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WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?

You are exposed to affiliate marketing on the internet every day, even by just reading this post. To put it simply, affiliate marketing is the process of an affiliate (Person) earning a commission for marketing or promoting a company’s or a person’s product to an audience. This is how most influencers and YouTubers make their money. They introduce products to their audience and earn. 

 

Affiliate marketing is a wide market to earn passive income online. Being an affiliate marketer, you can earn in any industry based on your interest. If you have an interest in finance and accounting, health and fitness, psychology, writing, teaching, designing, and so on, you can earn through affiliate marketing online. There are many companies that offer affiliate programs in different sectors of the market. However, the market is very competitive, but there is still room for growth to become successful.  This is why it is important to get online training to learn the business and build. 

 

You can do this by simply starting an online business (website) around a product you like and then registering as an affiliate to a company that provides an affiliate program in the product you choose to promote to make money. Like Amazon and Best Buy, most companies online offer an affiliate program for anyone to earn passively. 

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF AFFILIATE MARKETING

Affiliate marketing is nothing new to the market. It has been around since 1994. It was introduced by William J. Tobin when he launched PC Flowers and Gifts and created a business model to pay commission on eCommerce sales. He then applied for a patent on tracking and affiliate marketing in 1996, and since then, the market has been growing increasingly fast. Now, anybody can literally be an affiliate marketer and earn income from a company’s business model.  

 

HOW DOES AFFILIATE MARKETING WORKS?

For affiliate marketing to work, you’ll need a special affiliate link for your audience to clicked on so that you can earn a commission. It is simply signing up for the program to get a special tracking link. Any company that provides a service or sells products online and offers an affiliate program, you can join freely. When you refer people to the company using your unique link by writing about their products or services on your blog and by just advertising and they buy anything, you’ll get paid. 

 

However, another common way to track an affiliate is via a cookie. When your affiliate link is clicked, a small file called a cookie is stored on your computer. With that stored file, the company can see that you were the referrer of the customer. 

 

Affiliate marketing works in these 4 simple steps: 

  • Search for a product that you would like to promote.
  • Sign up for a company affiliate program and get your unique link (A list of affiliate marketplaces below).
  • Share the link via Social media, blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook ads, or any other form.
  • When someone makes a purchase of the product or service using your unique link, you’ll earn an affiliate commission.




HOW TO BECOME AN AFFILIATE MARKETER?

If you follow these 8 simple steps, you can become an affiliate marketer. 

 

  • Step 1: Choose a Niche or an Industry that you like or have an interest in. 

 

  • Step 2: Research your Niche by looking up products and services that would help your Audience. 

 

  • Step 3: Create a Website or a Blog where your Audience can access your guiding information on the products and services. 

 

  • Step 4: Sign Up for the Amazon Affiliate Program.

 

  • Step 5: Find other affiliate programs for the products and services related to your Niche (a list of affiliate marketplaces is below). 

 

  • Step 6: Create content (tutorials, review posts, videos, email, etc.) and add your unique links on your website and drive traffic to your content.

 

  • Step 7: Optimize the page and track your rankings in Google (try this free Keyword Word Tool to rank your website in Google) 

 

  • Step 8: Final step is earning commissions from your content on your website.

 

For sustainability and longevity, maintain your website by adding more content and reinvesting. For a better-detailed step on how to start an online business, you can read my free ebook “A Basic Guide To E-business.” 



HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU EARN WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING?

 

What is so motivating with affiliate marketing is that there is no real limit to the income potential. This is because the business is wide and scalable. However, to be realistic, you earn somewhere between USD 0 to USD 10,000.00 and more per month.

 

Your income will be determined by your content, the type of products and services you promote, marketing skills, how much traffic you drive to your site, email marketing, and SEO.

 


WHERE TO LOOK FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING PROGRAMS

You can find countless affiliate programs at an affiliate marketplace to support your Niche. I will share with you four (4) of the best affiliate marketplaces you can join immediately for free and browse through to find the affiliate program that aligns with your interest.

 

Here are the 4 best affiliate marketplaces you can join to make money.

ShareASale was founded in 2000. It is an extremely active marketplace with a great list of affiliate programs in many categories. ShareASale is very convenient, and new products are added every day. You can join the platform for free and check out the affiliate programs in your niche; it will take a few days for approval. 

Commission Junction was founded in 1998 as Commission Junction before being acquired by ValueClick in 2003. In 2014, it was rebranded to CJ Affiliate by Conversant. It is one of the most popular affiliate marketplaces in the world. It has some of the best selection of big brand names on its network that you can partner with. It is a great place for beginners with its easy-to-use interface. 

Rakuten Marketing Affiliate is a global affiliate network that was started in 1996. It is also a huge Japanese e-commerce company. Rakuten was nominated #1 Affiliate Marketing Network for seven years in a row. The company is trusted by numerous big brands such as Walmart and Lacoste.  You can find a wide range of affiliate programs of interest on its platform. 

Clickbank is the best place for marketers to discover new affiliate programs. Millions of affiliate marketers use this network. You can shop around, find what you like, and then promote it on your website. It is a great marketplace for beginners to get started to discover amazing affiliate programs. 

Amazon Associate is not an affiliate marketplace but it is a great affiliate program to join, it works with almost any niche, and the potential of making money from the platform is great. 





WHERE TO GO FOR THE BEST AFFILIATE MARKETING TRAINING

Learning the business will always be important to your growth and development. So taking the necessary approach to building your knowledge and skills is the perfect start. It is great to be a part of a community of successful affiliate marketers or online entrepreneurs to support and help you towards your end goal. 

 

These are three (3) of the best affiliate marketing training platforms you can join for free and get started on your affiliate journey.

Affilorama was founded in 2006 by a successful affiliate marketer and an internet marketing coach Mark Ling. Affilorama is an award-winning online training platform for beginners and advanced online marketers who want to create success in the online space. The platform is one of the largest affiliate marketing training, with a community of over 900,000 members worldwide. They provide training lessons using a range of content mediums, including blog posts, tutorials, and videos. Members also get help and support on their learning journey to building a profitable business, and to become a member is free. 

Wealthy Affiliate was founded in 2005, and it is the largest affiliate online training community in the world. The community is comprised of more than 1.4 million aspiring marketers and successful internet entrepreneurs around the world.

 

Wealthy Affiliate is an all-in-one affiliate training platform that offers courses, tools for website building, hosting, domain registration, market research, and much more to start an online business. The community is highly responsive and helpful. Wealthy Affiliate is listed as the most powerful online business-building community and it is completely free to become a member. 

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Udemy is privately owned and headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Ireland, Turkey, and Brazil. Udemy was founded in 2007, and it has grown to be one of the largest learning platforms around the world, offering over 130,000 courses on a variety of topics, and has helped more than 30 million learners. It is an international learning space with courses available in over 60 languages and learners from over 190 countries. 



THE BOTTOM LINE

Affiliate marketing is a great online business opportunity that is free and you can earn unlimited income for a lifetime. As an affiliate marketer, you can work remotely from anywhere and live your best life. It takes patience and consistency to build this type of business but can be very rewarding after online mastery. You should continuously develop your knowledge and skills in your interest to effectively serve your audience with value. And also find a community with entrepreneurs in your field and industry for guidance and support. This can help build you and your business for success. 

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9 Responses

  1. Hi!

    Glad to read your introduction about affiliate marketing here.  I’m very interested in it. 

    If you can make money according to your own interests through affiliate marketing, that’s a very good thing. So to do this, you need to pick an interest or niche, and build a website, then produce the content, and then you can make money in the end, right? 

    I think how to continue to generate content that interests the audience is the most important and difficult. 

    You also mentioned the need for keyword research tools. This is what bothers me now, how to find out the right keywords through these tools in order to get a good google ranking as soon as possible.

    1. Hi Harry,

      Yes, you are right. However, it will take time for you to start earning, and it’s important to understand that consistency is the key to succeed.

      The keyword research tool that I used is Jaaxy, one of the best in the market. It helps me find the best keywords for google ranking, and it also shows who my competitors are in the market. As long as you get proper training, you’ll understand how to consistently generate great content for your audience.

      If you are in need of support, please do not hesitate to contact me. All the best.

  2. Affiliate marketing sounds like an ideal way to earn money without having to invest major money in physical inventory and a location for a shop or office space. The steps to get started are all things that are easy enough for almost anyone to do, so it’s just up to the individual to decide which of their passions to follow as they create their own online venture. Thank you for sharing – this is all very helpful to get started with affiliate marketing!

  3. Hi. You are very right about being an entrepreneur. It is such a big responsibility and it takes passion, hard-work and dedication. Some days are very stressful and takes perseverance to make it in this industry. I started affiliate marketing about seven months back and I have so far made only one sale. Part of the problem being mostly that I do not have time to put effort into the process. I am hopeful that one day I will be somewhere where I will be fullfilled 

    1. Hi Boi!

      Yes, affiliate marketing does take a lot of effort to build successfully. However, once you are consistent in work, you can definitely reap the benefits. All the best on your journey, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need support. Thanks

  4. Affiliate Marketing is a great way to build a business and, at this point in time, practically every business out there participates.  I learned the trade through Wealthy Affiliate, which I recommend 100%.  I’m still there so look me up!  I actually use all of the affiliate companies you have listed here so I can promote a wide variety of products.  I started out using Amazon (and still do) but I use it less now as the commission is lower than some of the other opportunities.  Thank you for posting this great information!

  5. Affiliate Marketing is a great way to build a business and, at this point in time, practically every business out there participates.  I learned the trade through Wealthy Affiliate, which I recommend 100%.  I’m still there so look me up!  I actually use all of the affiliate companies you have listed here so I can promote a wide variety of products.  I started out using Amazon (and still do) but I use it less now as the commission is lower than some of the other opportunities.  Thank you for posting this great information!

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