Introduction to Affiliate Marketing

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

If you are new to this term, let me explain what exactly affiliate marketing is. Affiliate marketing is a strategy of making money by referring someone to an online store where the person purchases a product and you earn a commission as the reward.

For example, you write a review about a washing machine on Amazon store. If somebody sees your review and decides to buy the product on Amazon through your website, you will earn money from Amazon as a commission for helping them making a successful sale.

What does it take to be successful at Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a way of using the internet to make sales. It has a great advantage over other types of sale in an aspect that affiliate marketing will allow you to approach a larger audience. Imagine that going door-to-door sale will only allow you to approach 10 to 20 customers a day. How many sales do you think you can make there? I would say half of that number if you are a very good salesman.

In the other hand, affiliate marketing can get you approach to thousands of customers a day. This is the reason that many people are using affiliate marketing to empower their sale.

In affiliate marketing, there are many strategies being used. This post focuses on showing you how to use content monetization to make sale. Personally, I think this is the most ethical and honest way of making money online out there.

Is it easy to make money with affiliate marketing? Let me just say that you will not see the money coming in to your pocket right away. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. If you have been researching around, you might have seen people bragging about how they make $5000 or even more than that in a month. That is possible and real but just like any other businesses in general, it all takes time and lots of hard work.

First, you need to know if you are the right person for this business. Ask yourself if you are a patient and hard-working person? If yes then this is definitely something that you do not want to miss out.

Do you need a background on sale or marketing? Not at all! All you need is a “yes” to a question above. I know that lots of you have a day job. It will be tough to get involve in your day job and your affiliate business. Therefore, my advice for you is to start out slowly. The more time you dedicate to this business, the faster the result will come. The key here is to put in the work everyday and be consistent. Once you start making sales, it will get easier.

To sum up, here are few keys points to help you succeed:

  • Hard-working
  • Being patient
  • Learning from experts
  • Surrounding yourself with like minded people

How to get started!

You are probably wondering “Where to start?” and “What tools do I need?”. We are using content menetization to make sale so writing content is a must. This is why I mentioned about being consistent earlier. You need to set a goal on how many articles or blog posts you are going to produce in a week.

It all starts with what you like! What are you passionate about? This question is very important because it will give you an idea of what to write about. It can be about art, music, food, sports,…etc.

After you have an idea of what you want to write about, next step will be creating your own website. This will be a place where you post your articles, reviews, images, videos,…related to your topic. Then you will need to get ranked in search engines. Google, Bing, and Yahoo are some of the biggest search engines in the world right now. If they can find your websites and yours get ranked at the top, it means that lots of traffic will be coming into your site and there is a chance that you will make sales.

To sum up, this is what you need to do:

  • Finding out your hobbies
  • Creating your own website
  • Writing your contents
  • Getting ranked in search engines

A very first task for you!

By now, you should have an idea of what affiliate marketing is. After knowing how it works, my task for you is to get connected with other individuals who are passionate about affiliate marketing. Remember what I said earlier? You need to surround yourself with like-minded people. Wealthy Affiliate is the right place to start with! Please check out my post on making money with blogs for more information.

Are you an affiliate marketer? If yes, please share your thoughts on the comment section below and don’t forget to share my post to others!

P.S: Do you know how to find yourself a niche topic? Check out my post here!

14 thoughts on “Introduction to Affiliate Marketing

  1. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the best when it comes to learning about affiliate marketing. Their lessons are designed to keep you moving forward with tangible tasks to do for each lesson. I have been with WA for about 10 months now and I already have a few websites that I enjoy writing for.
    Thanks for sharing this, I enjoyed reading it.

    1. Hey Ian. Thanks for visiting my site. I agree and I also like the fact that it has lots of tools to help develop your site and also to help other folks.

  2. Hey,

    Great post on how Affiliate marketing works. You made it so simple and easy to understand. I do agree on your number one recommendation of learning how to start affiliate marketing. Wealthy Affiliate, in my opinion, is one of the best programs out there today to learn how to even begin and then how to scale your business.

  3. Hello , thank you so much for such great introduction you made about affiliate marketing , I’m always in the look out to know stuff about this topic , I’m new in affiliate marketing and my desire is to succeed , and your recommendation will help a lot , thanks again!

  4. Affiliate marketing is one of the most common online business pursuits and for good reason. Affiliates don’t typically need to hold any physical stock, deal with customer service issues, spend money on R&D, etc. – they simply promote other people’s products and earn commissions on the sales. The internet is a perfect platform to take advantage of the potential of such a strategy. Over three billion current internet users – that’s a lot of potential customers!

  5. Hi Kien. First off I would like to let you know that I loved navigating through your website. All the pages and posts are laid out great and it made it easy to check out what your site is all about. Your post on affiliate marketing is excellent and once people check out Wealthy Affiliate they will see how easy it can be to get started!

  6. This is a great introduction to Affiliate Marketing! It is written in such an easy to understand way. I love the images too. I agree that it is important to involve yourself with people who are doing well in the industry. Wealthy Affiliate is the perfect community to do so.

  7. Thanks for this great introduction to affiliate marketing!
    You have explained the process very simply and I like how you have outlined the points on what it takes to be successful at affiliate marketing, and I definitely agree with them!
    Definitely a recipe for success right there!
    I also agree that if anybody wants to learn this process correctly, then they should join up with Wealthy Affiliate as you recommend… they won’t be sorry!
    Great post 🙂

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