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What is Affiliate Marketing and How the Hell it Works?

Updated on July 25, 2016

There are many ways to make money online but none can be even compared to the easiness and effectiveness of affiliate marketing.

I mean, the scope is unlimited and the result is passive.

Scope depends upon your work and experience. You get what you work for.

The more you work and the better you get the more money you make.

There are some affiliates who’re making millions every month (Really!)

If you don’t believe me, Google – "John Chow", "Pat Flynn", "Mark Ling" or "Zac Johnson"

They are some big players in the game.

Now unlimited scope is not the only benefit, affiliate marketing also gives you passive income.

In the beginning you’ll have to invest some time for sure but later you’ll have a website that’ll work 24 hours a day without you even need to touch it.

And once you know how to create one passive website you can use the same formula to build as many sites as you wish (All Passive)

Your sites will make money for you while you sleep, while you’re on a vacation, when you’re felling lazy and just don’t wanna work.

Isn’t it awesome?

You don’t get these benefits as a freelancer or a coder or a graphic designer etc.

That’s the power of affiliate marketing.

By the end of this post you’ll know:

What the F**k affiliate marketing is?

And how the hell it works?

Let’s begin:

So, the first part

WHAT THE F**K IS IT?

Affiliate marketing is a type of business where you help other people in selling their products or services and in exchange you get a commission.

It takes a lot of pressure off for beginners as:

  • You don’t have to build or create anything (No product or service)
  • You don’t have to worry about delivery
  • You don’t have to worry about customer service and after sale services.
  • You don’t have to store goods or anything

All you need to do is send traffic to your special affiliate link.

And whenever anyone buys something from your link…

…what do you get???

That’s right

You get a commission

Just like a real estate agent.

Agent shows you around the house or property even though he doesn’t own the house.

All he gets is a commission when you purchase that property.

This is the easiest way of making money online (probably!) as:

  • There’s no start up cost (it’s almost totally FREE)
  • You don’t have to be an expert in anything (you don’t have to build or create anything)

All you gotta do is send traffic to a specific URL and make money. (That’s all)

But let me tell you a reality before you get too excited.

In the online marketing world, getting traffic is the biggest headache.

And it’s worse in case of affiliate links cause most of the sites have banned these links.

But let me first tell you…

HOW IT WORKS?

The way affiliate marketing works is simple.

You just find out an affiliate program in your niche, get your link and start promoting.

To find out affiliate programs there are multiple methods like:

Visit and join some affiliate networks. Some of the top are:

  • Commission Junction
  • Shareasale
  • Clickbank
  • Avangate
  • ClickBooth
  • PeerFly

These affiliate networks already have thousands of affiliate programs registered with them.

And thus such networks work as affiliate directories.

Another way to find affiliate programs is by using Google

Just Google the keyword – “Your niche” + “affiliate programs”

Google will give you tons of affiliate programs in that niche.

Now after you’ve find the product the next step is to get an affiliate link.

This is done by joining the program (obviously!)

Heads up! – Some programs will let you in and give you a link instantly while some will take time to approve you and you’ll only get link if you got approval.

Once you got the link the next thing is to send traffic to it.

Now before you even think of any stupid traffic generation technique.

Let me tell you one thing

Most of the top websites like Facebook, Pinterest, Slideshare and more and more and more have banned affiliate links.

That means there’s no chance that you’ll get traffic from any of those.

And BTW paid methods are closed too.

Majority of the advertising networks including Adwords, don’t allow affiliate links as well.

Therefore the only effective way to drive traffic to a link is through your own site.

YES! You heard right, you gotta build a website

  • You need to set-up a blog
  • Produce content that ranks
  • Grow your audience and then
  • Use that blog and email to send traffic to your affiliate links

It’s a long procedure

And I’m sorry I crushed all your fantasies of not working and making millions.

But that’s just not how it works.

Just like any other business, affiliate marketing requires work too.

Although the reward is gonna be better compared to any other business.

In this case

It’s easy

It’s quicker

And it’s passive

But it still requires initial work.

That’s all for this post.

I really hope you found it helpful

And if you did, share it with your friends may be they’ll like to know a cool way of making money online too.

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