Explain Affiliate Marketing – The Cycle from Web Browser to Income!

Stay updated or Participate - Register or Login to the Homeworker Forum! The Forum is here!

I think Julia B also posted a great note on the basics of affiliate marketing. I want to give her credit, and her post is: What is Affiliate Marketing. We webmasters work hard to deliver internet visitors to our website, join some affiliate programs, put up links, and after a lot of hard work, hope to make some money!


Affiliate Marketig Customer to Product Cycle

I found this picture on Wikipedia, and it said it was under the creative commons license for reuse, so I am taking the liberty of illustrating my post here.

1. Brand or Seller has a product/service/message to deliver. They start an affiliate program. These programs could be in-house, or they could be managed by a network of affiliate programs.

2. An affiliate is usually a website owner. This could be an individual or a company. They join the affilaite program and promote the seller in hopes of making income in the ways that JuliaB described (i.e. pay per click, pay per sale, etc.)


3. Of course, customers are the key asset. Visitors to a website may be interested in the product or service or message being displayed, click through to the actual sales page, and then perform whatever action will make the actual affilate money.

These actions are tracked because each affiliate will get a unique tracking code they use to link to the seller. They will usually have some sort of statistics page they can log into so they can keep track of how well they do.

I think that those of us who do this business every day think this is obvious, but most casual web surfers do not really understand this process at all.

Join the forum discussion on this post - (4) Posts


  1. […] Webmaster or Blogger – It is really simple and inexpensive to start your own blog or website these days. Almost everybody I have ever known has some skill or knowledge that they could share with others. Be warned that learning how to make an effective website, attracting visitors, and then actually making some money out of the information you share is a skill that can take awhile to develop though. However, it certainly works out for many people, and there is lots of free information online to help you get started! There are also thousands of sponsor programs out there to help you start earning money for your work. You can learn more about this here –  Explain Affiliate Marketing. […]

  2. […] there are dozens of revenue streams that a popular blog can take advantage of. One is affiliate marketing, which we have explained in an earlier post. Your […]