How Affiliate Marketing Works – 5 Minute Training


Hey there,

Today I’ll share with you the basic information about how affiliate marketing works. As usual, is going to be a 5-minute fast read, where you will understand, what is affiliate marketing and how it works, also how you can become an affiliate marketer, what are affiliate programs and affiliate networks, and of course the most exciting part, how you will get PAID.

Without further ado, please enjoy your fast read!



How Affiliate Marketing Works

First I will start by telling you what it is…

Affiliate Marketing is a way for a company to sell its products by signing up individuals or companies (“affiliates”) who market the company’s products for a commission.

Now that you have a general idea I will break it down for you…

Affiliate marketing has three entities:

  • an affiliate (you)
  • an affiliate program (the company/product owner)
  • a customer (the buyer)

The idea is very SIMPLE…

You (the affiliate) you can join an affiliate program and this will give you the ability to promote any product/service within that program. After you join the affiliate program you will receive an affiliate link (a specific URL that contains the affiliate’s ID or username).

As an affiliate when you send someone from your website through the affiliate link to the product or service, you will earn a percentage commission or a flat rate sale. This can be anywhere between 1% – 75%, depending of course on the company or service that you promote.

I will give you only two examples, from many others on the market:

  1. I personally promote the Wealthy Affiliate platform, and I get $8 for the first month $19 special offer, then $23.50 thereafter.
  2. Amazon Associates is the largest affiliate program, where you can choose literally anything from their website to promote, and you will get any ware from 1$ – 10$



Who Can Become An Affiliate, Is It Free

Literally, anybody can become an affiliate, as long as you have a laptop/desktop and internet connection. So, to become financially independent and to have your online business, you need the same two ”ingredients” that you are using on a daily basis, and…

Just search around the web, and you will find at least 100 potential products that you can promote and EARN your commission. All you need to do is to sign up as an affiliate and give VALUABLE information about what you choose to promote.

Remember, to be successful you need to be in the business of HELPING people!



Affiliate Programs, How They Work

An Affiliate Program is, in essence, a piece of tracking software that allows affiliates (you) to promote merchants (the company) and earn a commission.

Affiliate Programs Benefits:

  • will track all clicks, all sales transactions, and calculate all commissions
  • will allow you to manage your payments
  • you get promotional materials such as banners and widgets

As you can see the system is very well designed and is getting more and more advanced.

Now let’s move forward to affiliate networks…



Affiliate Networks, How They Work

An Affiliate Network is a grouping of affiliate programs under one company.

For you to understand what I’m saying, imagine an affiliate network like an umbrella, and under this umbrella, you can promote 1000 different companies and their products. Basically is a more organized and efficient work environment.

This are some of the most popular Affiliate Networks:

  • Amazon Associates
  • Ebay Partners

Once you get to understand the affiliate marketing world, I recommend to sing up for an affiliate network, because you will find much easier to promote products and services under one umbrella.

Now let’s continue with the most exciting part…



Have Fun And Get Paid

I will start by telling you to have FUN first, and NOT overthink the process. Just be your self and try to help as many people as possible by giving the right information. Is as simple as that.

About the financial aspect is even easier because once you get to understand the process, you will see that you will work once and after that, your work will create a passive INCOME for you.

Bear in mind that an affiliate program or an affiliate network have different ways to PAY you:

  • PayPal
  • Bank Wire
  • Cheque Payment
  • Payoneer
  • Cryptocurrency

The US dollar is the most common currency that will be paid with but of course not the only one.



Now You Know

My friend, this was the 5-minute training in the affiliate marketing world. I truly hope now you have a better understanding of how the whole process WORKS.

Considering that this article was designed to be read in 5 minutes I won’t keep you longer, but please have an open mind about the Affiliate Marketing world because CAN and WILL change your life in so amazing ways !!!


 I encourage you to leave below, your opinion or ANY questions you have, about Affiliate Marketing, and I promise to get back to you as fast as possible. I truly believe that if we combine our knowledge, we can be more SUCCESSFUL.



  • Todd Matthews

    February 10, 2019 - 7:20 pm

    I really believe affiliate marketing is big now and will be even bigger in the future. It’s a great way for companies to pay others to market their product for commission. The best part is, affiliate marketers don’t have to worry about production costs or inventories, which is huge for us. All we need to do is to review products relevant to our niche in an honest manner while providing trust to our reading audience. It takes time but it’s well worth it.

    • George

      February 12, 2019 - 6:06 am

      Hey Todd,

      Good to hear from you again.
      I agree with you 100%. Also in my opinion affiliate marketing is going to be the future in terms of promoting and selling and the most important, to help people from all over the world.
      Thank you for your wise words.

      Best wishes!

  • Tom

    February 14, 2019 - 10:13 am


    Great post and thanks for sharing.

    I am new to the Affiliate Marketing world and the more I read about it, the more I am falling in love with it.

    You have articulated really well how I could potentially make a better living through affiliate marketing than I could with my current job. So I am definitely going to take action on your suggestions.

    I will let you know how I get on and will return for future posts and new strategies.

    Thanks again and all the best,


    • George

      February 14, 2019 - 4:21 pm

      Hey Tom, thank you for your thoughts and vote of confidence.

      I’m no guru in affiliate marketing either, but I know that is the future if you want a complete lifestyle, one that gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, as long as you treat it seriously and with discipline. And the most important aspect is that you can share your knowledge and experience with others.
      You already made the first steps, for now on just have fun and stay focused.

      Best wishes and see you in future posts!

  • John

    February 14, 2019 - 1:22 pm

    Great five minute read on affiliate marketing. This information defines the basics of this system. Build a website around helping people in a niche and you can make some commissions. The training at Wealthy Affiliate, if followed closely will return you a reward in time. This is not an easy process to do, most people will give up before they make their first dollar.
    What do you think is the hardest part to do to be successful in affiliate marketing.

    • George

      February 14, 2019 - 4:14 pm

      Thank you John, means a lot 🙂
      I agree with you, is not an easy process, but if you see the bigger picture and you are focused to help people…Its worth it! 🙂
      I believe that Wealthy Affiliate has the right mindset and approaches to really provide value in a smart way. I’m sure you saw that as well…:)

      About your question, I would say that the hardest part is to treat it like your business ( because it is) and you need to put passion and to be disciplined to make your business/dream fly and expand!

      Best wishes and see you in the future posts !

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