March 31, 2020 Last updated March 31st, 2020 1,125 Reads share

Affiliate Marketing Made Easy for Beginners

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We’ve all heard about entrepreneurs who made thousands of dollars doing online marketing. It’s all we hear about. For most of us, this seems like an impossible industry to move in, but for those who would like to jump on the gravy train, we’ve got you covered. 

To make affiliate marketing understandable for those who are still new to the industry; here are a few of the basic rules and guidelines of the increasingly popular industry. 

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a clever way in which online retailers use external websites to help promote their products. In this agreement, the retail pays a commission-based amount to the website owner.

This is a great way for online retailers to generate new clients and drive traffic to their own online stores. Just as beneficial as it is for the retailer, the marketer can easily grow their income when they find the right processes in marketing different products.

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How Does It Work?

When you don’t have a product to sell, but you want to sell something, then you can approach a variety of online shops. Once you’ve connected with these shops you can sign an affiliate marketing contract. 

This will allow you to promote and market their products in any way that you want. Typically, this will involve creating social media posts, online stores, and digital marketing schemes. When someone clicks on the ‘buy link’ you’ve created and follows through with the payment, you will receive a percentage of the revenue.  

Therefore, you will receive a profit for each sale that you make on behalf of the online retail shop. This is greatly beneficial to entrepreneurs because you don’t have to worry about handling the product itself. 

Who Is Involved in the Process?

There are two main parties involved: the affiliate marketer and the original product seller. The affiliate marketer that advertises the product and drives traffic to the existing online shop. The product seller (also known as the merchant) is the person who either manufactures the product to sell or is the original seller of the product who has an online store. 

Merchants can be the actual product seller, the company, the creator of the product, the vendor, or the retailer.

And of course, the consumer. The consumer is the person who does the shopping. Without them, no income or profit will be generated. In most cases, the consumer doesn’t know that they are part of an affiliate marketing system. 

Learn more about the roles of all the parties involved here:

How Do I Become an Affiliate Marketer?

There is a variety of channels you can follow to become a successful affiliate. First, you have to make sure what kind of products you want to sell. Selling lawnmowers and beauty products on the same website won’t really make sense. Be picky about the products you decide to sell. 

If you have a specific brand or product in mind, you can check their websites to see if they have any affiliate programs available. Many of them have special referral programs that you can sign up for. 

The brand/product seller will provide you with a link or code, which you can add to your networking sites. You’ll add these links or codes to all the ad campaigns you run on your blog and social media. 

Make sure that the guidelines have a clear set of rules on how you can earn money – this is after all the main ideas. 

Do make a point of approaching brands that don’t advertise affiliate programs, you’ll be able to build relationships with brands that you feel passionate about. Some companies will also refer to this program as ‘referral partners’, ‘brand ambassadors’, or ‘marketing partners’.

How Much Money Can I Make?

This will all depend on your digital marketing skills. The more work you put into your content creations and ad campaigns, the more traffic you will generate. Getting consumers to buy the products will ultimately decide your profit. 

What’s great about being an affiliate marketer is that anybody can try it out. As long as you are tech-savvy, have the drive and willingness to learn, you’ll be able to earn as much money as you want. 


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