Knowing how to start a business online increases your chance of getting the successful start you will need to gain momentum. This momentum will help you to avoid any early frustrations or barriers that may tempt you to give up and therefore will be crucial to your long term success.Possibly the best business to start would be in affiliate marketing. With no responsibilities concerning customer service, billing, inventory or product development you can focus on just marketing. This is the perfect scenario for the start up entrepreneur looking to learn the ropes of online marketing.The online affiliate business can be very lucrative but you will need to approach it with some structure and direction in order for it to be profitable for you.Here are 3 key areas of your business you will want to establish early on to insure your own success over the long haul.Establish Your Own SystemThere are no doubt several suggestions or ‘selling systems’ you have come across when setting you your online affiliate business. Take one or perhaps components of several and put together something that works best for you. Take into consideration your skill set and the time you can devote to your business.Develop an OfferingAn important part of growing an online business is building a list of people who have shown interest in past promotions of yours. This will make your marketing efforts a lot easier in the future when you can contact these people ‘directly’ with any new promotions.In order to temp people to leave their contact information it is a good idea to offer them something free in exchange for this information. Whether it is an ebook or even an inexpensive piece of software you will want it to have some value for your visitor to increase their willingness to leave their information. Be sure your giveaway is relevant to what it is you are promoting.Promote Related ProductsAs you collect names and build your list stay in contact with these people. Initially you want to thank them for joining your list. By maintaining contact with your list you will begin to breed some familiarity with them and them with you. It is recommended to make contact every few days or so but avoid overly frequent contact since this tends to annoy people. Once or twice monthly ‘offer’ them a product that is related to what it was you ‘originally’ promoted to them in the first place. For the most part your email contacts will contain free and useful information and tips your list members can use and learn from. Knowing how to start a business online will help you to gain some momentum to increase your chances of a successful start. This is crucial for any start up entrepreneur who will need the taste of success to encourage them on. For this reason an online affiliate business is probably the best business to start in terms of early success and fast profits. This particular model limits your responsibilities to little more then marketing. With the proper structure in place as we outline in the 3 areas above there is little or no reasons why an early success can’t be yours. What you do with that new found success is then up to you!