Affiliate Marketing for Dummies – Top 12 Affiliate Marketing Websites

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

Affiliate Marketing for Dummies

Affiliate Marketing has exploded online because of the ease for associates to make money online from anywhere. Most of the work is finding ways to promote/advertise, with all the sales, service and shipping done for you.

These 4 steps join, promote, track & earn will get you only in the ballpark – you will need to test and retest ways to keep hitting the home runs!

 History of the Affiliate Marketing Model

Even before the worldwide web, this model existed by word of mouth. A business would reward you for referring a friend or finding them customers.

Online just exploded this by allowing thousands of other sites to promote a product or service. We have a nice infographic about the history of affiliate marketing below by

Affiliate Programs?

There is obviously more to associate marketing than just promoting and selling someone else’s product or service. We have a few on this site that we hope to bring value to your freelance job hunting. If they do not we would love to know!

You can promote a service or a product (physical or informational) by putting links on your website. Leadpages offers a free course called THE AFFILIATE MARKETING SYSTEM that should be of some help! 

Ways to Get Paid as any Affiliate Associate

Pay-per-click (cost-per-click):

This is when you get paid from the advertiser when someone clicks on your add/link.

Pay-per-lead (cost-per-lead):

 When you only get paid by the advertiser when someone leaves a phone number, email address or sometimes just a zip code.

Pay-per-sale (also called cost-per-sale):

You get paid by the advertiser when a product or service is sold to the customer.

Our Top 12 Affiliate Marketing for Dummies Platforms

Affiliate Window

Amazon Associates



Commission Junction


Google Affiliate Network




We like this Affiliate Marketing for Dummies video by Matt


Many many other websites and information about affiliate marketing for dummies so do your homework. Here are some good tips by Seobook that we hope helps with your promotion of other people’s products for your financial gain. But seriously affiliate marketing is not easy and takes awhile to master, obviously I’m still in training!

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Aircraft Technician by Day – Blogger by Night! Just your average daddy raising two awesome girls, providing Job Links, Resources, Ideas, Tips & Tools for Bloggers & Freelancers! By Helping others, we keep learning too!