What is Affiliate Marketing about and how to start?

What is Affiliate Marketing about and how to start?

What is Affiliate Marketing about and how to start?

Are you looking for ways to learn how to make money Online? And you heard of Affiliate Marketing but you are unsure what it is?

What is Affiliate Marketing about and how to start?

What is Affiliate Marketing all about?


Hi there, great to see you here. You are at the right place!

In this post, I am going to share with you what is Affiliate Marketing all about. And how you could start learning how to make money Online with Affiliate Marketing.

At the same time, I will share with you how one needs a right mindset to be a Successful Online Entrepreneur.

All right? Let’s move on!


What is Affiliate Marketing all about?

Wikipedia defines Affiliate Marketing as

Affiliate Marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.”


Sounds confusing? Yeah, I think so too.

In simplicity, according to Commission Factory, this is how Affiliate Marketing Works:

What is Affiliate Marketing about?

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Affiliate Marketing involves 4 parties:

1. The Merchant – Offers affiliate program for Affiliate Marketer to advertise the merchant’s product. Merchant gives commissions for each referral sale.

2. The Affiliate Marketer– Sign up the affiliate program offered by the merchant. Promote Merchant’s product and get paid commission with each successful referred sales.

3. The Customer – Found Affiliate Marketer’s promotion through Website, Social Media or Advertisement Campaign. Buys through Affiliate Marketer’s affiliate links.

4. The Affiliate Network – Offers Merchant and Affiliate Marketer one-stop sales and commission management. Provide Merchant and Affiliate Marketer with tools and sales reports. Commission Factory and Commission Junction are examples of Affiliate Network. However, not all Merchants will use Affiliate Network. E.g. Amazon has its own Affiliate Management Site.


How to Start?

Lets get Started!Yes, yes, yes. I know you are eager to start making your first million dollar from Affiliate Marketing. 🙂

Before you start doing anything, do yourself a favor and read the following first.

>>How to become an Online Internet Marketer?

I’ll wait for you here.


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Read what other members who took the course said.

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Yes my friend, Wealthy Affiliate University’s FREE* Online Entrepreneur Certification Program is the right and only way to learn how to make money Online with Affiliate Marketing.

You have so much to Gain and nothing to lose! It’s FREE*!

If you are really serious about your Dreams and Goals, do not wait for another day. Procrastination kills them.

I see you at the FREE* starter members area and feel free to drop me a message if you need a hand with anything.






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14 thoughts on “What is Affiliate Marketing about and how to start?

  1. admin

    I really like this page you have here. The picture that you posted in the middle of the section, what affiliate marketing is about, explains the process in a very easy-to-read manner. I also like how you have everything broken down in steps. It makes joining very easy. And the best part, it’s free! Very well done, thanks!

    1. Edmund

      Hi Jay! Thank you for visiting! A picture tells a thousand words doesn’t it? 🙂

      I am glad that you have read my post on How to become an Online Internet Marketer?

      Yes it is free* to join Wealthy Affiliate University and get started with the Online Entrepreneur Certification Program!

      However, I do hope that anyone keen, could put some effort to learn and start working on their Affiliate Marketing Business. Many people would give up because it is free too. There is no pain to their failure if they are just trying out.

      If you have a meaning behind your Success Goals, you are quarter way towards your success!

      Wishing you the best!

  2. Randy

    I really had no idea about the mechanics of affiliate marketing. It looks like someone can do well if they have a great website, with great content. Then, once you get traffic, you will be able to sell by getting customers to click on links to the merchants website. And, in many cases, there is a “go between” like Commission Junction to interact between the marketer and the merchant. It seems like a win-win to me !!

    1. Edmund Post author

      Hi Randy, thanks for your comments.

      You are absolutely spot-on! Do you realize what you just mentioned are the exact steps to be a Successful Wealthy Affiliate?

      The mechanics of setting up a website, finding the merchant and placing your affiliate links are secondary and easy to accomplish. The focus is creating valuable contents to your customers to build relationship and trust.

      Once you have relationship and trust, it is definitely a win-win-win situation for Merchant-You-Customers!

      Wishing you the best!

  3. Sheena

    Hi Edmund,
    I hope to work with you in the future! This site is a great place to go to see that affiliate marketing is the way to go online!! Thank you! The image showing how affiliate marketing works really puts things into perspective! How hard is it to become an affiliate with some of the more promising companies such as amazon or ebay?

    1. Edmund

      Hi Sheena, nice to meet you! Thanks for your lovely comment on my site.

      Yes, I do hope this site will reach out to more and more people so that they can find the right path to affiliate marketing and avoid scam products that promises quick riches.

      Being an Amazon or Ebay associate is extremely simple. All you need is to create an account with them and fill in your details. Such as bank information for commission transfer and US taxation information.

      I would highly recommend you to attend the Free* Online Entrepreneur Certification Program offered by Wealthy Affiliate University. You’ll get a head start and leap ahead of your competitors!

      I look forward to work with you too! Wishing you Success!

  4. G.C.Horton

    You sum up affiliate marketing beautifully. I encourage anyone who reads this to join the Wealthy Affiliate community if you want to learn how to really create an online business. I’ve been a member for six months and it’s the best decision I’ve made for my online career. It’s free to join so you can’t lose.

    1. Edmund Post author

      Hi G.C.Horton, thank you for your comment and personal testimony of Wealthy Affiliate.

      I look forward to working with you at Wealthy Affiliate.

      Sincerely, wishing you the best!

  5. Kush1000

    Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.

    You have explained Affiliate Marketing very nicely and easy for a reader to understand.

    You have also busted several myths in your “How to become an Online Internet Marketer?” article. I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.

    I will head over to the free course you recommended to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing this nice information.

    Cheers and best of luck to you.

    1. Edmund Post author

      Hi Kush, thanks for your comment!

      Yes, you need to understand the Online Marketing industry and have the right mindset before taking the plunge in.

      Many people failed because they thought Online Business is easy, little effort and earns lots of money fast. Not true. I hope this article will create values for many new budding Online Entrepreneurs.

      I look forward to seeing you at Wealthy Affiliate . If you need a hand in anything, feel free to give me a buzz.

      Wishing you the best!

  6. Tim

    What can I say? Amazing information! Affiliate marketing is beautifully broken down in this post. The way everything is explained is wonderful.

    You do a great job of letting readers know about all the great things the Wealthy Affiliate University offers to people wanting to start an online business. Well done!

  7. Jessica Soo

    Hi Edmund,

    I have problems subscribing to the free program. After I have keyed in the info, it did not go through.

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

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