What the Heck is Affiliate Marketing?

What is Affiliate Marketing? Well, according to Wikipedia, “Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.” Except that just makes it sound even more confusing, doesn’t it? Which is maybe why people have a hard time getting started with affiliates. So, a great post if you’re just getting started is this one, from my fave blogging genius, Darren Rowse from Copyblogger {his book, Problogger was the first blogging book I ever read, and it really helped me get my blog rocking from the very beginning – I can’t recommend it enough.} – the post is called, simply enough, What is Affiliate Marketing? He breaks things down in a simple way, to give you a basic understanding of how affiliate marketing works. What I found most interesting were the survey results that he shared – when he asked his readers about affiliate marketing:

  • 29% of readers regularly do it
  • 24% occasionally do it
  • 27% have never done affiliate marketing on their blogs
  • 6% used to do it but don’t any more
  • 14% don’t know what affiliate marketing is

I shouldn’t be surprised by this, since while speaking at conferences, chatting with bloggers I know personally, and just reading comments in blogging groups, I hear so many people say things like, “affiliate marketing doesn’t work for me,” or “I don’t even really know how affiliate marketing works?” But I’m here to tell ya – it is SO worth learning about. While not everyone will make a huge amount of money right away, it is entirely possible to make a six-figure income with affiliate marketing. How do I know this? Because I’ve done it. And I know other bloggers who have too. And – I’m pretty much a one-woman show. The Mister is learning to contribute to the blog, and works with me as a partner. Other than that, I’ve run this blog on my own for the past 4 years, learning as I go. If I can do it – so can you. Pinky-promise. My goal is to help every blogger find new ways to earn money from the amazing content they’re creating – and you’d be amazed how easy it is to earn with affiliate marketing is once you figure out a way to use it consistently.

So… To get you started, I found this super fun infographic from Pepperjam, that breaks the whole affiliate marketing idea down into seriously simple terms, so you can see how it all comes together:

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This is part one in Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing. Upcoming posts will cover:
  • A huge resource list of affiliate companies to join.
  • Examples of different ways to use affiliates in your posts.
  • Tips for encouraging people to click on your affiliate links.
  • Ideas for using affiliates, depending on what type of blog you have.
  • Success stories from other women who have used affiliates successfully.
  • So stay tuned – I’ll update links here as they get posted!

If you’re not familiar with this blog yet – My main blog is Sunshine and Sippy Cups, creative solutions for busy moms. The blog you’re reading right now was born when people were regularly asking me for advice on blogging, and I realized there was a big need for realistic, do-able blogging advice and tips. It is {obviously, if you look at the home page, lol} a work in progress! But if you’d like to stay updated as I turn this baby into a big ol’ resource filled with tips on blogging, online business, and balancing it all while running your household and raising a family – please take a minute to subscribe to the email updates.

Moms Making Money Online – 35 Lessons to Follow

Moms Are Making Money Online Every Day, Are You? I just came across this amazing set of resources from MomsInaBlog.com – 35 lessons available digitally, so that you can follow along at your own pace, on your own schedule. {As busy moms, that’s pretty darn important, right?} You can access them on any device – iPad or tablet, laptop, or even your phone. As soon as I get done with this overwhelming month of conference travel I plan to set aside time weekly to go through it all, so I’ll definitely give you an update once I do. But I’ve heard great things, and it’s available at a really discounted introductory price right now – which is why I’m sharing the info already! Read on to learn more – and if you’ve gone through the lessons yourself I’d LOVE you to leave feedback in the comments below!

Moms Making Money Online

For the past 5 years, Tracy Roberts has worked online a professional mom blogger & affilate manager using her experiences to leverage opportunities to make more money while being a work-at-home mom.

She has created several products & participated in many product launches for herself and her clients with great success. Her sense of what works for particular target markets has her currently focusing on helping other bloggers and product owners understand and profit from their own target markets.

After 5 years of wading through information to get to the place where she makes a decent living online she decided it was time to come out of the shadows and share what she’s learned (and who she learned it from ) with other moms that have the same hopes and dreams of building an online business and working from the comfort of home.

Her Moms Making Money Online resource is a complete “help you get started and make this dream happen ‘how to’ guide” for work at home moms.

Moms Making Money Online has 35 lessons that cover everything from things like:

  • Discovering and understanding your work at home personality
  • Uncover and get excited about how your natural gifts & abilities affect your business success.
  • Figure out how to use your existing work history & existing skills to your best advantage.
  • Evaluate your financial needs so you can better plan how to reach your financial goals.
  • *A list of the many ways to make money working from home online.

To learning how to:

  • Create an online presence that makes you shine so that people get to know, like and trust you.
  • Get to know who your target market really is and how to best connect with them.
  • Choose a domain name that speaks to your chosen market.
  • Connect with the best hosting company for your business needs. (Hint: it’s MomWebs)
  • Unravel the world of WordPress & Themes to make your site easy to work with.

After you’ve mastered the basics she introduces you to strategies that will help you:

  • Formulate a content creation plan that will become the basis of your money making empire.
  • Design your very own blogging schedule so you’ll always have something to “say”.
  • How to create a mailing list so you can keep in touch with your community and how that same list can make you money.
  • Learn how search engines & keywords can help increase your traffic and ultimately make you money.
  • Understand how creating your own ebooks, membership sites & other products is important to your passive income goals.
  • Create an affiliate program so that you have the ability to generate even more income.

She’s got other goodies in the works like a monthly resource webinar and a private Facebook group too – but more than that, she’s always available via email to help you over the humps and answer your questions. How helpful is that? Even as someone who’s been blogging and publishing online full-time for over 3 years, there is always something new to learn, and new challenges to overcome.

I urge you to put the feeling of overwhelm and fear of the unknown behind you and start putting those hopes and dreams into action and get your copy of Moms Making Money Online right now.

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I promise you’ll love the low price, too! Check it out: Moms Are Making Money Online Every Day, Are You?