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Dealer Dan, pictured here with WWE Superstar Mick Foley, has been in internet marketing since 1996. He likes hugs, long walks on the beach, and making money while wearing his jammy jams. For more information, you can read all about Dealer Dan. » Step by Step Affiliate Marketing Guide » What is Affiliate Marketing?

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Webster defines Affiliate Marketing as….oh I’m kidding.  Who gives a F what Webster says affiliate marketing is.  Here’s exactly what affiliate marketing is in a nutsell:

Affiliate Marketing = Making Money In Your Sleep.

That’s it in a nutshell, no matter what you’re selling.  While you sleep, people are purchasing DVDs that you have linked to on your DVD deals website.  While you sleep, people are going through your casino links and martingaling at Blackjack.  While you sleep, people are doing shopping for their kids birthdays, thanks to your handy price comparison website.

You are an affiliate for online stores and properties.  You can be promoting Full Tilt Poker or Toys R Us; Amazon or Dell.  Your job is to sell people on these websites or the products that they offer.

How you do that is up to you – it can be via simple banner ads, or via informational and trustworthy websites.  As an affiliate marketer, you have to not just send people to these websites, but convince them to purchase whatever is on offer at that website.

That’s what an affiliate marketer is.  It’s not easy – believe me.  You don’t just “throw up a blog” and make money instantly.  It takes hours and hours and hours of work.  Good affiliate marketers can work up to 10 hours per day – there are times where I’ll work 16 hours per day for a week straight.

It’s a hell of a lot of work.  But when you wake up after a good nights sleep, check your stat programs and see you made $1,000 overnight…

It’s all worth it.

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This article, as are all articles on, was written by Graeme aka "Dealer Dan". Graeme currently resides in Kingston, Ontario and has been running his own internet marketing business since 1996.

This article was written on November 12, 2010 however all articles are looked at on a monthly basis and updated to keep them relevant.

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