Programs, is online commission sales made through an affiliate. An affiliate program is a program that facilitates the relationship between online merchants and their affiliates --- allowing the affiliate to promote that company's products or services for a commission. I chose to become an affiliate marketer, primarily because of the benefits. Some of which are: 1. Low Cost Set-up – Becoming an Internet marketer is cheap by comparison with setting up a brick-and-mortar business. If you have an Internet-connected computer – you are already half way there! . 2.No Employees - Salaries are a huge business expense. As an affiliate marketer, you'll never have to hire employees. When you have a project you want to hire out, it is easy to find specialists in every computer-related field who can work for you from the comfort of THEIR own homes. You pay only for the project, and never have to worry about ongoing employee-related benefits and deductions. 3. Make Money While You Sleep - What other business allows you as a sole proprietor to keep your doors open and keep making money even when you take breaks or after you go home for the night? 4. Work from Home – Working from home is considered the best advantage to having an online business by those who despised a long commute to work or prefer to work in their pajamas. Parents, in particular, value having more time to spend with their children. 5. High Income Potential - If you have a job, your salary or hourly wage is probably pre-determined. Maybe there's not much, other than working overtime, that you can do to increase your income. With your own affiliate business on the Internet your income potential is limited only by your desire, effort and imagination. That’s why affiliates LOVE affiliate marketing. My favorite thing about affiliate marketing is the ability to work anywhere I am in the world. What will yours be?