How does affiliate marketing work?

Unless you have been completely offline in the last couple of years, you must have heard about affiliate marketing. Many of the worlds biggest sites are using affiliate marketing as their primary source of income. But do you know how it works?

First of, what is it exactly?

The most basic explanation is: getting paid, recommending other peoples products or services. 99% of the time it is done online and tracked through tracking systems.

There are parts in an affiliate offer: the advertiser, website, buyer and the affiliate network.

The affiliate is usually the website owner, who is promoting/recommending the products. The webmaster reviews the products that are then sold on the advertisers website.

The advertiser can be any sort of business that is offering anything – from pet supplies to law services.

The affiliate networks is where the rubber meets the road. This is where all the offers are listed and the tracking takes place.

With more competition on the marketing every day, it is absolutely essential to have the right process in place and the best way to do that is to learn from other experience marketers in the business.

We can recommend 2 good sources that you can follow whether you are just starting out or already have any sort of business and just want to scale your business.

Option #1 – No Product No Problem

This is a training course by Matt McWilliams – called no product no problem. If you would like to learn more, make sure you go over to and learn more about it.

Option #2 – Profit Engine Course

This is by far, one of the best online training courses on affiliate marketing out there. This one is the brainchild of Mark Ling, who has been in affiliate marketing for over a decade now and has many of his students achieve great success with his training. The review at GFK goes in depth on how to start and gives you all the information if you maybe decide to take part.

So, if you would like to start out, we can give the above options a “thumbs up”, but you can also go online and search for the information yourself if you feel more comfortable. If you are not convinced, you can also check out this article that goes in depth on the growth of this sector in the upcoming years and some predictions.

Check out the video below for the best affiliate marketing websites:

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