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What Is Affiliate Marketing?

What Is Affiliate Marketing?


We have been discussing How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Would you like to earn money online? Have you thought about starting your own business? Are you looking for a way to take your passion and use it to supplement your retirement?

I have discussed how to become an affiliate for free, how to’s about training, niches, websites, research, and keywords. But what is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website(you) for traffic or sales generated from the referrals you place on your website. When you become an Affiliate, you promote other people’s products, earning a commission if people actually end up buying thanks to your marketing.


Why Is Affiliate Marketing Becoming So Popular?

In the discussion of 85% of People Hate Their Job I have listed a number of reasons. And add to those, people are more and more looking for ways to Take control of their Time and their Lives.

Affiliate marketing can be very time-consuming in the beginning. The training you need, the website, the content that you are providing on your website and it takes from 3 to 6 months or longer before you begin getting traffic. They earn from pennies in the beginning to a couple of hundred dollars a month.

You can take a look on Internet Live Stats and you will see a continuous update. There are approximately 1.7 billion websites being searched by more than 3 billion Google searches at this very moment. What are they searching for? Merchandise, information, How to make money, How to buy a home, How to create a website, Self Improvement,,,,, and thousands of other things. As an affiliate marketer, with your own niche website, recommending any one of thousands of different retailers, you are not only providing a service you are also creating an income.

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As an affiliate, you are rewarded for promoting all types of products and services. Regardless of your age, education level or background. All you need is an internet connection and a computer to get started. People from all walks of life are earning money online through affiliate marketing.

4 Reasons to Begin an Affiliate Marketing Business

1) It Is a Low-Cost Business to Get Started

With Wealthy Affiliate, you can Get Started for Free. Your training program walks you through every phase of affiliate marketing from creating your own website or blog, to all the training necessary to become a successful affiliate.

Website hosting and domain names are part of the program.

You will also be learning different ways to make your content Go Viral. Viral content is an article, image, video or any other material that’s shared faster in the online market. When your website goes viral because of the amount of Traffic that it is producing, the links that you have pointing to the portal of the Affiliate company your Earnings begin to spiral upward because of the products you are recommending. You have built Trust with your readers.

2) You Gain Independence Both Personally and Professionally

You become your own boss! You decide your own hours! You can work at home or on the beach, from the coffee shop or beside the pool. Wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection.

You can also earn as much as you want. Earnings are not limited by the number of hours you put in. Once your Niche is established you simply continue to publish the meaningful content. You are learning how to turn your passion into profit.

3) It Is Perfect for People Who Love Competing

As an Affiliate Marketer, you own your own website or blog in your particular Niche.

You are writing articles that attract traffic to your site and promoting items that you associate with in your blog. These items are then linked to the company that you are signed with as an Affiliate. You are competing against the thousands of other people that are writing blogs and affiliates with the same companies.

And you are the best at what you do.

4) You Are Selling What You Want

You are your own boss.

Your honesty and integrity remain intact. You only work with people that you want to associate with. You only affiliate with those companies that sell the highest quality of products that you believe in. There is beauty in that. You are creating and shaping your career on your own.

It’s important to note that as an affiliate marketer by law you need to have an affiliate disclosure statement on all pages that contain affiliate links. This is a requirement by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). This goes back to integrity and honesty again.

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On another website that I designed and built I checked out several affiliate programs. ClickBank, ShareASale, eBay partner network, Amazon. I chose Amazon because of the number of products relating to my Niche alone, 470,000 products. Amazon US sells more than 606 million products. Here is just an example of the hundreds of books they carry on Affiliate Marketing.

The nice thing about it is that when I place a link on my website for a product that the reader may be interested in, the user goes into the Amazon portal from my registered link, as an affiliate. They may be looking at an item that only sells for $22.00.

Once the user is in Amazon they start looking and thinking about what else they might need. Would it be unusual for someone to come out having spent $100 to $1000? And if you only earn 6% on the entire sale? My first check from Amazon was for 2 weeks in December and the full month of January. I received my commission direct deposit in February. It was only $13.43. Did I smile? This was all that it took for me to understand how Affiliate Marketing really works.

The end of May will be here soon and I am already getting excited. One thing more, each Affiliate company has its own guideline policies and rules. Be very diligent in reading and understanding them when you become an Affiliate with whatever company you decide to go with.

I look forward to welcoming you today to Wealthy Affiliate, the place to make dreams come true. and will be there to answer your questions as you begin your journey. Not a get-rich-quick scheme. But a chance to build a long-lasting business.

If you enjoyed the content of this article and it was helpful to you, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. If you have any questions please enter them in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to answer them.
Remember, when you become a Free Starter member you will have instant access to me and many others that will be happy to guide you to success. Easy to follow training programs, straight forward and paced for your learning and enjoyment. When you are not clear on something, ask us a question. This can be one on one, hand-holding training and support.
Yet, even though your future success still depends on the decision YOU make and not me, it starts with the understanding of what to do and how to go about doing it. The Wealthy Affiliate community has all that and much more. 

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Sonny Eanes

-As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases-

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10 thoughts on “What Is Affiliate Marketing?”

  1. Very nice content you have up here on this post. I cannot agree with you less on this because affiliate marketing is simply the best way, to me, of getting wealthy through internet. Do the hardworking very well and get enough traffic to your website and henceforth, you keep on feeding on your hard work. I am also an affiliate marketer and I know of so many marketers with so much success story. Thanks for this post

    • Thank you. It took me several days and much reading and thinking to write it. Content writing at this time is my hangup but it is getting better. The small amount that I earned, in the beginning, is now growing, and I do know where it will lead. 

  2. Hi, I have read your article very carefully. In this article, you have discussed about affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways people make money on line and for some it can be a passive income once established. I am a affiliate marketer and I have little knowledge about it.I think, It’s based on revenue sharing. If we have a product and want to sell more, we can offer promoters a financial incentive through an affiliate program. But i have a question about that  What are the best affiliate marketing programs for me?.Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Thank you for your comment Jannatul. Yes, I discovered that in my search in the beginning because all of the links I went to were talking about the passive income that Affiliate marketing can lead to. That is how my search ended when I found Wealthy Affiliate. 

      At the time I built my first niche site the only one that I was using was Amazon. eBay also has an affilate program, and just by checking out a number of companies, I have found that many of them have Affiliate programs also. It will depend on what your niche is. There are also many companies like ClickBank, ShareASale, and others that are sources for Affiliate programs. 


  3. After reading your article I have benefited greatly.You discuss in your article about Affiliate Marketing.You also said what is affiliate marketing and why it is becoming so popular and you also said it’s benefits. That’s really awesome. After reading your article i have learned in this topics clearly. So, Thank you very much for sharing your article.

    • Thank you for your comment. It is great to know that I was able to write something that benefited you. I Wish you the best in your business.


  4. Hello!  Great post on affiliate marketing.  I like how you included that stat that 85% of people hate their jobs.  I guess I fall into the that likes mine, however it doesn’t pay enough for me to get by, let alone retire in 10 short years.  So, like you, I joined Wealthy Affiliate, and am now on track to supplement my income, and have a worry free retirement when the time comes.  Thanks again for your post.  It is concise, very matter-of-fact, and easy to follow for someone who is just starting out.  RhondaLeigh

    • Rhonda, thank you so much for your comment. Even though I have been with WA since Sept 2018, and have been through many of the training lessons, it took me several days to do the research in order to really understand and explain it. The 85% that hate their jobs I did a post on that a few weeks ago. I figure not all of that 85 % really Hate their jobs, but like you, they know that what they are earning will not get them to their dreams. 

      And that is Who my Affiliate site is directed toward. Those that are just starting out. 


  5. There are a lot of benefits for people that start an affiliate marketing business. For example as you mentioned the cost is low to start, sure there might be other costs, but in order to get started making money it doesn’t take a lot.

    It’s really neat that you can actually make money off any other sales that a customer makes on Amazon which is a reason that I’m also apart of their affiliate program. I’m just starting out with it so it’ll take time to turn a profit.

    I know you said 3-6 months, but how long did it take to start seeing profits for your Amazon site?

    • Thank you Josh. I actually got started with Wealthy Affiliate Sept 19 and had my niche website up and running when hurricane Michael hit Panama City FL Oct 10. I had my links on Amazon when it hit and when I was finally able to get a good stable internet connection in December, I had 3 sales come through. Since the only thing I was paying was the monthly with WA, I considered it all profit. It was only 6 dollars for Dec. So it took 2 months. 



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