How does affiliate marketing work?

It's really pretty simple but it might take some explaining before you understand it. The first thing you are going to need to know is what an affiliate marketer is and how they make a living.

An affiliate marketer is an on-line sales representative with a specific set of skills that allow him/her to build websites and attract targeted visitors to those websites.

It might sound simple (and it is simple once you know what you're doing) but learning that set of skills is the hard part. It's not exactly something you can just absorb from reading a few articles.

You could fill several text books with the knowledge marketers are carrying around in their heads. To become skilled at all these things, it takes help. You need to plug into a network of people who are always ready to help you.

I know there are several good places to get that help. I personally use Wealthy Affiliate University. They have been around for 7 years now and have helped thousands of people realize their dreams. Plus, they are strictly a "no hype" zone.

Below is a list of skills affliate marketers will need to learn in order to succeed:

- Article Writing
- Keyword Research
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) onsite and offsite
- Social Networking
- Website Building

These skills are among the many skills you will need to learn if you stand a chance of making a living online. I mean, really, this is not something you are going to make money at over night. The people who accept this fact are the ones who succeed.

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Surfdude123 Premium
Ok, this was well written but I'll be honest here. I learned nothing I didn't all ready know. Thought there would be some tips that common sense didnt answer. Oh well.
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Chrissies Premium
Very, many thanks good advice :)
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Mytoptech Premium
Very good pointers, thank you.
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ShaunFern Premium
Could you explain what you mean by this "If a keyword gets over 1000 monthly searches, I will be willing to fight for that keyword more. I might go up to 1000 competition if I feel the keyword is worth it, but expect it to take longer to get ranked."

Does it mean you gonna write more than one article on the exact same keyword on your website? if you can explain the process to get that keyword to rank.
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Hi my name is Erica, just started 10 min ago by watching a video about WA on youtube. very anxious but if anyone can give me ideas of how this process works and what to expect? Thank You
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Ty Johnson Premium
Hi Erica, if you look on the left sidebar you will see "Warm Welcome" that is the best place to start, and don't skip the part where you say hello to us in live chat, you can find the live chat by clicking "Dashboard" on at the top of the left sidebar, then the entire right sidebar will be the live chat, or you can open the chat in it's own window by clicking "Open Chat" also in the left side bar.

We are very welcoming of new members, so don't be shy, and don't be afraid to ask questions =)
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bigstevec Premium
aloha - welcome to the club - read as much as you can absorb - don't worry if you don't get it right away - just reread any articles or trainings until you understand them - it definitely gets easier as you go - ASK for help - there's plenty of people here that know the answers to questions you may have - if you get frustrated, take a deep breath and step back - but don't give up
1 read 'welcome'
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jerrymc Premium
Verry good, I am taking lots of notes. I am going to read all your articles. Thank you for all that you doing here. JerryMc
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Ty Johnson Premium
Your very welcome, I really enjoy doing it, I hope this answered the question you were asking me from the live chat, if not just holler
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jerrymc Premium
Verry good, i am taking a lot of notes. I also need to read all of your articles in geting my education. Thank you for all you do. JerryMc
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tommo1968 Premium
Learned another useful tip describing pictures correctly to help in SEO. Thanks Ty yet again.
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David_S Premium
Great Synopsis of Affiliate Marketing.
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Ty Johnson Premium
Synopsis, nice word...Thank you =)
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David_S Premium
You can steal it Ty ;-)
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Ty Johnson Premium
lol, I just might
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mwd21 Premium
Great article Ty, plenty of really good advice.
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Ty Johnson Premium
Thanks mike, I always appreciate feed back =)
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@RICH. Premium
Brilliant overview, Ty, as a noob I found it seriously helpful. Thanks! Rich.
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Ty Johnson Premium
That's what I been waiting to hear =) I appreciate the feed back, thank you
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Sherion Premium
Great info for Affiliate Marketing. This will help some for sure.
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Ty Johnson Premium
Thanks Sherion, I appreciate it very much
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David_S Premium
Love the training Ty! Its definitely going to help a lot of new people grasp what affiliate marketing is.
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Ty Johnson Premium
Thank you David, That is the kind of feed back I love to get =)
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Lou rael Premium
Whats happening Ty? Great Info For The Facebook share. The info sparked an interest with some of my friends.
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Ty Johnson Premium
Hey Lou, Thank you, this is my first training and I really appreciate the feed back. I hope it helps get people off to a good start.
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sparkle1973 Premium
Thanks for this valuable info!
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Ty Johnson Premium
You are very welcome, I hope it helped, thank you for the feedback, let me know if you have questions, I am always happy to help.
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IGOTFISH Premium
Great information Ty. Thanks for sharing Tweeted and +'d
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Ty Johnson Premium
Thank you, for the socials, I'm so happy to see people getting use from this, I figured it would help new people gain a basic understanding, and help the pros to attract new people =)
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