What is Affiliate Marketing?


What is Affiliate Marketing?

To me Affiliate Marketing is a great way to earn an income from home while sharing what we are passionate about.

There are many Affiliate Marketing programs available, some of the biggest and most known are Amazon.com, e-bay, commission junction – now called Affiliate by Convesant, Share a Sale, LinkShare. Those are just a few of the biggest and most popular ones available for free to anyone in the world to market for big name companies.

Speaking of Big name companies, just about any business and/or company that you can think of that provides products and or services has an Affiliate link and most are at the bottom page of their website. Simply click on that link and 9 times out of 10 it will redirect you to the Affiliate site that they utilize to bring in more customers.

Well that’s all from me for now, read below if you are interested in what Wikipedia has to say about Affiliate Marketing.

I would appreciate any comments or questions be placed at the very bottom of this Affiliate Marketing post.

Thank You Friends,

Tony Lee Hamilton
Affiliate Marketing Veteran


According to Wikipedia

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. The industry has four core players: the merchant (also known as ‘retailer’ or ‘brand’), the network (that contains offers for the affiliate to choose from and also takes care of the payments), the publisher (also known as ‘the affiliate’), and the customer. The market has grown in complexity, resulting in the emergence of a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates and specialized third party vendors.

Affiliate marketing overlaps with other Internet marketing methods to some degree, because affiliates often use regular advertising methods. Those methods include organic search engine optimization (SEO), paid search engine marketing (PPC – Pay Per Click), e-mail marketing, content marketing and in some sense display advertising. On the other hand, affiliates sometimes use less orthodox techniques, such as publishing reviews of products or services offered by a partner.

Affiliate marketing is commonly confused with referral marketing, as both forms of marketing use third parties to drive sales to the retailer. However, both are distinct forms of marketing and the main difference between them is that affiliate marketing relies purely on financial motivations to drive sales while referral marketing relies on trust and personal relationships to drive sales.

Affiliate marketing is frequently overlooked by advertisers.[1] While search engines, e-mail, and website syndication capture much of the attention of online retailers, affiliate marketing carries a much lower profile. Still, affiliates continue to play a significant role in e-retailers’ marketing strategies.

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Thank You Friends,

Tony Lee Hamilton

Internet Affiliate Marketing Veteran
Internet Affiliate Marketing Veteran

Posted by Tony Lee Hamilton

7 year United States Army Veteran - Providing Social Media & Internet Marketing Solutions for Businesses as well as helping Friends earn an income online with Internet Affiliate Marketing from anywhere in the World.

Website: http://tonyleehamilton.globalmoneyline.com

This article has 18 Comments

  1. In the world of affiliate marketing, an advertiser can be a company selling a product like electronics, airline tickets, clothing or car parts, or an advertiser could also be an insurance company selling policies. So, what is affiliate marketing?

  2. I think you have done an excellent job of describing affiliate marketing. You have been honest, and straightforward with your description. The next time someone ask me what is affiliate marketing, my answer is go to tonyleehamilton.com

    I think if more people understood the concept behind affiliate marketing it could become much more profitable for everyone involved. When a person buys something directly from the merchant, sometimes, they actually pay more for the product, opposed to going to a promoter of that product.

    I have seen Amazon be cheaper on their website opposed to the manufacturers price. My guess is Amazon has gotten a better price to market the product.

    Have you seen that yet in your line of business?

    Anyway, thanks for the great info!

  3. You have great information and links to help people with their journey in the online world. Making money online can be easy if you let it. Finding honest people like yourself to help isn’t the easiest online but I am glad I was able to find you on WA. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Hi Tony another well written post. it is straight to the point no fluff padding it out and good examples of affiliate links. Have taken your advice and downloaded the above books thanks for these.

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