Over the last ten years there has been a surge in popularity for people looking to make money online and affiliate marketing is one of the methods which is commonly used. Today we'll look at why many people don't get the results they want from it and show you the simple steps which should help you to determine whether this is an area you want to pursue.
While one of the main factors in it's appeal is undoubtedly the belief that anybody can do it, the fact remains that most people who try it fail or quit within the first three months.
Before you jump into any affiliate program it would be wise to see why most people fail to get any results, that way you can enhance your own chances of success. There are three big issues blocking the path to success for most people.
* Their upline or sponsor provides no help.
* The person is driven purely by money and has no interest in the actual service the company specializes in.
* People don't realize how time consuming becoming your own boss can be.
It might look easy written up there but those three steps trip up just about everybody in the home based business industry at some point.
But of course it can't be this way for everybody, in fact one of the biggest redeeming factors of the online world is that literally anybody is able to change their financial future if they apply themselves effectively to their business. 
The part where most of us get lost, however, is being able to find the fine lines between success and failure. Those who are able to get the most out of their affiliate marketing business are not geniuses, they are regular people just like you. They're just doing one small thing differently to the majority.
It's the people who are actively working on their business every day of the week who tend to see positive results. If you want to become your own boss so you can 'kick back and relax' then you have a false idea of what it's really like. It can be non-stop at times.
As many people have said in the past, 'you can not climb the ladder of success while your hands are in your pockets.'
Rules number two and three are by far the most common reasons for failure to achieve online business goals. The first rule, while still important, is something which can be easily overcome just by being serious and taking responsibility for yourself.
Keep your brain fully engaged to avoid the typical hype you'll encounter online. Every opportunity presents itself as the next big thing and it's likely you'll be tempted to fall for it a few times unless you look at potential businesses the same way you'd look at a business move in the everyday offline world.
Usually you don't discover how hard it is to become your own boss until you have tried it, but by now you should have a rough idea of the things you will deal with along the way.
Many people will be ready to test your resolve and offer you the 'next big thing' at every turn. It's up to you to be grown up enough to focus on your own business.
Whether you opt to use an affiliate program like Empower Network or Mary Kay will ultimately be decided by your personal taste, nothing more, so it's important that you are also able to see the risks involved in affiliate marketing and why most people struggle with it. Now that you do, you should know whether you believe you have what it takes to make money online or not.