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Affiliate Marketing: What it is and where to learn how to get involved

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Nov 10, 2016
11 Amazing Affiliate Marketing Blogs
Search Engine Journal
April 4, 2019

Affiliate marketing is still going strong and you can make a serious living by focusing on a smart affiliate marketing strategy....

If you’re unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, the concept is pretty simple:
  • Promote products/services on your blog.
  • Add special links to those products/services in your content.
  • When your readers click those links (or purchase products after clicking those links), you get a cut of the profits from the merchant.
In other words, affiliate marketing is a lot like commissioned sales. The difference is you’re driving traffic and leads to the merchant/advertiser’s website through your blog posts.

If this sounds too good to be true, pay attention: This is not a get-rich-quick scheme, and it WILL take effort to make money using this strategy.
This article provides some of the major pros and cons of affiliate marketing: It is definitely not for the faint of heart and it will definitely require a considerable investment of time and energy, especially in the beginning.

It also provides a list of some of the best resources for learning how to become an affiliate marketer:

1. Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income Blog)

Pat Flynn was just another casualty of the 2008 recession, but he was able to turn things around by transforming a website he built into a passive income stream. On his blog, he shares his tools and techniques for earning passive income with affiliate marketing as well as strategies for effective online marketing (hints: provide value, earn trust, and only promote products you wholeheartedly stand behind).

2. John Chow

In the world of affiliate marketing, John Chow is a superstar. In two years, he was able to amp up his blogging income from nothing to $40,000/month.

3. Matthew Woodward

For practical guides, case studies, and tips on both online and affiliate marketing, Matthew Woodward is your guy. He’ll show you how to set up a blog, increase your traffic from search, improve your SEO, and more. His blogging case study archive is especially worth your time.

4. Luke Kling (Luke Peer Fly)

Luke Kling has been an affiliate marketer since 2004 and is one of the biggest industry names. He’s the brain behind affLIFT (an affiliate marketing forum – highly recommended) and FPTraffic, a Facebook page management tool. His blog is dedicated to helping you reach your affiliate marketing goals.

5. Shawn Collins (Affiliate Marketing Blog)

Shawn Collins has been an affiliate marketer since 1997 and is another big industry name. He’s the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, a staple industry conference. He’s also the host of a podcast, This Is Affiliate Marketing. His blog will keep you up to date on what’s happening in the affiliate marketing industry and includes notes on sessions from Affiliate Summit.

6. Missy Ward

Missy Ward is CEO and co-founder of Affiliate Summit. She has written a few books about making money through blogging, including Make Money with Your WordPress Blog. Her free affiliate marketing resources include a free print publication and a YouTube channel and are a good place to start.

7. Charles Ngo

Charles Ngo is a successful affiliate marketer making seven-figures through his business acumen. On his blog, he shares tips and techniques for navigating the modern affiliate marketing landscape.

8. Zac Johnson

Zac Johnson has been in the industry for over 20 years and knows his stuff. Follow his blog to get inside tips, step-by-step guides to starting your own blog, and additional ways to grow your revenue.

9. Mobidea Academy

Mobidea Academy is the learning branch of the Mobidea affiliate network. Follow the blog to stay in the loop on industry trends, get advice from top experts, and grow your skills.

10. I Am Attila

I Am Attila is a hands-on affiliate marketing blog offering step-by-step guidance, case studies, and more. He also goes deep into tools you can use to up your game. This is a great blog to check out once you have some experience behind you.

11. Spencer Haws (Niche Pursuits)

Spencer Haws is a successful online entrepreneur who has earned success through building niche websites and affiliate marketing. On his website, he offers case studies and guides for not only affiliate marketers, but anyone who wants to make money from a website.
Mar 21, 2019
Thank you, djbaxter! I'm going to keep an eye on these resources, because Ideas Unlimited has a real priority in investing in Affiliate Marketing Programs.

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