Types Of Affiliate Marketing Business Models Explained

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If you've been studying affiliate marketing for any length of time you'll know that there are about 4 billion ways to do it. Maybe more… *lol*

An affiliate marketing business model has a ton of variables, so I could never list them all, but I'm going to cover a few of them here for you.

First let's understand what a business model is. Here is the definition from Dictionary. com

So an affiliate marketing business model would be the way you DO affiliate marketing.

What niche are you going in?

How will you build a website or whatever online presence you choose?

How will you get traffic to it?

Here are some example affiliate marketing business models for you to wrap your head around.

Content Sites – A content site is what the name implies. A site full of content. Generally it's on ONE topic, but now with people building personal brands and lifestyle blogs, you could have several topics if you've built an audience who follows YOU.

Generally ONE topic though….

With this business model you'll build a site, fill it with content, and that content will have your affiliate links in it. Maybe even other places on your site will have ads for products you're an affiliate for.

Generally content sites rely on SEO for traffic, but you can also use any other traffic tactic you want. Social traffic, paid traffic, etc.

Funnel Sites – There are a few ways to do this business model too. Generally though you setup a squeeze page giving away something that solves a problem in your niche. This gets people on your list. Then you use email marketing to get your affiliate links in front of those people.

I use a page builder like Optimize Press to create the pages of my affiliate funnel sites.

When it comes to traffic SEO is generally not an option here, so you're left with organic social marketing, other organic marketing methods or paid ads.

Marketplace Stores – I've never been a fan of this business model myself for affiliate marketing, but a lot of affiliate marketers do very well with it.

What you'll do here is find a niche that has A LOT of products you can be an affiliate for and setup a “marketplace” for those products. All the products are clickable via your affiliate links. Like a niche Amazon site.

The key here is to be VERY niche.

There are many software, scripts, etc. that can develop these kinds of sites for you.

When it comes to getting traffic to these you can use ALL the traffic tactics on these kind of sites, but ranking in the search engines (SEO) proves to be your best bet.

These take a lot of time to see income from because of needing that coveted SEO traffic.

Coupon Sites – We've all seen coupon sites, but did you know they are full of the owners affiliate links? Yep!

This is another business model I would go very niche on and you'll definitely need a “catchy idea” to stand out.

You have a lot of options when it comes to building these sites and you'll also be able to find software and scripts that will create these for you. Or you could simply setup a blog and post about coupons you find or coupon deals you work out with different companies you can be an affiliate for.

This is another “use all the tactics” kind of site. SEO, organic traffic from social sites, paid ads… You know… The whole list. 🙂

Review Sites – I LOVE this affiliate marketing business model when it's done correctly. Most review sites are full of GOOD reviews because the owners want you to buy the product so they make money. However an HONEST review site will make you more money because people will SEE that you're honest.

WordPress which is use to build ALL of my sites would be great to build a review site on. You can find tons of themes that will allow you to run a review site.

This is another affiliate marketing business model that will rely on A LOT of SEO. Throwing paid ads into the mix would be a great idea too because reviews convert readers into buyers, so your money would be well spent.

Apps – Not a lot of people think about creating their own app and putting their affiliate links in them, but there are many people out there making a killing with their apps and all of their income is affiliate income.

This is probably the most expensive affiliate marketing business model you could go after because of development costs, but a free app with lots of demand could put a lot of eye balls in front of your affiliate links.

The best way to get traffic with this?

Hands down… Paid ads!

Which makes this even more expensive, but in the long run could really pay off!

Cool IdeasGot a cool idea for something? Something that could go viral? Then why not make money with it with affiliate marketing. One of my favorite sites is called ThisIsWhyImBroke .com and they just feature products they love.

It's literally just lists of cool products, and all the links are affiliate links for the owner.

It's a “shot in the dark” business model, but probably the most fun of all the business models I've talked about here.

And depending on what your “cool idea” is, it could make you a ton of money too.

So there's 7 different affiliate marketing business models to get your mind going as you start on your affiliate marketing journey.

I've just given you short descriptions of each because you have a lot of options to implement each.

There's a ton of ways to do each one, but what you need to think about is what is YOUR affiliate marketing business model going to be.

Sit down, grab a pen and paper, and map it out.

Use Google and go see what others are doing, and get ideas for your own affiliate marketing business model, and then take those notes and go DO it.

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Here’s to wishing you a healthy, happy, and wealthy life!


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Liz Tomey is a crazy redhead with an entrepreneurial spirit that shines out in everything she does. Her teachings have helped many create online businesses that fund the extraordinary lives they love. Since 2004 Liz has created and successfully ran many different online businesses in several different niches and shares her passion for online business in hopes to change the lives of those who are searching for a life they truly want to live!

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