Did you hear that affiliate marketing is a great way to make money from your content?
Good news: you heard right!
Unfortunately, you aren’t exactly clear on how affiliate marketing works or how to get started.
More good news: that’s what today’s post is all about!
How affiliate marketing works
The easiest way to explain how affiliate marketing works would be to answer a few primer questions so you know what it is, why you should try it and when to get started.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
I like to define affiliate marketing as a partnership between a publisher (i.e. blogger) and a merchant (i.e. retailer). The merchant sells products online and the publisher creates content online.
When they partner up, the publisher joins the merchant’s affiliate program (either hosted on a pro affiliate network or self-hosted tracking platform) and upon approval, logs into a dashboard to get things like promotional materials, performance reports, and most importantly, their unique affiliate tracking links.