The multibillion-dollar affiliate marketing industry provides talented entrepreneurs with interesting career options. It’s quickly becoming a typical strategy used by e-commerce companies to promote their goods and services. According to Statista, more than two billion people made online purchases in 2020 alone, and global e-retail sales reached $4.2 trillion.

It doesn’t cost much to start because the best affiliate marketing programmes frequently provide free registration. Additionally, you can transition from a side gig to a successful business that generates passive revenue over time.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin? You’ll be able to get going quickly with the help of this beginner’s tutorial.

What is affiliate marketing?

In the affiliate marketing sales model, a business pays a third party to promote its products or services. If you’ve ever listened to a podcast or watched a social media influencer advertise a product chances are that they are affiliate marketers. These people are compensated with a commission from any sales made as a result of their recommendations for goods or services to their audience. The great thing is that you don’t need to have a massive social media following in order to act like an affiliate marketer and you simply need to refer the service to your network.

The way it generally works is that after selecting an affiliate marketing scheme you’ll get a special link or code, which will enable the businesses to track every customer you send their way. You receive a commission when a customer uses your link to make a purchase.

The following are the main participants:

  • Sellers can range from sole proprietors to large corporations (also known as merchants, retailers, or brands). They are the ones that produced the goods or services that are being advertised and sold.
  • Affiliates, also known as publishers or advertisers, use affiliate links and advertising to market the seller’s goods to their audiences. They get paid by the seller a commission if their advertisement or recommendation results in a sale.
  • Customers use the affiliate’s recommendation to buy the good or service from the merchant.

Why you should try affiliate marketing

Have I mentioned that the field of affiliate marketing as a whole is worth billions? It’s not difficult to search for products in such a broad market that you can genuinely endorse to your audience and use yourself. It has been tested and shown that affiliate marketing that involves really believing in the products you promote yields the highest results, particularly in terms of commission.

It is cost-free to start.  There are hardly any barriers to joining. You don’t need to have a significant amount of funds on hand compared to other business ventures. All you need is access to power and the internet.

There are various affiliate marketing programs online. 1-grid has one of the highest paying affiliate programs in SA, offering a 15% commission on sales. With a commission that high, your income can be endless.