What is Affiliate Marketing About?

What is affiliate marketing about?

Affiliate Marketing is one of the most frequently discussed term among internet marketers around the world. It is also the fastest way a person can start an internet marketing business without incurring much capital (get 10 free lessons to start your affiliate marketing here).

Today, I will be sharing with you the complete basic knowledge and answer you all the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about affiliate marketing. This will definitely help many fresh bloggers or newbies in this industry. I would say this is the most profitable source of income you can get by just promoting product that does not belong to you.

In very simple term, Affiliate Marketing is basically a reward given to a person for promoting any goods or services to anyone online whereby this action resulted in a sale made. In this context, reward normally refers to commission.

If you are very new to affiliate marketing, you can read my recently written “Affiliate Marketing for The Beginners” to have better understanding.

How Affiliate Marketing Works?

There are 4 parties involved for affiliate marketing to work.

1. The Merchant (also know as “retailer” or “company”)

2. The Network (it contains offers for affiliates to choose which to promote and also takes care of payments)

3. The Publisher (also known as “affiliate” or anyone who wants to promote the product)

4. The Customers

Where To Find Products To Promote?

There are many well-established networks which are very popular among internet marketers around the world.  Here are some which I think is more than enough for you to choose from. Do take note that some networks recommended here are merely allowing you to promote digital products but some contain both.

1. Amazon.com

2. ClickBank.com

3. JVZoo.com

4. ShareASale.com

5. CJ.com

6. LinkShare.com

7. Peerfly.com

8. VCommission.com

Why Advanced Internet Marketers Still Want to Sell Own Products?

You must be wondering why many advanced internet marketers still want to develop their own product to sell despite knowing that affiliate marketing can be easy to do. Well, for newbies, a 50% commission may sounds good but for advanced marketers, they would rather offer this commission to thousands of other marketers to sell their products for them. In this way, they will be able to earn a lot more faster – this we call “leveraging”.

When you are an affiliate marketer, basically you are also building buyer list for the product creator. Imagine if this list were accessible to you (which normally will not happen unless you created additional opt-in page for yourself), won't you promote other relevant or complimenting products to them too? Then you can earn more money. Now, being an affiliate, you wont' get a share of future sales by product creator to the customers you brought in.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – What is Affiliate Marketing About?

How to know which network a particular affiliate product is attached with?

Not all affiliate products are attached with 3rd party networks. Some creators have many products and therefore would setup their own mini network platform. You just need to search for the phrase “product name … affiliate program” and you will be doing just fine.

How to promote affiliate products?

You need to obtain the affiliate link from the network and drive traffic to this link via banner ads, solo ads, social media post sharing, content SEO or by promoting in your blog.

How to track visitors source?

Yes, this is really important if you are promoting any products online. In order to find out effectiveness of your campaign strategy, you need to track from where your traffic comes from and how many are converted to sales. With these information, you will be able to make wise decision for future campaign. You can try LinkTrackr which I personally think is very simple to use, with comprehensive functions and yet it is not expensive. Alternatively, you may want to consider free options such as www.bitly.com, http://goo.gl, or https://www.clixtrac.com that come with some limitations.

Can Google Adsense and Affiliate Marketing be combined on one single blog or website?

Yes, it is permissible to do this.

Is there any requirement to join the affiliate network?

Webinar registration on real ways to earn money onlineDifferent network impose different criteria when accepting an affiliate request. From my experience, ClickBank and Amazon offer less stringent requirement whereas Commission Junction and ShareASale may require you to have some sort of traffic or experience before approving your application.

Is it necessary to have a blog or website to promote affiliate products?

No, it is not. However, it a must to have a website if you are serious about building a sustainable business online (here's how you learn how to build website for FREE). Let me explain further. If you are only promoting affiliate products via social media like Facebook or Twitter, you will be bound by the stringent rules and regulations imposed by these social platforms. There will be limitations on how you can promote. You also risk of having your entire campaign stopped by these 3rd parties due to their changing of terms. This definitely will leave a huge impact on your income. I have my website build the very first day I started to embark online. It is tougher this way but it really pays off in the long run.

Here comes the popular question many people have been asking.

How much money can I earn from affiliate marketing?

I doubt anyone can really give a figure here… lol.

You can earn as much as you can. This is true. It really depends very much on the strategy that you employ to run your campaign. Some people that I know even earn $50k from a single campaign.

If you are really keen to learn affiliate marketing, then I recommend you to join the community that helped me start this blog. You can read my review of this community here.

I hope this simple introduction to affiliate marketing leaves you with better understanding. If have any question on What Affiliate Marketing Is About, do leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

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16 thoughts on “What is Affiliate Marketing About?”

  1. This is a great post on affiliate marketing. I’m still new to the concept and your post has provided some closure to certain questions that I had. Keep up the good work and I will be looking for more posts on your site. There is a lot to learn about affiliate marketing and hopefully I can learn a lot by reading your content.

  2. Dear FlorenceKi,

    This is quite a remarkable Blog Post Article you have written. Have you by chance heard of FlexOffers?
    Which would you recommend from that List of Affiliate Programs for a newbie to Internet Marketing? Is ClickBank a good choice or would the better alternative be most likely Amazon instead?

    Your Website is impressive, very appealing, and loads of wealthy information being passed around, I learned a great deal from reading this Blog Post. Thank you, you taught me several new things. 🙂

    Wishing you all the best with your online success above and beyond the horizon,


  3. Hi Florence, thanks for this informative article on Affiliate Marketing.

    I am new to Internet Marketing and more then often confuse it with Affiliate Marketing. Now I understand that an advance Internet Marketer may create their own products and sell them through affiliate marketers. That’s the main difference.

    The FAQ here is most helpful too! Will come back again if I needed more answers.

  4. Hi Florence,
    Thanks for sharing with about affiliate marketing. I have been doing my online business full time since June and I have been looking for my own way to create my own business with internet marketing. Internet marketing is not new to me since 2009 when I started to sell stuff on eBay but I didn’t have any strategy or even knowledge. After then I joined and paid so called gurus like you did before but they just forcus on how mush you paid for it but nothing furtther can help on me. Why I am going on this, it is because I believe internet markeing works.
    Thanks for your sharing of great post here, you build a informative website, you did it great. Sorry for my poor English. See U.

  5. Hi Florence,

    A very nice article. You have discussed clearly what affiliate marketing is all about.

    I am just new to affiliate marketing and it is true that there are so much opportunities in this kind of online business. Imagine thousands of products that you could find in the Internet and a big bunch of those have affiliate programs.

    I have tried to purchase some products online and the good thing is most of them offer affiliate programs. If I think their product is great and once I get to know the product very well, I join their affiliate program. It is a good opportunity to earn some money from the program because you already know what you are promoting.

    As for the Wealthy Affiliate, we know that the community is awesome and it is a great way to promote WA through the affiliate program. We already know the benefits of being in WA and by promoting WA, we could also have the chance to change and improve other people’s lives.

    More power to your site and good luck to our success.

    Best Regards,


  6. Hi, I stumbled upon this site, which is amazing I must say! Such a useful and quality content and site layout overall . Very good written and easy to understand, especially for beginners.
    I will definitely visit your site in the future, thank you very much for sharing this knowledge and good luck.
    Best regards

  7. Hi Florence

    Thanks for explaining Affiliate Marketing in so much depth. I have been doing it for more than 12 months now and it is one of the easiest ways to make money online.

    There is also no limit to the amount of money that you can make and this is just wonderful. I am selling products from Linkshare because they are now paying through PayPal which is a bonus for me.

    1. Wow… hope you can share more about how to earn money online with me. I haven’t try Linkshare and would love to explore one day.

  8. Affiliate marketing is truly a lucrative force in the online world. I love it. I have been learning a lot lately about keyword research, how to figure out the competition for terms and all that.

    What is your favorite online business model? And what do you think works the best? Affiliate Marketing vs a Shopify Dropshipping business.

    1. I still prefer to monetize via blogging. It takes time but the result is incremental. Dropshipping? I have yet to try this. Still prefer affiliate marketing.

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