What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started?


Affiliate marketing is a great source of earning on the Internet. You can earn by selling products from popular websites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal under affiliate program. For this, you have to sign up as an affiliate on all these websites.

You just have to send your referral link to the users and if they follow your link and buy anything then you will get your commission and in this way you will earn.

Affiliate marketing is a medium in which the customer is referred to buy the website’s (company’s) product and if a customer buys a product from your referral link then you get some percentage of commission.

In simple language – “We refer the product of the website to those people, who want to buy that product and in return we get percentage of commission from that website, which is called affiliate marketing.”

For example, a friend or relative of yours who wants to buy a laptop. You suggest a website (company) name and give them your affiliate link and if they buy the laptop through your referral link then you get commission from the seller which is called affiliate marketing.

How Affiliate Marketing Works?

Affiliate marketing works through a link known as an affiliate link. The company that wants to promote or sell their product launches affiliate marketing programs and offers people to join them. People who have their own website, blog or YouTube channel and have at least 500 monthly visitors to their site can join affiliate programs. The company that has launched its affiliate marketing program, you have to join them and register the site.

After registration, the company will provide you an affiliate marketing link. Once joined affiliate marketing program, you have to select category wise products and promote them through your site. If that referral link leads to product sales then revenue will be generated, in this way affiliate marketing works.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing?

You can start affiliate marketing whenever you want and for this you don’t need any office space, you don’t need any special qualification or technical background. All you need is a laptop or computer, an internet connection and need to create a website, blog or YouTube channel and have to increase good amount of regular visitors on it.

Affiliate marketing is possible even without a website, blog or YouTube channel but it is not effective because without a website, blog or YouTube channel it will not be able to generate enough revenue.  

After that the website that lunches its affiliate program, there you have to register your site and generate affiliate marketing link. Next you have to select target products and post that product on your site with your affiliate link. To create affiliate link, you have to sign up as an affiliate on those websites who launches the affiliate program.

There are thousands of affiliate networks in the market but for beginners who are just starting, amazon associates are recommended because it’s easy to learn and promote. It’s the world’s largest e-commerce website. Amazon is driving more than 2.5 billion visitors per month.

So now we will see how to sign up as an affiliate on Amazon. Here you will get all the information how you can earn. For that you have to type “amazon affiliate” on Google, then select first link and click on Join Now.

If you already have an account, you can login with it or you can create a new account. Next you have to fill account information. You will see payee name, in this you have to enter the same name which is in your bank account. After this you have to fill the address, phone number etc. and if you are not from the US, then select “No” option at the bottom and click next.

Now you have to enter your website link and click next. Then you have to fill the information related to your website. In the first option you have to enter the associates store id which will appear in your referral link. You can choose a short and catchy name.

Next you have to describe your website and select the primary and secondary topics of your website. Then select what kind of products you want to advertise on Amazon. Next you have to enter the traffic related information, in which you have to choose from where the traffic comes on your website. There are many options from which you can choose the appropriate traffic source. Now you have to select the primary and secondary income source of your website. You have to fill this kind of information and then click on the finish button.

As soon as your profile is complete, you will get a unique associate id which will be in your affiliate link. You can then fill in your payment information or fill it later.


By following this entire process, you have to create your affiliate account on Amazon. You will then receive an approval email from Amazon on your register email ID. Once Amazon reviews and approves your website, you can affiliate Amazon’s products.

Amazon Associates Dashboard

After logging into Amazon, you will see general information regarding your affiliate account in the dashboard. Like how much commission you earn, overview for last 30 days, your overall performance, number of clicks etc. are all listed here.

As you scroll down, you will see recommended products, by clicking on you can generate a link and put that product link in your website. You can place attractive banners in your website by clicking the banner tab in the dashboard.

You can also create a link directly for that you have to login with your affiliate account in amazon.in and click on Get Link. Then paste this link on your website, YouTube description or Facebook page. When someone makes a purchase through this link, you get commission.

In this way you can create affiliate links and banners and place them in your website. Here I have exposed the main factor, rest all are easy to understand.

Earning from Affiliate Marketing

The best part of affiliate marketing is that you can make money from your home comfortably. There is no age limit, no large-scale course fees, just a desire to learn online and earn money.

Affiliate Marketing is not a Get Rich Quick Scheme. If you are thinking that you will learn it, understand it and it will start raining money immediately that is not possible in affiliate marketing. You have to work very hard, do smart work and give a lot of time to do this work. If you do all these things then you can earn enough money through affiliate marketing.  

In affiliate marketing, you do not get any fixed income, you earn commission according to the product you sell. But i would like to say, if you devote at least 6 months in affiliate marketing then definitely affiliate marketing can set your life forever.

I hope you liked this post. If you have any questions, you can comment. I will always try my best to reply to you.

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