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Affiliate Marketing – Is it Really a Thing?

The low-down on Affiliate Marketing

So, grab a coffee, get comfy, sit down and let’s chat. 🙂Have a coffee, lets talk affiliate marketing

First off, what is affiliate marketing?  It’s a term that is bandied about all over, and not every-one knows what it’s all about.  So here it is in a nutshell:

Affiliate Marketing:

My definition: A programme which allows anyone to market a product, not their own, and earn a percentage from sales.

Wikipedia definition: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 pop over to these guys.”

Which companies offer affiliate marketing commissions?

That’s really an exhaustive list which grows every day as more and more companies offer affiliates (marketers) the ability to make commissions from sales.  My top list of affiliate merchants:

      1. Amazon – they have a book on how to do it.
      2. Wealthy Affiliate – teaches you how to be an online entrepreneur with incredible training and resources that you can try out for free.  My review here.Stylish Sweaters and Cardigans at RoseGal.com! Cozy, Classy and Comfortable! All Free Shipping!
      3. Alidaba.com
      4. Shareasale.com

 

Honestly, all you really need to do is google “affiliate programmes” and you will get a whole list.

Here is a book I found with lists if you prefer.

Getting Started

But, Claire, how do I get started, you may ask?  Surely there is more to this than to simply join a programme and putting some links on a website?

YES!  There is sooooo much more.  It takes work and dedication.  It’s not a get rich quick scheme, but it is a realistic and honest way to earn a living, if you do it right.  The key is to set up an online presence which is helpful, insightful and draws people in to read what you have to say, without being too salesy or pushy.

If you are looking for a way to get started and want to learn from the ground up about websites, online marketing and so on, Wealthy Affiliate is a good option to start with.  It is free to sign up to and you can test drive it to see if it is for you.

One other option I can absolutely recommend is a book I read which got me interested by Sarah Titus. She’s written a few books on the topic and I find her work easy to read. She’s honest, down to earth and gives real advice – no fluff.

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amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “manual”;
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For those of you who were wondering, affiliate marketing is not dead, it is most certainly alive and well.  In my humble opinion it is here to stay.

My thought for the day is up on my wall directly in front of me. “BE STRONGER THAT YOUR STRONGEST EXCUSE”. 

I use it to stay focused, and keep moving forward.  If you’d like to have your own downloadable copy click here.

Research, decide

Through your research you are bound to come across helpful information that will resonate with you, and help you find your place.find your place

Whatever your reason for reading this post, I hope this will help you to find what you are looking for, and to never, ever give up! My best advice to you, if you are thinking about this option, would be to read as much as you can on the topic, educate yourself, then move forward.

I believe in you!

4 Comments

  • Peteni Kuzwayo November 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Claire

    A lovely, short and concise article.

    I’m pretty sure most people doubt the authenticity of Affiliate Marketing because we have all had our fair share of scammers online.

    The other reason is that we under a false illusion of wanting to make money without adding value.

    But, I love your words and advice when you say: “The key is to set up an online presence which is helpful, insightful and draws people in to read what you have to say, without being too salesy or pushy.”

    Help. Add Value. Attract People.
    And all these elements require dedication and patience.

    Thanks for an article that emphasizes the importance of basics.

    Regards
    Peteni

    Reply
    • claire winter November 17, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Peteni, thanks for the feedback. I’m often reminded of the importance of giving people hope and tangible ways to help them achieve their goals. It is my hope that through this article, I achieve that. All the best and thanks for stopping by, Warm regards, Claire

      Reply
  • Hannah November 17, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    It’s a shame that we have to be so cautious online these days, because of all these stupid scammers everywhere. I think if we all do our research and not jump into anything without researching it, there is a lot of success that can be had from affiliate marketing. I’m personally having great results from my affiliate site/blog.

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    • claire winter November 18, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Hi Hannah, I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

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