If you ever searched for ways to make money online, you’ve probably heard of Affiliate Marketing and you might be wondering what it is.

The goal of this article is to not only help you understand what affiliate marketing is but how to make money from it as well. You will soon discover that affiliate marketing is the best way for newcomers to start making money online fast, from anywhere in the world, using just a computer with internet access.

Affiliate marketing in a nutshell.

Affiliate marketing is where you promote the products or services of other people for a commission.

Big companies such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc, use this model to get more exposure to their products and increase their sales, the problem is that those companies, selling physical products, pay a very tiny commission, around 10% or less. while Clickbank, the largest affiliate platform for digital products in the world, pays up to 75% commission or even more in certain cases.

How to make money as an affiliate marketer.

It’s all about generating traffic that converts into sales. As an affiliate marketer, you must drive traffic (visitors), to a special link (aka affiliate link), giving to you by the vendor. This link directs people to a product or service, and when someone buys from your affiliate link, the product owner pays you a commission.

If you are not able to send visitors to your link you won’t make any sales therefore, you won’t make any money. Fortunately, it’s not so difficult to build up traffic that converts into sales. Every day people are spending billions of dollars online, and you only need a tiny sliver of that to make decent money. The key to your success will always be generating targeted traffic to your affiliate link, and that will be your only task since everything else will be handle by the product owner, delivery of the product, customer service, refunds, etc.

How to generate traffic that turns into sales?

The main sources of traffic are search engines, social networking sites, and email marketing. You can also buy traffic through various sources, but one of the most common ways for affiliate marketers to begin making money is by getting organic search engine traffic to their blogs. Bloggers create content that ranks high in Google, and that’s how they get visitors and send them to their affiliate offers. Social media works great as well, and millions of people log into their accounts every day.

You also can create a video, recommending a product and post it on YouTube. You can make a pretty penny creating quality videos that people find useful. But in my opinion, email marketing is the most profitable way to make money with affiliate marketing, however, it requires you to build your list, by driving traffic to a page where you collect emails of people interested in what you are offering, instead of sending the traffic directly to the product offer.

It takes a little time to get a big and responsive list but once you get it, you can send multiple offers to your list and, as long as you treat your subscribers right and provide value, you will succeed as an affiliate marketer, no doubt about it.

The easiest way to start making money online today.

If the idea of working from the comfort of your home, excites you and you would like to know how you can start as soon as today, I invite you to attend a free webinar conducted by my friend John Thornhill. John is one of the top earners in the industry and very talented in the art of teaching people how to make a living on the internet.

Just for attending this webinar, your mind will expand and you will see a real possibility for you to escape the 9 to 5 job if it is something you want to do of course. So, go ahead and click here to reserve your virtual seat for this free webinar event. The skills you’ll learn will blow your mind.

This is a guest post from Antonio Queiroz if you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

    2 replies to "What Affiliate Marketing is."

    • Tony

      Hi John, you are so correct that the key to Affiliate Marketing is driving the right traffic. In fact it was that point that encouraged me to sign up to your success program. I was impressed that you would help drive traffic to my blog. Many thanks

    • Diana Keeler

      What an information article!! Thank you for sharing.

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