What is Affiliate Marketing

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					Affiliate Marketer Defined

According to The World’s Glossary of Internet Terms, “Affiliate Marketer is
defined as: “A business relationship with a merchant or other service provider
who allows you to link to that business. When a visitor clicks on the link at your
site and subsequently makes a purchase from the merchant, you receive a
commission based on the amount of the sale, a referral fee or a pay-for-click

This is a simple, straight-forward agreement between a merchant and an
affiliate. Budding affiliate marketers run into a problem when they try to reverse
the success process. Instead of starting at the beginning, they try to start at the

Making money is the end of the process. The beginning of the process is
education and there are several steps in between. Too many people, who are
just getting started in affiliate marketing, fail to take the steps necessary to get
to the end of the process and actually make money.

Step #1: Educate yourself. This is the key, opening the door of opportunity. It's
also the common thread connecting successful affiliate marketers. Education
lays the foundation - the building blocks to success. Start by gathering the best
information you can find about affiliate marketing and absorbing it.

Step #2: Turn that information into usable knowledge. Even the best information
remains kind of worthless, however, until after you discover how to use it - how
to make it serve your purpose.

Step #3: Start applying the knowledge ... take action ...start building your affiliate
business. Will you make mistakes, even though you've invested all that time
educating yourself? Yes, you most likely will make mistakes.

Step #4: Test and tweak, test and tweak. This one never ends. And it's often the
dividing line between succeeding and failing. Attention to small details often
returns big rewards.

Following these steps will define you as a successful affiliate marketer.