Internet Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate Marketing Definition & Illustration

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Internet Affiliate Marketing

This is going to be a brief article that will describe in detail exactly what Affiliate Marketing, or Internet Affiliate Marketing is.

This entire website is built around teaching you exactly how to make money through an online website. Some people call it a “blog.” Some call their website a “shop.”

Affiliate marketing websites are really all these things, so let’s get into it:


Internet Affiliate Marketing – Definition

Internet Affiliate Marketing

So just to put all of that into layman’s terms, here’s how it works. What you do is you set up a WordPress website and you choose a topic (your niche) for your website. Then you write articles on your website about that topic, and you  do research and write more articles. Then you decide what products you want to promote and sell on your website.  You apply to be an affiliate for the companies that sell the products you would like to sell, and if accepted, they give you a special link (affiliate link) to put on your website that directs your visitors (traffic) to their website to buy, and you get credit for the sale.

When you enter into the affiliate agreement with the retailer, you must abide by the retailer’s specific rules, and they will pay you a commission. There is no inventory, ever. There is no customer service. Everything is done directly between the customer and the retailer.  You just introduce them to each other, that’s it, and the retailer pays you to do it, with no added cost to the customer.  You never deal with the customer after they leave your site.  No returns.  No problems.  Just commission!

Internet Affiliate Marketing – Steps

I am going to give you each step in the process with a brief description, and then I will provide you a link under each Step to an article that will give you more information and clarity on that step.   If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment at the bottom of this page, and of course, I encourage you to subscribe to this website to be sure you receive notification of all new posts.


Your niche is the “subject” of your website, it’s your theme, like “Cats” or “Cat Collars” or “Losing Weight” or “Lifting Weights.” It can literally be anything at all, but you have to choose something.

Here is a great article that talks all about exactly how to choose your absolutely perfect niche step-by-step:



Your website is your business platform, so start looking through other websites in your niche to get ideas on what styles you like and what you don’t care for. You will have a choice from thousands of different templates, through the WordPress platform, that you can be as creative as you want or keep it completely simple. This is your business!

Here is a helpful article that can explain how to set up your website for free:



This is the most important part of your website, your content. Your content will be what engages a visitor to continue reading, and if you are thoughtful and thorough, providing quality, engaging content, the visitor will trust you and perhaps buy whatever products you are promoting. That is why you should always choose a niche on a subject you enjoy because you will be immersed in that content as you build your website.

Once your website is established, you need to provide content on a regular basis, but not like you do when you are first building the site.

Here is a fantastic article on how to get continuous fresh content ideas for your niche:


As you start building your initial content on your website, I want you to start thinking about what types of products or services would go hand-in-hand with your content.  If you are writing articles about fitness, you may want to market specific fitness equipment.  

As you write each article, jot down some ideas of products you think would go well with your site!  You’re going to be looking for products or services you feel like your readers would be looking for and need!



To optimize your website simply means to design and structure your website and wording in a way that pleases the search engines. To please the search engines, you have to be deemed to be relevant to the search a person is making. To be relevant means that you have to have a lot of quality content, be optimized for that keyword search term, and have visitors to your site.

To learn more about optimizing your website:


The way you make money is by adding affiliate links to your website.  These are links that are provided to you by merchants for their products.  When someone clicks on your link, they are taken to the merchant’s site where they can buy the product directly from the merchant.

There is no inventory, no returns, no customer service at all on your end.  Make sure whatever products or services you are marketing on your website go along with your niche.

Adding affiliate links is not difficult.  You have to come to an agreement with a company to market their products, so you’re going to apply to become an affiliate of their company.

If you want to be an affiliate for AWeber Email Marketing, for example,  you simply google: “AWeber Affiliate Program,” and you’ll see the link to click to apply!

Internet Affiliate Marketing

You will want to have quite a few quality articles on your website before you apply.  Companies do like to review your website and content prior to approval to make sure that you are a good fit for their products.  I know some gurus teach that you don’t have to have a website to affiliate market, but this is a far better approach and will give you a lot more options.


You want to get your website out there, and link all your articles to each of the four major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Here are a few of mine! Please click on them to follow me, and I’ll follow you right back!

Internet Affiliate Marketing



Internet Affiliate Marketing



Internet Affiliate Marketing




This is critical to your success for several reasons.  First, you want to make sure that you have the support you need from people in the business.  Think about any business, they all have “associations.”  There’s the Chamber of Commerce, The Realtor’s Association, etc.

Having other experienced marketers at your fingertips is going to propel your business beyond what you could possibly imagine.  You’re going to learn and grow through your interactions with people who have been doing this successfully for a long time.

Joining a community, like the Wealthy Affiliate for affiliate marketers, also gives you the benefits of free traffic and website comments.  Both of these are critical to your ranking with the search engines.

Search engines like sites that are visited and sites that have comments being left.  How do you do that when you’re new?  It’s a difficult catch-22!  Therefore, by joining a community like Wealthy Affiliate, you can  get traffic and website comments from the platform.  You leave comments for other marketers on their sites, and they leave comments for you on yours!


In Conclusion

Affiliate Marketing is an interesting and exciting way to make money.  If you are excited, it will show in your website.  I hope you’ve found value from your visit to this site so far.  Be sure to bookmark it and subscribe so you get notification of all new content!  Very important!

I’ve got to tell you something really cool that I’ve noticed.  I’ve come to realize that Affiliate Marketers are more of a community rather than competitors, seriously.  We really don’t even look at each other in a competitive way because we understand that we really aren’t competing against most of them, just those few that have our same exact keyword phrase.

We just focus on the numbers, realizing there is enough to go around and then some. Everyone inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform, which program I recommend throughout this site,  is so helpful always, offering advice and helping each other with content questions, site comments, technical issues, etc.  It really is a wonderful group of like-minded people, and I hope you will take advantage of Wealthy Affiliate‘s offer of a free membership while it is still available.

Internet Affiliate Marketing

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Babs Wagner

Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for visiting my page!


  1. This article was a solid read and very informative. I particularly like how you went through each basic step and even touched base on social media which sometimes isn’t even mentioned. Even beyond that, I definitely agree that it is very community based as opposed to competitive within itself which is not what a lot of people expect!

  2. Hi and what a well written article about affiliate marketing and Wealthy Affiliate. You have definitely given some great content here for newbies wanting to generate income online. Also you have shown the way for they next generation of marketers by reviewing WA. They really can’t be beaten in the value for content that they give you. Thanks Kenny 

  3. Hi Babs,

    You have explained affiliate marketing perfectly.  This should make sense to anyone who wants to start making money online with affiliate marketing.

    I notice a lot of people saying on social media they want to do affiliate marketing without a website, like only using Facebook to post their links.  Do you think this is possible and worth it?  Do you really need a website?

    Thanks for a great post!

    1. I am all about the bottom line, and if you are paying for ads on facebook, that’s cutting into it.  Also, REQUIRES you put an Affiliate Disclosure, so you’d have to wrap that up in the ad as well.  I wouldn’t recommend it.

  4. I really like md your explanation of affiliate marketing and I think you have described it perfectly.

    Affiliate marketing is s great way of making a living online.  I like your view that affiliate marketing is a community industry and you mention Wealthy Affiliate, is that based on a strong community?

  5. I really like what you said because it is so true, we don’t see each other as a competition and we actually want to help each other, and having that thought is what’s going to make our business a success. There are so many opportunities for everyone in the online world. 🙂

  6. Awesome explanation of what affiliate marketing is for those who are unsure.

    I know there is a lot of confusion out there when you tell people that you are an online marketer and some people might draw the conclusion that you are just scamming people, falling victim to the scams or posting ads.  Another thing that I’ve heard from people is that there is no money to be made online unless you work for a large company – which is furthest from the truth.

    I think that posts like this really clear up for people what affiliate marketing is all about and how it stands out from all the other money making schemes out there and might encourage people to give it a try.

    Great work!

  7. Hey Babs:  

    I am awestruck by the clarity of your explanations and the helpful content of all the illustrations you’ve provided for us readers.  The included information takes me by the hand and guides me through the forest of confusing info overload and points up what’s most important to keep in mind as I trek along.  Whew!  Thank you….

  8. Hi Babs,

    You wrote a very focused post that hit on every point perfectly. As I was reading, it reminded me of some months and time ago when I was just introduced to affiliate marketing. I like that you mentioned that you don’t need any inventory ever, and how you elaborated and made it a point that there is no customer service. I think many people assume that affiliate marketing is a hold your own inventory and sell as you go program, you wouldn’t know ow many times my friends have thought that was the case. Engaging in social media is vital to online growth, and I enjoyed that you made it a point to not just tell us but show us with your social profile. Way to add your link about how to come up with more content. Thank you!

  9. This is a very informative and comprehensive article on affiliate marketing. You included all the steps I follow in my online business. It’s so true that you must choose a niche you’re interested in because you’ll me producing content regularly. It would be really hard to write engaging articles you aren’t interested in. 

    Social media marketing is important to build brand awareness and authority. I post all my articles on the platforms you suggested, and also Instagram as I’m becoming more familiar with it. 

    Wealthy Affiliate is the best online university for anyone wanting to be an affiliate marketer. The training is superb and the community support is unrivaled. I took advantage of the free membership, but within one week I joined as a Premium member, which was a complete no-brainer. 

    Thank you!

    1. I agree, Holly.  I tried the free Starter membership, but within a few days of working on my website and taking the training, I could see the value and took advantage of the $19 first monthly Premium membership offer.  I’ve never looked back.  It brings me value every single day, and I really don’t know how successful a person could be without all the tools, support and community in the platform.  Thanks for checking in.  – Babs

  10. Such a great post! I enjoy the article from the start to the end. I discovered the opportunities in the online world when it comes to Affiliate Marketing and you are on point! I recently joined the Wealthy Affiliate community and it is just awesome. I read your review on WA and I can assure your visitors that you are being truthful and honest! Even though it is a tough industry, I think that as you mention on the steps that you provide, the discipline and hard work can lead to that passive income that we want in our life. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you for checking in and vouching for the Wealthy Affiliate program.  It means a lot to the readers to have other people verify what I am saying about the value they will get from the platform.  It can be tough, but if you realize going in that it takes hard work and time, there won’t be the disappointment many feel when they sign up for those get-rich-quick schemes that never pan out.  It makes them give up.  I believe in sharing honestly with my readers so they know going in what to expect!  – Babs

  11. greatly written article! This info would have been extremely useful when I was looking around online but it still is helpful and I can imagine very valuable for people researching online marketing or ways to make money online. Step 5 helped me a lot as I am just getting to the point of including social media.

  12. Great way of sharing about affiliate marketing!

    Wealthy Affiliate trains us very well and primes us for success.  Though I am yet to make lots of money online with my sites I am earning money writing comments!

    There are many ways to earn money with Wealthy Affiliate  – commissions from affiliate marketing or e-commerce stores.  You can choose any niche that is ethical.  In fact you can even do some JV (joint ventures) with other WA members

    The possibilities are endless.  So if you are on the fence about joining WA – believe you me, you will not be disappointed! 

    1. Thanks, Stella!  Just keep working hard, and believe me, you will make a lot of money online.  It does take time, so don’t lose sight of the end result!  It’s like any business, you have to build it!  ~ Babs

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