When I started my blog in November 2017, I had no clue what affiliate marketing was.
So what exactly is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you refer someone to a product or service, via affiliate links, and in return get paid a small commission, but only if there is a purchase made or if they sign up for some kind of service. There is no additional cost, weird small print to look into or “catch”. It’s just a simple thank you from the company for making a referral.
For example, I love books and will recommend many in my blog posts. Usually I will post a hyperlink for whatever book I recommend to Amazon.com because it’s usually cheaper for people to buy from Amazon.com than let’s say BarnesandNoble.com. So, if someone is interested in the book I recommend, clicks the link and decides to buy the book from Amazon.com, Amazon will pay me a small commission.
As a precaution: Affiliate marketing is only a scam when people are inauthentic about it; they just care about making the money and could care less about the products and services they are referring. So be careful and take caution.
Any links that I provide, in regards to a product (which is usually a book or movie), is an affiliate link that I recommend. Don’t feel obligated to click or buy anything. If you like something, cool, if not, cool. I only provide affiliate links as a combination of sharing what I recommend and earning a few cents (from the company) for recommending it. Cheers!