If you’ve been searching for a way to make some extra money online, you may have heard about this thing called affiliate marketing. But what is it exactly? How does affiliate marketing make money? I’ll tell you a little bit about how affiliate marketing came about, how it has evolved and you can learn to make it work for you.
An Industry Is Born
The concept of affiliate marketing was first put into practice in 1989 on the Prodigy Network (a crude version of the internet we know today) and was started by William J Tobin. Tobin was the founder of PC Flower and Gifts and it was he who implemented the first online affiliate program.
Amazon.com is one of the most popular and longest running affiliate marketing programs online. Although they where not the first, they did popularize the concept of affiliate marketing and they set the standard of how many affiliate programs would be developed thereafter.
Affiliate marketing has existed in one form or another for many years before the birth of the internet. Think of a car dealer. He/she doesn’t own the car he/she sells you, but they do earn a commission for selling that car.
Affiliate marketing is performance based or commission based in the same way. Let’s say you owned a website that had articles on different baby products. Then, within those articles you linked your readers to amazon.com where those products can be purchased.
Now, if they purchase that product (or any other product on amazon.com) you would earn a commission for sending your visitor there through you affiliate link. Bear in mind, this is something that not all affiliate programs do. This is one of the advantages to promoting amazon products.
Affiliate Marketing Explodes!
Today, affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. New affiliate networks are coming online constantly and competing to give you, the affiliate marketer, the best incentive to promote their products.
There is an affiliate program for almost any product you can imagine and there are more choices available for customers than ever before. This means that the opportunities to build an affiliate marketing business are better than ever!
How To Make Affiliate Marketing Work For You
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