However, as you will soon see, AdWords is just part of the picture - and maybe a different picture from the one that you will be painting.
However if you are new to this, have a quick look at the Google Help. Better still, read down a little further and you will get a link to the best free AdWords resources.
PPC the fastest way to make money and the quickest way to lose it
Done correctly, PPC can be very effective. Many affiliate marketers don't even bother with social media, commenting, bookmarking, PR etc - they just pay for the traffic and make a lot of money. Others pay for the traffic and lose a lot of money.
PPC advertsAs the name suggests, if you use PPC, you will pay each time someone clicks on one of your ads. The ads appear in two places:
at the side, top or bottom of search engine results and
contextually - on other peoples' websites (they share a proportion of the Ad Revenue - if you would like ads on your website, get in touch with one of the PPC providers) or in other places such as around your email if you use a service such as Gmail
To place PPC ads:
register with a PPC system
decide on your keywords
create the ad (you can see above how little scope you have)
point your ad to a (landing) page on your website
bid on your keywords
When someone types in a search query using your keywords or visits a page in the content network that contains your keywords, then your ad may appear (depending on the size of your bid in relation to what others are bidding).
The price of a click depends on how competitive the keyword is ('weight loss' = expensive). In most cases, the highest bid gets the top position. Google AdWords is a little more complicated because it tries to place the most relevant ads at the top. This means your position and the price you pay is driven by:
the match between your AdWord text and the search keywords
the match between your AdWord text and the content of your landing page
the frequency with which people have clicked on your ad in the past - the more they click, relative to other ads that appear, the cheaper / higher your ad will be
If you decide to use AdWords, it is essential that you understand these factors.