What is an Affiliate Marketer

If you have been looking around the world wide web for ideas to get started in an online business you have likely heard the term “Affiliate Marketing”. And you may be scratching your head and asking yourself, “Gee wiz… What is an affiliate marketer?” Fret not, young padawan. Sucker Free Online Business has your answer. Keep reading. I want to help you.

Affiliate Marketing

affiliate-marketing-planAffiliate marketing is where you, the affiliate marketer, will advertise goods and/or services to an audience. It does not necessarily have to be done online, but if you neglect the world wide web audience you are making a big mistake.

Affiliate marketing is probably the best place to start if you are looking to get an online business up and running. You will not start making money overnight, but the methods I can show you are tried and true. Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of how it works.

There are three main components to affiliate marketing. There is an advertiser, a publisher and a consumer.

The advertiser is a person or business who wants to sell something. They have a product or service and they need to get the word out on the street about it. This can be a wide variety of things form software to books to household wares… Pretty much anything a someone would buy.

The publisher (or affiliate marketer) is a person or business who promotes the advertiser’s goods by means of marketing campaigns. This can be accomplished in a myriad of ways but probably the best and most successful way is via the public internet through what is called niche websites. More about that in a minute.

The final component is the consumer. That’s the guy or gal that’s going to buy whatever it is you’re promoting. There are many ways to reach this person, but the most successful and lucrative way is via an online presence or your niche website.

How do you get paid?

affiliate-marketing-makes-you-moneyIn most cases you will get paid a commission based on a sale of a product. That commission can and will vary greatly. My personal affiliate relationships range from 3% to around 50% in commission. In some cases it is just a flat rate on the sale but in most cases it is a percentage of the sale.

In addition to commission on sales you might also become an affiliate marketer who gets paid for each click from your page to an advertiser. That is called pay per click advertising.

In both cases there is a tracking tool that keeps a tally of your sales (or clicks) and keeps track of your business’s revenue. Payment method varies but it is usually either via check or paypal. I have never encountered an issue getting paid from an affiliate program I have partnered with and I almost always go the paypal route if it’s available.

Ready to get started?

Well hold on there, partner. I first want to say something that might ruffle some feathers. There are lots of unscrupulous and just plain lousy affiliate marketers on the world wide web. They either just plain don’t know what they are doing or are engaging in questionable marketing techniques. In both cases it may be intentional or not, but if you want to get into an online business and be in it for the long haul, you don’t want to be a crappy affiliate marketer.

A lot of times the more unscrupulous affiliate marketers are targeting other affiliate marketers. Why? Because it’s a growing field. A lot of people try and fail in this business. In many cases their failure can be directly attributed to being sold a crappy product that does not work.

There. I said it.

If you want to get into affiliate marketing, I strongly urge you to follow these two simple steps:

  1. Create a free website.
  2. Join Wealthy Affiliate.

Creating a website is a no brainer. You need to start somewhere and a free website is just the ticket. As I mentioned above, the best way to get involved in this field is to create a niche website. I cover how to create a free website and how to figure out what your niche should be in my article on how to create a free website.

Why should you join Wealthy Affiliate? Quite simply, it provides the best training and tools in the industry for potential entrepreneurs like yourself and best of all it is completely free to join. You do not need to provide a credit card or cancel a subscription. All you need is an email address. You won’t get spammed. I promise.

There is nothing like Wealthy Affiliate on the market that I have found. Yes there are other programs, and I’ve been suckered into them, but I have not found one that works nearly as well. Just remember that I was a sucker. You don’t have to be a sucker too.

As always, if you have questions, just ask in the comments below.

10 Replies to “What is an Affiliate Marketer”

  1. Hi Christian I thought your post was informative and it kept my attention. I appreciate that you explained what an affiliate marketer is in a simple easy to understand way.

  2. Hey there, thanks for this valuable info. I’m definitely interested and think that Jaaxy tool can really set people apart from the competition. I also like the idea of a free website!! Will definitely be back again!

    Thanks again,


  3. Hi Christian,
    Great post. I like how it was written in a casual conversational manner and yet explained all the relevant concepts well. Keep it up!

  4. Great, simple explanation of the three main players and the best way to get started. It is too easy to be take advantage of with this. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. It sure is easy to get taken advantage of, Larry. Take it from me, I’ve been a sucker more times than I can count. Thankfully I’m also very cautious in what I spend money on and have lost little but time in my online endeavors that have failed. I hope through this site that I can save some folks some money while putting them on the road to prosperity.

  5. The information on your site is accurate and explains everything quite well. Jaaxy is a great tool and very helpful in the world of affiliate marketing. Wealthy Affiliate is also a great tool to have when starting your own affiliate marketing career. Keep up the great work!

  6. In my opinion, affiliate marketing is an outstanding opportunity for anybody to start up their own profit-generating business centered around their own personal passion.

    There are a ton of things working in the favor of those willing to give it a try: The internet is the world’s largest marketplace and it only continues to grow everyday. Building websites is much easier than in previous years due to rapid advances in technology – it’s also fairly cheap.

    As an affiliate marketer, you don’t need to create your own product, hold inventory, or own a brick & mortar location. With a laptop and internet access, you can make money from anywhere. More people should be taking advantage of the lifestyle benefits that can be attained through affiliate marketing.

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