If you’ve been reading up on ways to make money online, you already know that affiliate marketing on the Internet has established itself as one of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive methods to get started building your online income. What is it, and how do you get your piece? Getting and Promoting an Affiliate Link Affiliate marketing on the Internet is the opportunity for you to get a commission whenever someone else makes a sale. How can you beat that? All you have to do is sign up for an affiliate link at the sites of the online vendors whose products you can recommend, and post your link on your websites, blogs, or in articles you submit to the dozens of article directories. That’s all the effort involved from your end. Every time someone uses you affiliate link to go to the vendor’s site and buy something, you’ll get a commission. You get the commission because you found a customer the vendor couldn’t find thorough his or her or own efforts, and that works for both of you. But it probably works better for you because you don’t have to bother providing a website devoted to the product nor the product itself. But would you like a tip on how to benefit even more from your affiliate link? Finding a Live Leads with Your Affiliate Program One seldom talked-about approach to affiliate marketing on the Internet is using your affiliate links to get you live leads for your own marketing efforts. You know that the persons who use your affiliate links to buy something from someone else are comfortable purchasing things over the Internet. But you don’t know how to add them to your own customer base, because you’re not given their email addresses when they make their purchases. So you can’t contact them personally to thank them for using your links. How can you get those Internet buyers to become customers of yours? Add a Bonus to Your Affiliate Marketing Offers Wherever you post your affiliate links, in your blogs, in your article resource boxes, or on your own websites, why not offer a free bonus like an info report or ebook to which you have resell rights to anyone who purchases products using your affiliate link? You not only have a good chance of raising your commission income; you can also ask the ones who respond for their emails so that you can send them the bonus. Once you have their emails, you are well on your way to turning them into regular customers for your marketing efforts!