Even in tough times, opportunities present themselves… if you look in the right places.

One of the best ways to build a recession-proof income? Become an affiliate marketer.

Affiliate marketing is the process of using your website to drive traffic to a merchant’s website… and receiving a commission for sales that are generated. It has quietly become a $6 billion industry and, according to Jupiter Research, is expected to grow another 13 percent year-over-year through 2012. Jupiter Research also states that online marketers’ spending estimates for 2008 were $2.1 billion on affiliate marketing fees, with U.S. online affiliate marketing spending expected to reach $3.3 billion in 2012.

One reason affiliate marketing has experienced such massive growth is that it is a win-win opportunity – for the merchant and the affiliate. The merchant pays affiliates for their advertising efforts only when sales are actually made. Affiliates become an extension of the merchant’s sales force and receive nice commission payouts by driving sales traffic to the merchant’s website.

Many affiliate marketers do this as their only source of income and make a very nice living.

So what’s stopping you? If you aren’t making the money you need to live the life you wish to live – or if you just want an additional source of income – affiliate marketing may be for you. Early to Rise’s Affiliate Program has had a large turnout since its launch back in February (with 900 affiliates thus far) and the sales continue to roll in.

[Ed. Note: George Dahir is ETR’s Affiliate Marketing Manager.
If you are ready to make money as an affiliate, join Early to Rise’s Affiliate Program today by clicking here. You’ll get $20 just for signing up!]