How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work – A Beginner’s Guide

How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work – A Beginner’s Guide

Are you looking for ways to make money online? Are you tired of working your job or 16 hour days making someone else’s dreams come true except yours, only to run out of money before the end of the month? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Do you find yourself wondering how does affiliate marketing online work?

Do you find yourself thinking, “If only I had a way to supplement my income so that I would’t have to work extra hours away from home? How about if you could replace your income? Have you been searching endlessly, trying to figure out how to make money online as an affiliate marketer without success?

The problem is that people often get distracted by the “Shiny Object Syndrome”, jump from one product or service to another and are never able to build a successful online business that creates increased revenue.

It can also be a little intimidating when you’re new. I’m sure you have lots of questions running through How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work - A Beginner's Guideyour mind. How can I be certain I know I won’t get scammed? How can I be certain I know which program is the real deal? How can I be certain I know I won’t lose my money? Who can I trust?

There’s something to be said about getting up without an alarm clock and you determine how YOUR day will go. The BEST part about making money online is that you are YOUR OWN BOSS. You have full control over your day, your schedule and anything that you want to do when you work as an affiliate marketer.

One of the best options I’ve come across is making the choice to become an affiliate marketer and finding a program I consider to be a true affiliate marketing university.

Like you, I too was searching for the real deal. I sincerely wanted to be successful as an affiliate marketer and be able to first supplement my income and then replace my income as a nurse. I searched and tried so many different programs to no avail until now.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work and What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a simple concept. You (the affiliate) earn commissions on products or services that you promote through your website for companies and merchants using links they provide you with and direct people to their products. How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work - A Beginner's Guide

The perfect example of this, and just one of many examples, is Amazon. You signed up as an affiliate for Amazon. Let’s say someone had their eye on a 72-inch HD T.V. they’ve been looking to buy. They search google for a review that thoroughly explains all the details of this particular T.V. They just happen to come across your review and they read the pros and cons and finally at the end of the review, they find the link you placed on your review that directs them to Amazon so that they can make the purchase. Within a few short days, it’s at their doorstep. They’re all excited and so are you because you just earned a commission!

Did you know It is estimated that affiliate marketing in the United States is worth $6 Billion Dollars a year and continues to grow. More than three-quarters of brands use some form of affiliate marketing to promote their products. How about you get a piece of that pie.

 What Kinds Of Products And Services Can I Promote?

Practically anything can be promoted for sale through affiliate marketing and some of the products and services you can promote online are:

  • Healthcare Industry – supplements, protein powders, vitamins, weight loss products. What kinds of products and services can i promote for How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work - A Beginner's Guide
  • Travel Services – air travel, hotel services, travel luggage, booking solutions.
  • Tech Products – tablets, smartphones, televisions, appliances.
  • Auto Industry – floor mats, electronic adapters, assorted parts, cargo materials, tires, brakes.
  • Information Products
  • Ebooks
  • Membership Sites
  • Service
  • Clubs
  • Coaching Programs
  • Internet Products

You have the option to market anything you want. There are no limits on what you can promote as an affiliate marketer.

What Types Of Programs Can I Promote? – Let’s Diversify

I like to think of this like an investor. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. In my opinion, it’s best to diversify. What do I mean by this?

  • Low Ticket – Selling products/services that are at a lower price that more people can afford and usually have higher conversion rates. It’s easier to make these sales but you also have to sell a lot more to increase your income. It’s much easier to pay $27 as opposed to $97. However, your commission will also be much smaller.
  • High Ticket – Selling products at a premium price is a good option simply because you get a larger commission per transaction. For example: If you promote a $997 offer and receive 50% commission, you will earn $498.50 per sale. However, the downside is that it is much easier for someone to part with $27 than $997.
  • Multiple Offers – This can be through up sells or affiliate programs that offer multiple products that you get paid a commission on by referring a customer to them. So if the customer buys Product A from your initial promotion and then through follow-ups the customer later buys Products B, C and D, then you receive a commission from those sales as well.
  • Recurring Income – This is my favorite and I think the best way to go. These are membership sites that rebill their customers regularly. These “subscription” programs allow you the opportunity to earn a commission every time the customer is rebilled. If you promote a membership and the customer joins, you get a commission from the initial sale. Yet, it doesn’t end there. You continue to get a commission each time the customer gets billed for as long as they remain active. In this way, you can continue to increase your income monthly and weekly.  Here’s an example of a membership site below.  You can also click on it for more information.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work - A Beginner's Guide

As you can see, there are several ways to earn commissions and hopefully you understand why I think it makes more sense to diversify your options and opportunities to increase your income.

The Most Popular Affiliate Programs

There are literally thousands of affiliate programs to choose from. Find the ones with the best potential for earning and that you are passionate about. In this way, you’ll enjoy what you’re doing. You can do a google search Your Niche + Affiliate Programs to find something you can be excited about.

  • Amazon Associates How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work - A Beginner's Guide using Amazon
  • JVZoo
  • Clickbank
  • Commission Junction
  • Affiliate Window
  • ShareASale

How To Earn Money Affiliate Marketing Online

It is important to learn how to build a strong and solid foundation upon which to build your successful online business. Through following a proven process that I am currently using along with 100,000’s of How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work - A Beginner's Guideother members who are having much success, you can learn a step-by-step system that will guide you through establishing this solid foundation and will take you from beginner affiliate marketer to advanced. This is the ultimate “making money” process that has worked in the past, works today and will continue to work in the future.

The training program that I’m currently a part of is the best Affiliate Marketing Online University bar none that has a caring mentoring community and truly wants you to succeed.  If you want to learn how affiliate marketing online works and finally make money using your laptop, I would encourage you to take the training for a test drive and see if it’s a fit for you.

==>> Learn How To Build A Successful Affiliate Online Business From Home


Share any ideas, comments, or questions in the comments section below. I’ll be happy to help. This can finally be what you’ve been looking for to create that financial freedom and time freedom for yourself.





16 Comments to “How Does Affiliate Marketing Online Work – A Beginner’s Guide”

  1. Francesco says:

    Very informative and well laid out! I learned quite a bit of relevant information for myself! I’m only a few weeks in. Thanks for helping the affiliate community!

    Maybe your own custom logo would be helpful to your site. I’m looking into getting one myself!

    Keep up the great work. Can’t wait till we share our success stories!


    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hey thanks Francesco appreciate the comment. I wish you the best of success in Wealthy Affiliate. We’re here to help you succeed.

      As for the logo, I’m definitely looking into that as well. I will be having one made up for my site here soon.

  2. Hekuran says:

    Hi Ruby!

    First thank you for sharing this with us. I read your review and it was very informative yet simple and readable. It is very true that scams are all around us especially these days when every second site, is a big possibility to be a scam. The review on Wealthy Affiliate looks quite convincing. My question is: Do you recommend Wealthy Affiliate for someone who had no previous experience on internet marketing?


    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Thank you so much Hekuran, appreciate your insight.

      I most definitely recommend Wealthy Affiliate for a beginner with no experience. Other training programs are very costly and don’t give you all the information you need to continue moving forward. You’re left with missing pieces to the puzzle.

      With Wealthy Affiliate, you are taken by the hand and led with step-by-step training to go from beginner to advanced marketer. Also with the community, you learn so much from the experts and are helped within seconds to help ensure success. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the place to be for ensured success.

  3. Matts Mom says:

    This is a great post and I had not heard of all the affiliates you have listed. I just started out in Affiliate Marketing. Looks like I need to do a little investigating on different avenues for income. Great information! Glad I found your site!

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Thank you so much. There are so many different avenues and affiliate programs to promote. The sky’s the limit my friend. Keep moving forward and I wish you abundant success. Always here to help.

  4. Linda Rose says:

    Thank you for such an informative post on affiliate marketing. I can identify with ALL the questions you listed for a newbie trying to get started in this industry. I like the variety of products and services you noted in your post. It really opened my eyes to all the possibilities. What is really appealing to me is being your own boss and working on your schedule. Feels like a lot of freedom to me!

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hi Linda,

      Time freedom and financial freedom are certainly what a lot of people are after. They just don’t know how to make it possible. With Wealthy Affiliate that possibility becomes a reality.

      Thanks for your comment.

  5. Don says:

    This is one of the best laid out and ease to read post I have seen on making money online.

    The education that the university offers is second to none and worth the time and effort to learn how to succeed at the affiliate marketing business.

    The ability to join free with no credit card and no time limit just shows how remarkable this platform is of Wealthy Affiliate. This is the only platform that lets you play around on their system before committing money.

    Your example of the simplicity of affiliate marketing and how it work is great. This is a big business opportunity and I hope you success in your adventure.

    Yu r example of low verse high ticket item and reoccurring sales is just great enough to make anyone join this system.

    thanks for a great article.

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Thanks Don,

      I appreciate your comment. I completely agree with you. I’ve not seen anything that comes close to what Wealthy Affiliate offers.

      Creating that residual income is done with programs that pay you month after month for doing the work once. I think Residual Income is the foundation we all must build to be able to quit the 9 to 5 and work from home. The other ways of making money is then icing on the cake.

  6. German says:

    Hey Ruby!

    I’ve actually learned about new types of affiliate programs!

    Back when I first started with affiliate marketing (when I haven’t created anything yet), I remember myself sort of jumping from one service to another (I need to find time to unsubscribe from the ones I no longer find useful). It felt kind of annoying.

    Now I’m with Wealthy Affiliate, and I’m glad that you’ve mentioned it. Only one month passed, but I’ve accomplished a lot within this period of time.

    Great article about affiliate marketing basics! I’m sure that beginners with learn a great deal! 🙂

    Keep up the amazing work!


    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hi German,

      I’m so happy to hear about your accomplishments with Wealthy Affiliate in such a short time.

      This article is a great way to open someone’s eyes to the possibility of creating income online using many different avenues. Glad you enjoyed the article.

  7. Monique says:

    I was taking copious notes as I read your post. This is great information and it is well organized. I plan to revisit this post again.
    Thank you for introducing Affiliate Marketing Online University.
    Wishing you lots of success!

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Thanks Monique,

      Glad I was able to provide you with great and useful information. Always here to help.

  8. Jill says:

    Hi Ruby, You have so many great ideas which I will have to read again for making money on line. I love being with Wealthy Affiliate as I am learning so much from people like you. I haven’t made any money yet as feel I am still learning and will need to come back to all this wonderful information later.
    Thank you so much. It seems from what you say, the best way is to get repeat sales or best of all to help people to join Wealthy Affiliate too.

    1. Ruby Cantu says:

      Hi Jill,

      Thanks for you comments. Keep moving forward with the training and doing each and every task. There’s always that learning curve, right. Yet, we always must continue to learn so that we can grow and move forward. A Master is always a Student first. 🙂

      Recurring monthly sales are the best. You can always continue to build on that and then just diversify with other ways of making money as well. I would say though to keep your main priority those programs with recurring monthly income.

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