Affiliate Marketing for Dummies – How does it work?

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

In this article I will try to explain affiliate marketing for dummies.

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

Before you buy something online you sometimes google about it to make an image of the product first. When you google for it you somehow land on a site, where the product is reviewed and helps you to decide if you should buy it or not. Now the important part: normally on such site there is a direct link to the product and here comes the why. When you click on the link the vendor of the product knows that you clicked on the link of a certain affiliate. This affiliate then gets a commission if you buy the product.

Affiliate Marketing Merchant/Affiliate

In affiliate marketing there are short said two sides: the one who sells something (the merchant) and the one that promotes that product (the affiliate). For example Amazon has an affiliate program too! With special links that you then get from Amazon you review certain products and link to them. Every time someone clicks on that link and buys something you get a commision.

Affiliate Marketing Video

If you want to know more about affiliate marketing you can check out this video here: Understanding the Basics of Affiliate Marketing.

If you are searching for a possibility to earn money online affiliate marketing is a great way to do so. I started creating an online business too. I had the problem that I read many articles about how to start you own online business, but I needed to know what exactly I have to do. Fortunately I found a site, where you learn step by step how to create your own online business. If this sounds interesting for you, you can sign up and create your first website for free on Wealthy Affiliate.

9 Comments on Affiliate Marketing for Dummies – How does it work?

  1. Before I started affiliate marketing I never knew that there was such a large business out there making money advertising other people’s products online. Being able to work from anywhere in the world as long as there was internet connection has always been a dream of mine and I never thought it would be possible until I heard of affiliate marketing. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Nate, this are just my thoughts. That’s why I initially started with affiliate marketing: to get more freedom. And the cool thing about affiliate marketing: you don’t need your own product, everyone can start being an affiliate! Thanks.

  2. Thanks Sirio! This is Affiliate marketing for dummies indeed! You give a clear picture of what all this is about. Many times many of us go online to perform activities that we are even not so enlightened about. Thanks for clarification on affiliate marketing and the link to the video too .. it was very helpful and straight to the point.
    I now know how to signup to be an affiliate of different organizations and start making money.. Could you pleas e let me know what are some of the advantages of signing up with wealthy affiliate ? Thank You.

    • Hey Bonto! That’s good to hear, that’s what this site is about: to give you a better picture of certain topics. Well, you can sign up for free on Wealthy Affiliate and look for yourself and you will see all the benefits. I will tell you the truth: if you want to get full access to Wealthy Affiliate you’ll have to become a member, but you have the possibility to check things out without any risk (for the signup only your name and email is needed)

  3. I think when you’re searching for something on Google, you only see a bunch of listings. But nobody ever realizes that the people who are on page 1 of Google are quite often successful affiliate marketers. 🙂

    I appreciate your explanation on affiliate marketing because there are certainly a lot of dummies out there who don’t understand it (like me) LOL.

    I’ll definitely watch your affiliate marketing basics video and also check out Wealthy Affiliate.


    • Hi Neil,

      getting on page 1 of Google sure isn’t easy… If you do it the right way you can be quite successful!

      Thanks a lot for the comment and I hope you now have a more clear picture about affiliate marketing.

      Just let me know if you need help or you have any questions!

      Wish you all the best,

  4. Before joining Wealthy Affiliate myself, I really had no idea what affiliate marketing was. Turns out it’s actually extremely prevalent – almost every business/market contains affiliate programs for marketers to take part in. This makes pursuing affiliate marketing much easier for absolutely anybody because whatever your interests or passions are, there’s most likely multiple products and/or services that can be promoted in that space. It’s one of the best online business models for beginners, in my opinion, since it doesn’t involve creating your own product or service.

  5. Well I think I would definitely call myself a dummy on this subject – even though I’ve tried numerous youtube tutorials on marketing…I’m still missing something!
    This Wealthy Affiliate program – do they cover all aspects of internet marketing? I’m tired of realizing I’ve missed something with free training…which happens all the time these days!

    • If you watch free stuff, like videos on YouTube, you’ll always just get a piece of the puzzle at a time! I started out like you, I was searching online for free information about internet marketing… one day I found Wealthy Affiliate and signed up, because it seemed legitimate to me. When you are just starting out on Wealthy Affiliate there is one basis course, where you’ll learn the basics of how to build your own online business with Affiliate Marketing and that is totally free. I won’t lie to you … only the first course is for free! If you want to continue the course series you’ll need to upgrade to premium. Is it worth it? Totally yes! If you want more information, just message me.

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