What is Online or Affiliate Marketing

Ever Asked “What is Online or Affiliate Marketing?”

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Have You Ever Asked Yourself Any of These Questions? – What is Online or Affiliate Marketing?

Can I Really do Internet or Affiliate Marketing?

Is it Possible to Become Rich Blogging?


Have you heard what they say about the word “assume”? Well, I have but that doesn’t really change the fact that a logical assumption as to why you landed here is that you do have some of these questions. I totally understand and relate to that and I can remember when I was asking, “What is Online or Affiliate Marketing?” For me that was some time ago but even with my experience here at OBTT – Your Trusted Source on the Web and other sites I own and publish, I still ask question all the time.

As a matter of fact I could go on and on listing questions that came to mind when preparing the write Ever Asked “What is Online or Affiliate Marketing?”

It should be understood that “Online Marketing” actually cover a very wide range of marketing tatics, including but not limited to SEO Marketing, Social Media Marketing, eMail Marketing. The discussion here in What is Online or Affiliate Marketing will be more focused on blogging and affiliate marketing.

Can I really become rich fast? And if the answer to that is yes please tell me how to become rich fast.

Is there really something here to tell you how to become rich overnight?


Well, let’s get to it and see where we can take this. I promise you that if you take the time to read this entire post I will share valuable information with you that could change your life, give you some direction and point the way to building a dream. What I won’t be doing it giving you misleading information to get you to sign up for something or buy a product on a sales page full of false promises.

I am in the online or affiliate marketing business and I am fully invested. I know what I am going to be doing for the next 20 or so years of my life. Just so you know the thing that bothers me most about this business is the fact that there are so many scams and so many people getting taken advantage of.

That has really given our industry a bad rap over the years and I work hard ever day to try to produce things that will begin to change that preception. I have made a promise to give you helpful information but I have to say I don’t know a way for you to become rich fast, especially if you are in the same situation as most of the people I meet starting out in this business.

It seems that many people looking into the possibility of started an online business are doing so out of despiration due to a bad financial situation. In some ways that is precipatated by the false promises I mentioned.

If what you are looking for is an answer to “How to Become Rich Fast?” I doubt I can help you with that. If however, you want to read about the possibilities, you want to learn how to begin to make dreams come true or you just want to know a little more about the business of blogger affiliate careers, stick with me.

Are you a Blogger or Affiliate?


I would venture to guess that many online entrepreneurs would answer that question “BOTH”! The same goes if I would ask, “Are you a blogger or entrepreneur?” OR “Are you an affiliate or entrepreneur?” A huge number of people that earn a living online are writing blogs but some may be doing that in addition to offering coaching, writing for other web sites a freelance writer or as a segment of their business.

Still others may have built their entire fortune around a blog, while some have focused on being an affiliate marketer and simple produced a blog as a way of funneling people to products.

So What is a Blog?blog defined

Simply stated a blog is a website that is updated with new content on a regular basis.

The word blog is also used as a verb, as in “to blog”.

When I first heard about blogs years ago it was mostly people publishing a sort of online journal. Pleople just telling you about them or some specific interest.

To a certain extent that holds true today but the “Blogosphere” as it is called, has grown to emmense proportions in the online world.

Blog style websites are a huge percentage of all the websites on the internet today ranging from small business to huge corperations. Many of the most popular news sites are blogs, from networks to radio stations and more.

Just about a year ago it was report online by several sites that WordPress powers 23% of the websites in the world and WordPress’s sitebuilder defaults to a blog site. Of course that basic structure can be customized. If you are really into stats on market share WordPress market share stats are stagering.

OK What is an Affiliate?affiliate

Obviously the word affiliate has a much broader meaning than simply the online marketing aspect.

In terms of the online marketing world and affiliate is one who advertises or promotes someone else’s products or service.

More important, the “affiliate” earns commissions for any sales made as a result of his or her advertising effort and sometimes simply by getting a potential customer to click on a link.

Some other programs may pay a commission for the acquisitions of Opt In or Sign Ups to a mailing list which will enable the company an opportunity to make several offers to the prospective customers.

As You Can See There are Distinctions Between Blogger or Affiliate!


As a matter of fact if you did a Google search right now for the Top 10 Bloggers and then another for the Top 10 Affiliate marketers, you would have two completely different lists.

If you looked into the Top 10 Bloggers a bit deeper you would discover that the list is pretty much unchanged over the past several years. I would guess it is pretty much the same with the Top 10 Affiliate Marketers. The thing to realize in any case is that 10 is a small number compared to the total number of folks earning a good living online.

Additionally, the people that are in either of the number 10 spots are earning as much in one month’s time, consistently, as most of us would need to make in a year to maintain our current standard of living. There are literally thousands upon thousands of people earning a living online.

I have come across some sites that put the estimates in the millions but I did not find trust worthy statiscal data to support that claim, although I do feel it is highly likely.

I hope that OBTT – Your Trusted Source on the Web has been able to provide the answer you are seeking to “What is Online or Affiliate Marketing” here in this post. Keep reading to find out more about the earning potential and get some direction on how to go about getting started, even if you just want to test the waters.


                    Top 10 Bloggers                                          Top 10 Affiliate Marketers

 10 – Ewdison Then -‘Slash Gear’:   slashgear.com                                                       $60,000 –$80,000 per month  10 – Shawn Collins Started 1997 – affiliatesummit.com and affiliatetip.com as well as GeekCast.fm podcast
9 – Richard MacManus – $60K per month readwriteweb.com  9 – Kristy McCubbin Started 2003 – affiliatestuff.co.uk winner of Affiliate Marketing Blog of the Year Award 2010
8 – Matt Marshall – $40K to $100K per month VentureBeat.com 8 – John Chow Started 2003 – ttzmedia.com and johnchow.com reported to have made $30K/mo in 2008
7 – Gina Trapani – $120K per month Lifehacker.com 7 – Sarah Bundy Started 2004 – allinclusivemarketing.com and sarahbundy.com CEO of All Inclusive Marketing
6 – Collis Taeed – $150K per month TutsPlus.com 6 – Rae Hoffman Started 2001 – sugarrae.com and pushfire.com also co-founder and co-owner of MFE Interactive
5 – Vitaly Friedman – $150K to $190K per month SmashingMagazine.com 5 – Zac Johnson  Started 1995 – moneyreign.com and zacjohnson.com Zac’s personal blog has over 15,000 subscribers
4 – Timothy Sykes – $190K per month TimothySykes.com 4 – DC Fawcett Started 2007 – paramountdigitalpublishing.com and dcfawcett.com said to earn $120,000 annually in affiliate income
3 – Perez Hilton – $400K per month Perezhilton.com 3 – Ian Fernando Started 2006 – ianfernando.com has been published in FeedFront and Genisis Magazines
2 – Pete CashMore – $500K per month mashable.com 2 – Matthew Woodward Started 2000 – matthewwoodward.co.uk winner of several blog and business awards
1 – Michael Arrington – $700K per month TechCrunch.com 1 – Pat Flynn Started 2007 – smartpassiveincome.com Featured in a New York Times case study and reported to earn $40,000/mo

Sources: digital.guide and top10for.com

If you are serious about starting a business online you should understand that there are several different ways to go about getting started. If you are a writer there are several sites that will pay you to write content as a freelance writer, so you could pursue that and write your own blog at the same time.

With the astounding growth in the popularity of social media it is probable to make a living through social media platforms without even started your own site. However, if you were paying attention to the table above you would have taken note that all the top earners DO have their own websites.

First Part of the promise I made – Build A FREE Website Here in 4 simple steps


You will have to work for this and you will have to have a commitment to ongoing training and development of your understanding of the things we have discussed whether your interest is as a blogger or affiliate or even a blogger affiliate. What is Online or Affiliate Marketing has been described in short in this post and there is plenty information throughout the site.

Whether you are brand new to the business or you have some experience it is important for you to have a place where you can continue to learn and grow. Where you can get good techincal support when needed and where you have access to the tools you will need to get the ball rolling.

Part Two of my promise to you – See My Post on How to Get the Start you need as “The Wealthy Affiliate”.


I am here to tell you that there is not anything you cannot do, there is not anything you cannot accomplish but there are definitely many things you can do to hold yourself back or to stand in your own way.

It is my knowing that we are all so much more than we realize for the better part of, and in some cases, all of our lives here on earth. If this last sentence caught your attention and it is something you would want to read about are discuss, look me up at The Soul Fan and I would be happy to talk more.

The Third Piece here today is my Personal Commitment to do whatever I can to help you!

Stephen of OBTT

Stephen Owner and Founder of OBTT

If you decide that you would like to give this business a shot or even if you just want to look around and see what it is all about, I will be there to help you. The business opportunity that I chose to take advantage of is, in my opinion, the absolute best platform in the world and is set apart from all the rest because of a community of like minded people helping people.

If addition you can check it all out FREE and you don’t even have to take out your credit card to get full access.

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What is Online or Affiliate Marketing?


  1. brandon

    Hey Stephen,
    Great post. I’m glad feel the same way as I do about all these scams that appear online.
    I actually read an article that said 55:1 make money online opportunities are a scam which is ridiculous.
    I’m still new to affiliate marketing, but I have gotten my feet wet a little bit and definitely can say it’s the real deal. I’m impressed at the money the top bloggers and affiliates make. 700k a month. Wow. It definitely inspires me to work harder.
    Best Regards,

    1. Stephen (Post author)

      Hi Brandon,

      Thanks for stopping by and having a read. I agree that the $700,000/mo is pretty impressive. As you can see there is only one out of the many at that level, but as I mentioned, most of us would be ok with a fraction of that. And hey, while we a building a dream we as well dream big, right?


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