Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to make money online because it is easy and pretty much risk free. Being an affiliate marketer is like being an online retailer selling other people's products. To make money as an affiliate marketer, you simply join a program as an affiliate, promote the product and get paid commission on all your sales. There is normally no charge to become an affiliate, you don't have to handle receipts or ship goods because the program owner does that. If you choose your program wisely, you can make good money online without even owning your own website. The only financial investment you might need to make will be in the form of an advertising budget but, as there are many excellent forms of free advertising available online, you can make money with online affiliate marketing without any financial risk or outlay.