There are a number of methods that you can use to earn an income online and many of them go beyond merely selling stuff through an auction website. The two most popular means of making money online are affiliate marketing and network marketing both of which can be done either part time or full time.

If you are new to internet marketing then using one of these methods is a good way to get started as you do not need a lot of money to go into business for yourself.

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1.  Affiliate Marketing:
With this method you earn your income by selling other people’s products which saves you the trouble of having to develop a product of you own, and you get paid a commission for every sale you make. Don’t get freaked out at the thought of “selling” because basically what it entails is sending people to either your own website or a sales page that will be provided by the company with whom you have signed up. (Most affiliate companies provide a free website to their affiliates).

2.  Network Marketing:
Network marketing also known as Multilevel marketing (MLM) is another way you can earn commissions by selling a product or service. The difference between this form of marketing and affiliate marketing is that you are not only selling a product but you are building up a network marketing organization and every time you get another business builder to sign up they become part of your down-line or organization.

Now you may be wondering why you would do this and the reason is that every time anyone you have recruited into your organization makes a sale, you will receive a commission from their efforts. So the bigger your organization grows the more money you will make, and you will also earn from people they sign up under them.

With both of these ways of earning an online income your main task is to find the most cost effective way to drive targeted traffic to your website. There are numerous methods that you can use to get the traffic to your site, some of them are quite expensive but there are also ways that you can drive the traffic for free or a very low cost, it all depends on the type of budget you have available. The cheaper methods are just as effective but they are a lot more time consuming, so if you have the time but not the money then I would say go for the cheaper methods.

Once you have decided which way you want to go, you then need to take a look at the different ways you want to learn and then put all you effort into that endeavor. Become an expert at it and begin to generate some income, then go on to learn another method.

The internet can change rapidly and quite often, so it is essential that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You will be much better off learning 3 – 5 different methods of driving traffic so that your online income will not suffer when things change suddenly. Remember though that it is best to learn one method well before moving on to another. Trying to learn too many different ways at once will only confuse you and you will not succeed at any of them.

Another point to keep in mind is that you should not expect to get rich from just one product, driving traffic is pretty much a numbers game and you will need a lot of traffic to make a little bit of money as only a small percentage of people will actually buy anything from you.

There are many different methods of earning an income online and it is really just about figuring out what appeals to you most and once you have done this, then it is time to see which method of generating traffic works best for you and just keep on rinsing and repeating.

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