What Is An Affiliate Marketing Business? How To Start One

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If you’re someone like me whose goal is to find a reliable way to make a full time passive income online to escape the 9 to 5 grind, you may have heard of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is a very simple business strategy and the beauty of it is that anyone can get started. It’s an online business model where you promote/sell other people’s products, so you don’t need to invest any of your own money at all because you’re not keeping any inventory or deal with customers directly.

What Is An Affiliate Marketing Business?

Imagine if you have a website/blog at which you write in a specific niche. Anything can be a niche, it’s just a topic that you are interested in blogging about, like the niche of talking about “making money online” for example as I do in this blog. Then in these posts you write about certain products, software, courses, and other things that you have experience using and would recommend to other people reading your blog.

If you become an affiliate partner with people who sell these products and services, you are given an affiliate link to put in the content you write in your blog. So for example, if you are blogging in the niche of protein drinks, you may have a article talking about the top 5 kinds of protein drinks on the market today. You may be partnered with a big online marketplace like Amazon that sells the top 5 you’re recommending to your readers, so Amazon supplies you with an affiliate link for these products, you put this link in your blog.

When a reader comes to your blog looking to buy the best protein drink and reads your recommendation, there’s a likely chance he will click on your affiliate link, this link will take the reader to the Amazon page where it’s selling the protein drink. If the reader buys that protein drink, Amazon makes a sale, and you earn a % from that sale as commission! That is in it’s nutshell an affiliate marketing business. You are a writer, a blogger, an affiliate marketer. 


Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

Certainly! Actually a lot of people are doing it nowadays. The whole idea is simple and it works, not only with blog websites but with video websites too.

Let’s take a look at people who make money from YouTube for example. They earn income from uploading videos under some kind of niche, they make money from the ads that show in their video and from the affiliate links they post in the description box, and the more viewers (readers in the case of blogging) they have the more money they can earn.

What does this have to do with blogging and affiliate marketing? Well I think that blogging is just like YouTube, only we’re writers instead of video creators. We write words instead of speaking with our voices to a camera. But the ways in which we make money are practically identical.

In our blogs we also can earn money from ads and affiliate links, and it’s all passive income, meaning you will continue earning money far into the future from content you’ve created in the past. The beauty of this business is that while you’re sleeping or doing other things, you can still be earning money from the content you’ve already published!

How To Start an Affiliate Marketing Business

When I was looking for legit ways to making money online, blogging was the one thing that came up a lot. At first I dismissed it entirely because I couldn’t understand how having a blog can possibly help you make money. But then I became aware that there are a lot of people online who are doing this.

I looked deeper into it and found a training platform called Wealthy Affiliate, they teach people how to start an online affiliate marketing business from scratch. It’s style of training and education is targeted for the average person without any previous experience or knowledge.

I was a complete newbie who didn’t know anything, but under their training I managed to create two websites that I am now making money from. I generate revenue from ads, affiliate commissions, and eventually I plan on creating my own course on teaching affiliate marketing.

Wealthy Affiliate’s Training Platform

If you’d like to learn how to build your own online business in any niche/topic of your choosing, I highly recommend that you check out Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a training platform that teaches people how to build an affiliate marketing business from the ground up, that’s where I got started myself.

I urge you to check them out because they do offer a free trial for 7 days. Just look around and see what they have to offer, I’m confident you will see the legitimacy of it right away just like I did.

I joined about 10 months ago (update: I’ve been a member for 14 months now, and my blog earnings are continuing to grow!), and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done because Wealthy Affiliate taught me useful skills I needed to build my own websites and monetize them.

If you’d like to learn how to do this, check out my full review of Wealthy Affiliate where I take you into the inside of the Wealthy Affiliate platform so you can get a better idea of how everything works and what’s in store for you if you decide to join and become a member.


If you have any questions or comments about affiliate marketing or anything about Wealthy Affiliate, please leave a comment down in the box below and I will promptly get back to you right away. Thanks for reading.

4 thoughts on “What Is An Affiliate Marketing Business? How To Start One

  1. Cathy says:

    Hi there, I understand that one of the prerequisite to become an affiliate marketer is to create a blog and to publish content regularly. I am not much of a writer and am wondering if there’s a way around this without having to set up a website.

    Thanks for the input.

    • Kent says:

      Setting up a website is definitely the best way to go about doing it, but it’s not the only way. There are some people who use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to build a business and followers, but I’m not too knowledgeable on how they do that.

  2. Jacob Schilling says:

    As a member of wealthy affiliate myself, I have found that this is definitely the go-to place to learn all about the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. It also provides you with some of the state of the art tools to ensure your success, such as the jaaxy keyword tool. I would recommend anyone to give this place a shot, and I must say that your article does provide a lot of great insight into the wealthy affiliate university.

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