If you have ever wondered what is affiliate marketing then you are in the right place because hopefully I’m going to explain it to you in simple terms.
Affiliate marketing simply means that you sell other people’s products or services and get paid a commission for every sale that you make.
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For example, let’s say that I am photographer. I use a certain camera because I think the features are better than most and the pictures are excellent.
I would probably recommend this camera to others if they asked for my opinion. I would tell them where I bought it from, what make it is, what it can do for them and their pictures so that they can make an informed choice about whether or not to buy it themselves.
Affiliate marketing is the exact same thing. If I use a product or service that I think is excellent, value for money, ultra helpful, saves time, improves productivity etc etc then I will recommend it to my readers and to my clients. Why wouldn’t I?
But instead of just recommending and promoting other people’s products or services for free, I get paid a small commission from the company as a thank you each time someone comes to them as a recommendation from me and buys their product or service. Win Win.
I recommend an excellent product or service to my client that saves them a ton of time or money so they win. The company makes an extra sale that they wouldn’t have otherwise got so they win. I make a commission for recommending that person to that product or service so I win.
How does the company know it was me who sent the buyer to them?
To become an affiliate for a company you first have to apply. This is usually done via email online – or it could be an application form.
Once you have been accepted as an affiliate (ie they vet you to make sure you actually exist, you do something that is associated with their product or service or you have a blog or website that is aligned with their products) then they give you a unique link – your affiliate link.
Whenever you recommend the product or service online you include the affiliate link in the text, or in the image that you are using to talk about/promote or recommend the product.
The link is unique to you and is picked up by the seller so that it gets attributed to the sale(s) that are made while someone is on their site after following that link.
Cookies can track an affiliate link code for months or sometimes years. This means that a person doesn’t have to buy there and then. They might go and have a look and then go away and think about it. They might go back to the site a few days or weeks later and make the purchase, you will still get paid as the ip address of that person has been logged to your affiliate link so they know it was you who originally sent them.
Can you make a living just from affiliate marketing?
Yes, absolutely you can. There are many affiliate marketers who are making hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars every year.
You need to be good at what you do if you are going to make anywhere near this amount of money as an affiliate marketer, but if you want to learn how to do it from the best then here are a couple of choices for you…
Meet Michelle Schroeder. She earns over $50,000 dollars a month from affiliate marketing and she is currently traveling around the world in her RV with her husband and living their dreams.
She created a simple course to show you exactly how to get started for just a few dollars. You can take the whole course in a week and it has actionable steps for you to follow along with and actually see the results as you start to implement these steps
Once you have done that you might be looking for something a bit more advanced.
Meet Stuart Ross. He is a multi-millionaire who built his business from affiliate marketing and now has his own online academy that helps thousands of other people to start affiliate marketing too.
He helped me. I didn’t even know what a blog was when I started with him about 5 years ago. He teaches strategy, mind-set, website creation, online marketing, list building and so much more.
So are you up for a challenge and a life changing journey?
I hope that I have, with the help of Michelle and Stuart, given you a better understanding of what affiliate marketing is and how you can use it to make a little extra money, or to create a whole new lifestyle for you and your family.
I would love to know if you take the course or watch the video what your thoughts are and whether you have become an affiliate marketer.
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