Recently I’ve been doing some articles aimed at the beginner affiliate – like how you can avoid affiliate marketing scams and how you can find reputable affiliate programs to promote.

After spending over a decade in the Internet marketing industry, I think I often forget – and have failed to address – the most obvious question most folks new to the industry have about affiliate marketing.

I appeared as a guest on Weapons of Mass Marketing earlier this week to discuss the topic of marketing affiliate programs. The hosts evidenced the importance of the often overlooked question by leading off their interview with:

What is affiliate marketing?

So with the help of a talented designer I was able to develop a clear, step by step graphic showing how basic affiliate marketing works. (Click on the image below for a larger version.)

How Affiliate Marketing Works

Spread the word

You’re welcome to use the above graphic on your website, providing you credit me ( as the source and do not alter the image. Below is HTML code below to easily embed the graphic on your blog or website:

Get this graphic in poster size

The infographic above is available in high quality poster format via Zazzle for $27. All proceeds from the poster sales go to the Stroke Walk to help fight childhood stroke. Get it now!

How to get started in affiliate marketing

Now that you know what affiliate marketing is, find out how you can take a stab at it. You should also sign up for my free newsletter here.

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