Affiliate marketing is not a scam and it most definitely is not a difficult process. You can learn it, especially if you know your way around the S & P 500. The goal of affiliate marketing is to help businesses to sell their products and services by giving them the tool of online advertising. Since the Internet is full of people who want to make a purchase, it is exceptionally important to keep in mind that these are all potential buyers for these companies. Your job is to simply market to them. You get them to come to your website or blog, you encourage them to make a purchase and they head off to the company's website (through your link) to make a purchase. In return, you get a cut of the sale, just like any other commission system works.
If you are struggling with the current economy and want to get some extra income coming your way, one way to do so is through affiliate marketing. The money you make can help you to reinvest or do whatever you need to do.