What is Affiliate Marketing? And How it Works

Affiliate Marketing

In this post, we will learn about Affiliate Marketing. Well, in online there are so many ways to earn money via your blog or website. Such as advertising, providing services, selling something etc. but the best is doing Affiliate Marketing.

In this article, we will learn about what affiliate marketing is, how it works, and frequently asked questions about it.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is a way of marketing, in which a person promotes or recommends the products of any other company or organization, through any of their sources, such as a blog or website. In return, the company or the organization gives some commission to that person. There is a separate commission according to different products. It can also be a percentage of the commission sale or even a certain amount. These products can be anything, from web hosting to clothing or electronics.

Before we get to know how Affiliate Marketing works we should know some definitions which are very important to get known.


Affiliates are called those who join an Affiliate program, who promotes products on their sources such as a blog or website.

Affiliate Marketplace

There are some companies that offer affiliate programs in different disciplines, they are called Affiliate Marketplace.

Affiliate ID

Each Affiliates is given a unique ID by Affiliate Programs, which helps to collect sales related information.

Affiliate link

Every Affiliate is provided some links for the promotion of different products, which redirected the Visitors to another website, where they can buy a product. These links only track sales of affiliate programs.


The amount, which is provided to Affiliates according to each sale. It can be a few percents of the sale or an amount already fixed.

Link Clocking

Most affiliate links seem to be long and visible. Making such links short by using URL shorters means link clocking.

Affiliate Manager

Some affiliate programs are appointed to help affiliates and give them suggestions (tips), they are called affiliate managers.

Payment Mode

This means that the medium through which you will be given your commission. Individual Affiliates offer different modes. Such as cheque, PayPal etc.

Payment Threshold

The minimum amount that you will be paid when you earn. The payment threshold amount of different programs is different.

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How Affiliate Marketing works?

The company or organization that wants to promote its products offers its affiliate program. Now any other person like a blog or website owner joins the program, company or organization gives them a banner or link to promote their products on their blog or website.

Now in the next step, Affiliates put this program or link in their website or blog. Now there can be lots of visitors in that website and blog. Now when a visitor clicks on that link he/she will redirect to Affiliate Marketplace’s website and will buy something or sign up that platform. Then in return, the company or organization gives commission to affiliates.

Frequently Asked Questions related to Affiliate Marketing (F&Q’s).

After getting basic information about Affiliate Marketing, you will get lot questions in your mind and now we will look at these questions and answers.

Can I use Affiliate Marketing and Ad Networks such as Adsense on the same website?

Yes! Affiliate Marketing and Ad Networks can be used together.

Is it necessary to have a blog or website for affiliate marketing?

Not necessarily, but still the best way to make Money from Affiliate Marketing is either having a blog or a website.

Which companies or organizations offer affiliate programs?

Not every company or organization offers affiliate programs. You have to find out which companies or organizations offer these programs which you can find on the internet.

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Also Read: What is Facebook Advertisement and how to create Facebook Ad Campaign?

How to find out which companies or organizations offer these programs?

Google Search will help you here. Simply search for that company’s name with ‘Affiliate’ word. In this way you will get to know did company offers an affiliate program or not. Anyway, there are many blogs on the Internet, where you can find out which companies or organizations offer this program and even you can read full reviews about them.

It completely depends on you, that how many visitors you will attract to the program and how many sales will be done and accordingly you will get a commission.


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