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What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or companies’) products.
Simply put, you recommend a product or service to your audience. If they buy based on your recommendation, the product owner pays you a cut of what they earned. When done ethically—meaning you only recommend tools you truly believe will help your audience—affiliate marketing is a great way to start generating an income for your business. It's how Pat Flynn got started with SPI—and it can be a great place for you to start, too.
A lot of people who give advice on affiliate marketing gloss over the ethics, but we believe strongly that being open and honest with your audience is the key to long-term success. The resources you'll find on this page are dedicated to helping you create a sustainable, ethical affiliate marketing program for your business.
On this page, you'll find:
- A detailed guide to get you started
- Courses designed to help you go deeper
- Our best free articles and tutorials on affiliate marketing
- Our favorite tool for affiliate marketers
- Podcast interviews with successful affiliate marketers
Free step by step advice
Our essential guide to affiliate marketing
Courses and Workshops
Courses to guide you through the process
1-2-3 Affiliate Marketing
Click and Convert Workshop
Learn to capture attention, increase engagement, and grow your business with this workshop from Pat Flynn and guest expert Darrell Vesterfelt.
Pricing for Profit Workshop
A pro workshop to help you learn and apply smart pricing methods to optimize your profit and grow a healthy and sustainable business.
Traffic Booster Workshop
Learn to increase your exposure and grow your business without paying for ads with this 90-minute workshop from Pat Flynn. Learn strategies you can immediately put into action.
Tutorials and Case Studies
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Affiliate marketing is a large part of the Smart Passive Income business. I'm here to share the three types of affiliate marketing that have worked for me the best.
Why reframing “how do I make fast money online?” can help you better understand what it truly means to generate an income online, and how to do so quickly.
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In this guest post, Greg Hickman gives us an in-depth beginner's guide to predictable marketing funnels. Learn how to set up a reliable system for growth.
How you can use scarcity to incentivize your audience to take action—whether you want them to buy a product, or make a choice on your website, and more.
Make Affiliate Marketing Part of Your Success
Choose the Right Products and Services
The success of your affiliate marketing depends on choosing the right products for your audience. The Affiliate Marketing Cheat Sheet gives you three exercises to help you find the products best aligned with the needs of your audience.
Your Affiliate Marketing Questions Answered
The sky's the limit with affiliate marketing, but only if you attract the right kind of attention and earn trust. The Affiliate Marketing Cheat Sheet is a super-quick guide to help you master affiliate marketing and increase your revenue.
Affiliate marketing podcast episodes
Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn
Weekly interviews, strategy, and advice for building your online business the smart way.
Featured Episodes:November 22, 2017
SPI 293: My Top Performing Affiliate Marketing Products, and Why They Performed So WellNovember 8, 2017
SPI 291: A Blueprint for a Successful Short-Term JV (Joint Venture) Affiliate CampaignNovember 1, 2017
SPI 290: Affiliate Marketing: An Insider Look at My Most Successful Long-Term CampaignsDecember 28, 2011
SPI 030: Pat's Top 30 Tips for Successful Affiliate Marketing
A weekly coaching call on online business, blogging, marketing, and lifestyle design.
Featured Episodes:February 7, 2019
AP 1054: How Do I Diversify My Affiliate Income in My Business?July 26, 2018
AP 1026: How Can I Monetize My Hobby Website? Can It Make Money?July 12, 2017
AP 0907: How Do I Handle Negativity Towards Affiliate Marketing?December 10, 2015
AP 0493: Should I Bother with Low Value Affiliates?
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