Affiliate marketing is one of the best way to make money from the Internet.

If you are a beginner then at least you should know, how affiliate marketing works.

I found an infographic which shows clearly, the basics and the step-by-step guide on how exactly affiliate marketing works.

Let’s learn the basics.

The basics of affiliate marketing.

  • Merchant – Product owner who wants to sell his/her products with the help of Publisher using an affiliate network.
  • Publisher – Affiliate who owns a website or blog. Wants to monetize his web traffic, by placing affiliate links (or banners) pointing to the Merchant’s product.
  • Affiliate Network – It provides the actual affiliate marketing platform where the Advertiser & Publisher are connected to each other. They provide banners, affiliate links to the publisher for product promotion.
  • User – One who buys a product online via the affiliate link placed on the Publisher’s site.

Affiliate marketing works like below:

  1. First of all, the Publisher joins an affiliate network where the merchant had already partnered.
  2. The Publisher embeds affiliate links or affiliate banners on his/her site. This affiliate link points to Merchants sale page.
  3. A User visits the Publisher’s website.
  4. Now the User clicks the affiliate link placed on the Publisher’s site and visits the Merchant’s sale page.
  5. Then the User buys the product from the Merchant’s sale page. The Affiliate Network tracks that sale and reports about it to both Merchant & Publisher.
  6. As a result, the Affiliate Network collects the commission from Merchant and pays it to the Publisher. The commission percentage varies (mostly 5% to 75%).

As a beginner, you can join the famous Amazon Associate program or Clickbank.

If you want to become a successful affiliate then you shall create a blog.

Once your blog is ready, you can easily join any of these programs and embed the affiliate links in your blog.

All you need to drive visitors to your blog and make them click the affiliate links.

Affiliate marketing seems like an easy method however, you have to do a lot of work to bring buying visitors.

Instead of a blog, you can also use social media websites like facebook (create a fan page), Twitter (create a profile) and bring visitors to your Amazon affiliate links.

The following infographic shows how affiliate marketing works with an example, please share it.

Affiliate marketing for beginners



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