Starting an affiliate program can save you a lot of money in the long run.
You will find that you spend less time and money on marketing, which allows you to focus on the actual management of your online business.
Affiliate marketing is actually very easy to start, as well.
Your first step in starting an affiliate program is determining which products you want to sell and how much commission you are willing to give your marketers.
You will also need to decide how your marketers are allowed to promote their websites, and how they can use those websites.
All of these conditions and terms need to be set forth in a written agreement.
You will need to set up websites for your affiliates.
Basically, you just need to purchase a domain that allows for unlimited sub domains.
Then, select a basic template and create a simple one or two page website.
This website will be placed on each individual sub domain, which you will create for your affiliates, with perhaps a few changes to each for name and contact information.
As your affiliate base grows you may need to outsource these basic administrative tasks.
Finally, you need to get some affiliates.
There are a lot of people out there looking for ways to make money online, so this is fairly easy to do.
Post some free online classified ads or post to popular blogs and message boards that feature online income or internet marketing.
There are also several affiliate marketing directories and bulletin boards that you can use to promote your program.