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What Is Affiliate Marketing About?

By Eileen Loveman

You’ve probably bought something through an affiliate website without even realizing it, if you’ve purchased something online. Here’s a good example.

Mike is looking for a new credit card because he wants a lower interest rate. He goes to a Yahoo search engine and types in “low interest credit cards.” The search directs him to a site that compares interest rates between several credit cards. The site is named CCC or ” Credit Card Comparison.”

Mike reads them over and decides on the Discover Card that is featured on the site. CCC’s site happens to provide a direct link to Discover Card’s site. Mike clicks on that site and likes what he sees. He applies for the card.

What actually happened in the above scenario is that Mike landed on an affiliate site when he did a search for a credit card. The affiliate site provided valuable information that Mike wanted and so was redirected to the Discover site, where Mike applied for a card.

Discover knows that CCC directed Mike to their website, even though Mike doesn’t realize it. They are able to track who is sending them customers and are willing to pay a predetermined fee for each click a potential customer makes on the website owner who sends them to Discover.

CCC is a successful affilitate marketer because they were able to provide Mike with a valuable service. He was looking for a comparison of various low interest rate credit cards, and they were able to direct him to Discover’s website.

The credit card market is a great opportunity for new affiiates. These companies are anxious to get new customers and they competition is fierce, so they will pay the high commissions quoted by affiliate marketers.

American Express is paying affiliate advertisers $100 for each credit card referral – so do your homework. If you send only 5 referrals a day, (a very low number) your gross annual income from this company alone would be $182,500!

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Loveman, Eileen "What Is Affiliate Marketing About?." What Is Affiliate Marketing About?. 2 Jul. 2010. 28 Jul 2014 <>.

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Loveman, E (2010, July 2). What Is Affiliate Marketing About?. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from

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